Dictatorships and Egyptians

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For some in the American media to take the Egyptian uprising as an opportunity to blame America for the Mubarak regime is not only wrong and untrue, but unfair to both Egypt and the US. This cheap-shot propaganda will not help the Egyptian people move beyond the blame-game, which they have perfected over many generations, and which keeps them in their miserable state. If anything, the Egyptian people today need to see reality and take responsibility. They must critically examine the real causes that turned a great ancient civilization into such a mess.

I hope that the blame-American crowd would for once — please — put aside internal bickering. By blaming America, you are neither helping the Egyptian people, nor helping your own country. You are perpetuating Arab psychology of refusing to take responsibility for one’s own failures. Arabs must take responsibility for their own homegrown dictatorships, terrorists and jihadists. The West needs to tell the truth resolutely: the Muslim world needs enormous reforms at all levels, politically, socially, legally and religiously. Blaming the West for Islamic failure will not bring Egypt or any other Muslim country freedom or democracy.

It is time for the Arab world to take responsibility for its failings; it is not the West, it is not even Arab dictators. If Arabs want to pursue freedom, then they must undergo tremendous change. They must seek peace with the rest of the non-Muslim world, and start a new relationship based on respect for human rights and tolerance of other cultures.

As it stands now, the Muslim world clings to a hatred of other ways of life. The Islamic view of non-Muslim countries as “dar-Al Harb,” or “land of war,” and Muslim countries as “dar-Al Islam,” is really at the core of this divide. If the Muslim world is to have any peace, democracy, and stability, it must reject archaic and oppressive Sharia law which perpetuates jihad and obligates Muslim heads of state to engage in permanent war with non-Muslim countries.

The Arab world needs the help of the whole world to see this reality. This can only come by stating the truth. Egyptians and Muslims in general must realize that to have democracy, they must have secular rule, separation of mosque and state, fair education, peace with Israel and an end to hate and demagoguery.

The world is waiting to embrace a new era and a new relationship with the Muslim world.

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  • crackerjack

    Who in Egypt is blaming the West? Nobody! No burnings of US or Israeli flags. None of the usual organized burning of puppets or death chants against Western states or leaders. Apparently the egyptian people are at long last adressing their own domestic affairs and couldn't give a hoot what the West want's or does not want. And in view of the Western promoted democracy experiment in Iraq, a very wise decision on their behalf. I wish them the best of luck.

    On the other hand, it is the West that is becoming increasingly preoccupied with the Ägyptian uprising by frantically tying to get its toe in the door, set rules, analyse religion and culture, demand action and anticipate outcomes, hereby obviously trying to set stage for the next Western promoted regime and a return to status quo.

    • gidmeister

      I saw a TV reporter claiming that both the anti-Mubarak and the pro-Mubarak protesters were united on one thing – they were telling him how much they hated the U.S. Nonie Darwish is pointing out that this attitude does not help them, and that the U.S. is not at fault.

    • Rob

      @crackerjack

      If you weren't bigoted against the West, then you wouldn't so nonchalantly accuse it of "obviously" trying to promote "the next" regime without expecting other bigots like yourself to believe it. Such behavior from the West can only be "obvious" if a narrative, exists to begin with.

      And we're quite aware of that narrative, because people like you post here every day, falsely accusing us of being the bad guy, as if your words might shame someone into listening to you. And yet, you mean nothing you say, because your words are only intended to provoke those who would~ be shamed, because those people are easy to manipulate and therefore victimize, right?

    • jaydee

      My friend 92% of the Egyptian men on the street blame America and Israel for their troubles…you need another information source

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      Those same Egyptians who brutally slaughtered 62 tourists in the Valley of the Kings in 1997, and have killed other Western tourists in other tourist locations like Sharm el-Sheikh.

      • http://blog.yintercept.com yintercept

        I suspect that the proponents of Radical Islam noticed that Iran lost many potential allies during the hostage crisis. Potentially violent revolutionaries have learned through time to be very careful with the application of violence during those moments when world attention is focused on their struggle.

        If organized violence occurs in Egypt, the organizers of the violence are likely waiting for the spotlight to pass.

        I hope there is not organized violence.

    • clarityrising

      Wow, cracker, you crack me up. You are total tool- an apologist for the inexcusable religion of Islam that seeks nothing more and nothing less than the total domination of the world. People like you are the reason U.S. and Europe are losing the war against Islamic subversion. Egypt used to be a fairly open society, where coptic Christians could live peacefully, albeit still in second class. In spite of a series of dictators, islamic fundamentalism crept in and a significant portion of the population became radicalized. Where once women wore western close openly, you now have women having to wear that oppressive garb in many areas or face retribution. Groups like the muslim brotherhood use democracy to get into positions in order to seize power and change the laws (Hitler anyone?) Mubarak new what he was doing keeping them out of government. Maybe a small portion of this is true democratic opposition, but make no mistake, in the end it is about Islam. Get a clue.

      • clarityrising

        oops! Clothes, not close

  • davarino

    Thanks Nonie for a great article. The west and America in particular are willing to accept and live with peoples of different cultures and religion. But Islam is a religion that must be transformed in order to gain acceptance in the world, but I am afraid they have sold jihad and sharia as an unalterable tenet. I am afraid islamist will not change until a final showdown occurs that demonstrates god is not the one that is perpatrating this horrible religion.

    We will see what "democracy" and "freedom" do for the Egyptian people.

  • aspacia

    I hope Egyptians choose a representative republic instead of Sharia Law that will be imposed by the brotherhood.

    • crazyhorse

      Me too,but do not hold your breath..Islam and these ideas ar at opposite ends of the spectrum..

  • tanstaafl

    In order for democracy to be established in Egypt, there has to be a democratic tradition to draw from. Let's not forget that Mohammed was a particularly vicious dictator.

    • http://www.okcteaparty.org Dan

      Yes. People forget that there was a substantial entrenchment of democratic institutions in the American colonies before the Declaration Of Independence, most notably in Virginia. And, as I recall, screwing with and negating those Colonial representative bodies was one of the stated reasons for a complete separation from England.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    There is incontrovertible, empirical evidence freely available to support Nonie Darwish's postulations above. What is it?

    The USA has long-held, vested business interests throughout Latin America and a sordid history of interventions there. This fact didn't preclude the region from transitioning to Democracy in the 80s. East Asia is another region in which American business and security interests once held sway. Again, our presence was no impediment to the advent of Democracy in the Pacific rim in the 80s and 90s.

    What is different about the Arab/Muslim world? Answer: INTERNAL DYNAMICS! Principally, the autocratic essence of Islam, as manifest in the psychological and social paradigm established by its founder. Whether the Arab/Muslim polity in question embraces Islam or suppresses it (often – like Mubarak – doing both simultaneously), the natural inclination is through dictatorship.

