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1 Destro  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 12:23:06am

The USA has been ignoring the plight of the Copts for geopolitical reasons for years and this is the end result. We backed a guy that kind of kept a lid on things there but was too weak to change the culture and in fact may have played up Egypt's differences to keep power. Same as Syria it seems. Same as the old Yugoslavia and same as Qaddafi's Lybia. Seems the dictators did nothing to try and resolve their nation's problems, just shut everything up till it reached a boiling point.

2 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 1:22:29pm

re: #1 Destro

The USA has been ignoring the plight of the Copts for geopolitical reasons for years and this is the end result. We backed a guy that kind of kept a lid on things there but was too weak to change the culture and in fact may have played up Egypt's differences to keep power. Same as Syria it seems. Same as the old Yugoslavia and same as Qaddafi's Lybia. Seems the dictators did nothing to try and resolve their nation's problems, just shut everything up till it reached a boiling point.

And if we'd backed someone else we might well have gotten frozen out completely. Dealing with most Middle Eastern nations isn't about good options and bad options, it's about bad options and worse options.

3 ProMayaLiberal  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 5:29:11pm

re: #2 Dark_Falcon

Though, we never should have dealt with the MB.

Sultan Qaboos has said this. We should have listened to him.

Qaboos criticized the Arab Nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser in private discussions with American officials which were released by Wikileaks. He claimed Nasser deliberately used inflammatory speeches and rhetoric to make his people stupid, and accused Nasser of having "set the region back", holding a position of "anti-everything". Qaboos concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood obtained support from the uneducated people.


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