In his letter, "Hooray for Egypt" (Feb 28, Inland Newspapers), the "child of the '60s" writer claims to know on-the-ground realities of the recent revolt in Egypt and its future outcome. He shows that he was either badly informed by his parents, or enjoyed other... um, '60s fads' too much to retain what happened in the 1965 riots. He feels that Egypt under dictator-for-life like Mubarak (cut short at 30 years and his heir-apparent son ejected) is comparable to America of the 60's. He overlooks Americans, including news crews, attacked on the streets of Cairo.
It is true that Democrats resisted the Republican-authored Civil Rights Act until Johnson was forced to sign it. Also, Southern Democrats like George Wallace and James Earl Ray tried to deny freedom and education to blacks, or shot Dr. King. This follows the examples set by the Democratic Plantation/slave owners that brought on the Civil War, resisted desegregation afterward by creating the KKK, and whose Progressive Socialist offspring created the "Negro [genocide] Project" of the 1920's, now called Planned Parenthood. The Kennedy brothers were assassinated by Communist and Islamist linked murderers. Look all this up.
To reach the "hundreds... gunned down" that the writer claims, you would have to include the entire decade of two-way violence, including the S.L.A., KKK, Black Panthers, Manson, Kent State and others. There was no "peaceful transition? Americans have had 240 years of peaceful transitions; more than any other nation in the history of the Earth.
Northern colonies/states had black and female voters and judges until Southern (Democrat) delegates to the Constitutional Convention threatened to boycott and sabotage the entire Independence movement if they could not keep their system. It took a million brave sacrifices in the Civil War to undo their damage.
Finally, while we all pray that we have just witnessed Egypt freeing itself, it is still a coin toss. The Muslim Brotherhood (creators of Black September, Iran's militant clerics, civilian-targeting Hamas and Hesbollah, the Taliban, Al Qaida, the Ground Zero Mosque project and others) may still co-opt the government in the chaos. That is how Iran got where it is, remember? Check for yourself: it also occurred in Libya, Cuba, China, Germany ("NAZI" means National Socialist), Russia and many others. Get rid of a despot, get a nightmare.
Totalitarian groups (Socialists, Jihadists, etc) are willing to throw around "democracy" as a buzz word and then seize power in the confusion of a revolt. Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Imam Choudary recently admitted that their goal (since 1928) is to "remove the corruption of democracy and freedom and all of your exploitation. You are worried because you know Islam is coming to your backyard." Their motto ends with, "Jihad is our way; death for Allah is our desire". Not friendly.
The writer tells us that "Egypt (with its thousands of years of dictatorship) taught us the way it should have been done." It doesn't look like it to me; not yet. Hopefully, Egyptians can still avoid the trap and be free.
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