The Egyptian liberals and the American conservatives
Recently, I had a discussion with a friend of mine who claims to be a liberal Egyptian on the Iraq war. In a separate coincidence, I had another meeting with another friend who also claims to be also liberal on the same topic.
Egyptian liberals are quite divided on the war in Iraq. Or it could be that the war on Iraq demonstrated sharply two streams of liberals in Egypt. The first group of Egyptian liberals agrees with the American conservatives in general. It is quite amazing how some Middle Eastern liberals are agreeing with the American conservatives. It is quite extraordinary to find the liberals and the conservatives on the same side. But yes that happened in Egypt. They are agreeing with the American conservations on what is making American conservatives the most controversial and hated. That’s the war on Iraq.
The Egyptian “pro-conservative” liberals believe in the following. There is no other way to topple dictators in power for 35 years like Saddam without war. The world was turning into pockets of terrorists. The US is the only country that decided so early to take the risk and the lead to lead the war on terror. Many should be grateful to the US for taking the responsibility of toppling Middle East dictators. No one else could do the job. We knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction WMD, but we knew that the US finally realized that the terror threat will remain as long as Middle East dictators are in power. Europe does not realize the magnitude of the destruction that happened in these countries over half a century that can pose a true threat to global security as the US does. They believe that without the US attack on dictatorship in Iraq, many peoples in the region would not have dared to start all these opposition movements in the streets without pressure from the US. In Egypt people used to be sacred to death to talk to each other about the ruling family. Now you name it you have it…Egyptians became more vocal and outspoken. This group of liberals is very sensitive to the US reactions towards the democracy march in the Middle East. They measure the US reactions inch by inch and they usually judge very harshly. They are expecting a lot more from the US administration in general. They see Iraq as free and democratic. They think the US makes mistakes but they believe in it.
The other group of the Egyptian liberals is quite controversial as well. They are anti-Islamists and anti-Iraq war, hence anti-American. They see Islamists and terrorists as a danger but they fail to explain how they can confront an ideology of fascism that wants to take the world over stamping out centuries of civilizations. This group cannot wait to see the US out of Iraq. They are against the atrocities of the war in general and they see Iraq as occupied with no sovereignty. I think because both groups have different views on the principle of non-interference or self-determination as well.
Both groups of Egyptian liberals believe in social freedom and the right to a true citizenship under democratic free state.
Thank you my friends for the enriching discussions. At least if we do not agree on how democracy should take control, we all agree on the necessity of freedom and democracy that would guarantee a free world.
Read the American story from Gateway Pundit on the same post.
I wrote this related cynical blog last August: "The B52 will take care of you".