Egypt, Egypt, Egypt

The situation in Egypt continues to be in flux.

Here’s tonight’s latest news report and a collection of views in three Op-Ed columns published earlier today.

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February 2, 2011

Defiant Mubarak vows to finish term

. Photo Al Jazeera.”]. Photo: Al Jazeera”]CAIRO, EGYPT – Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has announced in a televised address that he will not run for re-election but refused to step down from office – the central demand of millions of protesters who have demonstrated across Egypt over the past week.

Read article here.

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Op-Ed – February 1, 2011

By Bret Stephens

Being Hosni Mubarak

Imagine yourself as Hosni Mubarak, master of Egypt for nearly 30 years. You’re old, unwell, detested and addicted to power. You could have orchestrated a graceful exit by promising to preside over free and fair presidential elections later this year—elections in which the Mubarak name would not be on the ballot. Instead, you gambled that you could ride out the protests and hold on.

It’s a pretty good gamble.

Read column here.

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Op-Ed – February 1, 2011

By Ronen Bergman. Mr. Bergman is a senior military and intelligence analyst for Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli daily.

Lessons on Egypt From Carter and the Shah

Past experience suggests that if Mr. Mubarak’s regime is toppled, not only will American interests suffer, but the cause of freedom in Egypt could be set back dramatically. And the U.S. will have contributed to a Middle East that is less stable and more dangerous than it is today.

Read column here.

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Op-Ed – February 1, 2011

By Max Boot. Mr. Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hosni Mubarak, Troublesome Ally

As Hosni Mubarak teeters on the brink, a lot of wishful thinking is emanating from the West—both from those who want him gone and those who don’t. But it does scant justice to the complexity of the situation to claim that Mr. Mubarak was a superb ally, or to imagine that we can manage an easy transition to a post-Mubarak regime.

Read column here.

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