We're already into the second summer of the "Arab spring", but this week saw probably its biggest milestone so far, as Egypt, the established leader of the Arab world, celebrated its first democratic election of a president -- the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi. It's therefore disappointing to see how much of the foreign reaction was (a) pessimistic in tone and (b) focused not on the significance for Egypt, or even for Arabs in general, but for relations with the West, with Israel, or even with Iran.

Read, for example, White House press secretary Jay Carney  fending off questions about the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, ties with Iran, and Republican conspiracy theories, ultimately calling on "the Egyptian government to continue to fulfil Egypt's role as a pillar of regional peace, security and stability".