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Egypt’s crisis signals the unraveling of yet another Arab nation-state

Special to SEGAZINE

When British and French diplomats sat down to draw the boundaries of the modern Middle East, one country required no ruler and compass to define it.   People lived in Egypt 10,000 years before the birth of Christ. The specific civilization that left behind the Giza pyramids dates to 2,700 years BC, and a sense of nationhood was embedded so deeply along the shores of the Nile that the quip of an Egyptian diplomat would become a trusim: “Egypt is the only nation-state in the Arab world,” Tahseen Bashir famously said. “The rest are just tribes with flags.”

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