Iam genuinely perprlexed about something. That something is what folks expect of the US when it comes to Egypt. Here is why I am confused:
1. Some people are complaining that we are not helping the Muslim Brotherhood to topple the Mubarek government that has been in power for 30 years. We are accused of supporting a dictator, instead of lending aid to a movement to build a more democratic government there. We are accused of valuing stability over progress. America needs to lend a hand to establishing democracy and nothing is being done here.
2. Other people complain that we try to be the policeman of the world. They say one of America's sins has been supporting movements in other nations that create instability there. Who are we to meddle in other nation's affairs? It is not our job to force democracy upon the people of the world, like we did in Iraq.
Loud voices in both of these camps can be found domestically, internationally, and interestingly, even in Egypt right now. These are polar opposite views of what our relationship should be with Egypt, and neither can be met except at the expense of the other.
Here is another question. Does anyone really know what all the sides in this protest are really about? Do you know if this rioting there is a movement for more democratic rule and a stronger republic there, or is it a movement for Sharia law and theocratic rule by those with unrelenting hate for the West?
One thing I have observed in the MSM that strikes me as very hypocritical: they seem to have more sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood than for the Tea Party. Their narrative of the Tea party has been one of violent opportunists and religious fanatacism, while the narrative of the Muslim Brotherhood has been one of glorious struggle for human rights. I have seen precious little, though some, on who the Muslim Brotherhood really are. (and who they really are is an enemy of the West)
Your thoughts please.