They clung to this conviction even when everyone else had stopped believing them.
But when the turmoil actually arrived, nobody was prepared for it, or rather: nobody could see what the consequences of this revolution would be.
Egypt's secular revolutionaries were caught between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to Ez-Eldin, in their alliances with one camp or the other, the secular forces in Egypt "either always surrendered entirely to the conditions placed on them or they made demands that were then simply ignored, which they accepted without a whimper" The different camps in Egypt On the one hand, there are those in Egypt who have built the 25 January revolution up into a kind of Holy Grail that must neither be touched nor criticised – even if the aim is to save it or put it back on the "right track".
They are prepared to sacrifice all the goals of the January revolution for their ideal.
The fact that parts of the Islamist movement are now using terrorism and force of arms makes their resolutions to work 'for the revolution' seem farcical.
Yet although it was in no way surprising, his acquittal was still a hard slap in the face for all those who had taken part in the 25 January revolution.
After all, the message behind the acquittal is clear: with this decision, justice in Egypt has been suspended indefinitely; the counter-revolution has successfully settled in and made short work of almost everything that remained in the collective memory as an achievement of the revolution.
At the same time, many of the revolution's leading minds deliberately avoided taking charge of state business, instead turning their attention to the justice system, to ensure it would break completely with the opponents of the revolution.
Ultimately, they were content to leave it at that, and in so doing they took a number of constitutional as well as legal wrong turns.