Friday, February 11, 2011

Celebrating "Democracy"

I am watching MSNBC, but I have no doubt the scene is similar elsewhere, jubilation over the victory of a people seeking democracy. Daniel Larison sums up my thinking with a rather pithy,

Egypt is now directly ruled by the Egyptian’s military’s Supreme Council. It is a measure of how strange the situation has become that many Westerners seem to be celebrating what everyone would otherwise be calling a military coup (which is effectively what it is) as a moment of liberation.

Indeed. Everyone seems to assume that the military council will conduct reform which will lead to free elections and will completely put itself out of business. It is certainly a lovely prospect to think that will happen.

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