I just saw a bit on CNN that concerns me. A reporter in the street was mobbed by protestors, who just wanted to get their face and voice on camera. OK, so far nothing extraordinary. Several of the English-speaking protestors screamed that they wanted much the same laundry list of things:
1) To get rid of Mubarak. (OK, whatever.)
2) Freedom. (Good for you.)
3) To destroy Israel (Ahh…. shit.)
This could get bad, if these chuckleheads are a noticable fraction of the protestors, and gain political power.
Yes, it’s bad that the US has supported dictatorial strongmen from time to time. But sometimes the alternative is *worse.* Had Sadat and Mubarak not decided to make nice with Israel, there would have likely been thirty years of unceasing war in the region, with possibly millions dead. Instead, the Egyptians have had to put up with a second-rate dictator, but have done *reasonably* well for themselves. But if they go the way of Iran, they can look forward to one hell of a dark future.
As I wrote previously, I’m sure the Israelies are getting ready for the fit to hit the shan here shortly. According to Wiki, Egypt has over 1,000 M1 Abrmas tanks… they are downgraded versions with somewhat less impressive armor, but even so they’re not the crappy T-55’s and T-72’s the Israelies have faced in the past. Unlike the dishonest scumbags who claimed for years that the US armed Iraq (although our troops only ever seemed to encounter AK-47s, Mil choppers, MiG fighters and T-72 tanks), in the case of Egypt we really *have* actually armed them. An American-armed Islamist Egypt on a rampage could spell serious trouble for Israel, especially with A Certain Special Someone in the White House. One wonders if the Israelies have targetted the Aswan High Dam with nukes, Just In Case.