I just listened to a live interview on Al Jazeera English with a 23-year-old woman in Tahrir Square. The pro-Mubarak forces are apparently pounding the anti-Mubarak demonstators in the Square with gunfire this night.

The Al-Jazeera host asked why she and other demonstrators refused to accept Mubarak’s promise to hold elections.

Salma Al-tasi replied: “We do not trust a government that sends thugs to kill us.”

She has more sense than the vast majority of modern political philosophers. And she has more gumption than the vast majority of American political commentators.

(I am guessing at the spelling of her name. If anyone knows the correct spelling [the interview concluded at 4:32 a.m. Egyptian time], please advise and I’ll correct it.]