Putting the Egyptian Revolt in Perspective

On Fox News last night, Charles Krauthammer made a crucial point: one of the reasons the revolution in Egypt succeeded is that Hosni Mubarak’s regime was not nearly as brutal as that of the mullahs in Iran. To its credit, the Egyptian military did not turn its guns on its own people. With Mubarak gone, what lies ahead in Egypt is very hard to tell. It’s possible that what replaces Mubarak is worse than Mubarak ever was. This would not be the first revolution to betray the hope of its people. But of course, the policy of the United States wasn’t to overthrow Mubarak; the question was, once the revolution began, would the United States side with Mubarak, which clearly would have been a disaster (it would have permanently alienated those we now need to align ourselves with); or side with the demonstrators, who “rose to proclaim their fidelity to liberty and who provided us with a reminder that tyranny is not fated for the Arabs” (see this masterful piece).

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Putting the Egyptian Revolt in Perspective

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