Defiling the Arab Spring

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 10, 2011

It’s all fine and good that the Egyptian people rose up against a dictatorial regime, and ousted it. Were I Egyptian, I hope that I would have done the same.

But were I Egyptian, I also hope that I would care at least a little bit about my country’s foreign policy, about the security and stability of the region in general, and about the need to preserve and enhance a surprisingly successful relationship with a certain non-Arab country; a relationship which actually aids in the cause of bringing about regional stability.

Too bad that so many Egyptians don’t seem to care about such matters. And now, of course, the Egyptian government has a choice set before it. Shall it continue to allow mob violence, or will it actually do something to ensure that Egypt’s alliances are kept intact, and tensions are not elevated?

I know what I would like to see from the Egyptian government. The question is whether we are actually going to see it. Say this for the Mubarak regime; when it came to foreign policy, it generally did the right thing. I have no idea what to expect from the regime’s successors.

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