- Jan 13, 2010
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Egypt crisis finds US more concerned about nurturing image as champion of democracy rather than safeguarding interests of important Mideast ally snip
The explanation for this behavior is that Washington has lost its self confidence as a global power; instead of caring for its interests and those of its friends it is busy cultivating to itself an image of a beacon of democracy and human rights. This is the cumulative result of the US defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ongoing financial crisis and neo-liberal ideology.
This quasi-missionary ideology, which has followers from both parties in Capitol Hill, sanctifies elections as an expression of true democracy, whereas in most cases in the third world elections are nothing but an empty formality that does not create the most basic conditions for the existence of true democracy and human rights. snip
Americans and Europeans must know that demanding swift elections and canceling the state of emergency may well intensify anarchy in Egypt. snip
The most urgent need is to stabilize Egypt's economy, renew growth, and integrate the nation's economy with the global one through massive foreign investment. This is the only way it would be possible to overcome chronic unemployment, especially among younger Egyptians, which is the source of the political instability and gross lack of human rights. Billions of dollars worth of handouts, necessary to bring food to millions of hungry mouths, will not solve the problem—only postpone it. But no rightful investor will come to Egypt if it is lacking stability and security. Therefore, before worrying about democratic elections, the West must assist Egypt in rehabilitating police and security means protecting personal safety and enforcing law in Egypt.
US arrogant and unreliable - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews
Ron Ben-Yishai is one of the most valued journalists reporting on the Arab world in Israel, I was wondering what are your thoughts on this Op-Ed.