Egypt, continuing coverage (see tags)

Posted on February 4, 2011


A frequent sight during the demonstrations has been the Jewish Star of David used as a slur on dictator Hosni Mubarak. Israel fears that the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood could gain control of Egypt’s government after Mubarak to set up a second Iran – right on Israel’s border. (AP Photo)

Sean Confronts Controversial Imam Over Sharia Law
Sean interviewed radical Muslim cleric Sheik Anjem Choudary on last night’s ‘Hannity’ to remind Americans of exactly the problem the world faces with the Egyptian crisis. Choudary ranted to Sean that “Sharia law will come and it will remove the corruption of Democracy, and freedom, and all of your exploitation.…You are worried because you know Islam is coming to your backyard.” Sean hammered away at the radical cleric, eventually getting him to admit he was a supporter of Osama bin Ladin. Choudary also unapologetically insisted that stoning men and women is acceptable after implementing Shariah law, the “education system of Islam” and the “social and economic justice.” The exchange between Hannity and Choudary continued to escalate until Sean, fed up with the cleric’s nonsense, ended the interview. “We’ve had enough of this, my understanding of Islam is exactly accurate, you’re comments condemn yours elf sir…You’re one sick, miserable, evil SOB but we thank you for coming on anyway,” Sean said in disgust.
Islamist Tells Hannity: U.S. Will Fall to Sharia

  • Mullen: No Change to Military Posture in Mideast
  • Berlusconi: West Considered Mubarak ‘Wisest’
  • Brzezinski: Egypt Won’t Be Democracy Overnight
    Obama Egypt Plan Includes Muslim Brotherhood
    Soros Sees Success in Egypt Revolution
  • American Influence Rapidly Waning in Egypt

    ElBaradei: Terrorist Group Resembles Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews

    Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 11:44 AM

    By Ralph Reed

    The liberal media has been swooning over the prospect that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak might be replaced by a coalition government led by Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    ElBaradei is a darling of the left for his open opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 in part because of his anti-U.S. posture. As head of the IAEA, he slow-walked international action against Iran for pursuing nuclear weapons, repeatedly kicking the can down the road and claiming that Iran’s intentions in gaining status as a nuclear power were entirely understandable. He announced that the evidence on its weapons programs was inconclusive.

    He also has a long history of virulently anti-Israel public comments, calling Gaza “the largest prison in the world,” and condemning Israel for defending itself against terrorist groups. 

    The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to reach out to ElBaradei, hoping to establish a line of communication in case he becomes Egypt’s new leader. He has returned the favor by publicly trashing the Obama administration for its alleged failure to move quickly enough in calling for Mubarak’s ouster. And here I thought that Obama would magically cause the Middle East to love America.
    This past weekend, in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of ABC News, ElBaradei made a shocking and irresponsible comment, claiming the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization. This is the same group that has vowed to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East, destroy Israel and kill for the glory of Allah. But, according to ElBaradei, it is not a terrorist organization. ElBaradei’s exact quote was: “[The Muslim Brotherhoods] are no way extremist, they are no way using violence…You have to include them like the evangelical groups in the U.S., like orthodox Jews in Jerusalem.”
    Glenn Beck played portions of this interview on his radio program yesterday.
    ElBaradei may feel he has to express such sentiments in order to curry favor with the Arab Street. He is not exactly a Muslim version of Lech Walesa toiling with the masses. In fact, he has been living in Vienna while democratic forces organized within Egypt. But if this is any indication of how ElBaradei would govern Egypt, we could end up with the worst situation in Egypt since before Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel.
    I sympathize with the protesters in Egypt. They want democracy and freedom. But if Mubarak is replaced by ElBaradei in a government that includes the Muslim Brotherhood, the solution is worse than the problem. That won’t be good for the cause of democracy in the Middle East, the United States, and certainly not Israel.


 The Goal Is Freedom: Wrong Lesson from Egypt

by Sheldon Richman – FEE

One wrong conclusion being drawn from the popular uprising against the dictatorship in Egypt is that the American government could ignore such things if we were “energy independent.”

Hope or Hellfire in Cairo?

 Thus far, the protests raging in Egypt have been salutary to western sensibilities. The youth lining the streets have spoken out for democracy and liberty, a twinned plea that can’t help but set American hearts aflutter. But from Paris in the late eighteenth century to Tehran two centuries later, the hard lesson of history is that revolutions often eat their own. Given the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, that will be a fate this ancient civilization will find itself hard-pressed to resist.

