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.