Saturday, December 24, 2005

Quid Pro Quo

Ayman Nour was sentenced to 5 years for a trumped up charge. The White House wants his immediate release.
"The conviction of Mr Nour, the runner-up in Egypt's 2005 presidential elections, calls into question Egypt's commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement.

"The United States calls upon the Egyptian government to act under the laws of Egypt in the spirit of its professed desire for increased political openness and dialogue within Egyptian society, and out of humanitarian concern, to release Mr Nour from detention."
The US must do a whole lot more than just demanding Nour release. There should be an ultimatum. Secretary Rice should make a public statement to this effect and make it clear that the US is very serious. If Mubarak want his annua twol billion dollars in financial aid, he will release Ayman Nour right now. It is about time we attach condition to our financial assistance. Two billion dollars is a lot of money and we have the right to demand some political reform from those who receive our money.


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