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A problem of context

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Submitted by Seamus Dafydd Dives MacNemi (United States), Feb 5, 2011 at 22:06

Recent events have given me cause to reassess some of my original views on the situation in Egypt. It seems that there is a possibility that the Islamists will take advantage of the situation for themselves by claiming to believe in democracy. That might be true but that is only because the very term "Democracy" can have different meanings to different peoples. I have my own traditional view of the word but I have been given to understand that an Arab Muslim may have a very different interpretation. The Palestinains were allowed to have open and free elections but they still chose Hamas, another corrupt totalitarian regime in place of that of Arafat. Another good idea on paper which does not pan out in practice. Perhaps it's not such a good idea to embrace democracy as so much of a panacia until we realy know and understand who we are dealing with.

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