P.S. I was going to include a quote from Ian McEwan's Saturday in this post, but decided that finding it would mean the post'd never get published. I just noticed Gene's post includes it.
All this happiness on display is suspect. Everyone is thrilled to be together out on the streets—people are hugging themselves, it seems, as well as each other. If they think— and they could be right— that continued torture and summary executions, ethnic cleansing and occasional genocide are preferable to an invasion, they should be somber in their view.