Monday, January 31, 2011

Land of the pharaohs

I don't know what is going on in Egypt, and apparently the White House doesn't either.
Following Obama's 2009 apology speech in Cairo, I didn't expect any further problems in Egypt. Or from the Muslims Obama apologized to for America's bad behavior.
But one of two things seems to be happening.
Islamic extremists are trying to topple the Egyptian government, which is an ally of the United States and at peace with Israel. It could be the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah ... who knows? But none of them are friends of America.
So why would the White House support them?
Another possibility is that they are freedom-loving people trying to topple a despot and establish a democracy, which would not seem to be a threat to the United States.
If that is the case, it would be exactly what supporters of regime change in Iraq predicted; an outbreak of democracy in the Muslim world.
Obama called Iraq a "war of choice" in Cairo and, in effect, apologized for it, too. But since taking office, he has ratcheted up the war in Afghanistan, which he called "the right war."
Obama also was noticeably silent about a similar uprising in Iran. The freedom-loving people he cold-shouldered then were shot and hanged for opposing the terrorist government.
So does he support those who oppose a government friendly to the United States, but not support those who opposed a government that hates the United States?
I'm confused by the guy who constantly says "let me be perfectly clear." Whose side are we on again?

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