Monday, December 05, 2005

All Hat, No Cattle?

It's now been several days since this happened (which was actually just the latest in a long string of similiar incidents in Egypt) and not a peep of protest from the White House, the State Department, or any pundits/bloggers on the Right that I've seen.

The silence is telling. Yes, it's the Muslim Brotherhood. Ideal? No. And let's acknowledge that the pressure we've put on Mubarak is a major reason why these elections are happening at all. But when you've made spreading democracy in the region the centerpiece of your administration---and thousands of your troops are being killed in the process---you don't have the luxury of acting as if some voters are more equal than others simply because you might not like who wins. Might we attach a short note of concern on the next check we send to our friend Hosni?

After our abundant willingness to criticize every real and imagined problem with Iran's recent election, one would think that the Egyptians climbing over walls and braving police batons simply to vote expect a bit more from us in the way of rhetorical support.

Then again, they probably don't.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly not ideal, agreed. But par for the course with our friend for the past twenty or so years.

12/05/2005 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you don't have the luxury of acting as if some voters are more equal than others simply because you might not like who wins. "

Oh, YES, you do. That's how elections in the good old U.S. of A have been run since 2000.

12/05/2005 12:28 PM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

Our hypocrisy is nauseating. We will pay for this some day. Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

12/05/2005 1:05 PM  
Anonymous jillct said...

It is certainly a complicated issue but your point about Iran is well-taken.

12/05/2005 1:46 PM  
Blogger Lifetime Fiscal Conservative said...

"you don't have the luxury of acting as if some voters are more equal than others simply because you might not like who wins. "

Yet there are states this country whose votes are "more equal" due to the perverse rules of the Electoral College. Wyoming's electoral votes count nearly 4x greater than California's.

12/06/2005 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and you forget Diebold machines, phone jamming, moving polling places in poor precincts in the middle of the night before election day, picture ID requirements, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum

12/06/2005 8:05 PM  
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