|What's At Stake in Egypt|
AJC national radio message
August 20, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
We must be absolutely
clear-eyed about what’s at stake in Egypt today.
America’s highest national interest that Egypt not fall into the hands of
Egypt is by
far the largest and most influential Arab country. What happens there affects a
millions of Egyptians voted with their feet and bravely said “no” to the Muslim
Brotherhood’s rule. Their views must be respected.
can’t afford to be naïve or short-sighted.
hangs in the balance.
itself, for the broader Middle East, and for us.
there are two basic sides in the struggle going on there.
the choice in life isn’t between “good” and “bad,” but, rather, between “bad”
and “worse.”Right now, that’s the
worst possible outcome would be for Egypt to go the way of Iran or Gaza – into the
hands of anti-democratic, intolerant, and anti-Western forces.
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David Harris of AJC.