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Old 10-04-2012, 05:59 PM   #31
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I personally am on the side of the students, but what can we do to help them without appearing foolish in 20 years?

I think it is better to let the Egyptian people 'do it themselves' and if they CHOOSE a fascist system, let's see how long it lasts...

But for us to try and install leaders for them, would be a fail because anytime they have problems they can do as people normally do...

Blame the USA for everything.
If they're going to blame us either way, and they will with the Muslim Brotherhood running the show, wouldn't we be better off with an Egyptian govt that's going to be more favorably disposed to us? The Egyptian military hasn't been a source of enlightenment and individual rights over the years, but if the new government ends up going to war, either overt or covert, with Israel, we may look back on the former military rulers with fondness.

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Personally I would support the liberals and moderates but there's really only so much we can do...

What more can we do than we did? (serious question, because I'm willing to help)
What did we do to begin with? We could have reassured the military that we would continue to support them if they prevented the total takeover of the government by the MB. We could have supported Mubarack while convincing him to offer his people more of a say in their government or some degree of liberalization.

It's possible we couldn't have prevented what happened, but if we stood back and took a hands off approach instead of trying to subtly influence events toward the best possible outcome from the US point of view, our leadership failed us.
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