Sleeping with Dictators

With all the chaos going on in Egypt right now, Glenn wondered out loud what he would do if he were President of the United States. What would he do if he inherited this problem, much in the same way the President Obama has. The radio crew discussed what has led Egypt up to this point and what would be the best possible outcomes.

“I’ve got to support Mubarak, probably, at this point. I mean, to keep the peace with Israel, it’s kind of paramount and I also don’t like the alternatives in Egypt. So, you know, you’re looking at an Iranian situation, although I hear MSNBC commentators saying, there is a big difference here and this is a secular revolution. Ah-ha, yeah. That’s why the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to take over the nation, because it’s so secular. So, I don’t know. At this point I think you almost have to support Mubarak,” Pat suggested.

Glenn agreed that the Muslim Brotherhood establishing control of Egypt would be dangerous for democracy and the Middle East.

“Here’s just [The Muslim Brotehrhood’s] founding statements. The Brotherhood seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate spanning the entire Muslim world. It aspires to make Islamic Sharia law the soul basis of jurisprudence and governance. Towards this purpose encapsulated in The Brotherhood’s militant credo God is our objective, Quran is constitution, and the prophet is our leader, struggle is our way and death for the sake of God is our highest aspiration,” Glenn read.

Despite their radical beliefs, Elbaradei, leader of the opposition in Egypt, has stated they are not a radical group and are as much a part of the Egypt political scene as the Marxists.

“I was driving home yesterday and I was thinking, Everything has been solvable up to this point. We can solve our deficit problem. Now, we’re going to run into trouble because, as we solve that problem, people are going to have to be shut out of government services, but if we have our values and principles together and if we focus on faith, hope, and charity, we can help each other through it,” Glenn said.

But Glenn said that there are also going to be problems, like Egypt, which are so big they seem unsolvable, and the only solutions involve sacrificing principles. Essentially, you’ll be presented with a false solution, where you have to choose the lesser of two evils. “The false solution here is that if you don’t have one, you’re going to have the other and so you have to pick — you have to pick, you know, Mubarak,” Glenn said.

“What we’ve done is we have started this pattern and, believe it or not, we started it with Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, to where we took these dictators and we said it’s better for us and it’s really better for the whole world or the whole region if we just get in bed with these dictators and we started the idea that, well, it’s better than the alternative. Why is it better than the alternative?” Glenn asked.

“Well, for the last 40 years, we were in bed with Mubarak and they said to us at the time you have to get into bed with Mubarak. Otherwise, it’s going to end in Islamic regime. Well, here we are again. Nothing’s changed. Nothing’s gotten better. The only thing that has changed is our image has decayed and our values are gone because now the people in Egypt hate our guts because we say we’re for peace and we say the Israelis aren’t bad people and we aren’t bad people. Well, why would they believe us?”

Glenn said Americans are making the same mistakes in making choices between our own leaders, as we are told to vote for one person because at least they won’t be as bad as another. “You’ve got to vote for this person, otherwise, you’re going to get that person. And we’ve said, I don’t want either of them and look where we are. I mean, we’re doing the same thing in everything. We’re making a choice between bad or worse. Why?”

Glenn said the real solutions involve making commitments to one another to stay true to our principles. “

With firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. A lot of people will roll their eyes and say that’s not a solution. I think it is,” he concluded.