Thursday, February 10, 2011

Americans Arrogant About Egyptian Revolution.

It is embarrasing and pathetic to constantly hear American journalists and, so-called "experts" on Egypt talk as if we are the "king makers" of the Egyptian revolution. This support of dictators and other radicals has been a nasty habit America has picked up in the past decades, which has often blown-up in our face: Supporting the dictatorial Shah in Iran, supporting Diem in Vietnam, supporting Saddam Hussein until he outlived his usefulness to America, supporting Osama bin Laden during the Afghanistan war against the Soviets. And, now, Hosni Mubarak who we have supported over democracy in Egypt for the past 30 years. Real politik is fastly becoming over-rated. It's like acid--It is helpful in small doses but deadly as a mass policy.

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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3 comments:

Mario said...

How can we spread the word to all citizens of World?

Goverments can't help but we can !!!

All free Citizens of the World need to announce their support for the Egyptian protesters by calling for a Tourist Boycott of Egypt until Mubarak steps down.

RANDMAJESTIC said...

We're so damned self-righteous about other countries all over the world-yet we ignore our own people and let them flounder in sub-poverty wage, kick them out of work, and have sub-standard health care.When are we going to clean the poop out of our own national shorts, and quit being so pedantic about moral high ground-which, we are a shameful standard for the world to view! Nothing screams obfuscation like wagging the finger and juke-and-jive over foreign events---it is soooooo "CAUSE DE-CELEB"-A FLAVOR OF THE MONTH! UNTIL-WORSE THINGS HAPPEN-THEN IT RETREATS TO THE NEWS BACK PAGE WITH "WHO CAME IN SECOND IN DANCING WITH THE TSARS"!

RANDMAJESTIC said...

DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH, SPORTS FANS------AMERICA IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE ECONOMICALLY-AND THE LAST FOLKS TO UNDERSTAND THE BURLESQUE-ARE THE AMERICANS! MAYBE WE-SHOULD HAVE THE EGYPTIANS TEACH US ABOUT NOT TRUSTING OUR OWN BANKS AND INVESTMENT FIRMS WITH OUR MONEY! WE DON'T EVEN GET A PYRAMID AWARDED FOR SECOND-PLACE IN DEMOCRACY-BUT WE WON THE FIRST-PLACE PRIZE FOR BLIND TRUST!