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Obama: Overfocusing on Egypt

February 10, 2011

E.J. Manning

There is no doubt that the Egyptian uprising that started on January 25 has caused a political earthquake, but this earthquake is not necessarily focused on the Muslim world. That is just what popular politics would have your believe. It is a distraction from what the United States and some other nations are enduring at home. It has already changed politics and created new perceptions. Those who ignore this fact will do so at their own peril.

Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, believes that the Middle East is facing a “perfect storm” of unrest, tension and strife, since the occurrence of popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt and recent political challenges in Jordan and Yemen.

She told an international security summit in Munich that “Some leaders may believe that their country is an exception, that their people will not demand greater political or economic opportunities, or that they can be placated with half-measures. In the short term, that may be true; but in the long term that is untenable.”

It seems to me that powers in the United States are overfocusing on Egypt, as well as supporting change in the wings. The “idea of democracy” seems so compelling on the surface, or at least that is the story that they tell. The same statements these powers make about Egypt can easily be applied to the United States, or any other land where issues of the day are ignored or unsuccessfully dealt with. This should be a lesson to all politicians, no matter where any global unrest may appear. Perhaps the old Bible adage quoted by Christ should apply here: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Point made.

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