Egypt in Turmoil

by Ryan on January 27, 2011

in International Relations,Israel,War on Terror

In the wake of Tunisia’s pro-democracy “Jasmine Revolution” the Egyptian street has been emboldened to wreak havoc on the regime of dictator President  Hosni Mubarak.  Egyptians are fed up with their government’s lack of transparency and legitimacy.  Couple that with renewed religious violence against Christians and that Mubarak seems to be setting up his son to replace him as dictator president.  The people seem to have reached a tipping point — government’s tend to get worried when people in business suits join protests.

Right now the protests are sporadic, but growing.  Major market disruptions have taken place too.  However, the government is doing the only thing it knows — crack down, arrest people, ban Twitter, etc.  Europe’s critical of the crackdown, but in pure Obama Nation form we’re rather milquetoast about the whole thing.

Egypt being in turmoil can be a very good thing. Former IAEA head Mohamed El Baradei is said to be returning to Egypt in solidarity with the protesters, giving the movement international clout and a potential democratic replacement for Mubarak if push comes to shove.  However, if Mubarak takes the Iranian approach, he’ll simply round up and kill everyone involved, causing international outrage, but remaining in power.  If an anti-Israeli radical takes Mubarak’s place, that could seriously disrupt the Mideast — remember the radical Islamist terrorist Muslim Brotherhood is centered in Egypt.

So at this moment it remains to be seen whether Egypt is in the throes of a democratic revolution or on the verge of an Iranian-style bloodbath.  In either case, the North African Middle East seems to be in the midst of a democratic wave that will likely change the region, hopefully in the right direction.  Plus, it’s nice to see the people of Arab Muslim countries actually holding their government responsible rather than scapegoating their ills on Jews or Americans.

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Julie Kinnear January 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

The problem here is that the revolutionary movements in Egypt seem to be more of a struggle for an economic prosperity rather than for democracy and this may breed resentment among the people of Egypt when this prosperity is not achieved even under the new system.


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