"The Force Of Human Freedom"

by Patrick Appel

Matt Steinglass argues that, in the long run, should democracy come to Tunisia and Egypt "that will probably lead to greater stability and security for everyone." But, unfortunately, "this is one of those long runs in which many of us are dead." How he sees today's events:

Obviously, we should all be warily celebrating the possible fall of the Mubarak regime, not bemoaning it. Not because it will lead to any near-term benefits for us, but because it stands a chance of making Egyptians freer. ... That doesn't mean that such freedom will be in the interests of the United States, in the near term or really in any term we can envision. We should be cheered when other nations start to "find their voice", not because it is in our interests, but despite the fact that it may not be.