Sunday, February 13, 2011

On Egypt...

Obviously, it's far too early to be uncorking the bubbly as cautioned by advise from both the past and present.

Edmund Burke, British MP, on the French Revolution:

I should, therefore, suspend my congratulations on the new liberty of France until I was informed how it had been combined with government; with public force; with the discipline and obedience of armies; with the collection of an effective and well-distributed revenue; with morality and religion; with the morality and religion; with the solidity of property; with peace and order; with civil and social manners.

All these, in their way, are good things, too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit while it lasts, and is not likely to continue long.

And Charles Krauthammer from this past week echoing those same sentiments:

(2) Democracy is more than just elections. It requires a free press, the rule of law, the freedom to organize, the establishment of independent political parties and the peaceful transfer of power. Therefore, the transition to democracy and initial elections must allow time for these institutions, most notably political parties, to establish themselves.

(3) The only U.S. interest in the internal governance of these new democracies is to help protect them against totalitarians, foreign and domestic. The recent Hezbollah coup in Lebanon and the Hamas dictatorship in Gaza dramatically demonstrate how anti-democratic elements that achieve power democratically can destroy the very democracy that empowered them.

We hope the best for Egypt and its people.


Harrison said...

I'm sure hope and change was said often before it was replaced by off with their heads in France. Great quote there.

Road Dawg said...

It was good to see the military take the reigns. They are very well respected and know on which side of the bread goeth the butter.

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