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JANUARY 30, 2011 10:28PM

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama/Egypt

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January 30, 2011 By journalist

As political scientists, historians, and researchers in related fields who have studied the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, we the undersigned believe you have a chance to move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt. As citizens, we expect our president to uphold those values.

For thirty years, our government has spent billions of dollars to help build and sustain the system the Egyptian people are now trying to dismantle. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Egypt and around the world have spoken. We believe their message is bold and clear: Mubarak should resign from office and allow Egyptians to establish a new government free of his and his family’s influence. It is also clear to us that if you seek, as you said Friday “political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” your administration should publicly acknowledge those reforms will not be advanced by Mubarak or any of his adjutants.

There is another lesson from this crisis, a lesson not for the Egyptian government but for our own. In order for the United States to stand with the Egyptian people it must approach Egypt through a framework of shared values and hopes, not the prism of geostrategy. On Friday you rightly said that “suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.” For that reason we urge your administration to seize this chance, turn away from the policies that brought us here, and embark on a new course toward peace, democracy and prosperity for the people of the Middle East. And we call on you to undertake a comprehensive review of US foreign policy on the major grievances voiced by the democratic opposition in Egypt and all other societies of the region.

 

http://www.accuracy.org/an-open-letter-to-president-barack-obama/

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well said....take a look at my short blog on the subj

http://open.salon.com/blog/stlfilmaker/2011/01/30/obama_isnt_betraying_freedom_-_hes_a_company_man
i don't care if the bell is made of gold, nobody will get close enough to obama to put it on. besides, if he suddenly became the vehicle for enacting your adolescent fantasies, they'd shoot him, and get another.

americans can act in principle, but the 'action' function is filed off in childhood, and the reality is they are all imprisoned by mental chains.