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)


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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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