It's clear that President Obama has decided to take the politically safe route, and many experts advise that if the Mubarak regime goes, whatever replaces it might be worse. In all this, however, is a greater concern which trandscends political strategy, stability or international relations, and that is the evolution of liberty. There's more to the Egypt sitation than a choice between two forms of tyranny, Mubarak or the Musilim Brotherhood. Like many people around the world, especially young people, the Egyptians are likely looking for something better. It's hard for me to believe that the Egyptian people are demanding the ouster of Mubarak just to fall under the control of more tyrants. Perhaps their culture and education hasn't allowed them to fully comprehend what all liberty entails, but it would be a good time for voices which have an international megaphone to talk about the broad strokes of liberty and self-determination.
No, it wouldn't be helpful for the leaders of the most powerful nations to strategically back one regime over another, or provide specific political direction, but there's more to this situation than politics --to the people of Egypt who are honestly dealing with their fate as human beings attempting to gain more control over their lives, it might be helpful if serious adults talk to the heart of the problem and lift it above the choice between tyrants --- not as superiors talking down to the little people of Egypt, but rather as fellow human beings dealing with our own problems related to the old battle between domination and liberty. Perhaps it's time for a global conversation that questions the history of an elite few managing and controlling the majority. Whether the control and management is benevolent or malevolent, the issue is liberty and self-governance and whether it is now time to throw off all forms of tyranny, soft or hard.
Perhaps it turns out in Egypt that both Mubarack and the Muslim Brotherhood, or any other would-be Ruler, are wrong for the Egyptian people, and, like with all nations, a better route is one of economic freedom under a government managed by the people by and through which human rights are protected. This form of self-governance and freedom is not an American direction or invention, and it's not helpful to see it as such -- it's a direction that advances human flourishing. The control of the elite few over the majority has never worked out well in the long run, and this can be said without taking sides in a political battle for power and control -- the Egyptian people might appreciate it, and they might even say to hell with all those potential tyrants fighting over control and then begin directing their own country and destinies.