    The psychology of autocracy runs rampant, not just at the top, but throughout society. In her book 'A God Who Hates,' Wafa Sultan explains how thoroughly hierarchical the Arab/Muslim mindset is, how EVERY relationship, whether in the work place or at home, even among friends and acquaintances, has the polarity of dominant and submissive, depending upon the respective societal position of the principles.

    Blame that on America!

    • franz von fear

      I fail to see your point here.

      If dictatorship be, as you claim, a natural inclination to Muslims, why are they revolting on the streets of Egypt, Tunesia and Jordan at this very moment? If submission to dominance is the essence of Muslims, what explains the decades of Palestinian uprising against Israeli dominance, or the Afghan and Iraq insurgency ? You analysis is obviously faulty and needs rethinking.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        On the contrary, ever since independence, the Egyptian people have languished in willing submission to autocrats…as have the Tunisians, the Jordanians, and every other Arab/Muslim polity…and mark my words, no sooner will they remove one autocrat than they will embrace another. Mubarak's crime is not that he's an autocrat per se, but the particularities of his autocracy.

        Your examples of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are non-sequitor. All are struggles against infidels, which is outside the paradigmatic relationship I was discussing. And anyway, none of these "resistance" movements – Hamas, the Taliban, Al Qaeda in Iraq, The Mahdi Army – represent democratic ideals in any way. A triumph of any one of these will surely result in a different form of despotism.

        Your obviously faulty interpretation of my analysis needs rethinking.

        • franz von fear

          To much assumption but not enough facts here.

          A nation langishing in willing submission can hardly be in need of an autocratic leader dependent on secret political police, torture and media censorship.

          Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq are struggles against heteronomy. Self-determination is the basic right of every nation and those who deny these right cannot lay claim to be representing democratic ideals in any way.

          • unbeliever1

            My vote and comment was meant for Chezwick,not franz von fear.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            I see. By imposing democracy on Iraq and removing the tyrant, Saddam, America cannot be representing democratic ideals? And the Taliban, murdering girls for the crime of attending school, are merely expressing their right to self-determination?

            Your values are apparently as twisted as theirs.

            As for "willing submission", there will always be dissent, even in a cultural monism like Islam. Some may want more religion, others may want less. Still others may just want power. Hence, the necessity for the tools of autocracy.

            But I wouldn't expect you to understand.

        • unbeliever 1

          You most certainly have my vote. If Mubarak had displayed an openly anti-American stance, The people of Egypt might not have been calling for 'freedom'. You are correct in stating that those in that part of the world are not basically against autocratic rule.They only seem to want from leaders who are allies of the West and hostile to Israel.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        what explains the decades of Palestinian uprising against Israeli dominance,

        Hmm…where have you been sleeping? The so-called Palestinians are the proxies of the Islamic world and their sole purpose is to wage jihad, hot and cold, against Israel until such time as the final assault can take place. In fact, the jihad that targets Israel is permanent and will continue to be waged perpetually as long as Israel continues to exist, regardless of any and all peace processes used to weaken Israel and to fool gullible kafir infidel unbelievers exactly like you.

        Just like the greater global jihad at large, in which you are obviously oblivious of will also continue to be waged perpetually as long as unbelievers exist that haven’t been forced to submit to the authority of Islam. Indeed, whether you realize it or not, you too have a stake in Israel’s survival, as the same jihad that targets Israel, also targets you and me an every other kafir infidel unbeliever in the world.

        As I keep saying ad nauseum, show me someone that bashes Israel and vilifies Jews and I’ll show you someone completely ignorant of Islam and the greater global jihad at large. Likewise, show me someone completely ignorant of Islam and the greater global jihad at large and I’ll show you someone obsessed with bashing Israel and vilifying Jews. You once again have proven my theorem to be valid and true.

        • franz von fear

          Your global jihad doesn't seem to be getting anywhere as far as I can see. Muslims are getting their butts kicked by the West in their own homeground. The West can invade and occupy their countrys at will and should things ever boil up to a climax, the West could wipe the Islamic nations from the face of the earth within hours.
          So don't panic. Global jihad doesn't stand a chance. Its all hat and no cows.

        • franz von fear

          Your global jihad doesn't seem to be getting anywhere as far as I can see. Muslims are getting their butts kicked by the West in their own homeground. The West can invade and occupy their countrys at will and should things ever boil up to a climax, the West could wipe the Islamic nations from the face of the earth within hours.
          So don't panic. Global jihad doesn't stand a chance. Its all hat and no cows.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Let me reiterate once again, show me someone that bashes Israel and vilifies Jews and I’ll show you someone completely ignorant of Islam and the greater global jihad at large. Likewise, show me someone completely ignorant of Islam and the greater global jihad at large and I’ll show you someone obsessed with bashing Israel and vilifying Jews. You once again have proven my theorem to be valid and true. Don’t lose your day job in this economy because you won’t find another.

      • http://blackconservativethoughts.blogspot.com Black Zionist

        The largest political opposition group is the Muslim Brotherhood which makes Mubarak look like a Sunday school teacher. We are talking here about the group that spawned Al-Qaida, Hamas and many other terrorist organizations.

        I feel for the Egyptian people. I really do. But at this point, any election would only lead to an extremist, fundamentalist state that would not only oppress innocent Egyptians, it would also be a threat to Israel, the United States and our friends in the region.

      • Spirit_Of_1683

        They're wanting an Islamic state, which will mean another 10 or so theocratic dictatorships like Iran within the next three or five years. Islam is the reason why Israel faces terrorist attacks, and Islam is the reason for the failure of Islamic countries.

