Every political blogger in the world should spare a thought for Abdul Karim Nabil Suleiman today. There, but for the grace of God, goes any one of us. Those of us lucky enough to blog about governments who cannot (yet) inflict such harsh punishments on critics should pause for thought. We should take care not to overstate our cases by comparing ourselves to those living under real repression.
On the other hand we should also take warning. Freedom is easier to lose than to win. Damage inflicted on our civil liberties tends to be cumulative. Mr Suleiman's fate could one day easily be ours, especially if the intolerant influence of Islam is allowed to grow.