Christiane Amanpour recently on CNN examined the situation in Egypt where former UN official Mohamed Elbaradei is attempting to foster a free election for the presidency against President Mubarak who essentially believes only someone with his name is entitled to lead the nation and the other one with his name is a son. Amanpour asked a few opponents of the president as well as supporters to discuss issues of human rights on her program. She admitted, “it is not uncommon for a country to declare emergency powers in times of national crisis, but what happens when the state of emergency lasts for almost 30 years.” The answer is simple, then you have the current emergency state of democracy in Egypt.
Elbaradei told the TV audience he wants a true democratic election in his country that includes a free and fair election, judicial supervision and some international inspectors around to ensure that votes are counted as they were voted. If the past offers any examples to the present we can assume when votes are finally counted in Egypt someone with the name of Mubarak will be the victor. Tune in about fifty years from now if you seek to hear another name.