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Burns: US Will Not Impose Its Model on Egypt

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said the United States will not try to impose its model of democracy on Egypt and that it recognizes only Egyptians can determine their future.

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Monday July 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
This will certainly be an interesting development to follow. As for now, the Egyptians are patronizing the US, knowing Obama's Brotherhood support. Not in 30 years has the US had to prove itself to the Middle East.

Kit B (276)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:40 pm

We really do not have the power and influence to impose our will, that old style of diplomacy is dead as it should be. Egyptians will have to struggle to find the right governing body for them. It may take a while. I would rather see a "million woman" march in Egypt, not a million man march.

Carrie B (306)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:43 pm
I agree Kit. All we can do is hope they have a more peaceful way of forming their government.

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:35 pm

Jason S (50)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:20 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:57 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:25 am
Well, no, of course we can't, nor should we, impose on our system on Egypt. That said, I do need to note that no "democracy" that includes elements of Sharia IS a true democracy. You can call an elephant a mouse but it is still a mouse and will always be a mouse. There are lots of countries the world over that call themselves "democracies" that are nothing of the kind. It is interesting how extremists, going all the way back to Hitler, like to co-opt the word "freedom" and include it in their descriptions of themselves, including many conservative "think tanks" here in America, when they are nothing of the kind, in fact, the very opposite of freedom. I would love to see the seeds of freedom take root around the world but that cannot be when half the populace is virtually, or completely, excluded from the process. It cannot be where the LGBT community is excluded and even killed, where "honor" killings are sanctioned, where the "dream" is of totalitarian rule, not rule of the people, by the people and for the people, ALL of the people, all of the time. It cannot be where the freedoms we hold dear do not exist. Those are not democracies and our media ought stop calling them so simply because someone who wishes to control the people says the "magic" word in relationship to HIS country's government. Calling a repressive regime a democracy, does not make it so. We need to acknowledge that and manage our foreign policy based on that knowledge. Support true democracies and oppose totalitarianism wherever it is found. That would be a proper American foreign policy and would export our "system" in a free and friendly way. Support that which we approve of, do not that which we do not. If a country harms its citizens without due process, we don't support it. That's how we export democratic values, not the way we do now with troops and under the table payments to repressive regimes. It is so easy and we make it so hard by not walking our talk...

Ben O (170)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:03 am
It took some 500 years to build the democracy we have in Sweden.
So, forget about a "quick fix", there is no such thing...

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:28 am
noted, thanks Carrie

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:49 pm
I hope the US keeps it word and the Egyptians and other countries in the Middle-East are given the time to develop their own version of democracy. And it will be a long time before it develops in anything like the democracy we'd like to see, if ever. Remember that the Ancient Greeks would shudder if they could see our Western democracies. They would probably feel much more at home in a Middle-Eastern version of it.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:59 pm
Noted. Well, his lips moved and he said some words....but I guess only time will tell if it was, indeed, the truth. I can only hope so. I agree that we need to keep our noses out of it.

Debra T (17)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:12 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:01 pm
Noted. Now let us see if what was said turns out to be true.

Thank you for the posting, Carrie.

Evelyn B (62)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:20 am
Easy to say ...
"Democracy" imposed by those from another culture can't actually be DEMocracy ... and we've not exactly got a good track record in recent years for demonstrating that our democracy is that democratic, either! If the voices of the people in another country don't match what we think democracy should be, we condemn it! If Muslims together agree that they want Sharia respected, that is their democratic right. Don't confuse religion with extremism, Gene Jacobson ... it's the abuse of religion using political power that is undemocratic, not the religion itself!
But there is also hope for Egypt when one hears what a young Egyptian boy has to say

Herbert E (10)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:31 am
It's not what they say, it's what they do that counts. All the best to Egypt, Syria and and and, where the US brought Democra-z-y.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:37 am
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