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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 11:23am

What do you think?

Good change?

Muslim Brotherhood?

Potential for horrendous effect in the region and the world?

What do you think the official position of the White House, and our nation be as far as how this might impact our interests?

I am unsure, but I lean to the thought that this might be really, really bad for the region and the world.


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Registered: 11-04-2010
In reply to: cshell63
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 11:33am
I think the longer it takes for Mubarak to step down, the greater potential for the Muslim Brotherhood to jump in to the void. Right now, or at least yesterday, it was people who wanted a government of their choice, not Mubarak. I'm hoping for a positive outcome with a democratically selected secular government. I do fear for Israel if that doesn't happen.

I think the White House is handling this correctly. It's a fine line to walk because we've propped up Mubarak, so that doesn't make us popular with the Egyptian people. We need to quit choosing to side with maintains our interests for a short while, but when the people have had enough, we are the meddling bad guys. We just need to stop doing that.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
In reply to: cshell63
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 12:10pm

We all know that nature abhors a vacuum.

There's a potential for real harm in having a hostile Islamic government take over, as was the case in Iran. Other nations have forms of government which may be dominated heavily by Muslim leaders but aren't as inimical to the West--Turkey, for instance, has been trending away from the secular under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but is still considered a democracy (the country's founder, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk was ahead of his time in many ways).

The Muslim Brotherhood has not been on a par with Al Qaeda, the Taliban or Hamas. Doesn't mean they couldn't morph into extreme and violent forms of Islam though.

Our stance? Keep working on weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. Ramp up the push to innovate for clean, renewable energy sources. Be cautious about endorsing any form of government. Stop acting like we can back "stability" under autocrats and theocrats. Sooner or later, our ideals will be questioned, particularly when there's a popular uprising such as those which have taken place in Tunisia, Egypt, maybe Jordan.

Right now, it's a bit like walking a high wire tight rope. Should be a cautionary tale for our times about the peril of depending heavily on the stability of a volatile area for access to a resource which is not clean, safe, or sustainable.


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Registered: 01-28-2009
In reply to: cshell63
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 5:14am

A complex and serious issue. My opinion on it (so far) have been nicely summed up by you.....Thanks.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
In reply to: cshell63
Tue, 02-08-2011 - 1:44pm

My general feeling is that an uprising can potentially be a very good thing, as long as it stays within Egypt.


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Registered: 02-24-2009
In reply to: cshell63
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 4:32am

It is time for Egypt and other Arab countries to move to democracy. The Brotherhood will no doubt be a player in some way, and Islam will play a role more generally in defining the common good. I don't think that is really so very different from Christianity's role in the same process in the West.

However it shakes out, it will not necessarily be positive for Israel. OTOH, given the long-standing peace between Israel and Egypt, serious ties of trade and cooperation have been built. It is in the interest of both sides to keep the peace and cooperation. The difference will most likely be that Israel will have to start dealing from a more equal position and not one of superiority. This need not be all bad.