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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Posted 37 months ago|8 comments|1,132 views
Robert Gates and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
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Egyptian Hosni Mubarak was a symbol of tyranny. Unfortunately, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is not much different. What actually happened in Egypt is that they replaced one Supreme Ruler with a military Supreme Commander.

Tantawi was Mubarak's Minister of Defense. Currently, this guy has absolute authority simply because he is in charge of one million soldiers in a country where traditionally, one with the bigger gun makes the rules.

Thousands of Egyptians were tried and sentenced by military tribunals over the last several months. According to Reporters Without Borders, one such hardened "criminal," blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, was found guilty of insulting the Egyptian military establishment and "could die very soon."

Libya is in a danger of going the way of Somalia where al Shabaab rebels linked to al Qaeda have more power than non-existing government. Members of the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade, an Islamist group figting on the rebel side, killed rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younes.

Now, the best option would be to select one of the rebel commanders and make him a dictator. Anything else could be an invitation for disaster.

It looks as if the Arabian spring is turning into bleak autumn and freedom and liberty will remain only words.

One old song by The Who seems so appropriate...

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight.

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Altruist
Altruist
Eugene, OR
37 months ago: Democracy is always messy. Especially when you have Muslim and liberal parties with opposing ideas. During the latest protests the people shouted down with Tantawi, so I doubt that he would survive the elections.

The next big battle will be the Constitution. The liberals have diffuse interests and are unorganized while the Muslim Brotherhood is organized and focused. Therefore the Liberals want more time to get organized. http://news.az/articles/politics/43969
37 months ago: Yes, I doubt that he would survive the elections so he will probably stay as military Supreme Commander effectively controlling the entire country.

Unfortunately, liberals in North Africa are a dying breed... literally!
Out Of The Box
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37 months ago: Not much of a Democracy, I would say. And what happens when the new boss turns out to be 10 times worse than the old boss? All the supporters of revolution for revolution's sake can say "oops"?
37 months ago: Well, I think that the new boss will definitely turn out to be much worse than the old boss. Old boss was getting old and becoming lenient - which is the only reason revolution could start.
New boss will hold reins tightly in his hands and any opposition will be facing bullets.

Just saying "oops" simply wouldn't do it...
37 months ago: Don't forget the spirit of 1776. Anything other than a secular, representative government, with equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness deserves a revolution, in my view.
37 months ago: Don't forget the spirit of 1776. Anything other than a secular, representative government, with equality, liberty and the pursuit of happiness deserves a revolution, in my view.
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37 months ago: There's not much hope of that happening in Egypt now, is there? An engineered revolution that will not profit the people is not what they needed.
37 months ago: When Al Quaeda starts praising Arab Spring movement, I really start having second thoughts...

I think that Democracy, and especially the kind of Democracy brought by the 1776 spirit, will never be a reality there...

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