EGYPT, continuing comprehensive coverage, and Muslim brotherhood, Hamas, Iran, and more

Posted on February 2, 2011


Video: Egyptian protests turning violent
2/2/2011 9:30:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
What happens when pro-government protesters meet anti-government protesters in the streets of Cairo? Predictably, both sides get violent. CNN reports that for the moment the violence consists mostly of throwing shoes and rocks, but with no security to
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Anti-government protesters and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak battle in streets of Cairo, hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks: More headlines from FoxNews.com:http://email.foxnews.com/t?ctl=B08C:CB2F3FC8DC49563DE836FF6BD0D3A1DA&

Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood

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Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood

January 29, 2011

The following is a report from a STRATFOR source in Hamas. Hamas, which formed in Gaza as an outgrowth of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has an interest in exaggerating its role and coordination with the MB in this crisis. The following information has not been confirmed. Nonetheless, there is a great deal of concern building in Israel and the United States in particular over the role of the MB in the demonstrations and whether a political opening will be made for the Islamist organization in Egypt.

The Egyptian police are no longer patrolling the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt and are closely collaborating with the MB. The MB has fully engaged itself in the demonstrations, and they are unsatisfied with the dismissal of the Cabinet. They are insisting on a new Cabinet that does not include members of the ruling National Democratic Party. Read more »

  

The Middle East, The World, at a Crossroads

Frank Salvato

The Middle East – and, in fact, the world, stands at a crossroads; a crossroads that can lead to either an escalation of freedom, or an advancement of fundamentalist Islamic dogma…


We Should be Very Wary of This Man

Scott McKay

If pro-Iranian Mohamed Elbaradei becomes a leader in a post-Mubarak government, America’s interests in the Middle East will be severely compromised.

Muslim Brotherhood: A Global Terrorist Influence

Erick Stakelbeck, terrorism analyst for CBN News.

The Muslim Brotherhood (pro-Elbaradei, see above) claims to renounce violence, even though Hamas is a wing of the group and does engage in terrorism. It has also influenced Al Qaeda leaders.

FSM: Quote of the Day – February 2, 2011

How Marxists view situations like today’s unrest in Egypt…

‘So with reform and revolution. It is generally assumed that the one is the antithesis of the other; and timid politicians have been frequently warned that “Reform delayed is revolution begun.” But that depends entirely upon what is meant by reform. The general idea of reform is of such moderate and peaceful changes as will sufficiently modify the existing order in conformity with changing circumstances as to increase its stability and ensure its continuance.’  – Harry Quelch (1858 – 1913), British Marxist, writing in The Social Democrat, 1907.

RISING ISLAM:

Across the Middle East, we are seeing waves of discontent and rioting.  In Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and even Saudi Arabia, we are watching this.  In many of those countries, radical Islamists are behind the troubles.

Does this herald a new year in America’s relations with the Islamic world?  Are we about to see a much more radical version of Islam sweep across the Middle East?  Dr. Rich Swier has been following this.  Read what he has to say, here on Tea Party Nation.

OUR MILITARY, OUR FREEDOM, AND OUR ENEMIES:

We are at war.  Make no mistake about it.  We have enemies foreign and enemies domestic that want to see America reduced from the world’s greatest power to a power on par with Belgium.  

Those same enemies want to see our liberty thrown on to the ash heap of history and America to no longer be the bright and shining beacon of freedom.

E.R. Sanchez says they are dangerously close to succeeding and there is something we must do to stop them.  Read the story here, on Tea Party Nation.

