Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Okay, this is going to be a rant and a muddle of thoughts but do please hear me out. 

How long have we been wondering about President Mubarak's imminent decline? A few year's ago Egyptian newspapers speculated that he had gone, recently he went to Germany for a 'gall bladder operation' and now the Western media speculate that he may have terminal cancer. 

Surely we're missing the point here? Should Mubarak die tomorrow, the automatic result will be that his son Gamal will take over and the system will continue unchanged.  It is disappointing that government officials in foreign capitals are now concerned over the situation when  they could have been involved in making Egypt a better and more stable place by cracking down on the government and not allowing them to do whatever they want.

It is laughable that foreign officials are now worried about Egypt when the president dies. They weren’t worried when Egypt was beating, torturing and killing activists over the past few years because they got Egypt to support their policies in the region.

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