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  •  Lesser of two evils indeed (2+ / 0-)
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    entlord, volleyboy1

    This is why world politics suck - it's never black and white, always varying shades of depressing gray, splattered with blood.

    In my opinion, the U.S. cannot risk Egypt destabilizing at this point and believes that the military rulers are the best shot at preventing wide spread sectarian violence or a descent into Islamic fundamentalism.

    Supports to my argument include:

    1.) The massive failure of the moderate parties to secure workable majorities or coalitions in the recent parliamentary elections - and the triumph of the radical and 'moderate' Muslim Brotherhood

    2.) Working from point two - the continued unrest with the last minority - 10 million or so - of Copts who are predominately christian and have been faced with discrimination, violence and other threats since the fall of Mubarak.

    I would wager that there is a significant part of the State Department that wants nothing to do with a Sudan/South Sudan redux in Egypt - with is arguably in a much more strategic location of geopolitical importance than Sudan.

    Power-Worshipping Fascist

    by campionrules on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 08:30:19 AM PDT

    •  Yep, it's tricky... (6+ / 0-)

      I'm watching with interest a couple of things: 1) who will end up being appointed to the Constituent Assembly drafting the new constitution; 2) who will end up declaring their candidacies for the presidency, and in particular whether there will be (as I and many others suspect) a "compromise candidate" suitable to both the SCAF and the FJP/MB; 3) who will be elected to fill the tremendous void left by the death of Pope Shenouda III.

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 08:42:55 AM PDT

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    •  bottom line is no surprise on the release of funds (5+ / 0-)

      as nothing has really changed since Mubarak got the boot; the military was in charge before and is still in charge today.  The fact that they continue to hold freedom protestors for months and allegedly torture them and deny them the right to trial or counsel shows who is in charge there

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