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However, he finally let go, and the Egyptian people got what they said they wanted. The big question now is whether or not the country will move toward democracy or another form of government.
Right now, the military is in charge. While that may help the country remain stable, I wonder how easy it will be to get power away from it in the long run.
The country remains months away from having any type of election. Frankly, the people appear more interested in partying in their newfound freedom than making tough decisions about the country's future.
Because of this, the military will have plenty of time to become even more entrenched. I may be guilty of stereotyping, but it often seems that when the military gains control of a poor country it is very reluctant to let it go. The Egyptian military had a large say in how the country was run when Mubarak was in power. Now, it may be unstoppable.
If this is the case, the Egyptian people may some day look back at the reign of Mubarak as the good old days. Let us pray this is not the case.
If the country does move toward a representative democracy similar to the
When studying how different parts of the world view the
This is understandable because the information they get about us comes through a media filter. For many, the
Of course, we know better. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, our country did not just skate through all the growing pains that a new country goes through.
For instance, the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, but approximately 40 years later we were still at war with the British. They burned the presidential mansion in 1814 in one of the most humbling moments of our country's history.
For the Egyptian people, there will be no shortcuts, and they must discipline themselves. While they are enjoying more liberty, they must understand that liberty without discipline often leads to chaos.
Despite our differences here in
If the Egyptians become complacent and simply want to wallow in their freedom, it will be short lived. The
The bottom line is that the path
Additionally, the seeds of revolution have already spread to other countries in that region. Big changes are under way in
Expect more bloodshed to come.