Posts Tagged ‘Egyptian self-determination’

What is good for Egypt is not good for America

January 31, 2011

Yet another arrogant “intellectual American” lecturing the rest of us about what we should make of the uprising in Egypt, confirming a long American tradition of utter disregard to other countries own ambitions, voice, aspirations, interests, rights, and dignity.

From his pulpit at the  The New York Times, under the header “The Devil We Know”, Ross Douthat insinuates that we might be replacing a devil we know with a worse devil.

Mr. Douthat apparently was untouched by the passionate account of what is happening on the streets of Cairo an Egyptian woman protester wrote today for his paper citing the brutality and the atrocity of  the Mubarak regime. She writes about a dignity that has been lost, freedom that has been elusive. She speaks of brave people young and old, poor and affluent, Muslims and Christians, religious and secular that have had enough of this rotten regime. She writes about how the brave protesters are sprinkling vinegar on their Kaffias to dampen the effect of tear gas and how they’re even challenging the live bullets of this rotten regime that Mr. Douthat, a devout Catholic by the way, is not sure whether we should let go of.

I am not going to comment on the fallacies and distortions about the role of America in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, and Lebanon  that Mr. Douthat injected into his article. I’d like to remind him only of this: When is it that “our intellectuals” are going to get it through their thick heads that “other countries” have their  own dreams, their own ideas about how  to run their own affairs. And that may or may not agree with our  self-interests, our  ambitions, and our affairs.

Whether the people of Egypt elect the Muslim Brotherhood or Ayman Nour into office, it is their own call first and foremost.  Most certainly it is not up to Douthat and his ilk, or any of “us” for that matter, to decide.