Mr. President: Apologize to Egypt's people

Since day one of the democratic uprising of the Egyptian people against Hosni Mubarak, elite Washington debated how to react to the fast-changing events in Egypt.  
 
One idea we never heard: AN APOLOGY.

We call on you, Mr. President, to apologize to the people of Egypt on behalf of the U.S. public for our government’s crime of having propped up a vicious dictator all these years.  Make it simple, make it clear, without equivocation.  And do it quickly.

A forthright apology can help us reset our relationship with the people of Egypt, who suffered deeply and long under the U.S.-supported Mubarak dictatorship, which used the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid to repress and intimidate Egyptians.
 
We need a new direction, Mr. President. And we will take it upon ourselves to engage in people-to-people diplomacy.
 
The undersigned urge you to apologize on our behalf – and pledge to extend our own loud and clear apology to the people of Egypt.
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