In Photos: Egypt's Unprecedented Protests
When a January 25 call for protests went out to Egyptian street activists, un-beloved Interior Minister Habib al-Adly told the state-owned daily Al-Ahram that the demonstrations would have "no impact."
Within a week of his self-assured statement, al-Adly witnessed an unprecedented march of fed-up Egyptians across Cairo, the arrival of all-things uprising on the world's 24-hour news cycle, and his own ouster from President Hosni Mubarak's besieged government.
Contrary to Al-Adly's massive underestimation, the demonstrations in Egypt have earned the sort of impact reserved strictly for irrevocable change.
From the Times to Twitter, news reports and analysis out of Egypt have turned an idle world's attention to the power of people.
When the future of Egypt is written, images dispatched from the scene will feature prominently in the story.
While beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak battles for the minds of the masses, demonstrators swarming Cairo managed to win the hearts of some Egyptian soldiers.
Violence marred the earliest days of the popular uprising, but the country's military has since sworn off the use of force against protestors. In the widespread struggle for Egypt's fate, even the fairer sex is in the fray.
An Egyptian army captain defects from the military's ranks to join thousands protesting in Cairo's Tahir Square, illustrating the bond between the nation's soldiers and her people. During the bread riots of 1977, formerly the country's largest uprising, Egypt's military famously refused President Sadat's orders to crack down on demonstrators.
Looting, the unfortunate outgrowth of Egypt's upheaval, has tarnished an otherwise inspired movement. National museums were hit by opportunistic thieves, who destroyed mummies and antiquities during their pilfering spree. The Abu Zaabal prison was also washed over by the waves of revolution.
While Mubarak hangs onto his political life, tourists and expats escaping Egypt hang onto their waning patience. Scenes from Cairo's international airport paralleled the chaos on the streets as thousands fought for limited seats on outbound planes.
Despite their divergent places in the protests, police, demonstrators, and soldiers share an abiding reverence.