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more on Egypt

my stuff on the topic on The Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-t-hadar/george-bush-was-wrong-wro_b_818757.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-t-hadar/not-all-is-well-in-americ_b_816125.html

Egypt's fate yet to be sealed

Business Times - 09 Feb 2011


Egypt's fate yet to be sealed

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IT may be too early to conclude whether the protests in Egypt will amount to a revolution. And it remains to be seen if the 2011 Egyptian Revolution will go the way of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that led to the collapse of the pro-American Shah and to the rise of the Ayatollah's theocracy.

Iran then challenged the balance of power in the Middle East and that led to major political and economic developments, including the Iran-Iraq War and a global oil crisis.

Perhaps Egypt's continuing political unrest will eventually fizzle out and the demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo will only bring about marginal reforms in the country's political and economic system.

Such an outcome will allow the military-based regime that has controlled that country since 1952 when a revolution did result in the downfall of the then British-backed monarchy - sans the 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak and …