Stuart links to an interesting couple of items in his recent post which is very much worth looking at. If I may, it seems to me that there are a couple of issues that the West seems to be concerned with:
1- if we support the revolutionaries, will an Islamist state replace Mubarak’s ‘democracy’. And
2- what will the outcome be if that’s the case?
On 1- if the people of Egypt want an Islamist state, why should that be of concern to the rest of the world as long as that state doesn’t become a haven of intolerance or a staging ground for radicalism? And to assert that Egypt is a democratic country is just simply an absurd miscalculation of the situation there. Mubarak is a dictator and no one should imagine otherwise.
And on 2- if the outcome of the revolution (which, I must confess, I still think will fail because of police and military obedience to Mubarak) is an Islamist state, will the West’s support of Mubarak rebound to our shame? Probably.
Whatever the outcome, it’s a terribly complex situation and worse, there are folk dying for freedom, literally. Meanwhile, we all have the freedom to do as we please, including but not limited to total indifference. Which seems the path being taken by most.