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Western “Reforms” in Egypt

Apparently you can never be too cynical. The reality is worse!

Here’s Robert Springborg, Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School:

    “The military will engineer a succession. The West — the U.S. and EU — are working to that end. We are working closely with the military…to ensure a continuation of a dominant role of the military in the society, the polity and the economy. […]
    “So what are the people who did all this left with? The feeling that they got rid of Mubarak. Some will congratulate themselves. Some will feel they got outplayed in the endgame. But they will be fragmented for some considerable period of time.”

Meanwhile, according to the New York Times:

    “Human rights groups said that security officials under [intelligence chief and Vice President Omar] Suleiman, even as he talks about leading a transition, are continuing to abduct and detain without charges people it considers a political threat. […]
    “At least seven…online activists associated with the April 6th movement [which initiated the protests] remain missing after being abducted a few days ago at a cafe after leaving a meeting at the home of [opposition leader Mohammed] ElBaradei.”

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