Monday, February 21, 2011

Mixed Emotions

It has been several days now since the peaceful protests by citizens of Egypt resulted in an overthrow of the government. It was good to see a dictator being forced out of office with a minimum of bloodshed. Much credit for this goes to the Egyptian military as well as the restraint of the protesters.

So, why am I not celebrating in jubilation? I have a strong belief in democracy as the foundation for good government. However, I also have a respect for the value of democratic processes. From my perspective, the force of mob action is in itself antithetical to democracy as it is usually defined. What starts out as a peaceful protest can quickly turn into gang violence. That is not the best foundation for good government.

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