    • http://www.okcteaparty.org Dan

      Absolutely. In 'The Life and Religion of Mohammed – The Prophet of Arabia' first published in 1912, the author (Rev. J.L. Menezes, an Asian Indian Catholic Priest) asserts that one of the reasons Mohammed failed and was driven out of Mecca was that his teachings were far out of line with the social culture at that time, especially his disdain for the commercial culture in Mecca which catered to the many varieties of idol worship (he was bad for business). Menzezes further asserts that one of the reasons Islam became more popular (after Mohammed's movement to Medina, and then back to Mecca as he got more converts and military power) was that it incorporated practically all of the other social practices that were endemic to Arab culture (position of the man with respect to women, tribal customs, etc.). Bottom line is that Islam is an Arab centric "religion". Think of how many people in other ethnic groups have to learn Islamic prayers and verses and speak them in Arabic; and don't understand the language they are speaking. Even Obama did this and apparently still remembered how to say them.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    ZOGBY POLL CONFIRMS FEARS OF "ISLAMOPHOBES" ABOUT ISLAMIZING OF EGYPT

    No! There's no threat of an Islamic state rising on the Nile. Could never happen say the Libs. Egypt is too secularized, too modern, too sophisticated and educated. There's too much internet, Facebook and Twitter. There could never be a Moslem Brotherhood conquest of Egypt like the theocrats conquered Iran. It's a neocon fantasy. "Where's the Islamist leader with the charisma and stature of a Khomeine to spearhead such a movement?" they confidently ask. Never mind that there wasn't a Khomenie figure when Gaza voted Hamas into power. That doesn't count. This is Egypt we're taking about not Gaza-which was once an Egyptian territory.

    continued

    • unbeliever1

      Iranians are supposed to be educated and sophisticated,look where they are now.You are so correct in your observations.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    Guess the Libs, John McCain, Bob Kagan and others on the Right who poo poo and minimize the influence of the Brotherhood in Egypt, and think we "Islamophobes" are off the wall, haven't read the eye opening polls taken by Zogby in Egypt last year. Guess they haven't read that "65% of Egyptians [agreeing with the radical agenda of the Brotherhood] want the Moslem clergy to play a greater roll in politics." That is three quarters of the Egyptian people want a more inseperable union of Mosque and State, want primitive, backward, savage Islamic law guiding the life of the nation. Nothing to fear here, right? Abandon Mubarak. Throw him overboard like the shah. Open up the process. Let's have democracy NOW. Don't believe me? See for yourself and shudder: John Zogby: 2010 Poll: Egyptians Dislike Obama, See U.S./Israel as "Threats," Want Clergy More Political at Huffpo.

    Click my name and read my piece: Why I Stand With Mubarak

    Google ApolloSpeaks (one word) at townhall.com and read my piece: Why I Stand With Mubarak.

    • Popeye

      It is not clear yet who all makes up the Egyptian opposition in totality. It may very well be that Mubarak is replaced by religious fundamentalists that institute a theocracy and plan harm to non believers. There is also a chance that does not happen. But if it is the will of people with in their own sovereignty then they should be allowed that and if they interfere with other sovereign nations, that will be dealt with as needed. We should hope for the best and prepare for the worst ( and if it is the worst we can save on foreign aid to Egypt who gets our second largest allotment after Israel). I am not sure why you proud to stand with tyranny especially as its based currently on only your fears and no actual acts. As the saying goes "those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." It appears you deserve neither, you have chosen tryanny and fear.

  • tagalog

    If the U.S. is responsible for Mubarak, the personal responsibility can be laid squarely at the feet of President Jimmy Carter and the Camp David meeting that caused the assassination of Anwar Sadat by the Muslim Brotherhood (an inconvenient fact for the "the U.S. is at fault" crowd). So thanks a lot for allowing Democratic devotion to the so-called "peace process" to cloud a Democratic President's already-poor judgment.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Apollo always speaks sense. Far too few Americans understand common sense. We have a group of lunatics running America right now and we would would be just as justified demonstrating in Washington for the removal our OUR wannabe dictator. Forgive me for repeating myself – I'll copy and paste a note I sent to the NY Times this morning. I can just see the outraged looks and shaking fists of NY Times readers. FPM readers might be more in agreement: "Protesting crowds can be effective. It worked in Tunisia and the demonstrating mob in Egypt got Mubarak to agree not to run again in September. We can put a bigger crowd of unhappy Americans on the streets of Washington but Obama must leave NOW. We don't want to wait until 2012. NOW! Do you hear? NOW! Egypt could fall apart in chaos over a fast change in government but it won't happen in America. I urge the Republicans to run Allen West. NOW, Barry and Holder and Clinton. NOW.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The entire reason that authoritarian dictators, such as Mubarak, the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein, Hafez al Assad, Muammar al-Gaddafi, etc. all rise to power in the Islamic world instead of democracy is because democracy with its liberal freedoms and openness isn’t ruthless and brutal enough to fend off the Muhammadan hardliners that inevitably obliterate it. Hence, in the Islamic world there will always be very brutal dictatorial rulers or very brutal anti-Western Islamic Sharia States like Iran, as democracy simply doesn’t have a chance of competing in that kind of environment.

    Moreover, Muhammadans hate us not because of our foreign policy. Instead, they hate us because they are obligated to hate all unbelievers per the texts and tenets of their religion.

    Hence, those pushing liberal secular democracy in Egypt don ‘t understand what Islam is and they don’t understand the Islamic world. Just like those that pushed imposing democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq also didn’t understand Islam and the Islamic world, and just like those pushing the so-called Peace Process with respect to Israel and the so-called Palestinians, which in reality is a permanent and perpetual jihad. In fact, our entire State Department has been hijacked and co-opted by the delusional left for decades and as a direct result couldn’t be anymore incompetent, as it steadily moves from one fiasco to the next fiasco without learning from past experiences.

    • cjk

      Exactly, it simply comes down to the fact that they just don't understand what Mohammedanism is and how it is manifested in every conceivable individual or group situation. That, or they're lying.

  • Rifleman

    Somebody elsewhere pointed out that leftist hero castro has been dictator of Cuba over a decade longer than Mubarak has been dictator of Egypt.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      Over two decades longer. Mubarak for 30 years, Castro for 52 years and counting. The Left have become the clerics toadies, just as they are the Communists toadies. That is why you never get any protests from Leftists about the Chinese and North Korean regimes, or the Iranian regime, whilst there was silence when Mugabe was dictator of Zimbabwe.

  • cjk

    Mohammedanism IS the root of their problems you dolt.

    • crackerjack

      Nonsense. The root of the Egyptians problems is the Mubarak Regime. That is why they are revolting against Mubarak. If Islam were to be the root of their problems, they would be revolting against Islam.

      The root of the Iranians problem is the Ahmadinejad Regime. that is why they are revolting against Ahmadinejad. If Islam were to be the root of their problems, they would not name their revolution after the coulor of the prophet Muhammed and recite Quran scriptures from their rooftops as a form of protest.

      The root of you compleat missjudgement of the situation in the Midd-East is Islamobhobia.

      • cjk

        You're wrong. Do you know who Mohammed was and what he proscribed and did in his evil existence?
        Do you understand what Mohammedanism proscribes for it's adhereents and non-adherents?
        Either you don't or you're just straight out EVIL.
        I'd give you the benefit of the doubt and think you're ignorant or deceived.

        • ahmadnb

          It is YOU who is BOTH ignorant and deceived

          • cjk

            It is you who worships a murderous, incestuous, thieving, pedophile, and I'm ignorant and deceived?
            You and me actually sum up the whole difference between The West and Mohammedanism.

