What's At Stake in Egypt

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.

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We must be absolutely clear-eyed about what’s at stake in Egypt today.

It’s in America’s highest national interest that Egypt not fall into the hands of jihadist forces.

Egypt is by far the largest and most influential Arab country. What happens there affects a vast region.

Tens of millions of Egyptians voted with their feet and bravely said “no” to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule. Their views must be respected.

America can’t afford to be naïve or short-sighted.

Too much hangs in the balance.

For Egypt itself, for the broader Middle East, and for us.

Right now, there are two basic sides in the struggle going on there.

Sometimes the choice in life isn’t between “good” and “bad,” but, rather, between “bad” and “worse.”Right now, that’s the simple reality.

And 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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This is David Harris of AJC.