Egypt, and all things related, continuing coverage (see tags)

Posted on February 6, 2011


Day of departure? Egypt protesters fill square – AP

Protesters seeking Mubarak’s ouster appear undaunted and determined after their camp withstood two days of street battles

The Rest of the World Has Gone Mad — Why Shouldn’t Egypt?

by Barry Rubin

Obama is openly calling for the downfall of a 60-year-old regime that has been allied with the U.S. for about 40 years in the most important country in the Arab world. What could go wrong?

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Clarice’s Pieces: The Incredible Lightness of Obama
Clarice Feldman
A little like Manuel Zelaya in Honduras before him, Hosni Mubarak outsmarted and outplayed the community organizer. More

Clueless on Cairo

by Victor Davis Hanson

I think it would be fair to say that the Obama administration has been caught entirely surprised by the crisis in Egypt.

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Washington Is Clueless; Mubarak Is Not

by Richard FernandezDoes Barack Obama have any cards left to play? Or is he left crossing his fingers that the crisis in Egypt will end OK? (And at the Tatler: “Obama addresses Egypt unrest”)

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America Must Lead, Not Hype an Election
William Sullivan
The Egyptians that now seek a reformation do not look to elect an innovator vying for peace; they look to elect an enforcer. More

Turning Egypt into Chicago
James Lewis
Obama’s apparent aim is to turn Egypt into Chicago, which also doesn’t have real elections, one party is in charge forever and nobody fights City Hall. More

The Obama Administration and the Middle East: A Half-Time Assessment
Barry Rubin
How’s that hope and change working out in the Middle East? More

Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood & Oyster Stew

by Roger Kimball

While the Obama administration oscillates wildly in its posture toward Mubarak, “progressive” pundits assure their readers that those demonstrations in Egypt presage the dawn of freedom, democracy, and (in John Bolton’s ironical formulation) a new “Age of Aquarius.”

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The White House, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Alfred E. Neuman

by Roger Kimball Pace the Pollyannas that determine U.S. foreign policy, the Brotherhood is about instituting sharia, i.e., Islamic law, by means of jihad.

UN and U.S. Double Standards: Egypt vs. Iran

by Claudia Rosett Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said nothing to the Iranian government when the demonstrators in Iran were bleeding in the streets, but wants Mubarak to go “now”?

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Professors Push Israel to Negotiate with Hamas
Janet Doerflinger
Prominent Middle East studies professors argue that Israel should conduct negotiations with Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for murdering and maiming many innocent Israelis More

The ‘Trusting Khomeini’ Syndrome, Redux?
February 06, 2011
An eternal testament to sheer idiocy More

The Iranian Revolution Echoes in Egypt

by Michael J. Totten

Michael Totten speaks with Abbas Milani, the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, about how what’s going on right now in Egypt is eerily reminiscent of the events in Iran in 1979.

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NY Times manufactures a crisis in U.S.-Israel relations
February 06, 2011
Just as the Times fabricates a great divide between the U.S. and Israel, the views of the two allies are actually converging. More

Brit PM Attacks failed Multiculturalism
February 06, 2011
First Germany’s Chancellor, now Britain’s PM. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama. More

 

Photo of Ken Blackwell
Reagan would be on the side of religious liberty.

Is the Leftist Media ‘Fair and Balanced’ on Christian Persecution?

Isn’t the MSM supposed to be out to help the “underdog”?

Hillary and the Muslim Brotherhood
February 06, 2011
Why would a proto-feminist Secretary of State be silent on the very real potential of a patriarchal Islamist system like the Muslim Brotherhood gaining power in Egypt? More

Incompetence isn’t helpful: US disowns comments by own special envoy to Mubarak
February 06, 2011
The right hand not knowing what the left was doing. More

 

  POLIWOOD: Clueless in Cairo?

“Our own state department is deliberately behind.” — Roger L. Simon

  With Mubarak Out, Is the Muslim Brotherhood In?

“I find it a little disturbing to hear the Obama administration’s indicating they may be able to work with the Muslim Brotherhood, who is dedicated to ongoing holy war against the West in general and the United States in particular.”

Suleiman the Savior?  Egypt’s Unknown Future

Is Cairo like Berlin in 1989, or Tehran in 1979? Will the Muslim Brotherhood ultimately take power? What are the implications for Israel, oil prices, the United States and China? Khairi Abaza joins Allen Barton, along with The Front Page regulars Terry Jones and Alex Epstein to discern Egypt’s uncertain future and more.     

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   Chaos in Egypt: Is a New Islamist State Being Born?

“The Egyptian people have lost the love for Hosni Mubarak. He’s been a tough autocrat and the people don’t want to put up with it anymore. This has put the Obama administration in a box.” — James Poulos

 
 

  Notes from Cairo Underground: The Egyptian Blogger Sandmonkey Reports on Cairo Chaos

“America does have the right to stick to its interests. America has to pick whether it stands for its ideals or it stands for its interests. Simple. It is a very simple choice that the previous administration did not hesitate to take, and which the current one fumbles every…time.” — Sandmonkey

(UPDATE: Arrested, then Released) Cairo Exclusive: Interview with ‘Sandmonkey’

by Roger L Simon(UPDATE: The Guardian is reporting that Sandmonkey has been arrested, a contact reports that he was subsequently released. His blog is currently down. Look for updates at The Tatler, and read Sandmonkey’s last post here.) The witty and courageous Egyptian blogger “Sandmonkey” is currently in hiding in his native city of Cairo, moving from one friend’s apartment to another, as supporters of Hosni Mubarak pursue him and other democracy demonstrators. But Roger L. Simon was able to speak with him for a 20-minute audio interview late Wednesday night.

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The Egyptian Tea Party

A leaderless popular revolution, no rigid organizational structure, no big office building in a great metropolitan area, and no television stations. Sound familiar? But can the Tea Party’s formula translate to Egypt?

 
IF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EGYPT IS PREDOMINANTLY AND TRULY A TEA PARTY TYPE OF MOVEMENT, OR WANTS TO BE, THEN LET US GIVE A FEW POINTERS: 1- THE AMERICAN TEA PARTY MOVEMENT IS NOT VIOLENT AND IF VIOLENCE WAS ERUPTING IN OUR FACES BY THOSE TRYING TO HIJACK OR INFILTRATE OUR MOVEMENT, WE WOULD OPENLY CONDEMN IT, AND WORK TO STOP IT. 2- WE WOULD NEVER TOLERATE AN AUTHORITARIAN THEOCRACY AND SO YOU MUST REJECT ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS FROM TAKING OVER. 3- WE WOULD NEVER TOLERATE SOCIALISM, AND COMMUNIST INFLUENCES, SUCH AS THAT WHICH CURRENTLY PLAGUES YOUR NATION AND HAS FOR DECADES, SO YOU MUST REJECT THESE GROUPS, THOSE EXISTING AND WANNA BE LEADERS, AND AS WITH THE ISLAMIST ISSUE – THOSE OUTSIDE INFLUENCES. YOU WILL FIND NO TEA PARTY ANSWERS FROM THE LIKES OF ANY FASCISTS AND TRYANNICAL DICTATORS. 4- YOU MUST EMBRACE AND ADOPT THE CONCEPTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND EQUALITY, FOR WITHOUT IT YOU ARE DOOMED TO A CONTINUATION OF YOUR PRESENT EXISTENCE. 5- YOU MUST REJECT THE EXTREME NATIONALISM WHICH ALSO PLAGUES YOU AND WILL LEAD YOU DOWN A PATH SUCH A THE NAZI’S WENT. NATIONAL PRIDE IS ONE THING, AND WITH AMERICANS YOU CAN SURELY FIND SUCH, BUT YOU WILL NEVER HEAR AMERICANS RALLYING THAT THEY ARE A SUPERIOR RACE OR TO ADVOCATE THE ANNIALATION OF AN ANOTHER RACE SUCH AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE. 6- IF YOU WANT FREEDOM YOU MUST MOVE TOWARD DEMOCRATIC REFORMS, NOT AWAY FROM THEM.
 
  

Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What?

Egypt’s destiny will be determined by a fight among Egyptian people, some of whom wish to be free and others who wish to install a tyranny worse than Mubarak’s. (Also read Richard Fernandez: “Mubarak Obama”)

 

 
 

The Egyptian Tea Party

A leaderless popular revolution, no rigid organizational structure, no big office building in a great metropolitan area, and no television stations. Sound familiar? But can the Tea Party’s formula translate to Egypt?

 
IF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EGYPT IS PREDOMINANTLY AND TRULY A TEA PARTY TYPE OF MOVEMENT, OR WANTS TO BE, THEN LET US GIVE A FEW POINTERS: 1- THE AMERICAN TEA PARTY MOVEMENT IS NOT VIOLENT AND IF VIOLENCE WAS ERUPTING IN OUR FACES BY THOSE TRYING TO HIJACK OR INFILTRATE OUR MOVEMENT, WE WOULD OPENLY CONDEMN IT, AND WORK TO STOP IT. 2- WE WOULD NEVER TOLERATE AN AUTHORITARIAN THEOCRACY AND SO YOU MUST REJECT ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS FROM TAKING OVER. 3- WE WOULD NEVER TOLERATE SOCIALISM, AND COMMUNIST INFLUENCES, SUCH AS THAT WHICH CURRENTLY PLAGUES YOUR NATION AND HAS FOR DECADES, SO YOU MUST REJECT THESE GROUPS, THOSE EXISTING AND WANNA BE LEADERS, AND AS WITH THE ISLAMIST ISSUE – THOSE OUTSIDE INFLUENCES. YOU WILL FIND NO TEA PARTY ANSWERS FROM THE LIKES OF ANY FASCISTS AND TRYANNICAL DICTATORS. 4- YOU MUST EMBRACE AND ADOPT THE CONCEPTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND EQUALITY, FOR WITHOUT IT YOU ARE DOOMED TO A CONTINUATION OF YOUR PRESENT EXISTENCE. 5- YOU MUST REJECT THE EXTREME NATIONALISM WHICH ALSO PLAGUES YOU AND WILL LEAD YOU DOWN A PATH SUCH A THE NAZI’S WENT. NATIONAL PRIDE IS ONE THING, AND WITH AMERICANS YOU CAN SURELY FIND SUCH, BUT YOU WILL NEVER HEAR AMERICANS RALLYING THAT THEY ARE A SUPERIOR RACE OR TO ADVOCATE THE ANNIALATION OF AN ANOTHER RACE SUCH AS THE JEWISH PEOPLE. 6- IF YOU WANT FREEDOM YOU MUST MOVE TOWARD DEMOCRATIC REFORMS, NOT AWAY FROM THEM.
 
  

Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What?

Egypt’s destiny will be determined by a fight among Egyptian people, some of whom wish to be free and others who wish to install a tyranny worse than Mubarak’s. (Also read Richard Fernandez: “Mubarak Obama”)

 

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