Will our fears become reality?
For too many years, administration after administration, the United States has been two-faced – lecturing the world, especially the middle-east, on democracy, while offering support to dictators.
A pro-American dictator has never and will never guarantee us protection from extremism. In fact, our past support of repressive regimes has created the very radicalism and terrorism against us we wish to prevent.
As I write this, the future of Egypt is uncertain. If we allow our fears of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism to cause us to falter in our support of the Egyptian pro-democracy movement, the people of Egypt (especially the young people) will see us, once again, siding with a repressive regime against them and it will, most certainly, turn our fears into a reality.
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