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Monday, January 31, 2011

Egypt rising?

Very soon now there will be a lot of complaints that the President stayed with Mubarak too long and shortly thereafter a lot of complaints about how he abandoned Mubarak too quickly. How to play this is one of those hard questions which make me glad Barack has the job and I don't.

One of the reasons that we have so much trouble in the middle east is that it is there that one of our dearest values (democracy) is appears to be most clearly in conflict with one of our major national interests (stability i.e. oil).

Yesterday, a young woman appeared on TV. She was one of the many people in Cairo who were cleaning up the streets from the previous nights demonstrations. It was spontaneous, on a volunteer basis.

When asked why she was doing it she said, "Because it is my country."

That seemed like a good sign in a situation that is, as they say, 'fraught with peril.'

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