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Hold off on that Wilsonian democratic spirit that those NeoCons so famously rebooted. Democracy in the Middle East is rarely good news for the U.S. This from the WSJ:

“We want to see free and fair elections, and we expect that that will be one of the outcomes of what is going on in Egypt right now,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Still, the emergence of even a moderate new Cairo government, one that could include Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, could significantly alter Egyptian foreign policy away from Mr. Mubarak’s staunchly pro-American line.

Mr. ElBaradei regularly challenged U.S. foreign policy as the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. A new government is likely to include at least some representation of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization committed to ending Egypt’s peace agreement with Israel, said Egyptian analysts.

In a worst case, some U.S. strategists fear any overthrow of Mr. Mubarak could produce parallels to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, when the ouster of the U.S.-backed shah set off ripples that have bedeviled Washington’s policies in the Middle East for three decades.

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One Comment

  1. As Mencken is quoted “Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”


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