World leaders are voicing support for a political transition in Egypt in response to President Hosni Mubarak’s (SEE PHOTO) announcement that he will not seek another term.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is urging Mubarak to respond quickly to anti-government protesters seeking the transition. Meanwhile, the EU issued a statement Wednesday urging Egypt to begin an “orderly transition” with reforms that include “free and fair elections.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced concern about Egypt’s future relations with his country. A Wednesday statement from his office said Netanyahu told diplomats that the international community must insist that any Egyptian government maintains peace with Israel.
Democracy is coming to Egypt. People outside of Egypt who consider that inconvenient to their current policies, but ultimately they can adapt and they will, because as it becomes increasingly obvious that democratic change is a fait accompli, adaptation will appear superior to any conceivable alternative.
Under a democratically-elected government, Egypt’s relationship to the U.S. and Israel is likely to change. But there is no reason to expect that the change will necessarily be cataclysmic, if the U.S. helps force Mubarak out and there is an orderly transition, unless your definition of “cataclysmic” is “any significant deviation from the status quo.”
I have friends that have family in Egypt, they want change. This should be a positive move for the middle east. I hope to see change very soon.—–Paul Schrader