Sunday, January 30, 2011

Unforeseen Prescience

The current issue of Foreign Policy has a timely article on Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian discontent. Money quote: "Yet an increasing number of Egyptians no longer think their country's situation is all that funny, and they are turning the national talent for wit into a more aggressive weapon of political dissidence."

I'm growing weary of the worry amongst the punditry and policy wonks about post-Mubarak Egypt: either you're for democracy or you're not. Whether or not the Egyptians elect people who maintain our 'interests' is not the point. We'll work with the government the governed choose. It's time we stop basing the "national interest" soley on protecting resources for ourselves and maintaining security at the cost of others' freedoms.

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