Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I find an optimistic comment about pharao Morsi

President Morsi - “pharaonic” decree
Haven't said anything abut the Arab Spring recently because I'm a bit down in the mouth about the whole thing. But for a dose of optimism, read Mehdi Hasan in the New Statesman, on 29 November.  

Hasan says we should ignore the neocons, he refuses to give up on Egypt, or the Arab spring.  Despite the murmurs about Morsi’s “pharaonic” decree and the Syrian bloodbath, he refuses to lose faith in the people of the Arab world.  For a start, we should all be celebrating the backlash against Morsi’s decree and how instant it was.

One point I need to take issue with him though.

Pointing out that revolutions are measured in years and decades, not weeks and months, he quotes Chinese premier Zhou Enlai’s remark “It is too soon to say” made in 1971, when asked for his view on the success of the French Revolution of 1789.

That one, sad to say, has been nailed.

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