A Fine Jest Ms. Clinton, But the Only Way for a Free and Fair Election is the Disintegration of the Mubarak Regime

Sec. Clinton “We have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy. And we want to see the kind of steps taken that will bring that about. We also want to see an orderly transition,” she told “Fox News Sunday.” NYP

CROWLEY: It seems to me that when this started out and we saw the signs and the protesters in the street, they were anti-Mubarak. Now, if you are watching, we are seeing signs that say “U.S., stop backing Mubarak.” What side is the U.S. on, Mubarak or the people in the streets?

CLINTON: Well, there’s another choice. It’s the Egyptian people. We are on the side — as we have been for more than 30 years — of a democratic Egypt that provides both political and economic rights to its people, that respects the universal human rights of all Egyptians. And that is the message that every ambassador, whether Republican or Democratic president, everyone has conveyed for over 30 years. CNN via Wonkette

Attention: Secretary Clinton does not consider the people on the streets Egyptians. OMG, they must be foreign plants by…some other people than Egyptians. Unions! etc.

The US has not been on the side of a democratic Egypt, for whatever explanation makes the most sense to you. Besides Israel, the Egyptian dictatorship has received more US foreign aid than any other country over the last 5 decades. Ostensibly, this is to bribe Egypt’s dictator to keep the peace with Israel and allow global trade to flow through the Suez.

It’s time to stop treating the Egyptian people as pawns in our power games, and start treating them as people. Would Americans stand for a dictator? No.  Should we expect Egyptians too?

It’s also time to stop thinking that the dictator who rigged elections for 30 years has now seen the light and could be trusted to phase in a free and fair election. The entire point of a police state is to suppress the populace to get the results the regime wants while smoothing over the selection process as best as it can. ElBaradei knows that a free and fair election can only be had with the collapse of the Mubarak regime.

“The American government cannot ask the Egyptian people to believe that a dictator who has been in power for 30 years will be the one to implement democracy,” ElBaradei, former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

This is really a farce. I mean, people here could be poor, but they’re intelligent. NYP

There’s also talk that the collapse of the Mubarak regime will undermine the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In fact, it could restart talks and actually push a real solution. Israel has been playing the game of attrition, trusting on the Mubarak regime to provide stability to its south while it expands into the West Bank and defends against Hezbollah. With the removal of Mubarak, the Israelis may have to reassess the feasibility of the destabilizing role it plays in the region.

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2 Responses to A Fine Jest Ms. Clinton, But the Only Way for a Free and Fair Election is the Disintegration of the Mubarak Regime

  1. Michael Aschkar says:

    I am sending this email to express my disappointment in how the media and the US government handled the chaotic situation in Egypt. Is it possible to be astonished but not surprised? Did American lose its mind? How on earth we support a group of people without knowing whom they represent just because they make the most noise. Is this democracy? So if a group of people in the US hunkered down in Rockefeller Center and demanded that president Obama resign and leave the country immediately he should do so otherwise it will not be a democracy!!!

    Apparently we will not be satisfied until all the Middle East becomes like Iraq. I cannot believe how ignorant we are in America. We learned nothing from the Iraq experience. How stupid to lend a hand to a terrorist group like the Muslim Brotherhood and turn our back to a good ally like Hosni Mubarak. Why we became so cynical and assumed that everything bad comes from the current regime that we know about and everything good will come from the next regime that we do not know anything about.

    The right thing for the US Government is to backup Mubarak until the next election is held so he could bring back law and order to his country and have faith in the Egyptian people. I support whoever brings stability and prosperity to Egypt like Mubarak did. His administration was not perfect but there was stability, peace and economic prosperity under his command. For the record originally I am from Egypt and no I do not work for Mubarak or his regime. However, I do not want to see the Middle East turn into another Iraq! BTW, all the people I contacted in Egypt support Mubarak with no exception the problem is they do not make as much noise!!!

  2. Austin says:

    Indeed, how ignorant we are. In Iraq, we forced democracy through military invasion. In Egypt, we refuse to support an indigenous democratic uprising.

    How cynical are you to think that given 30 years of suppression and general economic stagnation, Egyptians wouldn’t seize a chance to have an accountable, democratic government? And I’m not sure what indicators you’re pulling, but income inequality has risen slightly in Egypt over the past 5 years while the prices of basic goods have also risen. The unemployment rate hasn’t been below 9.5% in at least a decade.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has played a minor role in this revolt, which started mainly through white collar youth organized through social media, and then took a life of its own when a huge population of blue collar workers started mass demonstrations. The Brotherhood was the last to the demonstrations and the first to agree to government-led talks. Your insinuation that they would take over in a post-Mubarak Egypt is dubious at best.

    Short-term stability for an entire generation that hates the US for supporting a dictator is not “bringing stability” in reality-based politics. Gone are the days when retribution can’t go global.

    As to the circles you run with, I’m sure there are many in Egypt. I suppose you think sending thousands of thugs into the demonstrations to beat up and chase down protesters with horses and camels was a legitimate response. In the US, when hundreds of thousands demonstrate in every major city, it’s more than noise. And that’s not even an effective analogy, as the US has accountability and democratic systems that make protests for change less necessary.

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