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Friday, February 11, 2011

Does Mubarak Want to Die In The Saddle?

International and Egyptian political pundits (including bloggers like myself) are doing a "will he, won't he" concerning  Egypt's very unpopular President Hosni Mubarak.  Nu, will he resign or die in office, whether from natural or manmade causes? 
Instead, Mr. Mubarak, 82, a former general, struck a defiant, even provocative note. While he acknowledged for the first time that his government had made mistakes, he made it clear that he was still president and that reforms in Egypt would proceed under his government’s supervision and according to the timetable of elections in September.
You'd think at his age, he'd want a little quiet time and retire/resign, but now he refuses.  Does he realize how dangerously unpopular he is? 

Most world leaders are far removed from the ordinary folk they rule.  They don't read newspapers, nor watch the news on TV.  They get predigested, edited and carefully composed "news digests" from their staff.  They certainly don't meet with the riff-raff ordinary citizens, nor hear their honest opinions.


In a sense those leaders are sometimes misled by their advisors who, for their own reasons, want to keep the status quo, or extend their own power to cash in.

Whatever happens in Egypt will be bad news for Egypt and the world.  Egypt will be in turmoil until a ruler, whether a new one or Mubarak takes firm control.  Egypt doesn't have a culture and history of peaceful, tolerant democracy in the western sense.  There's the same problem in Iraq, which makes the American presence there dangerously useless.

And that brings me to the so-called "peace process," sic, between Israel and the Arab terrorists who are trying to destroy us.  Negotiations won't solve the problem.  At this point in time, the Arabs are incapable of keeping the peace with us.  They must evolve, develop a new culture which accepts us.  Once that happens, there won't be any need for "peace talks," nor will we need to give them our precious Land.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath

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