Some have asked whether one year after its revolution, erroneously popularized as a Twitter and Facebook phenomena, Egypt has morphed into the new Iran -- with a parliament ideologically hostile toward the West. While 18 percent of Egyptians approve of America's leadership, far more see value in closer relations with the United States -- and this applies to supporters of the Islamist political parties as well.
This finding suggests that the revolution may be just beginning, replacing hardened postures with new possibilities in which many see the merit of warmer ties with countries even when they disagree with those countries' leadership. Western leaders would do well to draw inspiration from Egyptians in this regard, just as many from Athens to Atlanta drew inspiration from the protests we commemorate today.
Do you think each of the following is a good thing or a bad thing for the country?
--Closer relations between Egypt and the United States. [Percentage "good thing" shown.]
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