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2011-10-19 18:34:09
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Symbolic victories are beginning to lose their lustre and even the destruction of Bab Al Aziziya, the fortress compound in Tripoli where Gaddafi lived and entertained, becomes relatively hollow in victory if the man himself is still capable of avoiding capture. Syrian violence is also teetering on the edge with its own sectarian conflict likely to intensify as the call for Assad's removal stays unabated. The situation deteriorates alarmingly in Homs and reflects what could be the threat in other major cities.
By the same token, the revelation of a dirty money account in the Mubarak sons' names in Switzerland, while coming as no surprise to most, would scarcely be the full amount which has been swiped. 
A mere $340 million is just the tip of what one suspects has been skimmed over the years and its return by the Swiss to the government in Cairo will, ipso facto, be evidence of deception and misuse of political power. For Egypt though, the problem is of fast tracking the trial against those who have wronged the people and getting the country back onto track.
The longer the situation is allowed to rust, the more the risk of sectarian violence and a historical nostalgia for the past equations, especially when things do not magically improve. The public expects miracles in the aftermath and when it does not occur they are easily disillusioned.
Affection for Mubarak and his cohorts is still fortunately at a very low point but with each passing day it can be reignited by loyal pockets and people can begin to find comfort in the concept that at least there was discipline then and not comparative confusion. Egypt has to move on and out of the shadow of the past.
Khaleej Times


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