Originally Posted by dirk digler
It seems to me they wouldn't go through all of this to go from shitty dictator to another and along with it bring war and destruction.
I think they are smarter than that.
From my viewpoint the way I hear it from so of you is that you think they should have no choice and stick with Mubarak because they are stupid. I disagree with that.
No, my personal opinion is that what's going on now gives everyone the best possible chance of a good outcome ("good" from my pov, of course). Mubarak leaving takes some steam out of the protests, but the military is still running things so there's a chance that a reasonable transition to a pro-Western democracy is possible (but certainly not guaranteed). A decent into immediate chaos would have been horrible.
I think there's a very real danger of an Islamist or a socialist populism taking hold though because I suspect the economic conditions are going to suck for the foreseeable future.
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