Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Message We Should Take From Egypt

I don't usually post about politics, but I am today, and I'll keep it brief.  I hope our government is watching what's happening in Egypt today, and what happened in Tunisia a couple of weeks ago and thinking about its meaning. We love stability in the world so our multi-nationals can count on stable sources of oil or markets for our stuff.  So we support strong men that favor American policies in return for American support that inevitably finds its way into their pockets.

Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier, Ferdinand Marcos, Pervez Musharraf, Shaw Mohammed Reza Pahlevi,  the house of Ibn Saud, these are just a few of the despots we've supported at the loss in economic opportunity and political freedoms of their people.  And when their fellow citizens get around to justly kicking their asses out of power, the United States and its foreign policy is left holding the bag because our fingerprints are all over the tools of oppression.  Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen.  The roulette wheel is spinning and the ball is in play--where will it drop next, and how foolish will we look as a result. 

President Obama, Mubarak must go.  Let him.

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