At this point, what the Egyprians need are "Bread and Circuses", not Democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    Circuses, or to use a modern term, Entertainment, is importasnt. More entertainment means less sex and a lower population growth. In 1960 the Egyptian population was 30 million. Fifty years later it is 80 million. The new mouths to feed are beating all economic advances. If the government can reduce the population growth rate by means other than entertainment, that would be even better. As for Bread, the US can provide Egypt with free wheat instead of free advice. Or if the US is too broke to do this favor, Saudi Arabia might provide; the regime there must be scared stiff of the riots, and quaking in its sandals. The last thing Egyptians need is Western Democracy. They are not used to it and it will do them more harm than good. Think of China. The Chinese are used to obey their leaders, so they are doing very well under their Communist masters. Egypt should fix the economy first, and worry about regime change later. Learn also from the Russian experience; if you bring Glasnost,"openness" (Democracy, for you) and only then restructure the economy (Perestroika), you fall into chaos.

    from the article: As an Israeli, I want the Egyptians to win
    First published 17:42 02.02.11 | Last updated 17:42 02.02.11
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