Friday, February 11, 2011
Egypt: Now What?
So Mubarak finally moved over. But not before he gave a clueless and contemptuous speech and made the people angrier. Sorry to rain on everyone's parade, but there is not much cause for celebration yet. The army is in power. The guy in charge has been accused of personally torturing people and is connected to the abhorrent practice of rendition, by which Egypt tortures alleged terrorists for the US, plus, we have a military coup d'etat. Is the army going to ensure a peaceful transition to democracy or to yet another dictatorship? This is a country that has never known democracy and it should start getting acquainted to it asap, but how?
Mohamed ElBaradei has some excellent ideas.
Let's hope that this will be the beginning of a new era of democracy for Egypt, a country who could well be a role model for other Middle Eastern transitions to better regimes, progress and peace in the region.