February 1, 2011
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In the last 24 hours, a crowd estimated to be nearly 2 million people took to the streets of Cairo to protest the current government led by Hosni Mubarak. The people are demanding an end to hs 30 year rule, amid cries of poverty and brutality. This has the US in a pickle. Continuing to support him would make it seem that we don’t support “the will of the people.” Supporting his removal could have major ramifications not only for the US but for the entire Middle East.
Tony Blankley addresses the dilemma in a piece at Real Clear Politics: “The Historic Dilemma in Egypt.”
Revolutions – French, Russian, Chinese and Iranian – have a typical trajectory. They are won on the street with the masses calling for freedom; they are stolen afterward by the best-organized, usually most malicious thugs (Napoleon, Lenin, Mao and the mullahs).
Once in a while – as in our Revolution – the cry of the street slogans becomes the principle of the government that follows – but usually not.
If the revolution in Egypt results in the fall of the existing governmental order, what are the chances that the people will be governed subsequently by a more just system? And what are the chances that America’s interests will be advanced by that result?