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Readers demand more Western support for Egyptian protesters

Readers agree with Deutsche Welle's Bettina Marx that the response from Western countries to ongoing protests in Egypt has been far too cautious.

A protestor waves the Egyptian national flag during a protest in Tahrir Square

Readers want the West to show more support for protesters

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

Opinion: 'Nothing but doubt and indecision in the West'

I fully agree with Bettina Marx's article. The so-called democratic countries like Europe and the USA are displaying more than indecision. They are displaying sheer hypocrisy. They preach democracy, but only when it produces the kind of governments the West wants. Otherwise the West will do its best to isolate, undermine or even subvert these democratically elected governments. Chile under Allende and Hamas in Gaza are classic examples. The West "loathes" dictators like Saddam Hussein, but only when the dictators show any sign of disobedience to the masters in the West that create them. It is hypocrisies like these that drove people to hate the West. -- Tony, Australia

Bravo, Ms. Marx! As a Canadian living in Turkey for almost a decade, and as a great admirer of Egypt and its people, I would like to thank you for your excellent, hard-hitting commentary on the failure of the "West" to support Egypt's brave and heroic citizens. One tries very hard to understand the cynicism and neglect of Western countries - led by the USA and including Canada - that just never seem to understand the importance of their support of such peaceful and powerful events. The indecision - and especially the outright division - of the European nations is especially troubling. - William, Turkey

I am so disgusted with the lack of support from the so-called "democratic" countries, particularly from the United States, Britain, France and Germany. Mubarak's "loyalty" has been bought and paid for by the US. When is this country going to realize that you cannot buy friendship! -- Margaret, United States

West worries over the prospect of Mideast democracy

The uncertainty of the West is like pouring oil on the fire. By permitting Mubarak to stay, the revolution will be much worse and likely end with bloodshed or, if the army stays neutral, in an uncontrolled revolution engulfing the total Middle East. Last weekend's performance of EU politicians at the Munich Security Conference was a poor demonstration of incapability. -- Eric, The Netherlands

Compiled by Sean Sinico

Editor: Susan Houlton

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