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Egypt: Why it is too early to be optimistic

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Friday, February 4, 2011 – A Word on the National Interest by Benjamin Ra

PARIS — February 3, 2011 – Shock waves are being felt throughout the Middle East as the troubles which began in Egypt and Tunisia have spread as far as Jordan, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

Are we witnessing the democratic revival of the region? The New York Times believes so. David Brooks believes it to be “a great time to be alive… the world will be far safer when more of the world is normal, meaning mostly open and democratic.”

Anti-government protestors react in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. (Photo: Associated Press)

Such outright optimism from a sophisticated observer shows the extent to which the current conflagration in the Middle East has taken a hold on the imagination of Americans. Read the rest of this entry »