Egypt is among the most important nations in the Middle East but this country is also among the key areas of this region in which a government lacks any plan to revitalize society and create conditions that will engage young people in meaningful work. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood under the leadership of Mohammed Morsi committed one blunder after another to wreck the Egyptian spring of peace and hope for a new beginning. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood was out to gain power and then use that power to destroy democracy. But, under leadership of General Sisi, Egypt is pursuing the path of dictatorship and lacks any plan for an economic development that would create a vibrant society. A year ago, Sisi ordered the arrest of Al-Jazedera employees as part of his effort to stifle democracy in the land. Egypt needs those raising important issues and focusing on corruption and incompetence if the nation is to become an economic giant.
Finally one of the Al Jazeera reporters was freed. The others remain in jail. Peter Greste was an Australian and is headed home. But, as he leaves the people of Egypt remain in a society in which open discussion is still not available. General Sisi and his buddies will continue their efforts to gain power and to seek economic gains for those who have the power. The only losers are the people of Egypt.