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February 11th, 2011
11:33 PM ET
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ernst Louis-Jacques

    I exhort the people of Egypt to learn from the Haitian revolt that succeeded by ending the Duvalier's regime in 1986. If you look at Haiti's situation today, it is much worse than it was before February 7, 1986 and the supporters of the Duvalier's are using that situation to approve the practices of the regime such as unfair killing, misuse of the country's money and resources, etc.

    The Egyptian People should learn the following lessons from the failures of the Haitian revolt.

    1. They should be careful with the military because in Haiti the military had been instrumental in destroying the progress that the people have made. On November 29, 1987, the elections that were supposed to start the democratic process ended with a massacre with the support of the military under the influence of foreign forces.

    2. They should stay away from pursuing the groups that were working with Mr. Osni Mubarak because that will divide the country as it has happened in Haiti. The people should find a way to forgive the supporters of Mubarak and unify themselves behind one social contract that aims at making Egypt a better country and better the lives of the Egyptian people.

    3. They should be more vigilant in their effort to recuperate the money of the country from Mr. Mubarak if Mr. Mubarak's wealth cannot be justified. Haiti has not been able to recuperate the money that was due to them.

    4. They should choose their future leaders based on rational analyses instead of emotions. A nice face with a nice voice will not be necessarily a good leader. If the people are choosing a president, they need to make sure that the people are qualified to do the job. The same rule should apply for other public service positions such as mayor, state representative, senators, and commissioners.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  2. Steve Daniels

    I'm worried that this story is not over. If it is over, this new people does not realize that time is wasting. It is important that they establish thier first democratic government body which must be a congress or parlement or whatever they want to call it.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  3. Elizabeth Barr

    I have been following the CNN coverage expecially that of Anderson Cooper and think that you people need to take some credit for the positive result in Egypt. It is your dogged coverage that has made it very difficult for the forces of repression to turn on the Egyptian people who so bravely protested for their right to live in a democratic and peaceful Egypt. They are the heroes but so are you.

    Elizabeth, Sydney, Australia

    February 12, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  4. Walid

    What happen to the thousands of missing people in Eygpt?

    February 12, 2011 at 1:20 am |