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Goodbye Mubarak, Hello -?-

February 11, 2011

So, Mubarak resigns and the military steps in.  A monumental accomplishment, predicated on the gutsy stand by thousands of young Egyptians in the streets of Cairo.  But now the heavy lifting to rebuild a government in something other than an authoritarian form begins.

I can not help but feel that, although their heads are held high, Egypt’s citizens are still over the barrel.  Hopefully these folks are organized enough to insure that the next government’s improvements will not just amount to using K-Y Jelly.

Purportedly the Egyptians want to hear from President Obama, but I’m not certain his words of encouragement and support for a democratic form of government are going to do them much good.  There’s a visceral dislike of our President among a significant portion of our legislature, as well as a knee-jerk fear of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Our country is probably more inclined to approve the sale of arms and warplanes to Egypt rather than voting for any type of country-building aid.

Good luck folks.


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  1. February 11, 2011 1:38 pm

    Yeah, change is always hard. The future will not be sun and roses. Like I just posted on Facebook:

    “Tunisia, now Egypt. A wonderful thing for the people. I suspect the expanding, growing ripples from this stone cast by the Egyptian people will engulf other countries. Right now, let us celebrate their freedom and help if we can. But make no mistake about it, there will be unforeseen ramifications which we will not like. We just don’t know what they are yet. Change is always a bitch.”

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