From today’s Washington Post:
“I don’t think America appeals to the younger generation,” she said. “I’m cautious not to present them with the American example because there’s a negative attitude to America, a disappointment.”
No one yet knows what kind of Middle East will emerge from Cairo’s embattled streets: a newly democratic one, an increasingly radicalized one, or perhaps one in which authoritarian regimes tighten their grip. Events in Cairo are unfolding too rapidly to predict, but one possible outcome could be a more visibly anti-American drift.
Still, it is notable that even the most rabid protests against President Hosni Mubarak have focused on his reign, rather than on the American role in enabling it.
Reform of a particular sort could actually bolster U.S. interests if it allows more open commerce and development of a strong middle class in societies often split today between a connected rich and a dispossessed poor.
My 2 cents:
Plain talk is what our government needs to convey to Egypt and Muslims across the world.
Plainly and honestly explain that we are pro-democracy and have as a hope a world that embraces democratic principles. That our hesitation and lack of clarity for what is going in Egypt is because of the fear of extremists of any kind seizing this opportunity to plunder Egypt and any other nation that opens the door to a democratic process.
Be honest. Be respectful. Egyptians, Muslims, citizens of the world would appreciate honest dialogue. The region could strengthen and bloom under such words.