Egyptian internet activist Wael Ghonim talks about the protest movements sweeping the Arab world as a “freedom flu.” The feeling certainly is infectious, spurring thousands into the streets to protest the oppressive governments that have controlled the region for so long. Ghonim calls for a world in which values, not interests, drive the foreign policy of nations. In such a world, Ghonim asserts, the West would not ignore the repression of certain governments in order to preserve strategic ties. For Ghonim, the pressing danger now for Egypt is its fragile economy, and he states that the West has a role to play in seeing that the country’s revolution does not lead to financial collapse.
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