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My First Thought: Mubarak’s Reforms Seem Futile
A few days ago, Murbarak announced in Egypt some of the reforms that would occur in the government. These reforms would be a committee looking into constitutional reforms and promises to liberalize the political system. I smell trouble. Whenever a leader promises these things it will usually end in defeat. Look no further than Russia in 1905 when protests forced the Czar to add a Duma, Russian parliament, but it only ended in the Duma being dissolved several times and another revolution 10 years later in 1917, where Lenin would take power. The protesters are demanding Mubarak step down and they will not accept anything else. These “reforms” are only a desperate attempt to stay in power, and nothing more. Now, all revolutions are different, but this is a very stark similarity.
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