Now that Mubarak is being kicked out by his people, we have the arrogance to think we have a right to meddle in their political affairs? You have people saying that we have to support stability over democracy in Egypt; meaning, even though Mubarak is a terrible dictator he is at least a "stable ally" in the Middle-East. As well as a supporter of Israel. No, this isn't our revolution--it's up to the Egyptian people to decide the next course. We can't constantly sell out our democratic values. Also, this blind support of Israel is myopic, which has not served us well in being able to have credibility in the rest of the Middle-Eastern region. Israel has a strong military and has defeated every enemy in several wars, so I think they can protect themselves. We should still support Israel but not to the detriment of relations in the rest of the region.
I think it is wise if we sit-back and just watch from afar--offer our services if they should be desired by the people of Egypt, but not force our influence. This isn't a game where we can play "Risk" with other countries and pretend there aren't real consequences for meddling in the affairs of others. It's time to support our democratic values first, and adapt to whatever the people of these independent countries decide. We aren't the government or police of the world and we'd do well to focus on our own country because things aren't going so well here at home either.
PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press
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