          • cjk

            So you define a terrorizing, murderous, raping, slave trading, incestuous, thieving, pedophile as 'the most perfect example of conduct' . Worship and adore such a character while I'm both ignorant and deceived?
            Pretty much sums up the difference between Mohammedanism and civilization.

      • cjk

        Nonsense? LOL

        • crackerjack

          Why should I be any more interested in the benefit of your doubt than the protesters in Egypt are in your faulty analysis of their revolution or judgement of their religion and culture. You have nothing to offer in this debate apart from assumptions, speculations and a somewhat confused paranoia towards Mohammedanism.

          • cjk

            Wrong, I have FACTS.

          • ahmadnb

            Yeah…cherrypicked ones…

          • cjk

            I guess you could say Mo' ( that 'perfect example of conduct' ) was 'cherry picking' when he at 54 boned Aisha at the age of 9 !!!!
            LOL
            You want some more? Because your own so called scripture is jam packed full of that FIEND'S crimes.

          • crackerjack

            You must learn to read books, especially religious ones, in their historic and cultural context. Child brides were common practice among all cultures at the time of Mohammed. European Kings and Nobels married or sold their daughters at the first sign of puberty.

            If you knew your bible, you would know that Abrahams wife Sarai, gave Abraham her maid (virgin) Hagar to bone to make up for her being barren. To tie up the dirty deed, she later sent hagar into the desert to die. Lot had intercourse with his daughters and they became pregnant. David brought enemy 200 foreskins to the king as a dowery Does that make them fiends? The Bible is full of calls for genocide against rival tribes, rape of their women and slaughter of their children.

          • cjk

            They married when she was 6 and the pedophile was 51. The 'marriage' was consummated when she was a HAIRLESS 9 !!! Indeed pedophilia is still rampant in the glorious 'Ummah' due to that FIENDS example.
            As far as the Bible goes, what the hell does that have to do with Mo's pedophilia?
            A favorite tactic of Mohammedans is to try to divert attention away from their profit by such irrelevancies.

          • crackerjack

            Obviously Quarans vulgarities catch your imagination more than Bible vulgarities. And who is at blame for the worldwide epedemic of predominantly homoerotic pedophilia among Catholic clergy ? The Bible? Jesus? The Vatican?

          • coyote3

            Well, not all Moslems are terrorists. However, right now the terrorists who have been attacking us are all Moslem. Thank you, I'll play the odds, before I give them the benefit of the doubt. We need a colony. Can we attack Iran yet?

          • ahmadnb

            We should have a long time ago…back in 1979.

          • crackerjack

            No, because your bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan.

          • cjk

            Just about ALL terrorists are Mohammedans and just about ALL Mohammedans are potential terrorists.
            All they gotta do to become terrorists is to begin to take their religion literally and seriously, and then it is impossible to not be a terrorist.

          • cjk

            Irrelevant to your profits pedophilia genius.

          • cjk

            The only VULGAR thing around here is the lifestyle of your pedophile profit knucklehead.

          • ahmadnb

            Don't teach me about the Qura'n…you're not in any position to do so. I've read it multiple times cover to cover. It's nothing like you describe here.
            What happened between Muhammad and Aisha was legal at the time. None of his enemies, and he had plenty of them, ever accused him of being a "pervert". Y'know why? 'Cos in their minds, there was nothing wrong with it at the time. Even Jews at that time didn't find anything wrong with it. Many of them were doing the same thing themselves. There's more…a Jewish co-worker of mine used to date a 13 yo girl when he was 21, and the girl's mom was OK with it. And this happened right here in the USA.
            You can give me all you want and leave me totally unmoved, as I am convinced that you are a total ignoramus. Do YOU want some more?

          • cjk

            Then you're a LIAR.
            Of course you'll be unmoved; you worship a terrorist pedophile.
            You're going to end up in hell you fool. The real God Almighty wouldn't have an evil turd like Mo' represent him……all you Mohammedans are idiots.
            The Devil's greatest joke of all time is on you.

          • ahmadnb

            Anyone who tells me or anyone else that he/she is going to hell is, in my philosophy, mentally deranged. Only God can say who'll go where. We have no power over that.
            "Liar"? Why would I lie? I have no reason to. I say what I believe…simple and short. It is you who fears the truth.

          • cjk

            If you worship that murderous pedophile Mo', then you're going to HELL.

          • ahmadnb

            If I worship Muhammad I will go to hell. The Qur'an says so…look it up.
            What makes you think Muslims worship Muhammad? The Qur'an FORBADE it. Don't believe me? Go look it up.
            This alone tells me that you're a complete ignoramus. Prove me wrong…it would be impossible to now.

          • cjk

            Finally! I've been waiting for you to say that. Took quite a while, indeed most followers of the pedophile profit won't even bring themselves to say that.
            Moe is the perfect man according to the Queeran and a perfect example for living.
            If anything is even mumbled against him in the glorious Ummah you are dead.
            The Sunnah of the Profit is actually more applicable to daily life for a pedophile worshiper then the Queeran.
            I guess technically you don't worship him (wink).
            I should report you for not adding PBUH after you mentioned his name you bad boy.

          • ahmadnb

            Sigh…you sound like one hell of a liberal commie Democrat.
            I don't know the Queeran…is that your holy book? Sounds like a holy book for gays…like the Kloran is the holy book of the KKK. So you must be gay…no wonder you hate Islam so much. No wonder your heart is so full of hatred for Islam and Muslims and God.
            I lived in Bangladesh for 5 years, a Muslim-majority country. We would have open discussions on Islam, Muhammad, etc. and nothing was held back.
            Why should we worship a fellow human being? God is God, man is man. God isn't man, and man will never be God. But that's too complicated for your pea-brain to compute.
            Do you know how stupid you sound when you lecture me on Islam? My Christian and Jewish friends would be embarrassed at even calling you a fellow non-Muslim. They would have the men in white coats haul you off to a padded cell in a hurry after reading your posts.

          • cjk

            You said the Profit's name without mumbling PBUH again.
            LOL

          • ahmadnb

            That's not for your tripped out ears to hear, queerboy. And besides, you STILL refuse to answer any of my questions regarding what you call "pedophillia" in ancient times. In case you don't know, most of your ancestors as well as mine included girls that were married off while they were still in their early to mid teens. Does that make ALL of our male ancestors "pedophiles"? Sure sounds so by your definition. The Bible condemned adultery (which, by the way, encompassed "fornication" as well). But where, oh where, did the Bible say that a girl must be of a certain age to be married off?

