Mubarak: Stalwart Against Islamists, Friend of Israel

It now appears clear that Hosni Mubarak will resign within hours (though no one can ever count him out). The Army appears to have thrown its weight behind his departure, and segments of the population such as doctors and lawyers have joined in the protests. There will be a lot of shouting “Victory” and “Praise God” for his departure; the world media will sing in unison about democracy and human rights. We’ll have to see whether democracy or theocracy takes hold in Egypt, but most importantly, we should remember that for 30 years Mubarak was a strong force opposing Islamic extremism, and in that regard, a good friend of Israel.

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