Flashback

What’s going on in Egypt right now – as well as the words dribbling forth from the White House – have me flashing back to 1979 and the uprising in Iran. I don’t know of anything good to say about Mubarak, other than he has kept peace with Israel for all these years. I’m not a fan of him or his style of ruling. On the other hand, I am even less of a fan of the thought of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over.

Mubarak has just appeared on Egyptian television and announced that the government would resign – that does not mean that he will necessarily resign, however.

The track record of this sort of uprising is not particularly good in that region. Lebanon is now under Hezbollah control, for heaven’s sake. Iran replaced an autocratic Shah who ruled through secret police with a apocalyptic theocracy that rules through secret police and stones women to death and kills gays.

Sure, I’d love to see a democracy emerge. I am just not particularly hopeful. (I sincerely hope that the won has reinforced the US Embassy in Egypt, just in case).

Link via Memeorandum

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