It is an interesting article from The JP, as was the CSM article. I'd be interested in hearing what conclusions you draw from them.
"It doesn't matter if one or one million of them are part of the Muslim Brotherhood. They deserve a better life. "
"Quite a statement, Ess. You are stating then that the muslim brotherhood would give them a better life? I'm not saying they wouldn't because I don't know that much about them but opinions like the one above are something to be concerned about, I would think."
I would think so as well.
For israel, the question seems important. On the other hand, does Mubarak going out mean that an Islamic Theocracy is in? I haven't seem evidence either way that I find convincing. It appears on the unlikely side right now, though, to me.
For Egypt, I would think their major concern was throwing off what feels like an oppressive police state would be the first order of priority. Rachel Maddow reported that Egypt is holding a million political prisoners right now. That seems high to me, but certainly possible; they have a horrible human rights record, and they're doing very badly for unemployment (4o%, same source) and the cost of food appears to be going up. They're also having trouble keeping order.
For the rest of the middle east.
For The United States and our foreign policy.
For the United States and it's domestic politics.
In short, Mike, you've said a mouthful. Each of these threads may lead in different directions. Some of them, potentially, in contradictory directions, such as the U.S. foreign and domestic agendas. I don't know and it's really hard to tell right now.
I would tend to agree with Ess in large part, though. The Egyptians deserve a better life. Part of the reason why the Muslim Brotherhood has the strength it does, I believe, is that it's been in opposition to Mubarak through much of his administration. We, being a nation state, couldn't afford to do so. We needed stability in the region. We should have, I also believe, approached things differently and tried to pressure a more democratic rule there. We'd be in a better position now.
We have difficulty when we set up or support dictators. The had trouble with the Shah, we had trouble with Saddam, we're having trouble with Mubarak. It's not a happy path, and it's not a democratic path. We are pushed around by our economic interests here rather than our democratic interests, and the price we have paid and continue to pay is high.
I wish I had a cheap and easy solution to offer, but I really don't; only thoughts and pieces, here and there.
All my best, Bob Kaven