In looking at what the United States should or even could do about Egypt, as well as what has led to this time, I thought this was another good look at Rebellion in the Land of the Pharaohs by Fouad Ajami and printed in the Wall Street Journal, the right wing's paper these days.
For those who think any action is preferable to waiting and watching, I would know they are also not into nuanced answers. It all must be black or white. They want a daddy figure for their president or in short a dictator but elected by them. What Obama is doing isn't -- bring it on-- and that they liked.
Well I am into nuanced living and answers and right now with Jordan possibly facing the same rebellion, I wonder how much of this is due to the economic condition in the whole world and not the fault of any one country or leader. How much of it is due to wealth, around the world, being too concentrated, and although leaders can impact that, when they do, they are called communists by the right wing.
Maybe we are seeing the result of too many years of right wing domination that let the wealth concentrate and left the citizens behind. This problem has been escalated in some of the oil rich countries of the Middle East (Egypt isn't one of them) where some know wealth beyond imagining and others cannot earn a living. Educations, and they say many of the Egyptians demonstrating do have college degrees, only help if there are jobs to go to.
This is also from the right with a quote from Ajami within it-- Six Weeks that Shook the World. The quote for anybody who doesn't read the article says, "Revolts of this kind are always a gamble on the unknown." Easy for him to say from a secure position as a university professor in the United States.
Since Ajami was a Bush advisor, it's not hard to see how he'd see all of this as they were big on talking democracy for the Middle East. That always sounds good, but hey, what happens when democracy chooses someone who is out to get the West? Still okay? Nuanced living asks that question. The daddy party does not. They want their leader to jump on something and they don't care much what it is-- action, they want action. I will say that the crowds are not acting like they want a religious ruler. They want options and a chance to make their own choices.
How do we differentiate mob rule from the democratic process? Maybe when we like the results? We know Mubarak's government has been a brutal dictatorship pretending to have elections. If we weren't pretty sure before, all of these people turning to the streets should confirm it but what exactly does the neocon thinker want the US to do about it? Invade Egypt next?
This was another good look at the options and problems from a right wing thinker, Joe Scarborough-- Now that Pandora's box has been opened, expect the consequences to be far reaching.
Jobs around the world are a serious problem, and it sounds like a catastrophic one in the Middle East, but can anything be done about them without governments making policies that work to divide up some of the wealth from the richest to the workers. Oh no, can't do that. Well then exactly what can we do? Bomb?
Update: Mubarak is expected to say he won't run again for president of Egypt. Does that mean the protesters will be satisfied? Who comes next and how do the people on the street want America to be seen?
Who is the Muslim Brotherhood is being answered different ways by different political factions and by different Middle East experts. I found this interview interesting: Muslim Brotherhood regarding what we might expect if they do get a big share of the power in Egypt.