The Egyptian state, a key US ally the Middle East, revealed the hypocrisy of George Bush’s vision of democracy for the region when it detained Respect MP George Galloway last weekend.
Galloway had been invited to attended an anti-war event in Egypt, but was told he would be denied entry as a “security risk” and was held at Cairo airport from Friday into Saturday.
The regime of president Hosni Mubarak has been praised by Bush for advancing towards “democracy”. But recent elections saw candidates arrested and widespread ballot rigging.
It is a sign of the pressure the regime feels that Mubarak felt forced to issue an apology to the Respect MP and overturn the ban on him entering Egypt.
Anti-war campaigners protested over Galloway’s detention, which lasted more than 15 hours, and he later appeared on Egyptian satellite TV to describe his ordeal.