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Morsi's departure or stay is irrelevant

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 2, 2013 at 02:20

Dear Dr Pipes:

In my opinion whether Morsi stays or departs is immaterial. At my level of thinking, Morsi and Mubarak are two sides of the same coin. The problem with Egypt is not that it is ruled by a rightist dictatorship (as in Mubarak) or a leftist dictatorship (as in Nasser) or an Islamist pseudo democracy (as in Morsi). The problem with Egypt is that for hundreds of years it has believed that it can mistreat Copts (and other minority views) and get away with it. And the problem is that it believes that guns and swords can resolve issues. So I think Mubarak, Nasser, and Morsi are all Islamists of one kind or other. It is said that life presents lessons to people over and over again until you learn it.

What is true of people is also true of countries. Egypt and the other middle eastern states will keep shuffling between one or the other kind of draconian rules until they discover peace, freedom, thoughtfulness, and democracy. And they will discover it sooner if we let them learn it by 1) observing us and 2) observing themselves. Everything else will strengthen their 'we are victims of the west' psychology. So while your heart and mind are divided, mine are unified completely. I just wish that wisdom comes to Egypt sooner than later so people out there suffer as little as possible.

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