The violence and government overthrow in Tunisia and Egypt raise a few question for Americans.
In particular, Egypt is one of our strongest Muslim allies. For all practical purposes, they are in the middle of a full blown revolution. To some, Mubarak is a a dictator. To others, he is a trusted ally. Are those Egyptians who are rioting and protesting good patriots, watering the tree of Egyptian liberty or are they thugs and terrorists? Are they cleaning their own country? (We often hear that hurled at those here illegally from Latin American countries.)
As Americans, do we stay out of the Egyptian business? We did that when there were Iranian revolts a year or so ago and President Obama is still being criticized for not ‘supporting’ the revolting Iranians. The Islamic Brotherhood with its Al Quada ties might be behind some of this. They are on our terrorist list, aren’t they? How about the Suez Canal? That waterway is critical to our strategic movement in the area. Then there is the oil issue.
What set all this off? Muarak has been in office for 30 years. Weren’t people happy with him, even though he is technically a dictator? Is it their economy? Have prices sailed through the roof? Have food prices gone sky high?
I don’t think I would want to be President Obama or Hillary Clinton this week. These are the times that try men’s souls and there are no easy answers.