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Panel on protests in Middle East

This past Thursday I attended a panel discussion “Popular Uprisings in the Arab World” in the Cape Cod Lounge.

One of the topics that I find most interesting was the question of what form of government would replace Mubarak’s regime.

The Americanised image of Egypt has been mostly moderate/positive. In general we do not associate Egypt with the “axis of evil” lens we use to analyse what happens in the Middle East. One of the main reasons for this is that Mubarak has been moderate enough for US Government to not label him as a “Muslim Extremist”. The problem is that despite his lack of allegiance to Muslim extremism, he is still a horrific dictator who controls the everyday lives of his people.

One of the ‘worst-case-scenarios” being presented is that the government to replace Mubarak would be the Islamic Brotherhood or a similar organisation.

The panel raised the question, what is so horrible about the Islamic Brotherhood? They are an established organisation with structure and leadership and are not so violent and extreme as many Americans assume they are. Yet Americans fear the concept of another state having Islam in their government. Why do we fear this so much? Are we only content that a country has been “saved” if it has been Americanised? Can we not accept that justice of the people has been served if the people WANT Islam in their government?

These questions made me wonder if Americans are not so concerned with Egyptians finding THEIR justice as much as we are with Egyptians finding OUR justice.

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2 responses to “Panel on protests in Middle East

  1. Alana Tiemessen February 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This isn’t really in response to the Muslim Brotherhood issues, but one potential thing to consider is whether Mubarak should be offered an amnesty, as a bargaining chip to ensure his timely remove, for whatever crimes he is responsible under his rule. Outgoing authoritarian leaders usually want some assurances that they’ll be left alone once out of office.

    Mubarak seems to be out of the denial phase… will the bargaining phase raise issues of justice? What should the U.S. position be?

  2. emkayumass February 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    A professor for my class e-mailed me this article I think you might enjoy reading. Its about the limited amount stories on the Arab world corporate sponsored American news channels leave out of their reports …[I couldn’t figure out how to add aitlink…my computer skills are lacking sorry :(\]

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