From Bad To Worse in Egypt
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  • bigfire

    As a tagline from Despair.com once said: It’s always the darkest before going pitch black. Things can and probably will always get worse.

    • Corlyss Drinkard

      Great quote, Big.

  • Corlyss Drinkard

    Well, the Egyptians should be grateful for their public officials who are so obviously holier than Mubarrak ever was. Isn’t that all that matters?

  • Anthony

    “If things keep on in this direction, the Egyptian people will accept almost any dictatorship, however ugly and however corrupt, that can keep peace.” Institutions historically based (though premised on interplay of human motivations) are reflective of inclusivearrangements or extractive arrangements with predictive results – reversion to dictatorship implied though Libyan after shocks unintended consequence perhaps.

  • Bob_from_Ohio

    Looking for my give a da_n. Nope, can’t find it.

  • The failing Egyptian revolution can’t restore order, can’t secure food, can’t get the economy to run. If things keep on in this direction, the Egyptian people will accept almost any dictatorship, however ugly and however corrupt, that can keep the peace.

    Why wouldn’t this same logic apply to Syria?

  • Patrick Carroll

    Back in the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s I was a commissioned officer of the USAF.

    I had a buddy who went to Egypt all the time to maintain US aircraft we’d given the Egyptians, and to train the Egyptians in their use.

    He owned a T-shirt he wore all the time when in Egypt that had a print proclaiming – in Arabic – “I’m not a tourist, I work here.” He said it made his life in Egypt a lot easier.

    Take from that hat you will.

  • A good case for the belief that the USA can’t decide what’s best for the people of another country, and should but out. This is not isloationist; this is a policy based on the premise that we should extend the power of our government, military or otherwise, beyond our borders only when our interests are threatened. I suggest this is the Libertarian point of view. Since interventionist policies cost a lot (lives and treasures) I would hope the TaxedEnoughAlready party will join the Liberatrians in future elections.

  • circleglider

    There is no fundamental human “right to live secure from crime and random violence.” There is only the right to self-defense.

    Only properly-run prisons can be totally “secure from crime and random violence.”

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