Monday, June 20, 2005

Egypt - Rice Serves Notice to Egypt/Syria/Iran

Tiger Hawk notes Condi Rice's speech in Egypt today.

Her words are an unmistakable warning to the remaining dictators in the region; change or be changed.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a forceful case for democracy in the Muslim world Monday, telling Egypt's conservative government leaders "the fear of free choices can no longer justify the denial of liberty."

Rice's remarks were to some 700 invited government officials, academics and other guests at the American University in Cairo. The setting is notable, both because Egypt plans multiparty elections in the fall and because the Bush administration has made no secret of its dissatisfaction with political progress and the treatment of opposition figures by the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region, here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither," Rice said. "Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people."

In other words, we no longer support you!

We can start by reducing the $2 billion in aid we give Egypt every year.

Be sure to read Hawk's comments which are spot on.

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