Although the revolution has crossed the first milestone, overcoming the legacy of the old and new colonialism, yet there are more milestones to be crossed to reach the goal of freedom, democracy and empowerment. A grim struggle lies ahead. Thirty-two years back, the Iranians snatched power from the Shah of Iran, who was Americas staunch ally, and consolidated the revolution under the leadership of Imam Khomeini. Now the Egyptians, after 18 days of siege, brought Mubarak - an American ally - down, yet power remains into the hands of the military, while Mubarak prefers to stay on the Egyptian soil at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh. But the question is: How will power be transferred to the people? Surely, this is a challenge for Egypt that can be analysed in the light of the conspiracies that were hatched to destroy the Iranian Revolution. The pro-American political forces, such as the Fedayeen-e-Khalq and others, were the main instruments in the hands of the conspirators, who eliminated over 70 top revolutionary leaders of Iran in one act of terror bombing. Efforts were made to create divisions in the rank and file of the revolutionaries. Ultimately, America forced Saddam Hussein to invade Iran, hoping that the revolution would be destroyed and both Iran and Iraq would kill each other. But the invasion helped Iran consolidate the revolution. Anyway, with power handed over to the military and Mubarak allowed to stay in the country, there is a greater risk of confrontation with the masses, who may demand full transfer of power. Thus, behind this unified hierarchical faade contradictory influences are at work, posing serious threats to national security. And, therefore, the people are talking about the foreign agenda of dismantling the nation into sectarian components led towards infighting and tightening the siege and imposition of a peaceful solution with Israel. The military has vested interests, as they had remained hand in glove with Mubarak to build vast businesses linked with big businesses in the United States and Egypt. It would be extremely difficult for the military to hand over such privileges and power for the sake of the revolution. And they also know that the revolutionaries, as they gain full power and authority, would make the armed forces, including Mubarak, accountable for their past misdeeds. So, the Americans would prefer that the Egyptian military retains power to protect its interests, and the interests of those who made hay during the Mubarak regime. Such conflict of interests would eventually lead to a deeper conspiracy, and block the peaceful transfer of power. The very first step the military has taken is the abrogation of the Constitution; dissolution of the Assembly; and the promise for holding of elections in September 2011. These are hollow promises and delaying tactics, similar to General Zias promise of elections in 90 days. Obviously, the Egyptians wont take it, and the protestors will continue to press for their demands. The revolution has not been able to throw up any towering personality like Imam Khomeini of Iran, who could lead and maintain the unity of the movement. Moreover, the revolutionaries, under Muslim Brotherhood, hold powerful elements with diverse views and vision of life. There is a strong element of jihadis and militants, who had been confronting Mubarak for the last three decades, under the leaders with regional status only. Side by side, there are a considerable number of youth amongst them, holding liberal and moderate views of life and belong to the new cyber generation; they are indeed nationalist in outlook and have respect for democracy and freedom. Despite these differences, they stood as one under the banner of Muslim Brotherhood and won the first battle of freedom. What is going to follow now is a struggle for power, which will provide enough space to the conspirators to accentuate the differences between the militants and the moderates. And if they succeed, it will help the military retain power to safeguard its interests and the interests of others they have been associated with for the last five decades. The success of the revolution, therefore, depends on their ability to force the military for early transfer of power and subordination to the civil authority. Saddam helped Iran consolidate the revolution, but there is no Saddam around to help Egypt consolidate the revolution. Nevertheless, the US and its allies are allergic to Islamists coming to power. For example, Hamas won the elections in Palestine, but was not allowed to form the government, and thus the Israelis are now facing the consequences. Similarly, the mujahideen in Afghanistan, who fought the war to expel the Soviets, were not allowed to form the government and were pushed into a contrived civil war. And now, as they emerge the winner, efforts are afoot to deny them their due share in power. This obsession, in fact, has been the cause of the American defeat in Afghanistan. They have lost the war in Afghanistan, but find it difficult to rationalise the defeat without hurting their ego and pride as a superpower. If the Americans want democracy and the rule of law in Egypt, they must pay heed to the demands of the revolutionaries: Release political prisoners; lift emergency; abolish state security apparatus and start negotiations for the smooth transfer of power. Truly, these are fair demands to help Muslim Brotherhood form the government with the armed forces accepting a subordinate role, as the military in Pakistan has accepted its role and are no more willing to play the American game. Intrigues and manipulations would damage the cause of revolution, and the emerging process of democracy and rule of law. Let the people of Egypt determine the course of freedom and democracy in the manner the people of Pakistan have found democracy, and are now fighting corruption and bad governance. This is our struggle for democracy. Indeed, struggle brings the best in the nation in the worst of times, and that is the struggle that lies ahead for the people of Egypt. The writer is a former Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Email: