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Egypt's Revolution Will Take Decades

"But to label Egypt's revolution a failure, just two short years into a process involving drastic political change, is an act of extraordinary haste. " Amen! It seems like we routinely demand far better performance from todays fledgling possible Democracies than we ever managed ourselves, and at the first sign of failure we throw up our hands, say "They're Islamists!" and give up. We need to stay in there, stay engaged, and try to encourage the growth of democracy any way we can. The Iranians aren't giving up pushing the Islamofascist line. We should champion our own values, if we really value them in the first place.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 6:52 PM
Your post is both unrealistic and naive. The Islamic world is the way it is because that is the way its inhabitants want it to be. When given the vote, the people of Egypt chosen candidates affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, not ones with pro-western, secular and progressive values of the kind you might favor. The same held true in Iraq when there were elections there. America has no business being in the Middle East; we ought to cordon off the region and leave at the first opportunity. The less contact we have with that region, the better.
Egypt's Arab Spring revolution abounds with destructive ambitions and cruel ironies. But to label Egypt's revolution a failure, just two short years into a process involving drastic political change, is an act of extraordinary haste.

Destructive ambitions, borne by ambitious men, and cruel ironies haunt every revolution. The United States, the political entity created by a revolt dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, permitted slavery until a bitter civil war (eight decades after the revolution) terminated that hideous, unequal practice.

French revolutionaries demanded liberty and equality, but 10 terror-ridden years after Parisians stormed the Bastille, the French...