Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1


Ratings: (0)|Views: 1|Likes:
Published by Bruce Ogden

More info:

Published by: Bruce Ogden on Jan 29, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Egyptians Protest Against Mubarek and for Freedom
There's little question that the Egyptian people are protesting in resistance to tyranny, or that Mubarekhas abused human rights and exercised totalitarian oppression of the people in the process of maintaining his 30 year rule. The Mubarek regime justifies its oppression as the only effective means of preventing the violent overthrow of its government and its replacement with an even more tyrannicalregime. The Egyptian people have clearly suffered under Mubarek’s rule, they no longer (if ever theydid) subscribe to this justification for oppression, and are seeking a change in government. The Egyptianpeople, as all mankind, have a Natural Law right to the liberty and self-determination that they seek andthat has long been withheld from them.While the current mass protests in Egypt may indeed precipitate a change in government, the use of violence by either the protesters or the government is deplorable and is only destructive to the causesof either party. The use of violence in this type of mass popular uprising, where an unarmed people facea heavily armed and mechanized military force, the people will suffer more casualties and a higher rateof defeat, unless there is a significant mind-set change in the troops, military and other political leaders.If the current protests do lead to a change in government, it remains unclear whether such change willimprove or diminish liberty for the Egyptians.As freedom loving Americans, we can certainly identify and empathize with the desire of the Egyptianpeople to be free. However, regardless of American commercial or political interests in Egypt (which areundeniably significant), it is not our place to intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign countries, oneway or the other. The question, then, is how do we support the Egyptian people in their quest forfreedom without intervening inappropriately in internal, sovereign affairs? While we can provide moralsupport in terms of world reporting on the protests and our government and public opinion leaders, andthe American people speaking out in support of the people, anything more than this could easily beinterpreted as inappropriate meddling, and could actually be detrimental to the cause of freedom.The Egyptian Army and Police have kept Mubarek in power all these years. While the U.S. has workedwith Mubarek by default, in order to have dealings with Egypt, the U.S. has in no way "propped-up" theMubarek regime at the expense, or promoted its oppression of the Egyptian people. Continued effortsto encourage the Egyptian government, whether changed or not, to conform to the principles of freedom and human rights, including the right of self-determination, must be maintained.The real danger is that many groups and organizations that do not have the best interests of theEgyptian people at heart, including their right to freedom and self-determination, are seeking to co-optthe current power of the people for their own designs of imposing different tyrannies. If the currentgovernment is incapable or unwilling to supervise the peaceful transfer of power to a new governmentthat will hold free elections and respect the rights of the people, it is likely that the Mubarekgovernment will disintegrate, leaving a vacuum that will be filled by one or the other of thesetotalitarian groups, leaving the people no better off, and perhaps even worse off, than they were underMubarek.Egyptian President Sadat, a leader who was largely responsible for Egypt signing on to a majoragreement of cooperation and peace with Israel (the first such agreement between an Arab nation andIsrael in modern times), was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood. At that time Alman-al-Zawahiri

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->