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Why does the West want another puppet regime in Egypt?

  1. Zubair Ahmed profile image79
    Zubair Ahmedposted 7 years ago

    Why does the West want another puppet regime in Egypt?

    Why is it that the West is so interested in what happens in Egypt, can't we just let the people of Egypt decide their own political future.

  2. Mahmo profile image62
    Mahmoposted 7 years ago

    Because Egypt is one of the most important countries in the Mideast in terms of history,population and a key country in the Arab-Israeli conflict .Mubarak's regime had been the basic regime in the Mideast which signed a disputed peace agreement with Israel .Many Arabs are of the opinion that Egypt is a key country in any transition to democracy in other Arabs countries and encourages the people to revolt against their  totalitarian regimes to replace them by regimes emanating from the peoples' will.This the reason why all the Arab World is happy with this change in Egypt.I do not think that the West will be able to impose any regime or another Karzai, if free election is carried out in Egypt, and this represents a real test for the West's credibility  in the Arabs opinion.Believe me many things are going to change for the benefit of Egypt in particular and the Mideast in general,if the whole world supports this change in Egypt.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image91
      Laura Schneiderposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Much has happened, most of it badly, in Egypt since this was written but I believe the gist of it is still true: it is in the Arab worlds' nightmare that democracy should rule, not dictatorship however submissive the people are to it. Peace!

  3. mintinfo profile image77
    mintinfoposted 7 years ago

    Puppets/dictators are more predictable and easier to control, especially with money. It could be years before order is restored unless the new regime is bribeable.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image91
      Laura Schneiderposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, a very true statement in almost all cases. It bodes ill for Egypt, as we have seen in the years since this comment was made. :-( Peace, everyone. Live and let live.

  4. framistan profile image57
    framistanposted 7 years ago

    Many Egyptians support some dangerous idealogies, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.  Also many support the destruction of Israel.  Also, the Suez canal is near Egypt and we depend on that canal to get our OIL.  If the Egyptians have ELECTIONS they MIGHT NOT elect good men that want peace. They might elect men from the dangerous idealogies who want to KILL Americans and DESTROY Israel, and turn off the OIL.  So... faced with these possibilities... America supported Mubarek.  It lasted about 29 years... now the party is over.  Now we will see what the Egyptians will do with "DEMOCRACY."   By the way... America is NOT a democracy.  We are a REPUBLIC! Everyone thinks it is a democracy but the original designers of our system built a republic not a democracy.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image91
      Laura Schneiderposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      True, our founding fathers built a republic that has lasted in relative peace (minus civil war and slaughter of Native Americans) for over 200 years. We may act democratically, but indeed we are a Republic (Act IV section 4 of the US Constitution).

  5. Laura Schneider profile image91
    Laura Schneiderposted 4 years ago

    That would be simple to do so, but life is not simple: what happens in Egypt affects Israel and the entire Arab nations. We are all one world, and there are wide consequences of the outcome of what happens in Egypt. In times of civil unrest, intervention and mediation by stable other governments, such as the US can generally provide, is necessary to prevent world war, a disaster no one in any country would want. In the intervening 2 years since you asked this question, Egypt is STILL not settled on a form of stable government and is in highly active civil war, something the Egyptian people I'm sure can all agree is the worst-case scenario. People need to be safe sending their kids to school, going to the grocery store, and going to work. Egypt is somewhat unique in that its economy is primarily based on tourism (as of 2008, US and Russian tourists were the primary tourists). This has all but halted since the civil war began, hence Egypt has little to no income and needs assistance from other countries. As a Super Power in the world, if not THE Super Power, the US attempts to provide aid to other countries who request it or to otherwise take action to maintain global peace, with albeit varying results that can be much debated by most people around the world. Time moves on, and history unfolds, and only time and history will tell what will happen in Egypt.

    One specific reason the US and the West in general are concerned is the central role that Egypt plays due to its position on the globe. The fate of Egypt highly affects the fate of the Suez canal, through which oil flows throughout the world, and also it affects Israel's safety and sovereignty. While the US could easily be oil-independent from the rest of the world, the same cannot be said of most other countries with fewer natural resources and differing technological capabilities. In other words, if the Suez canal closed, the US would have to supply not only itself but much of the rest of the world with oil/energy/technology to produce energy. If Israel fell, there would rightly be cause for concern that a world war would break out.

    Regrettably, this is a highly complex issue with many, many factors in addition to those I've stated. Just as the world would intervene if it looked like the US was about to fall, the US tries to intervene to keep other countries from falling. Egypt, however, has a complex history that led to its current state, which appears inevitable upon 2 years' retrospect.