The Crisis in the Middle East

While many of us are concerned with domestic issues here at Redstate.com, I would like to discuss a very important foreign policy development occurring in the Middle East right now. The Revolution in Tunisia that brought the government of  Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was just the start of huge demostartions that have rocked the Arab world to its very core. Protestors have taken to the streets in Yemen, Alegeria, and Egypt to demand reform and more importantly regime change.

Of the three countries previously mentioned, Egypt is by far the most influential country in the region. While the Egypt’s overall power is not what is once was, it still boast the largest population in the Arab world. Some 82 million souls are being deprived of a livelyhood and sustentence due to the whims of Hosni Mubarak. While we provide a staggering 1.3 billion a year to back the dictator and his cronies, tens of millions suffer under his sway. The lastest news coming out of Cairo has the Egyptian Army taking to the streets for the first time. The involvment of the Army could signal that either Mubarak’s security forces are overwhelmed by the protestors or the Army is choosing to step in between the protestors and the hated security forces. The addition of the army into the crisis marks a new turn in Egyptian history. Tradionally the army is seen a staying aloof of polictics and rarely endorsing the strict laws of the Hosni regime. Even the assianiation of Sadat was only carried out by a very small circle of radical army officers. The army is also known  dislike the idea of Mubarak’s son Gamal taking the reins of power after his father’s death. The only thing we can clearly discern right now is that the crisis is deepening.

While our inept president blindly grasps at his policy makers non-existence solutions, we are left with the question of how to guide this region through the democratic process?  The Muslim Brotherhood, which is the largest opposition group in Egypt, has joined the protestors today. The Brotherhood is a radical Islamic party that endorses sharia law and has pushed for the creation of an Islamic state in Egypt. There are also the secular forces led by Nobel prize winning scienctist Mohamed ElBaradei. The secular forces are the driving force behind the protest. The middle class has really come out in force to support regime change at this time. The lower classes simply cannot afford to take time off work to protest in the streets. The policies of Mubarak has directly affected the middle class and destroyed any future they once had. We must support this middle class uprising if we hope to shut out the radical Islamic parties from coming to power. The middle class is the best educated and are ideally situated to prevent the rise of the Brotherhood in Egypt.

We can no longer support these regimes which are simply throw backs to the Cold War era. We must swiftly lend our support to the Arab middle class who are rising up against their oppressors. If we fail to act now, the uneducated and seething masses of Islamic radicals will quickly seize the moment through violence and “Religious Conviction.” The stability and welfare of our great nation depends on how we handle this crisis in the Middle East.