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Democracy at last?

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February 14, 2011 |

Hooray! Democracy in Egypt! The people are celebrating tonight, Feb. 11. Mubarak has resigned today!

Poor souls, tomorrow morning they will wake up and discover that they have traded a dictator for martial law. Maybe down the road at some point there will be an election of sorts. Democracy at last?

It will only be democracy if:

• The first elected government does not immediately abolish democracy.

• The elected government  does not immediately abolish free speech.

• If the elected government is not a bunch of religious fanatic extremists.

• If the elections allow everybody to vote without pressure or violence.

• If the elections allow all parties and people to campaign freely and nobody locks up the media (figuratively and literally).

• If after the election you do not have factions that do not accept the outcome and will fight to the death for a different result.

We will see …

Gabe Lewin

Davis

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