Not much else can be said which already has not about the massive anti-government rebellions which are occurring across Egypt. Yes, much of the public there wants a new chief executive. Yes, they want increased participation in their country’s electoral process. Yes, they have good reason to desire these things. No, the United States should not support them.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Here is why; if President Hosni Mubarak is deposed, those who will replace him and his administration, in their own words, do not have the slightest of positive intentions for America or, perhaps more importantly, Israel. Considering that these people will have control of the Suez Canal, which, needless to say, is monumentally important to global trade, they will be in a prime position to wage economic warfare on their perceived enemies. Also, as if this were not bad enough, the pro-Jihad Muslim Brotherhood is a driving force behind much of the protests currently being reported by a great deal of the international media as being “pro-democracy”. If this organization is able to attain control of the Egyptian government, an almost probable development should the rebellions prove to be successful, then Iran will gain a powerful ally in its quest to drag human civilization back into the stone age.
Mubarak may be many things, but he is a strong ally of Western interests, as well as a proponent of fairly reliable stabilization policies in his always turbulent corner of the world, and, to top it all off, supportive of private sector economics. Losing his presence in Egypt would be something far too costly to the Free World, as well as the sizable contingents of Christians and Jews which currently enjoy relatively peaceful lives in his nation. In the event that a group of Jihadists were to replace him, then the bets would be off for all three.
Those in the United States or other free countries who support the rebellions would be wise to keep this in mind before initiating in yet another call for a “regime change” in Egypt.