and that he's
ready to give up many of the formalities of so-called Western democracy for the maintainance of the unique Egyptian character and national unity.
Maybe you remember the El Naschie who said disparagingly of Tunisia's revolution
Haha. Well, he's gone. That familiar old El Naschie, the one who loved Mubarak, and considered democracy overrated -- is as dead as a doornail.
El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Friday, 18 February 2011. Egypt, which is in my mind. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.
El Naschie tells how much he loves Egypt, and names various patriotic songs.
He notes that the anti-regime protesters kept Tahrir Square clean as a whistle.
He "strongly agrees" with the Austrian president that the Egyptian people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize on account of their revolution. But only recently El Naschie called for Mubarak to be the recipient. Perhaps they can share the award!
He quotes the Norwegian prime minister with approval for saying "today we are all Egyptians" upon the success of the revolution.
He does not mention Mubarak or the NDP at all.