It seems like it was only thirty-two years ago…

Some how, things never change.  Substitute Carter and Iran for Obama and Egypt, and it is the same thing. Obama is facing the Egypt crisis much the same way Carter faced Iran.   What does America need to do?  Read about it here, on Tea Party Nation.
Florida’s New Congressman on Islam:
THIS GUY DID HIS HOME WORK AND IS VERY ARTICULATE…..DELIGHTED HE IS NOW IN CONGRESS…THIS MESSAGE MUST RESONATE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO GET THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS GOING!
SCROLL DOWN AND JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR A VERY SHORT AND CONCISE VIDEO CLIP…….Here is one of the new congressmen from Florida explaining very definitively in just over a minute the truth about Islam. Please watch and forward. 

http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp?id=384

Special Report: The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy

Jan 29, 2011 02:32 pm | David Horowitz

>From Barry Rubin: There is no good policy for the United States regarding the uprising in Egypt but the Obama Administration may be adopting something close to the worst option. This is its first real international crisis. And it seems to be adopting a policy that, while somewhat balanced, is pushing the Egyptian regime out of …

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Egypt is on fire and the flames may soon spread to Jordan and even Saudi Arabia.

The situation on the streets of Cairo is confusing, but so too is the message coming out of the Obama White House. The White House appears to be leaving Hosni Mubarak, an ally for three decades and lynchpin of Mideast stability, twisting slowly in the wind. And worse, it appears to be open to allowing the Muslim Brotherhood play a key role in a “reformed” Egyptian government, as long as the organization renounces violence and supports democracy.

If the Obama White House really believes this is possible, it is even more hopelessly incompetent than we imagined!

The Freedom Center has been warning about the Muslim Brotherhood since 9/11. The Brotherhood is the godfather organization for jihad in the Middle East (and, for that matter, in the U.S. where it operates through the Muslim Student Association and other fronts). Its Palestinian branch, Hamas, is a terrorist organization whose charter calls for the annihilation of Israel. Osama bin Laden was a graduate of the Brotherhood; so was the mastermind of 9/11, Sheik Khalid Mohammed. It opposes the Egyptian-Israeli agreement of 1979, without which Israel would be under the gun as it was in the first few years of its existence and will be again if the Brotherhood takes over.

In suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood can be a democratic partner in Egypt, the Obama White House has outdone even the Carter administration’s destabilization of the Shah of Iran in 1979 and its welcoming of the theocratic fascist Khoumeni as a “saint.”

During the present crisis, the Freedom Center has been contacted by talk radio and cable news shows for its take on the Egyptian situation because we, more than any other organization, have documented the “Unholy Alliance” between the Left and Radical Islam. That is the title of a book I wrote documenting the collaboration that is now bearing fruit in the demand for “change” in Egypt. From the Bolshevik Revolution, through Mao and the Ayatollah Khoumeni, the left has always seen figures who turned out to be monsters as “reformers.”

But we urgently need your help to get our message out and our pamphlet, Obama and Islam and book, “Unholy Alliance”, to the public.

The Freedom Center’s Robert Spencer has noted in daily posts on our website Jihad Watch and in his alarming pamphlet, Obama and Islam, the dangers present in Barack Obama’s “outreach” to the Muslim world, from his speech in Cairo itself to his overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood today. Now the dangers in those misguided and incoherent policies have reached critical mass, threatening two key U.S. allies – Egypt and Israel – and putting the fate of the region at risk, while also strengthening the hand of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran.

The Freedom Center cannot determine how the present chaos in Egypt will end. But we can educate America about what is at stake.

This campaign will circulate our publications about the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihad to members of Congress. It will place ads in college newspapers about how the Brotherhood works in this country through organizations such as the Muslim Student Association and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). It will allow me and Robert Spencer to give talks around the country, as well as on radio and cable news shows, about how the radical Islamic jihad is poised to take a huge step forward in Egypt.

We stand at a critical crossroads which has potentially catastrophic implications for the future of Israel and America itself. We need to act quickly. We need to tell the Truth About the Muslim Brotherhood! You will also help our country understand the consequences of the abyss the Barack Obama is leading us into in the Middle East.

