Senator Ben Nelson says the situation in Egypt is equivalent to a revolution.
“The fact the president had said he isn’t going to run again may soften some of it but on the other hand there are pro-government forces that come from the other side and that is why I say this could be more of a revolution.”
Senator Nelson says it could also be thought of as a civil war as they decide whether Egypt will continue with the same government system they have had or if there will be opportunities for democracy to develop.
“The challenge in the world today as we learned in Iraq. We are seeing it in Afghanistan and now perhaps in the Middle East, it is possible to impose Tierney. The question is whether you can impose democracy or whether democracy has to spring at the grass roots level.”
Senator Nelson says it is too early to know what Egypt will look like when all is said and done.
“But it appears the president will be leaving at some point and there will be a new government but from the standpoint of the United States, we are not in a position to take sides. It is an internal matter in Egypt. I think the state department has played it right at the moment. I think we should be anxious with what is going on as it spreads, unrest has unanticipated consequences that we can’t predict at the moment.”
Senator Nelson says we have to be supportive of what process they come up with.