The Ripon Forum

Volume 45, No. 1

Winter 2011 Issue

A Chain Reaction Throughout the Middle East

By on October 21, 2014

by KAY GRANGER

The actions of the Egyptian people have started a chain reaction throughout the Middle East.

People in the region feel empowered to stand up to their leaders and demand reform. While Mubarak was a friend to the United States, Egyptians spoke loud and clear. They want the same thing Americans want — a voice in their government.

Hopefully, what happened in Egypt will serve as an example to other regimes, showing that these shifts can happen peacefully and that the will of the people is a mighty force to be reckoned with.

The entire United States government is watching Egypt very closely. In the Continuing Resolution funding bill passed by the House of Representatives in mid-February, we reaffirmed our commitment to a peaceful transition through continued military and economic aid. This is not a blank check, however.

The United States was wise to avoid meddling in the Egyptians’ desire to map out their own destiny. Having a stable and democratic Egypt is as much about our own national security as it is about the security of the Egyptian people.

Future Egyptian leaders must demonstrate a commitment to democratic reforms, respect for human rights and a reaffirmation of their long-standing commitment to Israel and Middle East peace. As Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I will be a responsible steward of U.S. aid dollars going into Egypt.

Regardless of what public opinion polls and perceptions might indicate, there is no doubt the alliance between the U.S. and Egypt alliance has produced positive results. The Egyptian military, for example, was largely trained by the U.S. military. During the events of the last few weeks, those military forces protected the protestors as well as the leaders and the national institutions. In addition, Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace accord with Israel. Helping secure Egypt’s future is helping secure Israel’s future.

The United States was wise to avoid meddling in the Egyptians’ desire to map out their own destiny. Having a stable and democratic Egypt is as much about our own national security as it is about the security of the Egyptian people.RF

Kay Granger represents the 12th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves as the Chairwoman of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee.

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