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Obama is Losing Egypt
President Obama better hope that the crowds clamoring for an overthrow of the Mubarak regime really do achieve a functioning liberal democracy rather than an Iranian-style theocracy. His reelection hopes could be doomed if Iran takes over.

 by Dick Morris

Islamic militants support Egyptian protesters

Soros-funded ‘Expert’ Defends Muslim Brotherhood on Matthews Show

“Freedom” vs. “Freedom” –“Freedom” means one thing to the West and another thing to Islam.

Obama Plan Calls for Radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian Government

Kirsten Powers: Americans Should Worry About ‘Islamic Power in Cairo’

Now Dawning: The Next Era of Middle East History

Tamara Holder: Mohamed ElBaradei: the wizard behind the curtain — Not only did ElBaradei see the Egyptian crisis coming, he helped plan it.

Wayne Allyn Root: The media’s coverage of the Egypt crisis has been one-sided — How the media blew its coverage of the Egypt riots — and the lessons to be learned.

Feb 03, 2011 11:40 pm | Nonie Darwish

The Left blames the U.S. for Mubarak, but who is really responsible for the region’s despots?

Feb 03, 2011 11:39 pm | Yossi Klein Halevi

How Obama has accelerated the Islamic radicalization of the Middle East.

Playing Arabian Dominos

Lt. Colonel James Zumwalt, USMC (ret)

The “Domino Theory” has hit the Middle East from Tunisia to Egypt and Yemen – and perhaps beyond. All three Arab countries in turmoil are allies in the war against Islamist extremists.

Egypt: Muslims Massacre Two Christian Families, 11 Slaughtered

Who will speak for religious minorities in Egypt? Will Obama speak out against Islamic ethnic cleansing and persecution?

Muslims Attack Two Christian Families in Egypt, 11 Killed

(AINA) — News of a massacre of two Christian Coptic families by Islamists just emerged from Upper Egypt with the return of the Internet connections after a week of Internet blackout by the Egyptian regime. The massacre took place on Sunday, January 30 at 3 PM in the village of Sharona near Maghagha, Minya province. Two Islamists groups, aided by the Muslim neighbors, descended on the roof of houses owned by Copts, killing eleven Copts, including children, and seriously injuring four others.

Anba Agathon, Bishop of Maghagha, told Coptic activist Dr. Mona Roman in a televised interview on Al-Karma TV that the killers are their neighbors, who seized the opportunity of the mayhem prevailing in Egypt and the absence of police protection to slaughter the Copts. He said that he visited today the four injured Copts, who escaped death despite being shot, at Maghagha General Hospital and they told him that they recognized the main attackers as they come from the same village of Sharona. They gave the Bishop details of what happened.

“The two families were staying in their homes with their doors locked when suddenly the Islamists descended on them,” said Bishop Agathon, “killing eleven and leaving for dead four others family members. In addition, they looted everything that was in the two Coptic houses, including money, furniture and electrical equipment. They also looted livestock and grain.”

According to the Bishop the first group was led by Islamist Ibrahim Hamdy Ibrahim, who was joined by a gang of masked assailants. They accessed the roof of the house of Copt Joseph Waheeb Massoud through the roof of his Muslim neighbor Mahgoub el Khawaled. The armed men killed Joseph, his wife Samah, his 15-year old daughter Christine and 8-year-old son Fady Youssef

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OT — the clueless: The Atlantic: “Correction: An early version of this story wrongly implied that the President’s foreign policy team thought Hosni Mubarak was a Coptic Christian”

Christian persecution a daily struggle for those in the Mid-East – Laura Ingraham

Media still doesn’t get it

The media still thinks that the protests in Egypt are simply freedom loving Egyptians seeking self determination, and Mubarak supporters starting violence to quell them. That’s as deep as the media will go – but does anyone really believe thousands of years of turmoil in the Middle East can be boiled down to just that? Glenn’s theory – which must be on to something because the left has rapidly sprung into action to discredit it – offers context and in-depth analysis. Get the 3 main points of Glenn’s theory HERE.

Egypt & American Exceptionalism — Egypt, around for 5,000 years, stagnates and riots and can’t get a stable government. America, after 200 years, led the world and surpassed any nation in human history. – Rush

A U.S. front organization for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has lobbied the State Department in recent years to pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to open national elections to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, a book reveals.

The radical Muslim Brotherhood has organized rioters demanding the ouster of Mubarak, a U.S. ally. Its leaders are in talks with opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei to form a unity government to replace Mubarak’s regime, which has honored the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace deal. The Brotherhood vows to end the treaty. Click here for details.

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