Egypt Protests Turn Violent

Supporters and opponents of Egypts president clashed today, hrurling rocks and molotov cocktails.

And the right responds in glee…

But, while it may be painful to watch- it is also…well…fascinating might not be the right word…so…encouraging? to watch the pangs of democracy.

The right has roundly criticized Obama for support of the Arab Spring. Oddly echoing the words of FDR, (someone who, if they think Obama is a socialist my god what they must have to say about FDR), when someone said Nicaraguas Sodoza was a bastart “Yes, but he’s our bastard”.

And therein is the crux of this unfolding drama. Mubarak was a bastard. A Dictator. Someone who suspended the constiution, barred protests, barred other political parties, barred free elections, arrested and held without charge tens of thousands of opponents…but he gladly took american money and in return largely supported Israel.

And according to the right apparently, this was just fine and dandy. Better then democracy taking hold. Better then a free and fairly elected leader whose interests may not be in line with ours.

A policy we saw republicans follow for decades- particularly during the great years of Reagan- where democratically leaders were opposed and overthrown, often replaced by brutal strongmen- but strongmen willing to play our game.

I came of age during Reagan. Which is probably why I have always believed that america- and particularly the right doesn’t care about democracy. They don’t care about the rights we hold so dear. They only care about americas interests. And fail to see the irony that without letting countries find their own path, without letting them learn from their mistakes…americas interests will never be secured.




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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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One Response to Egypt Protests Turn Violent

  1. I find it so suprising how much I agree with your posts! I’m from London and much as I try to read, almost exclusively, international news such as the IHT, Britain has an extremely insular press. What is the genuine reaction in America to thinks like the Egyptian uprising?

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