Lenin was reported to have said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” Revolutions are never simple affairs. The multiple Arab revolts are still in flux. Take Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood in that country was long declared illegal. After the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship they came out in the open and ran in elections and their candidate Morsi was elected president. A year later he was overthrown by the military. The Brotherhood is now banned and its assets seized. Its leaders are in jail, and hundreds of its supporters have been killed. Egypt for three decades under Mubarak was in Washington’s pocket. It is unlikely the U.S. will give up one of its prize assets in its quest to continue to dominate the Middle East. Egypt and the region are likely to remain in upheaval for some time to come.
Rami Khouri is Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He writes an internationally syndicated column and is Editor-at-Large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is a member of the Brookings Institution’s Task Force on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, a Senior Fellow of the Middle East Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs in Jerusalem. He is the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.