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She is also known by several nicknames: Red Dalia, Steel Magnolia and the Iron Lady — a reference to one of her role models, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

GOOD NEWS

The release of Hosni Mubarak is “good news,” says a former ambassador to Egypt under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner even thinks an Egyptian court’s decision to free the former autocratic president from prison might even help heal the violent rift in the country that has seen more than 1,000 die in clashes in the past week.

“I think we should look at [Mr. Mubarak’s release] as good news,” Mr. Wisner told The Huffington Post. “I would like to think it would be the predecessor to a greater sense of reconciliation.”

Mr. Wisner, ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1991, added that Egyptians must “come together.”

“The country is faced with huge problems — problems of an economic and a political nature,” he said.

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