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What about an apology Mr. Obama?

2011-02-15

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Why don’t the American administration and its politicians apologize to the Egyptian people?  

Egyptians themselves have at immense risk, finally thrown off their oppressor. I think an apology is in order. The Mubarak regime could not have carried out the corruption the suppression of dissent, the humiliation of its people without US support. The US not only offered ideological support. It provided materials support in the form of military training and equipment; it probably helped craft the techniques used by the Egyptians responsible for the repression for its people.  America must be considered partners in all the crimes of the Egyptian leaders, just as Swiss and other international banks welcomed the deposits of fraudsters into their companies.  

If the Egyptians do not raise the issue of US culpability in their difficulties, their poverty,their loss of dignity, corruption, and joblessness, one can understand. They have other priorities now. All indications are they do not seek revenge. One has to admire them for their grace.  

Egyptians want to move forward.  

Individuals, not the interim rulers, have made it clear. “We achieved what we did last week, alone, without outside support, either ideological or diplomatic help. We ourselves can and will pave the way forward.”   

No one says it will be easy. The revolutionaries know full well that the US leadership is working closely with their new military administration so that American interests (which include Israel) remain a priority. Based on what the Egyptians showed themselves capable of, I expect, although not without difficulties, they will prevail, with or without an apology, with or without that dangerous military alliance. 

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