          • ahmadnb

            You won't answer my questions because you are incapable of giving an honest answer. Sure tells me a lot about you and your twisted beliefs. You can't be a Christian…I know Christianity as I was schooled in it for 6+ years. You can't be Jewish, either…no true Jew that I know is capable of being as hateful as you are. You're obviously not a Muslim…I KNOW Islam, my religion better than you do. Then I must conclude that you belong to the cult of "Hatism"…one that includes Osama bin Laden, a large number of liberal/progressive/commies, Nazis, etc.

          • cjk

            The Mohammedan apologist 'administrator's evidently don't like me telling you the truth

          • ahmadnb

            What truth? All you have said is that Muhammad was a pedophile, and I gave you counterpoints. It's obvious to me that you don't read any of my responses and you never answer any of my inquiries. What are you hiding?

          • cjk

            Your SATANIC god might be okay with pedophilia, but my Holy God isn't.
            You keep bowing to evil and you WILL end up in hell with Mo' and Allah.

          • ahmadnb

            Wel, apparently, so is the God of the Bible…you still haven't quoted any Biblical verse that condemns "pedophillia". Truth hurts…you know that by now, which is why you're so vile, vicious and hateful. As for me, I enjoy watching monkeys play in their cage…

          • cjk

            LOL You're defending PEDOPHILIA!!!!!!

          • ahmadnb

            Another stupid statement from you. No, I'm not. Some of what is considered "pedophillia" today was not considered to be abnormal back in those days by ANYONE. Back then, it was normal for girls, even in Christian Europe, to be married off at 15 or 16. Would that have made them "victims of Christian pedophilia"? Answer me honestly, and your reasoning behind it all.

          • cjk

            Who's talking about 15 or 16???????
            He was 54 and she was 9 !!!!!!!!!!

          • ahmadnb

            Ok, let's try once again…
            Muhammad MARRIED Aisha.
            Although he was betrothed to her, he did not consummate the marriage until some years had passed. In ancient Semitic societies, the onset of puberty marks the beginning of adulthood. Back in those days, Arab girls matured early. Not so in Europe.
            Now…she was supposed to have been married off to someone else before the proposal from Muhammad came.
            Aisha went on to become a formidable influence on early Arab/Muslim society. She was also known to have been jealous of one the memory of Muhammad's first wife Khadija who was 15 YEARS his senior. And moreover, she was the only virgin wife of Muhammad…all the others were either divorcees or widows. Why did he stop at just one girl if he was truly a pedophile as you claim?? Pedophiles don't stop at one…they keep going on and on.

          • cjk

            Now you're lying.The pedophile terrorist 'married' her at 6 and raped her at 9.

          • ahmadnb

            Yeah, and you were there to witness the whole thing and now get your rocks off of the episode…

          • ahmadnb

            What did I lie about? Answer me truthfully, boy.

          • cjk

            It has NEVER been legal in God's eyes to bone a HAIRLESS 9 year old you freak.

          • ahmadnb

            OK, then kindly explain WHERE God forbade it in Biblical times.

          • cjk

            Irrelevant to your profits pedophilia.

          • ahmadnb

            Of course you won't answer that question. What are YOU hiding, you hypocrite?? Y'know, according to the Old Testament, Jacob slept not only with his two wives but with their respective slave girls as well. And let's not forget Lot…according to Genesis, he impregnated his own daughters. And this is YOUR "Holy Book"??

          • cjk

            IRRELEVANT to your PROFITS pedophilia.
            Anyway; Jacob and Lot are just two people whose lives are written about in the Bible, SO WHAT?
            They aren't upheld as perfect examples of anything, nor are they revered in any manner. Christians and Jews also don't have to mechanically utter 'peace be unto him' after mentioning their names . DUH

          • ahmadnb

            What profits are you screeching about, boy? And what's wrong with saying "Peace be upon him" after we say the name of not just Muhammad, but every prophet that has been mentioned in the OT and Jesus as well? This is an honor given to God's messengers amongst mankind. We give them more honor and respect than you do.

          • cjk

            Sorry chump, I have nothing but contempt for a murderous, pirating, raping, torturing, pedophilic, false prophet or his evil, vicious, bloodthirsty Demonic moon-god.
            As far as respecting true prophets go, Mohammedans have no respect because the Queeran written by Moe the Profit has changed and twisted their sayings and deeds.

            I also notice you dropped your defense of the scumbag pedophile profit…..LOL

          • ahmadnb

            Listen, queerboy, I don't know where you get your "facts" from…LSD-induced delusions, I suppose. Muhammad is just fine with me. ANd besides, you haven't cited ONE EXAMPLE of where my Holy Book distorts what previous prophets have said. Your "Queeran" might have…which is why you are so rabidly gay and hateful.
            Honestly…what religion do you follow, anyway? I would have to look it up to see if it really leads its followers to be so delusional and hateful. I was under the impression that ALL true religions, including Islam, Judaism and Christianity, say the same thing at their respective core…that our Lord God is ONE and to worship HIM only, among other things.

          • cjk

            To the ROYAL administrator: Have you also become a MOhammedan apologist?

          • ahmadnb

            I'm no apologist. I have nothing to apologize for. I am a Muslim and will always be one. God save me from lowering myself down to your level.

          • cjk

            I really hope you think about the evil that Mohammedanism really is and look for the real God.

          • ahmadnb

            I've been around for over 30 years and I keep coming back to Islam. One little cockroach won't make me change my mind.

          • ahmadnb

            You mean to tell me that there's a REAL God? Are there others who pretend to be God? Well, boy, I can tell who God is, and I know what Satan wants. It seems like he's already gotten hold of your heart and your mind.Which makes you an EVIL person unworthy of following, an outcast in God's sight.

          • cjk

            Wake up ! God doesn't bless pedophiles, terrorists, or thieves.

          • ahmadnb

            He obviously hasn't blessed you…I wonder why?!?

          • cjk

            If you can't see where Mo' has twisted EVERY biblical character's story than youo haven't read either the Bible or the Queeran.

          • ahmadnb

            Give me examples. I've read the Qu'ran and the Bible, but not your Queeran. You must be one of those perverts who thinks every prophet was gay or something…in that case, your Queeran is an obvious distortion of the Bible.

          • ahmadnb

            You STILL refuse to tell me what religion you follow. Unless of course you don't want to taint it with your sick mind…in which case you are a self-admitted skid mark and a disgrace to your religion.

          • cjk

            You adore a pedophile yet call me a 'queerboy' LOL

          • ahmadnb

            I don't believe that he was a pedophile, in spite of what fools like you say. But you sure act queer. Queer this, queer that, profits, pedophile, hairless, etc…get your head out of the gutter, queerboy. Or are you a glutton for punishment?

          • cjk

            Don't be a fool and follow Mo' and Allah to eternal damnation.

