April 16, 2003


Egypt dissident says war sends message (DAVE NEWBART, April 16, 2003, Chicago Sun-Times)
The war in Iraq has put advocates for democracy in the Middle East like Saad Eddin Ibrahim in a tough position.

On the one hand, the Egyptian scholar does not believe democracy can be imposed by a foreign power, and especially not by force.

But as a critic of totalitarian Arab regimes who was just released from an Egyptian prison last month, he acknowledges that the U.S. action could help shake those regimes' hold on power in the region, opening a window for democratic groups.

The United States "has no business imposing democracy by military means,'' Ibrahim said Tuesday at an address at the University of Chicago. But the war "put all dictators on notice that if they do not reform, they will be subject to similar unpleasant predicaments like Saddam Hussein.''

America can't get rid of totalitarian regimes but if the totalitarians don't liberalize they risk the possibility that America will get rid of them--this is what passes for an Egyptian intellectual? Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2003 11:26 AM

It would take more courage for him to make logical sense on this point than for CNN to report objectively on Iraq. Why should we be surprised when people trim their ideas to please dictatorships?

Posted by: pj at April 16, 2003 12:43 PM

PJ is correct if he said anything

different than what he did, he will be

back in prison next month. Seems

smart to me.

Posted by: H-man at April 16, 2003 2:33 PM

He said it here in America.

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2003 2:48 PM

Egyptians read American newspapers.

Posted by: pj at April 16, 2003 3:40 PM

Why go home?

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2003 4:43 PM

Good question. I suppose he wants Egyptian freedom, not just any freedom.

Posted by: pj at April 17, 2003 9:13 AM