David Horowitz, President & Founder

ATLAS SHRUGS:

·         Scrubbing and Smearing: Islamic vs. Secular Governance in Egypt Leftist Islamic Machine in High Gear

·         Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas Closely Collaborating in Egypt UPDATE: CAIR, CODE PINK Also in Egypt

·         Muslim Brotherhood Group CAIR on FOX Pushing for Overthrow in Egypt

·         Egypt, Israel, Iran …..And if I might add

·         What a President Sounds Like (Amb John Bolton)

AMERICANS BEWARE OF OBAMA AND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS FCC INTERNET GRAB: Egypt Shows How Easily Internet Can Be Silenced

Andrew Ian Dodge – Zombie internet ‘kill switch’ bill back to haunt the Senate

Reminding free speech advocates and libertarians that bad bills are like zombies in DC, the “internet kill switch” will be revived in the Senate. Still sponsored by Maine Sen. Collins and Sen. Lieberman, the Sen. Snowe supported bill has been revised and will presented once more. Read More

This morning, TPN published one of my blogs called “A lesson to learn: Egypt and the Tea Party.”  The blog was about Egypt’s government killing the Internet to prevent dissent.   Some liberals wasted no time at all in trying to turn this into something else.  What did they try to turn it into and what should we be doing about it? Read about it here, on Tea Party Nation.

You may remember the uprising and protests against the Iranian regime in 2009. That was an effort by mostly younger pro-western Iranians. It is in no way the same as what you are now seeing in Egypt, a similarly, though not quite as severe, oppressive regime. What is gives us pause and is of great concern is the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical islamic groups as well as the support they are receiving behind the scenes from outside influences such as the Iranian regime. Couple that with marxist forces at play, and what you have is anything but a pro-western movement. Though some of those protesting are doing so out of oppression and desire for a freedom, void of the chains of radical islam, as stated their are those who are not. So the great question becomes, which group will prevail, and will Egypt therefore become a better ally to the U.S., worse, or not at all, and if the latter, will the Iranian regime have become more powerful and controlling in all of it?

Iran Sees Rise of Islamic Hard-Liners: Iran is fueling the fires in Egypt and that’s exactly what they want to see!

Dispatch: Regime Change in Egypt and a Radicalizing Region January 31, 2011 1620 GMT

Iranian Media Hail Egypt ‘Revolution’
(CNSNews.com)
– Iranian media outlets, especially those linked to the government and establishment, are using terms like “revolution” and “uprising” to describe the protests in Egypt, painting the demonstrators as heroic and giving headline treatment to voices predicting the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak. Sunni Egypt, viewed as the leader of the Arab world, and Shi’ite Iran are longstanding rivals.

Timothy P. Carney – Entangling alliances: Is this Egypt revolution a good thing for America?

From all I read and hear, the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt is pretty oppressive, and the intense protests these days are a reaction to this oppression. All else being equal, this is a good thing. But foreign policy is messy, and there are always complicating factors. I’m a foreign policy novice, but it seems a real uprising in Egypt could leave the U.S. worse off. Read More

Neil Hrab – In Egypt, US must avoid wishful thinking

Because the anti-regime demonstrations are being organized with up-to-date technology, there’s a presumption among many observers that the protestors must also be committed to a progressive, democratic, liberal vision for Egypt – and that they therefore deserve US support.
(After all, opportunistic thugs, religious fanatics and authoritarians could never use tools like Twitter or Facebook to seize to power – could they?) Read More

Bruce McQuain – Where is Egypt headed?

That is the most pressing question of the moment, because as the protests build and show no signs of lessening, it is becoming clearer that its present course is about to be forever altered.   What will the new Egypt look like? Read More

Kathryn Ciano – Egypt is a freedom fight

Addressing a torn Egypt, contested-president Mubarak just told Al Jazeera: “I will always be on the side of the poor.” As private jets flee a burning Cairo, it seems that all but the poor have done whatever they can to leave. Which recalls one banal truth to politics: It doesn’t matter if promises are empty if a politician’s promises are all the voters feel they have. Read More

Dispatch: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Strategies in Egypt and Jordan February 01, 2011 1508 GMT

Read more: Egyptian Police Redeploying | STRATFOR

The Egyptian Unrest: A Special Report You have received this Special Report as a member of our list. To access further analysis of the situation, join STRATFOR.

