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For about a week now, I have been fighting flu while Egypt has been fighting the rule of Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak—the dictator that has held power in the nation for the last three decades.
I still have a lingering cough, but it appears that Egypt has faired somewhat better in getting rid of Mubarak.
The question in Egypt's case seems to be what happens next. Pundits on television seem conflicted on whether the nations will be able to rise above its history of oppressive leadership or if it will degenerate into a Islamic fundamentalist regime like Iran.
I don't know, but I hope that the country will steer clear of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. From that I can gather, those guys would use whatever place at the table that might be given them in a successor government to make war on Israel and cause trouble for the United States.
We don't need that kind of trouble. This is especially true when you consider that the Middle East might be totally lost to Islamic extremists should Egypt, with its 81 million people, become a theocracy.
A nation becoming free of an oppressive ruler doesn't mean that it will remain free of other oppressive rulers—history has shown us that many times over.
With Egypt's future very uncertain, forgive me if I don't get a little philosophical watching people celebrate in the streets of Cairo, speaking the language of freedom and self-rule. It should be noted that I tend to get more philosophical the more I am medicated in an attempt to get over my illness.
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