So I'm sure you're all watching with a least a bit of interest as unrest in Egypt is claiming hundreds of lives and poised to claim thousands more. They've really stuck their foot in it this time, and let's hope we aren't silly enough to follow suit. Egypt was really the catalyst that got the "Arab Spring" rolling, but the ouster of Mubarek and democratic elections merely ushered in a new oppressive government, this one Islamist in nature and diametrically opposed to all of the principles that overthrew the Mubarek regime in the first place. But don't worry, the military intervened, ousted and arrested the Pro-Islamist Mohamed Morsi and promised to relinquish power to a NEW democratically elected government. Morsi supporters weren't amused, took to the streets and the military, having only one tool at their disposal, began killing people.
So I'm imagining myself at a quaint cafe in Norway chatting with my friends who are wondering if we should maybe intervene militarily in Egypt. Huh? What, like you mean invade them or just drop some bombs on them? We're from fucking Norway! We haven't invaded anyone since we had long beards and horns on our helmets!
But thus is the peculiar persepective of Americans. Democracy is in peril. The Suez canal is a strategic shipping route. If civil war breaks out, someone might blow up the Sphinx. And if the Islamists win they will surely want revenge on the secularists and Christians who fought them. WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING!!!
If civil war breaks out in Egypt, the situation in Israel will become quite tenuous, and being our greatest ally in the region, that's some cause for concern for us. But didn't Israel just announce more settlements in Palestinian controlled territories this week, to the condemnation of the Administration? If our bratty little brother in the region insists on sticking his finger in the eye of all of his classmates, at what point do we just say, "fuck it, fight your own battles" and watch from a distance?
And since when do we have the authority to tell Egypt what to do with their protesters? If they killed a tenth of the civilians that we murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan, the world would be shocked by the bloodshed.
Of course, Republicans are ready to pounce at the Obama Administration's inaction, or their action, regardless of what it is. Even if you let the House of Representatives decide our next move, they'd just come up with something that benefits some military contractors (and donors) and then attach a rider that repeals Obamacare.
When are we going to become energy independent and just tell the Middle East to burn whatever they like? Not to be crass, but all this worrying (and dollars) hasn't done us a shit of good so far, so why should we believe it will do us a shit of good in the future?