          • ahmadnb

            I follow not fools, boy. I've traveled far and wide, and have listened to people of all stripes and religious beliefs. You, boy, make up the bottom 10 on my list…following YOU could lead me to eternal damnation. Jesus said it right…one blind man can't lead another. I'm not blind to the truth. Your fear of it blinds you, and I can see that plainly.

          • cjk

            You adore a pedophile IDIOT!

          • ahmadnb

            How many pedophiles have you heard about that stop at just one girl??
            Methinks you're a pedophile idiot here…and I have no reason to adore you.

          • ahmadnb

            I don't adore pedophiles…you won't get any adoration from me, boy. Looks like you've got nothing of substance to say…just the same ol' liberal/commie mantra over and over again.

  • USMCSniper

    A New Kind of Leftist-Jihadist — by Hossam El-Hamalawy, a Cairo-based journalist and blogger

    The improvement of leftist-Islamist relations can largely be traced to two
    factors. First is the evolution of a new left in Egypt whose two main pillars
    are the Revolutionary Socialist Organization and a growing left-leaning human
    rights community. This new left has different attitudes toward Islamism than
    those held by the previous “communist waves." Second is the
    generational change within both the left and the Brotherhood cadres spurred by
    the revival of Egyptian street politics, thanks to the second Palestinian
    intifada.

  • SemperCivis

    One positive is Christians protecting Muslims from "pro-Mubarak" thugs. One has to wonder how many of these thugs are actually Muslim Brotherhood in disguise. A give-away is when they threaten to behead someone, as there have never been complaints in 30 years of Mubarak's people beheading anybody. How can we get to the young people and instruct them to petition their government with their demands, so they have a concrete platform for reform? That is something we can do.

    Historic interview on Israel National Radio: reconciling ancient history and what is Islam? http://www.marcrubin.com/judean-eve.ivnu

    • Carbon Dioxide

      SemperCivis provides an excellent warning of the deception I think many US citizens suspect. It is horrible that US media is seeking to shape events with their power, and the Brotherhood is either playing them or the affinity is natural. Daniel Pipes' reference to the quotation "one man, one vote, one time" describes what I see in store for Egypt, and I want to be wrong.

  • Joe

    Aren't they Abrams tanks? Must have been supplied by the Russians/Chinese!! Think I heard Iran is going to get them from the USA as retaliation for whoever supplied them to Egypt.

  • Ghostwriter

    Thank you,Ms. Darwish. Thank you for pointing out the obvious. Sadly,even Glenn Beck has been pushing the "U.S. is at fault" meme. There wasn't anyone outside of Mubarak for us to talk to. The Middle East has an image of always being anti-American,anti-Christian,anti-Jewish,anti-democratic in this country. I don't believe that will be changing any time soon.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Like I said, you couldn’t be more utterly oblivious or more incredibly naïve. Indeed, look around; you are in the minority here. Hence, I wonder what everyone else in this thread is able to get, but at the same time you can’t? You think the overwhelming majority of people in this thread are disagreeing with you because they are stupid and you are smarter than everyone else? The reality is you couldn’t be more clueless.

    • franz von fear

      The overwhelming majority of a political thread can hardly be held up as proof of the correctness of their political views.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        The overwhelming majority of a political thread can hardly be held up as proof of the correctness of their political views.

        Oh, Excuse me…I’m sorry that you are far superior than us mere mortals including most of the writers that contribute to this site.

  • Lori

    A Holy War In The World Is what Is happening. Ms.Darwish Has experienced Sharia Law She Has seen It lived out in front of her, Hate is what Islam is The Adgenda Hate, The Time Is For All People To Look at Themselves and choose what side they are on.

    • Fred Dawes

      get the book "they must be stopped".

  • http://blackconservativethoughts.blogspot.com Blackzionist

    No you fool. She is an Egyptian. She grew up in Egypt. Her family is in Egypt. She knows what she is talking about and she is 100% right. The opposition is claiming that Mubarak is a tool of Israel and the United States and he is responding by saying that the uprising was caused by the Mossad.

    The common denominator is hatred of Israel and the United States.

  • Ron Brydges

    It is my belief that if a normalization of relations was allowed to take hold with Islamic countries such as Iran there would over time be an acceptance of similar value systems and freedoms.

    • Chezwick_Mac

      Such acceptance would be a betrayal of the Muhammad's dictum to "fight until Allah's religion is established throughout the world."

    • cjk

      Well let's see, they've only had over 1300 years now and haven't advanced zilch politically or socially.
      In fact if one believes their 'golden age' BS, they've actually regressed then.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    The Jihad has already amply demonstrated it doesn't need tanks, planes, warships, etc. It needs only terror, societal infiltration and permutation, and the political cowardice of its infidel enemy to succeed. You are indeed ignorant if you can't surmise as much.

    • franz von fear

      Terror is the strategy of the underdog. Societal infiltration and permutation by a minority, as practiced by the Communists kaders in East-Europe, is fully dependent on the military intimidation of the majority through a dominant outside power. Dominance is gained and secured by superior military power, be it local or allied.

      I would advise you to learn the basic rules of social, political and military conflict. Check out Sun Tzu "The Art of War" , Machiavelli "The Prince" or Clausewitz "On War".

      • Chezwick_Mac

        I've actually read the latter two. Meanwhile…

        1) terror may be the strategy of the underdog, but that doesn't mean it can't succeed.

        2) societal infiltration and permutation is NOT fully dependent on military intimidation if the target society has engaged in a deliberate policy of self-repudiation (multiculturalism) and refuses to implement a rational immigration policy.

        Cultural, political and economic factors are at least as much if not more determinant of historical outcomes as military. Clausewitz himself wrote that "war is politics by other means."

        • franz von fear

          The startegy of the underdog may succeed if the target society engages in deliberate self-repudiation, together with an irrational immigration policy and the process is supported by cultural, political and economic factors ?

          So your percieved starategy for global domination is solely dependent on failings and neglects of the supposedly targeted nations? You have a problem with Western society, not with Islam.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            Rather strange response. I was trying to illuminate for you the reasons why military superiority is only one facet of a contest between civilizations. In that vain, I do indeed have problems with Western society insofar as we are enabling our Islamic adversary. Conversely, my problems with Islam go right to its essence…

            1) a fixed belief system theologically immunized from the "virus" of reform

            2) a monism antithetical to Western pluralism

            3) the barbarisms of the hudud punishments

            4) the codified subjugation of women and religious minorities

          • franz von fear

            One could argue that what you rightly discribe as the essence of Islam is generally the essence of all monotheistic faiths, the difference being not the progressiveness of Judaism or Christianity but the hard fought emancipation of Western society from religion through pluralism and secularism.

