The questions: will Egypt and, by extension the Arab world, continue to be an ally against the war against terror?
I hope so but I also think that some things need to change: outsourcing extraordinary rendition, looking the other way on authoritarian regimes that harm their people or wink at attacks against journalists and humanitarian workers.
While the U.S. government might want a gradual transition, that might not be possible. Every effort we’ve made to dictate events in other countries has created very bad, long term consequences.
This is a defining moment. If we place more value on fear than promise, we will fail. If we stand for the right principles, come to listen, support and guide rather than dictate, we might succeed.
I second Celestial Navigator:
“It may well be that they trade one dictator for another, but that was the chance we took in the late 1700’s; it’s the chance that the French took a little later, and it’s the chance anyone takes when they choose to change a government which has failed its primary goal – serving the people.”