completely support the pro-democracy protests in Egypt.
I think it’s wrong that Mubarak is insisting on continuing to hold power, and moreover, that the United States supports him!
I also believe the US’s post-cold war foreign policy has been the WRONG strategy. We now support dictators and totalitarian regimes for oil and stability, which goes against our principles of democracy and self-determination. We’ve backed ourselves into a corner. Now we’re supporting a dictator who suppresses national pro-democracy protests. American judgement in the past decades has been that of an immature teenager — we do not plan for the future, we just act on what benefits us now.
The Egyptians deserve to choose their own leader. That is their right, just as it is the right of all people! Ironically, I am probably not going to like who they choose – someone who is (understandably) anti-US, as we’ve been backing their totalitarian dictator for the past three decades. All I can hope for is that they don’t choose an extremist or someone who wants to resume Egypt’s anti-Israel policy, because that would completely destabilize the Middle East, and will have a direct effect on our daily lives, especially since we depend on the Suez canal for oil transport (right?).
Sticky situation. It’s our (US’s) own faults.
*update: I’m glad they are rallying behind a secular leader as their Mubarak replacement.