Middle East

By From page A5 | October 03, 2012

EDITOR: Our last President on many occasions spoke about democracy coming to the Middle East. That if Iraq had free and fair elections it would show all those who were oppressed by dictators a new way. He was right. The Arab Spring has sprung.

These people who are citizens of their own countries are having free and fair elections. In Egypt they have voted in the Muslim Brotherhood. Their new President has vowed to strengthen ties with Tehran and to re-look at the Camp David accords with Israel. I say this is absolutely their right as a sovereign state to decide how they want to run their country. I also think that we have the same sovereign right to decide that the Middle East is just not worth the headache. Why are we there?

Are we trying to teach them how to run a country? Are we so arrogant to think we have the only answer? I don’t think that they like the way we run ours too much.

Is it for the oil? We have plenty in North America. I’m all for buying our oil only from people who like us. Most of us no longer want to be the world’s police. Most of us know we can’t afford to be the police. Most people in our country do not understand that we are not a democracy. We are a Republic. Democracies are messy. It’s hard to understand the will of the people in that country. And it’s almost impossible to know what the majority will vote for.

With Egypt voting in the Muslim Brotherhood I sense that, with that vote, they were saying no to America. We have to respect that and leave them to their own devices.

Cameron Park

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