Mubarak's Ego Turns Crisis Into Tragedy

Friday, 11 Feb 2011 08:03 AM

By Wayne Allyn Root

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
On Thursday Egyptian President Mubarak turned a crisis into a tragedy. His disastrous decision not to resign could very well lead to the end of Egypt as we know it and will almost certainly lead to Egypt burning.

Mubarak is so tone deaf that he stoked the flames of the anti-Mubarak revolution. Now there is no way for this to end peacefully.

Mubarak’s right move was obvious. Mubarak had only to announce his immediate resignation, hand the country to his hand-picked successor, put the army in charge of security, and announce a transition plan to allow multi-party elections in September.

He could have told the protestors that they had won, and it was time to go home, go back to work, and get the country (and economy) running again.

Unfortunately, his ego wouldn’t allow it. To the bitter end he had to have the last word, even if it causes massive bloodshed and chaos, and leads to Egypt falling into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Would anything have changed for the people of Egypt if Mubarak had resigned, but handed the keys to the country to the army, and his hand-picked successor? Probably very little, at least right away.

Life would have returned to normal, business would have resumed, and tourism would one day (but not very soon) return. But the fact is, it would have allowed the protesters to save face and feel they had accomplished something historic: forced out a 30-year dictator from a Middle Eastern nation, and opened the door to more freedom for themselves and their children.

But Mubarak just couldn’t give them even a small victory. That’s how it is with tyrants — it’s all or nothing. Mubarak has decided to go down with the ship. What comes next will not be pretty.What is so sad is that Mubarak's decision hurts those that supported him — business owners, moderates, the army, anyone not interested in seeing Egypt fall into chaos and quite possibly the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The protestors cannot back down now. They know to back down means Mubarak will arrest, imprison, and torture all of them that the secret police can find.

The fear now is that Egypt will turn to the worst possible option — the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now America can only watch and wait. In the end, none of it is our business. It is all proof of why we should never take sides in the first place. Never send billions to tin pot dictators — even friendly ones. Never send billions in sophisticated military equipment to tyrants. Because all of it can and will eventually be used against us. It is time to let the Egyptian people determine their own fate. I’m just scared and sickened at the thought of what we are about to watch happen.

Wayne Allyn Root is a former libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." His website: ROOTforAmerica.com


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

How to Prosper Under Obama

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 21:14 PM

It has now become clear that President Obama’s policies will continue to kill jobs, damage the private sector, and destr . . .

Obama's 90-Day Plan for Economic Disaster

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 22:38 PM

The economic news has gone from bad to worse. First we found out the jobs numbers are collapsing. Then retail sales figu . . .

Explaining the Obama Economy to 6th Graders

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 17:00 PM

Our government-run public education system is very bad. So bad that generations of Americans educated in public schools  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved