The Egyptian Hostage Crisis: 1979 Revisited?

Joel B. Pollak
Big Peace
2/20/2012

In the midst of Egypt’s supposed transition to democracy, nineteen Americans will face trial for promoting democracy. They are being prevented from leaving Egypt, and 14 of them are described by Egyptian authorities as “fugitives.”

A more accurate term would be “hostages,” and though the U.S. government is warning Egypt that it could lose $1.5 billion in aid, Egypt’s Islamists are threatening to end peace with Israel in retaliation.

The “Egyptian Hostage Crisis”–which began 25 days ago, on Jan. 26– is just as troubling, and as dangerous to U.S. security, as the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979.

The parallels are striking. The Carter administration first protected the Iranian shah, then tried reaching out to the revolutionary government, only to find it was more interested in confrontation. Similarly, the Obama administration first protected Mubarak, then embraced the revolutionaries, and now face their wrath.

The stakes are just as high today, with the son of a Cabinet-level official–Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood–among the Americans detained in Egypt…

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