For 30 years since, Hosni Mubarak has tried to advance his country in the direction Sadat pointed, while fully aware that he was straddling a volcano. Those who judge Mubarak by the standards of western constitutional democracies must tinge every observation of Egypt with fantasy.
Mubarak’s greatest difficulty has been securing reforms which have included the gradual replacement of incompetent (and usually army-managed) state enterprises with free markets, and the “normalization” of relations with Israel, from behind a rhetorical cover. His very survival in office has been an extraordinary accomplishment, to which Egypt owes what peace and prosperity it has had.
There’s a lot more, please go read it. Yearning for a constitutional democracy in Egypt is all well and good, but it really is important to not tinge reality with wishes. I’ve mentioned that I am not a fan of Mubarak’s style of rule – but I also do not want the Muslim Brotherhood to take his place.
They are not harmless, as far too many Western apologists and talking heads are insisting.
Far too many of the people offering “expert” commentary on the situation in Egypt could not even locate said nation on a labeled map. Far too many of the people offering their “expertise” are projecting their own values onto others who may or may not actually share those values. (Most do not, I’d wager.)
They are largely ignoring the very real threat of the Muslim Brotherhood. They are completely missing the cheerleading by Iran for the uprising.
That cheerleading alone should make people think hard about what is really going on in Egypt.
As I said in the first post I made about the situation in Egypt “I don’t know of anything good to say about Mubarak, other than he has kept peace with Israel for all these years.”
I fear that will not continue for long.