Arab Spring in tat­ters

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

IT took 30 years to top­ple the regime of Hosni Mubarak and one year to cre­ate the an­ar­chic sit­u­a­tion that is Egypt to­day.

A mer­ci­less clam­p­down has seen count­less num­bers mown down. The West says lit­tle about the il­legim­i­tacy of the new mil­i­tary set-up, ex­cept for re­port­ing on ca­su­al­ties.

Its re­fusal to label the turn­around a coup has height­ened sus­pi­cions that the re­turn of Mubarakite ele­ments to power is one staged by out­side in­sti­ga­tors who feared an Is­lamic mi­lieu un­der the Mus­lim Brother­hood.

The Arab Spring, sparked by a lone Tu­nisian ven­dor, lies in tat­ters — the ironic vic­tim of pro-democ­racy ele­ments whose brand of freedom means toe­ing the Western line.

A.R. MODAK Moun­tain Rise, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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