The Egyptian Unrest: A Special Report

January 29, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak remains the lifeblood of the demonstrators, who still number in the tens of thousands in downtown Cairo and in other major cities, albeit on a lesser scale. After being overwhelmed in the Jan. 28 Day of Rage protests, Egypt’s internal security forces — with the anti-riot paramilitaries of the Central Security Forces (CSF) at the forefront — were glaringly absent from the streets Jan. 29. They were replaced with rows of tanks and armored personnel carriers carrying regular army soldiers. Unlike their CSF counterparts, the demonstrators demanding Mubarak’s exit from the political scene largely welcomed the soldiers. Despite Mubarak’s refusal to step down Jan. 28, the public’s positive perception of the military, seen as the only real gateway to a post-Mubarak Egypt, remained. It is unclear how long this perception will hold, especially as Egyptians are growing frustrated with the rising level of insecurity in the country and the army’s limits in patrolling the streets. Read more »

 

 
 

Unrest in Egypt We’re following the situation in Egypt closely. Click here to view our coverage.

Agenda: With George Friedman on Egypt 
For more than 30 years, the geopolitics of the Middle East has been built on the American-Egyptian-Israeli relationship. George Friedman contemplates the current events in Egypt and the prospect of the end of an era.

 

Hannity Jan 28, 2011
Egypt At A ‘Boiling Point’
Egypt’s military was deployed onto the streets of Cairo to enforce a nighttime curfew as the sun set Friday on a day of rioting and violent chaos that was a major escalation in the challenge to authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Flames were seen rising up across many cities from burning tires and police cars. Even the ruling party headquarters in Cairo was ablaze in the outpouring of rage and utter frustration with a regime seen as corrupt, heavy-handed and neglectful of grinding poverty that afflicts nearly half of the 80 million Egyptians. “We really run the risk of some Iranian style regime emerging in the end here,” Sean said commenting on the story. Even the Internet and cell phone services, at least in Cairo, appeared to be shut off overnight in an attempt to hamper protesters form organizing. “Meanwhile Joe Biden is lecturing everybody that Mubarak isn’t a dictator, yet Mubarak just shut off the Internet to everybody,” Sean said dryly. The White House’s initial response was via Twitter. “A lot of good that does to the people of Egypt who don’t have Internet service,” Sean pointed out sarcastically. For more on the protests in Egypt, please click HERE.

U.S. Involvment With Egypt
Mike Ghouse, President of the America Together Foundation, joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the United States’ stance towards the violent protests in Egypt. “I believe the U.S. has taken the right approach in not alienating the Egyptian people while cautioning Mubarak to back off from violence and crushing the uprising. We need to take the initiative to allay the fears of the people and remove the anti-US sentiment, and it will give us the room to shape democracy there. A democracy that is sustainable and good for the people of Egypt, Israel, U.S. and others. You can read more from Mike Ghouse at his website here.

Bush was right

Stephen Carter – HotAir

Not long ago, President George W. Bush was considered naive for suggesting that the promotion of democracy in the Arab world should be a staple of American foreign policy. Two years ago, the same charge was whispered against President Barack Obama, when he suggested, in his Cairo address to the Muslim world, that self-government and freedom “are not just American ideas, they are human rights.” True, due to the exigencies of pursuing the nation’s strategic interests, neither man actually pressed very hard for democratization. Still, the more important point is that both were subjected to lectures from experts who insisted that somehow even to speak about democracy and freedom in the Arab lands was to show oneself to be a hopeless romantic, insufficiently hardheaded, out of touch with reality.

As of today, that essentially racist assumption is dead. That is the lesson of the popular revolution that has overthrown the ruler of Tunisia and caused the seemingly eternal president of Egypt to promise not to run for another term. (Presumably he will be gone well before his term expires.) The king of Jordan is forming a new government. The Yemen regime is worried. Even in Riyadh, uneasiness must be growing.

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