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Egypt: Ex Oriente Lux

After almost one week of tribulations, the European Commission has officially announced that it will put together aid packages to help smooth Tunisia’s and Egypt’s transition to democracy. The United States and Israel are still claiming that sticking with the “devil you know” could prove a better option, in spite of evidence to the contrary from the streets of Cairo. One cannot help wondering what the experts of a superpower were doing prior to the upheavals in the Arab world and why a country still clinging to its leader-of-the-free-world position did not have contingency plans to deal with such developments. More on that later.

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