By Laura Robledo
Last week, students across the nation discussed whether or not America should intervene in Egypt in our #DoNowEgypt post. We asked Given Egypt’s continued turmoil and bloodshed, is it the United States’ role to intervene in the crisis?
While the media has shifted its attention towards other issues such as the government shutdown or continued concerns about health care, the crisis in Egypt still persists. The current situation started in 2011 when President Hosni Mubarak, after three weeks of protest against his government, stepped down and gave power to the military’s ruling body. Since then, Egypt has existed in constant turmoil, with endlessly violent protests and attempted assassinations. During this entire conflict, the United States has been uncertain about whether or not to intervene, as it depends on Egypt as an ally in the Middle East. In August, President Obama said he “strongly condemns the steps that have been taken” and “America cannot determine the future of Egypt,” he said.
Throughout the week, the majority of students felt that even though the situation in Egypt is terrible, America should focus on its own domestic problems and not intervene.
— Melanie N. (@melanienfauhs4B) October 28, 2013
— Oliver Perez (@CRAMMOliver) October 28, 2013
America should help to a certain extent
Many students came up with alternative ways to help Egypt.
— Taylor (@Taylor_NTH) October 31, 2013
— Mariluz (@mmariluz96) October 30, 2013
— Maria Rosas (@mariarosasjime) October 30, 2013
What has History taught us?
Others looked to past American interventions and instances of world violence to form an opinion on what America should do in the current situation.
— Tana (@tana_mita) October 30, 2013
— Andrew S (@AndrewSFAUHSB4) October 31, 2013
— ☆Big Bonse☆ (@Koncussionz) October 30, 2013
America should stop monitoring foreign nations
Some students looked beyond Egypt and argued America should stop getting involved in other countries in general.
— Mūśtafa Prim€Tim£ (@Primes_Eye_View) October 31, 2013
— Dalya Hunter (@DalyaTheTurtle) October 28, 2013
Is it America’s duty to help?
Others pointed to how America, as a leading democratic nation, had the responsibility to help.
— Jeffrey Shu (@JFreezeShu) October 30, 2013
— ziffy (@theshizpolitics) October 30, 2013
America is not the only country
Some students commented on how while America cannot afford to help Egypt, other countries should help resolve the situation.
— Samantha Martin☕ (@Sam_Martin16) October 30, 2013
— Rebeccalynn Pettey (@CRAASDbecca) October 28, 2013