No such thing as black and white with Egypt

"A democratic Egypt will sustain peace with Israel." While this seems like a fair judgment, over-optimists need to be aware that as Europe's thriving democracies demonstrate, democracy can never provide an absolute panacea.

February 15, 2011 16:04
Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square

egypt tahrir square 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

For weeks, the media have been filled with commentary about the revolution in Egypt, and most of it seems to fall squarely into two camps. One camp says it’s a disaster for Israel, a process bound to end with a hostile, radicalized neighbor on our southern border. The other camp is certain democracy will take root next door and be a boon to peace and regional stability: After all, don’t we know democracies don’t make war on each other? Yet both these black-and-white views strike me as simplistic.

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