Regarding the June 28 op-ed article by Naiem Sherbiny, "Egypt's All-Powerful President": I wonder what kind of man Mr. Sherbiny wishes to have assume the presidency of Egypt. Or is he calling on President Hosni Mubarak to retire for the sake of retirement?

Has Mr. Sherbiny considered who might replace him? Would he be able to predict how a new president at this time could manage to match the continual achievements that have taken place and are still continuing in this present era? It is strongly for the benefit of international relations as a whole, and for relations with the United States in particular, that Hosni Mubarak should remain as the president of Egypt.

Suppose that President Mubarak does have certain powers. Has Mr. Sherbiny ever considered that without such authority, extremists could become stronger, resulting in worsening conditions for all?

I hope that Mr. Sherbiny is not becoming overly influenced by wrong and exaggerated propaganda. Of course there is always room for positive change and improvement, and happily we have seen such for the benefit of Egypt. One needs only to compare this present era, whether for Egypt at large or for the Copts or the Muslims, with the preceding 200 years. Who is actually watching out for the security of the populace now, including that of the Copts?

Of course there are still problems to be solved, and I hope that these solutions will be for the sake of Egyptian unity. We have to remember that the present government is also facing extremists from "both sides." Therefore, I suggest that we put ourselves in the president's shoes and consider what can realistically and responsibly be done. We need to think in a positive way and keep moving forward step by step, and not get derailed by frustration or destructive criticism.


Elizabeth, N.J.