            Would a Christian theocracy in Italy or a Jewish theocracy in Israel be so different from the Islamic theocracy in Iran?

            In any case – An ideology or religion striving for world domination, without the advantage of military superiority , should at the least be capable of offering the nations of the globe a message of progression and hope for a better day for them and their children. Current Islam presents nothing of this nature, neither politically, theologically nor economically. Islamic societys look to the West for inspiration. The predominant majority of Muslims dwelling in Western countrys adopt the Western, materialistic stance, while their faith is reduced to a role similar to that of their western neighbours. The temple of the young Muslim in the West is the night-club, not the Mosque and his aspiration is purchasing a BMW, not martyrdom

          • Chezwick_Mac

            The first half of your post makes a degree of sense, though it is an obvious oversimplification (you're making the same mistake as all relativists, ignoring important theological and historical distinctions between religions). As for your final paragraph, I couldn't disagree more.

            Many, many Muslims in the West (both young and old) are advocates for Sharia and are utterly contemptuous of Western lifestyles. Still others exist in a dualistic mindset, for example, embracing aspects of Western freedoms such as enjoying relations with Western women…but at the same time that they prohibit their own women on pain of death from engaging in similar behavior.

            Meanwhile, Muslims DO aggressively present an alternative vision, one of piety, conformity with "God's law," one where women retain their "dignity" and are "not exploited", one where all the "evils of capitalism" will disappear. It is of course a Utopian vision, bereft of reality, but absolutely real in the minds of the faithful.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Would a Christian theocracy in Italy or a Jewish theocracy in Israel be so different from the Islamic theocracy in Iran?

            As a matter of fact, it would be totally different, since neither one of them are remotely similar to Islam since both Christianity and Judaism, as opposed to Islam, are faith-based religions, while Islam, which requires total and complete submission to the will of Allah, is a militant theo-political totalitarian ideology only remotely similar to faith-based religions.

            For instance, in Islam virtually all the peaceful verses of the Koran that originate from the time when Islam was a religion, prior to the Hijra and shortly thereafter, have all been abrogated, i.e. superseded and replaced, by the verses of the Koran that originate from the time after Muhammad had morphed Islam into what it is today, which is a militant theo-political totalitarian ideology that seeks to subjugate the world into Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of Sharia as its main goal. Hence, for all intents and purposes, Islam isn’t even a religion today, because all the verses of the Koran that originate from that time when Islam was a religion, and that also conflict and contradict all the latter issued verses of the Koran, have been abrogated and as a result today they don’t even apply.

            Of course, this interpretation of Islam is fully dependent upon the acceptance or rejection of the doctrine of abrogation, which, by the way, is not only accepted by all sects within Islam but is also taught and advocated by all major schools of Islamic jurisprudence in Sunni and Shi’a Islam, and therefore is the correct interpretation.

            Of course, if you weren’t incredibly ignorant of Islam to begin with you would know this already and wouldn’t cluelessly equate Islam to faith-based religions. Meanwhile, you bring up Sun Tzu "The Art of War," Machiavelli "The Prince," and Clausewitz "On War," while at the same time you ignore the first and foremost rule of war they all preach. Indeed, you don’t even practice what you preach, obviously because you know better.

            The temple of the young Muslim in the West is the night-club, not the Mosque and his aspiration is purchasing a BMW, not martyrdom

            If that were the case, then why have the overwhelming majority of Muhammadan immigrants in Europe, where Muhammadan mass immigration has been occurring for much longer than in the USA, refused to assimilate and integrate and formed Muhammadan no-go zones as parallel societies ruled by Sharia in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside? Meanwhile, the only time you hear delusional Euroloons complain about this manifestation is during or in the aftermath of Islamic riots, which they falsely attribute to youths and always blame on the lack of economic opportunity instead of what it really is.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Terror is the strategy of the underdog.

        Actually terror is an extreme act of political violence perpetrated by political extremists, whereas violent jihad, on the other had, is one form of jihad out of many different and varied forms of jihad that includes varieties of violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive forms. Of the two varieties the non-violent stealth and deceptive variety is a far greater threat and is employed far more prevalently, as the violent variety is often used to deflect attention away from the non-violent stealth and deceptive variety. In addition, it is easy to see that like most oblivious people you are fixated only on the violent variety and, per your posts, you don’t even really understand what it is much less its purpose. Yeah, you are obviously infinitely far superior to us mere mortals.

        Check out Sun Tzu "The Art of War" , Machiavelli "The Prince" or Clausewitz "On War".

        All three authors above also advocate knowing and understanding your enemies first and foremost. Nevertheless, it couldn’t be more obvious that not only are you oblivious of the enemy, but you also don’t even have the first clue.

        • franz von fear

          Stealth Jihad? Good grief, what a childish concept. How is an ideology supposed to rise to world power without being embraced by the globes populations? Do we all just wake up one morning, begin reciting Quaran scripture and stop eating pork? Sounds like a new variety of the old "Elders of Zion" world domination swindle.

          World powers are founded by the sword and held together by a minimum of conscent between the conqueror and those conquered.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Hey look it was you who brought up Sun Tzu "The Art of War", Machiavelli "The Prince", or Clausewitz "On War", and then completely ignored what they all teach and preach first and foremost. Besides it is obvious that you are the brightest bulb on the block. All of us are mere pretenders next to you.

  • Steve Chavez

    Silence on the WORLD'S LONGEST RULER/DICTATOR is deafening! FIFTY YEARS AND COUNTING! That's twenty years longer than thirty! He spreads his "revolution" to countless countries. His in"DOCTOR"nators, of which 85% couldn't pass a standard Western test to become a ceritified MD, spread his word! No one even has to think in his country since he does the thinking for everyone! No real democratic election hassles either. He's the only one running and he gets 100% of the vote. "Ah Democracy." YES, FIDEL CASTRO, THE HERO OF THE LEFT, HAS TO GO TOO! (On Huffingtonpost.com, there is an article where Fidel weighs in on Mubarak. The "comments" are in support of Fidel and his rule but they protest against Mubarak?)

    • cjk

      All the lefty fools here who admire him should be forced to be treated only by his marvelous healthcare system.
      I wonder what the Lefts reaction would be to a popular rebellion against the Castro thugs? Would the Man-Child order in the marines to put down the uprising? Who really effin knows at this point.

  • Bear from Russia

    The situation is simple. As you may know last summer in Russia was extremely hot and becouse of this the harvest of grain is lower than usually. Our government stoped grain export untill spring. Egypt imported the most part of it's grain from Russia so the prices for food in Egypt has risen greatly. The Egypt is a very poor country with poor citizens and actually they don't bother about political freedom much but the do bother about food. So we have the current situation.
    I see 3 possible scenarios:
    1. Mubarak retires, people choose a new leader. The army provides order.
    2. Mubarak keeps the power and uses army against public.
    3. Mubarak retires, muslim fanatics gain the power.
    The first option is the best for the Egypt and the world, the third is the worst. Anyway not any of them can deal the problem with high prices o food.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      Sadly, scenario 3 is the most likely scenario in the long term.

