How will the freedom-loving people of Egypt ever repay post-American president Obama?
The attack on Muslim Brotherhood opponent Ahmed Shafiq's office came just hours after the country's election commission announced that he would face the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, in a June 16-17 runoff.
I told ya so. I told you when the rioting began in January 2011. The media is calling this a "surprise victory." Surprised? Only the clueless are surprised. The poisonous fruit of a poisonous president.
Egyptian protesters set fire to headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's presidential candidate Telegraph
Protesters set fire to the campaign headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister after it was confirmed that the former regime figure would face the Islamist [sic] Muslim Brotherhood's candidate in the second-round of Egypt's election.
The flames at Ahmed Shafiq's offices are believed to have been started by the same young revolutionaries who overthrew Mr Mubarak and who have warned that they would not accept any of his former henchman as their president.
Mr Shafiq, a former air force general, essentially took day-to-day control of the Egyptian government last year as anti-Mubarak crowds gathered in Tahrir Square.
No one was was reported hurt after the demonstrators vandalised the Cairo offices and set them on fire.
"There will be violence if Shafiq wins," Mohammed al-Daramali, of a group calling itself The Coalition to Rescue the Revolution, said at the weekend.
"Shafiq's place is prison, not the presidential chair."
Mr Shafiq has said he will honour the revolution, but has refused to distance himself from his previous description of Mr Mubarak as his "role model".
The army is braced for protests after the vote on June 16-17 and there is a high likelihood of trouble in the run-up. On Saturday, a verdict is due in Mr Mubarak's trial on charges of murder and corruption, with anger likely to meet anything less than a heavy sentence.
In the final tally announced yesterday, Mohammed Mursi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood front party, the Freedom and Justice Party, won 24.8 per cent of the votes, slightly ahead of Mr Shafiq with 23.7 per cent.
Behind them came the left-wing nationalist, Hamdeen Sabahi, on 20.7 per cent, the "moderate Islamist" independent, Abdulmoneim Aboul Fotouh on 17.5 per cent, and the one-time favourite, Amr Moussa, a former foreign minister and Arab League secretary-general, on 11.1 per cent. Turnout was a disappointing 46 per cent.
The latter three candidates all claimed to represent the "progressive" forces that led the revolution, but by splitting that vote they allowed through the most polarising of Egypt's political forces.
If Mr Morsi wins, the FJP, which already controls almost half the seats in parliament, will have the power to push hard-line Islamist social policies feared by liberals and Christians.