Salute to Morsi
Polistra and friends tentatively salute Egypt's new leader. Overall Morsi appears to have the right 'bones' for a positive nationalist: he's a firm Islamist, an engineer, and serious enough about politics to have served some jail time under Mubarak.
Remains to be seen whether he will be allowed to have real power, though. As historian Rufus Fears observed
more than a year ago, Egypt's rulers have been remarkably constant over 5000 years. Egypt has stayed intact, fairly prosperous, and important on the world stage, while most countries in that region still haven't started
to succeed. Perhaps the generals can maintain their long success while allowing Morsi to satisfy the popular need for a more local and less secular approach.
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Purely selfish sidenote: I may have an extra dose of empathy for Morsi because he looks like me. We could be brothers. Damn few world leaders have ever been unfortunate enough to fit into this esthetic category!