  • BS77

    Mubarak may be as good as it gets in Egypt…a nation mired in 33% unemployment, squalor, poverty, ignorance and overcrowding…….who's next? Possibly someone far worse. Only the leftist loons believe this rioting, vandalizing, burning and looting is "democracy" in action. Good luck Egyptians…..

  • BS77

    I have a lot of feelings for the yearnings of the Egyptian people….perhaps if they could adopt something like the US Constitution or British law….promote social harmony and progress….get agriculture, business, education and modern infrastructure going….they could have a reasonably prosperous country…..It will take cooperation!!!

  • cjk

    I think God himself could come down and write them a perfect Constitution and they would be back in their self created cesspool within 10 years.

  • Fred Dawes

    THE PEOPLE Are totally responses for its own leaders as we are also.
    Here is a little reason if a people allow so called health care to become law here inside the USA You WILL Live under a dictator like castro and mubarak its all a matter of political degrees and the level of the political beast will become more and more against people it is a sad fact that this nation will by degrees and level's will become just like castor's little hell. see boys obama and castor and mubarak are one person who wants one thing from you, YOUR LIFE. by the way note all you see about egypt is a great cover for what is being done to you in the name of health care bill now in front of the monkeys in washington. and watch the head monkey Ben Bernanke its all about you not as a person but you as a money unit and that is why people in egypt have started to wake up.

  • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

    A great article by listing dictators who were not American stooges. But, the article rightly blaming Arabs for their problems, ignore to criticize the HYPOCRITICAL American policy that gives lip service to democracy and freedom and invokes them when it is convenient for its imperialistic policies.

    American people will not gain by supporting dictators in the world. So far, war-profiteers have profited and Americans in turned paid for them and gained enemies. Of course, we cannot forget the perpetual victim Zionists and their delusional supporters wrong-wing Evangelical Christians.

    We are entering a new era and hopefully, Arabs will have democracy and freedom. Then Israel will not be able to fake as a democracy among authoritarian regimes. The days of ugly Goliath pretending to be the David will be gone.

    Peace,

    • MixMChess

      "Then Israel will not be able to fake as a democracy among authoritarian regimes."

      How is Israel a fake democracy? Israel is a purely SECULAR state with NO official state religion, where all faiths are guaranteed freedom of worship. In fact, Israel is the only country in the middle east that provides equal protection and civil rights to all of its citizens regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. This includes Israel's non-Jewish minorities which make up over 20 percent of the population (made up of Arab Muslims, Arab Christians, non-Arab Christians, Druze, Bedouins, Circassians, Asians and many other ethnicities and backgrounds).

      Tell me Edip, will the new democracies in the middle east be completely secular? Will they guarantee freedom of religion? What about the minorities? Women rights? Gay rights?

      • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

        MixMChess,
        Thanks. I do agree that Israeli's domestic law and modus operandi is by far better than all Arabs countries. Turkey, though still has some problems, is a democratic country, especially with the recent events punishing and humiliating the Turkish generals for interfering the political system.

        As for Israel, the role of military is too big and every citizen is militarized through mandatory service.

        I do not consider DEMOCRACY as sufficient criterion for making a country morally good. The US claims to be democratic, yet it is the world's number one weapon manifacturer, arms dealer, and bully. It does not accept the jurisdiction of UN Criminal Court, yet has the audacity to invade countries for violation international law. It has killed millions of people from numerous countries in the last century…

        If a democratic nation treats its citizen like humans yet treats its neighbors like animals or subhumans, and has no respect to their lives and livelihood, then such a democracy is missing something, something not small.

        Peace,
        Edip

        • MixMChess

          "As for Israel, the role of military is too big and every citizen is militarized through mandatory service."

          The military is only too big because Israel has been under attack from its neighbors since its inception. Every Israel dreams of a day when they no longer need to have a military and do not receive daily threats from their neighbors like Syria, Iran and Palestinian terrorists.

          Also, service in the military is not always mandatory. Arab citizens, ultra-religious Jews and pacifists have the option to elect to take part in a civil service program instead of going into the army.

          • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

            Thank you for this information.
            Peace

        • MixMChess

          "If a democratic nation treats its citizen like humans yet treats its neighbors like animals or subhumans, and has no respect to their lives and livelihood, then such a democracy is missing something, something not small."

          I totally agree. Good thing that Israel provides its neighbors, the Palestinians, with millions of tons in humanitarian aid, food, medicine and supplies in addition to economic and financial aid.

          Of course, Israel's international aid isn't limited to just the Palestinians. Israel's 200-strong relief team was the first on the scene in January 2010 after the Haiti earthquake. Israel treated thousands of victims and saved an estimated 1,200 lives.

          After the 2004 tsunami Israel provided 60 tons of international aid to Indonesia, and 82 tons of relief to Sri Lanka.

          After the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, the Israeli Flying Aid group sent a mission to provide supplies and shelter to thousands of families.

          In fact, immediately after the 1999 earthquake disaster in Turkey, Israel airlifted an emergency team to provide aid comprising 250 persons, as well as sophisticated rescue equipment and rescue dogs. The Israeli team set up a field hospital, which had two hospital wards for adults and children, an isolation room, an operating room, an X-ray laboratory, two clinics, with medical equipment and supplies.

  • Hasan Mahmud

    Exccelent article. – the Muslim world needs enormous reforms at all levels.

    Until then, they will suffer themselves and cause suffering to others.

  • Esapekka

    Here you can burn and vote for the most hated Dictator: http://www.burnadictator.com/index.php

  • http://www.ouwoeruoewruoew.com Doretta Overdorf

    No Teri…We are not granted admission into heaven because we attempt to be good. We can never be “good” enough. We are admitted into heaven because Jesus lived a perfect life, and took our sin on himself (being punished on the cross for all of our sins), and God credited us with Jesus’ righteousness. We are admitted to heaven because of our faith (granted by God) and belief in Jesus Christ, and by His being our Lord. All men sin and battle their sin nature. As Christians we receive God’s Holy Spirit which enables us to turn from sin, however the sin nature persists throughout our lives. The Apostle Paul called himself a sinner post conversion.We are saved by God’s grace, through faith, which is the free gift of God. We are not saved by works, so that none can boast of his own righteousness.Ephesians 2:8-9 (New King James Version)8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.Romans 3:23-26 (New King James Version)23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.