And the Next Head of Egypt Is … a 12-Year-Old Boy?

That is, at least, what many have come to believe should be after watching the video above, which features an interview with a ridiculously smart Egyptian boy named Ali Ahmed.

The interview, which was conducted in Cairo by El Wady newspaper, took place back in October but has recently gone viral in the wake of Mohamed Morsi’s ouster on July 3.

And parents everywhere are swooning over this precocious youngster, who expresses very sensitive thoughts about Egyptian government and politics and society.

“I’m here today to prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person,” he says, in Arabic, “and to protest the confiscation of the constitution by one single party.”

“We didn’t get rid of a military regime to replace it with a fascist theocracy,” he adds.

A fascist theocracy, the boy’s interviewer asks?

“Fascist theocracy,” he explains, seemingly by rote, “is when you manipulate religion and enforce extremist regulations in the name of religion even though religion doesn’t command that.”

He tells his interviewer, who appears to be incredulous about his intelligence, that he came by these ideas using his own brain and by reading newspapers, watching TV and scouring the Internet. How sensible!

Perhaps he learned about fascist theocracies from Frank Zappa, who defined them for a national audience on Crossfire in 1986. We wouldn’t doubt it of a boy with such an omnivorous mind.

And the Next Head of Egypt Is … a 12-Year-Old Boy?