About Egypt’s “Arab Spring”
It’s not much to look forward too. Tony Blankley makes the pointthat many of us have been making as we’ve watched this little drama unfold in Egypt – it ain’t about “democracy”:
That "democratic revolution," as the administration persistently called it, seems to have settled down into an ugly accord between the Army-run government, the Muslim Brotherhood and the fanatical salafists — which the new regime has been releasing from the prisons into which Mubarak very usefully had sent those dreadful men. Killing Coptic Christians, attacking women on the street for non-Muslim garb and other pre-Mubarak attitudes are thus now back in vogue in "democratic" Egypt.
Whether the administration will admit it or not, the fact remains that democracy isn’t set up to succeed in Egypt. By “democracy” I mean institutions that are structured to both support a democratic nation and ensure the success of such a system. It is simply another in a long line of swapping one oppressor for the other. While Mubarak may not have been anyone’s ideal, what may follow, given the indications, may be worse.
Two weeks ago, the administration was "surprised" at the Egyptian-brokered accord between the terrorist Hamas and the West Bank Fatah Palestinian factions — ending even a theoretical chance of Israeli/Palestinian negotiations.
Indeed. And now with Egypt firmly moving to the “other side” after years of peace with Israel, the future looks even more bleak and any peace accord becomes even more unlikely.
And with Obama yesterday essentially demanding the ‘67 borders as a peace concession by Israel any settlement became virtually impossible. No wonder Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell is resigning. He recognizes a dead end when he see’s one.
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