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Obama in Cairo: dare more democracy

Obama cannot afford to ignore Bush's tentative push for greater democracy in Eqypt

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Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo today is meant as a fresh start for America’s relationship with the Muslim world. But the simple fact of choosing Egypt, a bellwether state in the Arab world, matters just as much. The Bush administration, in another Cairo speech by Condi Rice in 2005, pushed it pro-freedom agenda by openly criticising Egyptian democracy, embarrassing the government and bolstering Egyptian human rights activists. Bush’s mistakes in Iraq ultimately lead such words to be associated only with unwise military intervention. But even this should not entirely…

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