What is your response to this article about the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military...

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My response is that this shows us how hard it is for a country to transition from an authoritarian government to a democratic one.  In Egypt, the Mubarak regime was overthrown, but the military interim government has been so reluctant to give up power.  This is likely because they see democracy, with its fights between groups (as shown in the disputes between liberals and Islamists in Egypt) as a messy, dangerous, and unstable thing.  They are reluctant to give up power because they feel that only an authoritarian government can bring or maintain order.  This sort of fear is one reason why democratization is difficult to achieve.


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