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Taghi Amirani

Filmmaker - TED Senior Fellow, Amirani Media


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The west can no longer claim to be an honest broker in the search for peace in the Middle East.

Has Egypt exposed a blatant hypocrisy in the west's relationship with the Middle East? For decades the west has propped up and funded dictators in the region, preferring 'stability' to democracy in order to protect its own interests. All at the expense of the human rights of the people in the region. A people who have finally spoken and will continue to speak. Peacefully, elegantly and in a highly sophisticated manner.

For western leaders is freedom a question of strategy rather than principle?

A quote from Gary Younge in The Guardian: "Last week Tony Blair said Mubarak was "immensely courageous and a force for good". On Sunday he said Mubarak's departure could be a "pivotal moment for democracy in the Middle East". The man charged by the major world powers with bringing peace to the region can't make up his mind whether he is for despotism or democracy from one week to the next."


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    Feb 15 2011: Which is better? do you prefer the US army would march to Cairo and take Mubarak down forcefully, leaving a void unready to be filled? Sanctions might have been at order, but you must consider all the alternative endings to these scenarios and their possible results, I would bet that the Arab League would disapprove of any such interference that was not first backed by the people's strong call for help. I think the will of the Egyptian people and the effects of time and the information age have done their part as they should have.
    I can only hope from the Israeli perspective that our long lasting peace agreement (which was very beneficial to the entire region) will stay in place, and the relations between our two countries will only grow stronger.

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