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It had to be expected long ago, and it had to have happened years ago. To conclude the case of 30 years of Mubarak autocracy in one sentence, I should say simply the following: the Egyptians did not deserve this fate.
Speaking with an Egyptian friend a few years ago, I opposed his idea that the country was a political dictatorship; I specified that Egypt was a social "dictatorship', and this is actually all that the successive Mubarak administrations systematically implemented. But it was futile; it would end one day or another, without leaving any positive memories.
1. Stability - at what cost?
The entire problem originates from just one word. Understanding this word, under the terms it was perceived by the local rulers and socio-economic elite, one can realize why an empty, undeserved, three (3) decades long period happened to Egypt.
Ibrahim Nafie, former banker peremptorily appointed atop of the venerated Al Ahram newspaper -" a socio-political institution of Egypt -" used the key word in one of his interviews that was published years ago. Speaking of the Egyptian president, Ibrahim Nafie specified:
- Mubarak is Mister Stability.
The assessment was very accurate and absolutely correct; the policy was calamitous. Stability at any price can never bring forth positive results.