Why do USA need democracy in Egypt?

#1
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11354467/

The Egyptian parliament Tuesday postponed local elections for two years despite opposition from the United States and a leading fundamentalist group
So USA in fact supported Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is a key country in the region. Can it become Iran-style anti-Western state wuth nuclear ambitions as a result of democratic elections? It is possible. On this background even success of Hamas would look as absolutely irrelevant.

The Brotherhood made a strong showing in legislative elections last year, and some saw the new law as an effort to block the group’s ascendance.
Take into account that Egypt 'democracy' is too far from ideal.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif acknowledged that government interference had prevented even greater Brotherhood gains.

“It (the Brotherhood) could have gone up to 40 (more seats),” he told Newsweek magazine in an interview published Jan. 30.
But is it in American interests to improve 'democratic' procedures? What would be a possible outcome?

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the Bush administration supports Egypt’s progress toward democracy but opposed Mubarak’s decision to put off local elections.

“We will be talking to them about this,” McCormack said in Tuesday’s regular briefing. “As a matter of principle, we don’t support postponing of elections that have been scheduled.”
Suppose that Egyptian powerkeeper would obey American directives.

Under constitutional amendment passed last year allowing multi-candidate presidential elections, a would-be independent candidate can only enter the race if he gathers 250 signatures from elected bodies — including the parliament and the local councils.

Any Brotherhood candidate would have to run as an independent, but the current NDP domination of parliament and the local council assures none could get approval under the rules.
Prospect of Egyptian Ahmadinejad #2 is very realistic id USA would promote 'true democtacy' further.
 
#2
Why do the USA need democracy in Egypt?

Er.. the Suez Canal, perhaps? A western biased regime that will not attack their buddies the Israelis would be handy, too. Oh hang on, they've already got that.
 
#3
Themanwho said:
Why do the USA need democracy in Egypt?

Er.. the Suez Canal, perhaps? A western biased regime that will not attack their buddies the Israelis would be handy, too. Oh hang on, they've already got that.
Access to Suez channel, security of Israel... There are of course very inportant objectives. But it looks like planners in Washington wish to establish Islamic regime in Egypt through democratic procedures.
 
#5
There is a good book called "Dining With Terrorists " which explores the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as well as some of the policy inconsistencies.
 
#6
OldRedCap said:
KGB_resident said:
But it looks like planners in Washington wish to establish Islamic regime in Egypt through democratic procedures.
Just what confused part of your brain has dreamed this up?
I see a visible progress.

1. I'm not brainless in your eyes.
2. According to you only part of my brains is dreaming. :)

On serious note the reaction of American administration is strange (at least from the first glanse). The decision made by Egyptian parliament is in interests of USA because current authorities are the best possible option. There is no more pro-American opposition in Egypt. As to the 'Brotherhood' then I doubt that anyone in Washington dreams about them at power.

Americans has a good excuse. From formal point of view the decision was made 'democratically'. So Americans could simply say that it is an internal Egyptian affair. Moreover it is not parliamentary but local elections.

So why has Washington protested against (profitable to them) decision? It was a 'strong message' to Egyptian powerkeepers that they should seek support in Washington and obey American orders (real orders). This one was false, no more than propaganda.
 
#7
Why have a free democaracy in Egypt and not bother with one at home?
 

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