Well, what about Hosni Mubarak and the situation in Egypt right now? Look how long he’s been in a state of emergency power, and how the US is complicit about it.
Initially he was voted in but overstayed his position, and I don’t think Bush or Obama support it, so what are we going to do, be the Buttinsky Ugly American again? I don’t think so…
“Muhammad Hosni Mubarak has been the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt since 14 October 1981, succeeding to that office following the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Mubarak was trained as a pilot and rose in the ranks of Egypt’s air force during the 1960s and ’70s. President Sadat named Mubarak Vice President in 1975, and in 1978 Mubarak became the vice chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), the governing political party in Egypt. When Mubarak succeeded Sadat, he also became the chairman of the NDP. With control of the government and uncontested in subsequent elections, Mubarak won the presidency in national referenda in 1987, 1993 and 1999. During his presidency he focused on economic growth and inched toward political reform, but economic gains in the 1990s were off-set by criticisms that Egypt was a near-dictatorship (Mubarak never lifted the state of emergency imposed after Sadat’s assassination). In February of 2005 Mubarak announced plans for a September 2005 election that would be Egypt’s first-ever multi-candidate contest for the presidency. On 7 September 2005 he handily won his fifth consecutive term, but it was a victory clouded by low voter turnout, reports of fraud and the imprisonment of his political rival, Ayman Nour. Since then his presidency has been dominated by pressures for political reform and his love/hate relationship with the United States. Mubarak has been rebuked by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for his lack of “commitment” to democracy, but he is an important ally in keeping Egypt as a base of U.S. operations in Iraq.”
The Islamic majority are certainly peeved and he has become another “Megalomaniac Gone Wild”. The Egyptian government is now only laced with a feigned attempt at Democracy, which initially there was optimism Democracy was the promise.
Personally I feel it’s a difficult call, Historically the Islamic/Arab culture does not repect anything but unquestionable force in leadership, and the majority are Islamic. To find a leader that is able to deal with the constant battles & harsh culture of a primitive antiquated belief system of Sharia Law you must be more than just a strong leadership presence. Overtures of “Let’s all just get along” or “Let’s have a kinder gentler nation” are simply laughable in Egypt as well as other Arab countries. I’m not excusing imprisonment of your Political opponent or any opposing view, but democracy is a difficult concept with disgruntled Mullahs at every turn. I don’t think you can lead that horse to water unless you tweek the water a bit.
People are done worrying about [email protected] half way around the world. It’s a waste of time, we should use those resources to put Americans back on their feet and regrow the middle class.
These are Marxist Revolutions you’re seeing in the Muslim world. Mark my words. It will be evident in the years to come. Obama knows that. He’s a Marxist trying to break down a country too.
How about, who cares about other countries? We are in a housing, economic, and employment crisis. How does he avert everyones attention? Gays in the military, trip to Asia. China visit.