- The Washington Times - Friday, February 11, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ihope events in Egypt will turn out more positively than the army takeover of Turkey. That event established a progressive period but has given way to more pressure from Islamic theocratic factions that already existed in parts of the rural countryside.

But this is 2011, not the 1970s and ‘80s, and given the rise of international Shariah law, I cannot help but feel the situation in Egypt is far more menacing. The educated class that has packed Egypt’s squares has made good copy and TV images for Western media, but surely they are not in charge. The protesters have focused on ending Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s rule and replacing it with an unknown. Mr. Mubarak has left the Egyptian army in charge, but who is in charge of the army?

This is a circumstance that bears watching because it may develop into a clear example of how change for its own sake is one of mankind’s most destructive forces. It also may result in new expressions of Islamic theocratic tyranny.

TERRY STAUB

Fredericksburg, Va.

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