Sarthanapalos has a simple guide. Among the suggestions of things not to say:
“This is so sad” — No, sad were the thirty years of oppression, repression and torture.
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“If they get Democracy they will elect extremists” — Imagine if the world said that about America. The Tea Party threatens world stability, as did the Bush administration. How would you like if others used that as a threat to support an autocrat who made all opposing parties illegal? In truth, US politics threaten world stability more than Egypt does. Second, the implication is that democracy is not to be trusted in the hands of “certain” nations, people and religions is offensive, racist and ignorant. You do not claim to value human rights, democracy and freedom and then you make exclusions based on race, nationality and religion. Don’t say this shit.
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“The women are so brave” — Egyptian women have always been brave. If you want to know about Sadat’s Egypt, read Nawal El Saadawi’s memoir while in jail. “Memoirs from the Women’s Prison.”
Also, don’t watch or get your talking points from Fox News… there is no actual news there. No reporting. No thoughtfulness. Only fear mongering.