A vast number of Egyptians gathered on Tuesday in Cairo to protest against their dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
It is time for our own US foreign policy to be clear.
Mubarak’s dictatorship must end. The Egyptian people deserve freedom.
On Monday, January 31st, The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff put it best. He stated that the U.S. must “make one thing very clear: We stand with the peaceful throngs pleading for democracy, not with those who menace them.”
For 30 years, US taxpayers have been forced by our own government to fund dictatorship in Egypt. Every year, US taxpayers have to pay a $10 dictator tax to Mubarak’s regime. That $10 per person adds up to $1.3 billion in military aid a year for a dictatorship that has tortured and oppressed the Egyptian people.
The time has come for President Obama to clearly and boldly declare an end to US support for Egypt’s dictator. With so many Egyptians protesting in the streets, the US must finally join them in their struggle to be free.