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Egypt needs our help - and soon

Reader comment on item: Anoush Ehteshami and Democracy in Egypt
in response to reader comment: Egypt's Turmoil is the World'sTurmoil

Submitted by Frank Luke (United States), Feb 10, 2011 at 14:16

Tovey's analysis about Egypt and their future options is brilliant. Often, we observe that a movement begins with various factions playing a part towards a common minimum goal - in Egypt's case, it is to remove Mubarak from power. Once this objective is met, those factions would then have differing views on what sort of government should come to power. Obviously the army would play a big role because they have the guns. In undeveloped nations, "might is right".

What the US and the civilized world can do is: Help elect/select a benign ruler who will be tough with extremists and soft with non extremists. Finding a man who has both qualities - the backbone to stop extremists and the kindheartedness to listen to moderates - is very important. It is unlikely that such a man will come to power by "naturally being thrown up in the democractic process". This is where US and European intervention would go a long way in stabilizing Egypt.

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