Friday, February 11, 2011

Democracy in Egypt?

I've been watching an interview on TV in which both the interviewer (a TV news anchor) and interviewee are celebrating Egypt's new democracy.

What democracy!? Egypt was overthrown by a military coup! No one yet knows how this will play out (how many military coups end up in democracy?). Even if it does end up in democracy, what reason do we have to believe that it will be a peaceful democracy rather than the the kind of democracy they have in Gaza in which the people freely elected a terrorist government?

President Bush had a much too naive view of democracy. Unfortunately, all too many Americans (Republicans and Democrats) share that naivete.

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