The sense among many activists and observers of Egypt is resignation and pessimism. Many fear that Egypt is on the wrong track, heading away from democracy, and back to an era of autocracy and a police state. This feeling is understandable, but it is not helpful. The key to the salvation of Egypt is not to lose faith, but to accept that progress will take time, tenacious effort, and patience in order to fulfill democratic aspirations. The current mood, with its negative emotion, is neither productive nor healthy. We cannot allow ourselves to drift away and lose focus.
Currently, Egyptians are divided into two camps: some are rightly watching the army as hawks, citing the many violations of human rights and press freedom, while others are focused on the Muslim Brotherhood, their allies and their perceived bad policies. Both camps, however, are not doing Egypt any good.
There are several…
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