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Posted December 2, 2011 at 8:51 AM via web

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What is your response to this article about protests in Egypt?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/tahrir-spirit-quelled-after-vote-in-egypt/2011/12/02/gIQAQxsTLO_story.html

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM (Answer #1)

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My main response to this article is that it shows us how difficult democratization is.  We want other countries to become democratic, but it is not as neat and easy as we want it to be.  In the case of Egypt, it seems that Islamist parties have done well but that the military government is still holding on.

If Islamists do well, it is a mixed blessing for the US.  That is the will of the Egyptians, but it might not be good for us because an Islamist government might be opposed to us and our ally, Israel.

The fact that the military government is holding on shows how hard it is to get a society to transition from one system to another when it is not familiar with democracy and its previous ruling classes want to try to hold on to power.

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