The battle lines are being drawn in the US. WaPo and the NYT and the Obama administration is siding with the street. The GOP, at least this GOP leader, is siding with Mubarak. I am with this guy. Better to control the change through Mubarak than to support the revolution because there is no way of knowing who will take over. T Belman
(CNN) – GOP Conference chairman Thaddeus McCotter voiced his support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Friday in a statement released on his website.
The Republican congressman from Michigan likened demonstrations in Egypt to “Iran’s 1979 radical revolution.” He cautions that those who “will be tempted to superficially interpret the Egyptian demonstrations as an uprising for populist democracy” should instead “recall how such similar initial views of the 1979 Iranian Revolution were belied by the mullahs’ radical jackbooted murderers.”
McCotter, the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, called for America to back Egypt, stating, “Thus America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm.
“For if Egypt is radicalized, all of the reforms sought by the Egyptian people and supported by the United States with them – including consensual and constitutional government; free elections; open and unbridled media; and Egyptian control of their natural resources – will be lost. Nascent democratic movements in the region will be co-opted and radicalized.”
He further references Iran, saying, “Inexcusably, this crisis has been hastened and exacerbated by the U.S. Administration’s refusal to wholeheartedly embrace Iran’s truly democratic 2009 Green Revolution.”
McCotter closed his statement with advice on how to proceed, “If we fail to meet today’s enemy on the same determined, principled terms, we will too late awake in a nightmare world. But, if today’s enemy is steadfastly met and bested, liberty and the rule of law will be unleashed for millions throughout the world.”