Now, the analogy is inexact because anti-Semitism is, in fact, widespread in Egypt and the Middle East. By contrast, in America — and certainly within the Tea Party movement — racism has been marginalized. — John Guardiano
But this is a pretty important distinction, isn’t it? We know from numerous polls what attitudes prevail in Egypt and the Middle East. Maybe the experts you link to, who run the full spectrum from neoliberal democratist to neoconservative democratist, are right about the protestors. But in a democracy, it won’t just be the protestors who get to govern. It will be the majorities who favor death sentences for converting to religions other than Islam and have negative views about Jews, Israel, and the U.S.
Now, I agree that doesn’t mean Egyptians don’t have the same right to good government that the rest of us do. But it should temper our enthusiasm for U.S. “action” in a situation where it isn’t clear there is any desirable attainable outcome.
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