Leave Egypt Alone

Mideast Egypt

Commentary by Alfred James

After the military ousted Morsi from power in Egypt, leaders of countries all over the world chimed in.  Some, such as Morsi’s twin brother, Erdogan, in Turkey, condemned the military for ousting a ‘democratically elected’ leader.  Others are saying that their country needs to assist Egypt in its transition.  I say, leave Egypt alone.

Today on the Sunday news shows, Senators McCain and Corker hinted at some involvement in the internal struggle.

The most recent to chime in is former British Prime Minister, and George W. Bush’s prom date, Tony Blair said, “we must help Egypt on the road back to democracy.”

Why do the Western nations believe that they have all the answers?  The nations of the world must make their own decisions about their government, and how they want to be governed.  If democracy is their choice, good for them, if not, it is for the people to decide, not another country.  (Besides, look how well it’s working in the United States right now).

No good has ever come from becoming involved in the governments of other countries.  We need to look no further than Iraq.  The Iraqi people are much worse off today than they were before the United States invaded their country.  And now that we left it after ten violent years, a civil war is in the making, and its citizens fear for their lives and those of their families daily.  The United States also failed miserably in Vietnam, and Afghanistan.

My grandmother said, “keep your nose out of other people’s business.”  A few words of wisdom that should apply to governments as well as individuals.

The people of Egypt, the majority, were being subjected to a president who was instituting his own ideas, his own policies.  Like most politicians, he made promises a year ago when he was elected, and then, when in power, changed the rules.  His economic policies were ruining the Egyptian economy.  His efforts to make Egypt an Islamic state, and institute sharia law, could not be tolerated.

The only unusual part of this so called ‘coup,’ is that the army did not support the nation’s leader, it supported the people.

I do not believe this is the end of uprisings in the world.  Leaders around the world are attempting to mass more and more power, and force their countrymen into a position of subservience.  It won’t work.

Saturday, the people of Turkey once again took to the streets to protest the autocratic rule of Prime Minister Erdogan.  Erdogan is attempting to enact several of the same measures as did Morsi.  What began with a ‘save Gezi Park’ campaign, turned into a government protest, and it continues.

In speeches to his supporters, he frequently demeans African-Americans, and displays his hatred for Jews.  His arrogance may soon lead him to the same fate as Morsi, if the people can rally the military behind them.

When the “G-8,” and other meetings are held by the leaders of the world, they continually receive active protests.  Do they world’s people know more than their governments want them to?  It’s more than a possiblility.

Recent revelations about the ‘World Bank,’ and the ‘IMF,’ revealed that, although these institutions were formed to ‘aid developing nations,’ money is being funneled from them to the wealthy, and the corrupt wealthy.

Our own revered Thomas Jefferson was a prophet as he spoke these few words.  “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

So, once again, I say, leave Egypt alone.  What changes occur in that country should be decided by the people of Egypt, and no one else.

Alfred James reporting

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