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Bush Betrays Egypt's Democrats. For What?
Wall Street Journal ^ | May 30, 2006 | Bret Stephens

Posted on 05/30/2006 3:49:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

CAIRO -- In Washington this month, George Bush met with Gamal Mubarak, heir apparent to the Egyptian throne, and sent regards to Mr. Mubarak's father, President Hosni Mubarak. The House Appropriations Committee turned back an effort by Wisconsin Democrat David Obey to withhold a fraction of Egypt's $1.7 billion annual aid allocation. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned that any cuts would damage a "strategic partnership" that is "a cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Middle East."

Also this month, in Cairo, pro-democracy activists such as 39-year-old Ahmed Salah of the Egyptian Movement for Change and dozens of his colleagues were beaten, arrested and detained -- ostensibly for congregating publicly in groups larger than five. The emergency law through which Mr. Mubarak has ruled for 25 years was extended again. The judiciary -- the only semi-uncorrupted branch of government -- is under political assault. And Ayman Nour, the imprisoned liberal politician who ran second to Mr. Mubarak in last September's rigged presidential election, lost his final appeal against a five-year prison sentence on forgery charges.

Maybe there is no connection between the first and second set of events. Maybe Mr. Mubarak did not need tacit American acquiescence to embark on his latest campaign of repression. Maybe there are plausible reasons for the administration to go soft on the regime for now. But speak to opposition figures here and the sense of American betrayal is palpable.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aymannour; betrayal; bush; dissidents; egypt; fearofthealternative; foreignaid; freedom; gamalmubarak; gameelaismail; hosnimubarak; muslimbrotherhood

1 posted on 05/30/2006 3:49:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Democracy for Egypt likely means ascendency for the Muslim Brotherhood, a popular but "outlawed" Wahabbist influenced organization that formed the modern concept of Jihad. Do we want Egypt to turn into a giant Gaza strip, in control of the Suez Canal? I think not. Mubarak may be a bastard, but he's OUR bastard and much better than the alternative. Ditto Musharef in Pakistan.
2 posted on 05/30/2006 4:25:00 PM PDT by KingKenrod
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There are Hillary voters in Egypt?


3 posted on 05/30/2006 4:53:55 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Drugs? Illegals? Legalize and Tax 'Em All, Right? Right??)
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