Thursday, December 08, 2005
Egyptian Election Deaths
Egyptian troops opened fire yesterday on citizens attempting to vote on the last day of elections. "Realists" will emphasize the civil disturbances that provoked the killing and say that this is simply Islamist radicals trying to gain international publicity, and to an extent they are right. But it is the autocratic government that the US has propped up for decades that has made Islamist radicalism so widespread in Egypt. The larger point is that the drive for democracy that has emerged in the Middle East in recent years is a real phenomenon that will not easily be contained, by us, by the corrupt despotic regimes, or even by the Islamists.
Gateway Pundit is all over this story [here]. He is absolutely right to note that this completely discredits the argument, so often heard from war critics, that Arabs are "not ready for" democracy. As Gateway points out, people are literally dying to vote.
Check out Kirk Sowell's Publius' roundup here.
And, by all means check out the Sandmonkey post here. [good pics]