The Middle East’s Intifada

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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Likewise, when the demonstrations first began in Tunisia, pro-Sharia MP’s in Kuwait applauded “the courage of the Tunisian people,” and Abdelmalek Deroukdal, a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, hailed the revolution as a jihad and expressed solidarity with the Tunisians. In Gaza, the jihadist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad were both thrilled at events in Tunisia. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri hailed the victory for democracy, and Gaza Foreign Minister Fathi Hammad emphasized that “we are with the Tunisians in choosing their leaders, no matter what sacrifices it takes.”

Islamic Jihad praised the Tunisian people for liberating themselves “through blood, sacrifices and the expression of free will,” adding ominously that the toppling of Ben Ali was “a message to Arab and Islamic countries to pay attention to the aspirations of their people that are rejecting hegemony and tyranny before it is too late.” Islamic Jihad held a rally in Gaza City, featuring hundreds of jihadists waving Tunisian flags festooned with the words “Revenge against tyranny.”

With Islamic supremacism comes Islamic anti-Semitism, and that abundantly true in the case of these demonstrations. Islamic Jihad spokesman Dawud Shehab sounded a drearily familiar note in accusing the Ben Ali regime of maintaining “suspicious ties” with Israel. In Egypt, meanwhile, demonstrators toted signs depicting Hosni Mubarak with a Star of David drawn on his forehead. CNN’s Nic Robertson, interviewing demonstrators on a street in Alexandria, Egypt, found several who explained that they hated Mubarak for the uneasy peace he maintained with Israel. “Israel is our enemy,” one said flatly, explaining why she wanted Mubarak to go. Another added, “If people are free, they’re gonna destroy Israel. The country who controls the United States is Israel.”

Iran’s PressTV interviewed a lawyer, Marwan al-Ashaal, in Cairo; al-Ashaal also ascribed much of the popular resentment of Mubarak to his non-belligerence toward Israel: “Currently the Egyptians demand a new rule for the country, a new government, a new leader. The American-Egyptian relationships were based on Israeli security and I think Mubarak has been very dedicated to Israeli security more even than to his own people’s security or the national interests.”

The Iranians, Qaradawi and other Islamic supremacist pro-Sharia elements are excited about the events in Tunisia and Egypt because of the great unacknowledged truth about the Islamic world in general: that Islamic jihadists and pro-Sharia forces, far from being the “tiny minority of extremists” of media myth, are actually quite popular. Any genuine democratic uprising is likely to install them in power. That’s why they’re hailing recent events in Tunisia and Egypt. That is also why all lovers of freedom should view those events with extreme reserve – for a Sharia government in either country will be no friend of the United States. If these uprisings continue to spread (there have already been rumblings in Jordan and Yemen), an already hostile anti-American environment could become much, much worse.

All this yet again demonstrates the crying need for realistic analysis in Washington of the jihad threat, rather than the fantasy-based analysis that prevails there now. If Washington had been working to limit the influence of pro-Sharia forces in Egypt and elsewhere, events unfolding now might be very different.

But it is rapidly becoming too late.

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  • http://egyptinternetprotest.blogspot.com/ Duane
  • BS77

    Left wing MOVE ON . Org has already endorsed the upheaval in Egypt , calling it "democracy" and calling for people to express "solidarity " with the raging mobs.

    when buildings are burning and people are looting, it isn't democracy, it's chaos…..The people of Egypt better be careful what they wish for. They might replace Mubarak with someone far worse….like an ayotollah or a brutal dictator.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    "…the crying need for realistic analysis in Washington of the jihad threat, rather than the fantasy-based analysis that prevails there now"…

    What prevails in Washington now is not a fantasy, but the decades long vile cynical doctrine of appeasement and dealing with whoever seems powerful in the moment.

    In essence it is an anti-American, anti-Christian doctrine in which the concepts of good and evil, of exclusiveness of the Judeo-Christian America are irrelevant, while appeasement and dealing with Islam have been always the first priority.

    The decades long axis of evil extends from the Department of State, to Dhimmy Carter, to Clinton, to Bush, and finally to Obama/Soetoro – a direct Islamic plant and impostor.

  • yahoo

    I think The Fear Spencer showed here does not have to seen as something tangible and New. Spencers Hate Delusion is always there against any sort of Islamic developments.

    • fausi

      You Re Right GUY. Spencer is a hate-filled man who is jealous also. he is trying with his HASBARA campaign to prush Islam with his HATE

      • duh_swami

        I agree with Frank…

      • StephenD

        Wow. Thank God you guys are here. Because I would have merely listened to all the truth Spencer says and backs up with facts. But you come along and let me know he is JEALOUS and full of HATE. Thank you so much for enlightening me. Now I know not to listen to him. You must be here to say these things because it is the will of Allah, yes? (I just threw up in my throat a little).

    • Frank

      So are you saying that the protestors don't want Sharia and the destruction of Israel? Or are you disputing that such goals should be opposed?

      • greaticon1

        The CNN video of Nic Robertson the hijabed ladies and the long bearded man spoke the truth flatly. They wanted mubarak out since he did not support to destroy Israel. Israel is their enemy and has to be destroyed, so according to them the revolution success is the destruction of Israel.

    • Frank

      Way to rate comments down instead of replying. Intellectually bankrupt Islamic maroon. You basically answered my previous question though; your silence and rate downs sing volumes. You support Sharia and the destruction of Israel. You know that what Robert says is true; you simply disagree that it's a bad thing. Murderous Islamic coward.

    • aspacia

      Hate? How about an honest analysis.

      • Nick Shaw

        "honest analysis", Aspacia? Read Yahoo and Fausi's comments again and show me where they could be capable of analysis, let alone honest!

        • aspacia

          I was talking about Spencer.

    • paul

      spoken like a true deset monkey….

    • coyote3

      You are right this is a great opportunity. Aren't there supposed to be a million people in the street at once in a day or two. What a wonderful opportunity to test new weapons, probably couldn't get quite a million at once. Might have to retry a couple of times, but it is something we should do.

  • greaticon1

    The turnaround of events in the middle east and arab world is truely negative not good news for the world at large. With a dysfunctional hussain obama at the helm of affairs well we cant ask for anything better.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    The signs are troubling:

    Obama won the presidency on November 4, 2008 which fell on the 29th anniversary of the hostage crisis in Iran-the first act of war by militant Islam on the US leading to the 9/11 catastrophe 22 years later. This occured under Jimmy "we have overcome our fear of Communism" Carter-the man who deserted the pro-Western, secularizing Shah in favor of the US hating Islamist Ayatollah Khomenie believing he was a democratic reformer. Ominously the Shah fled to (and died in) Egypt a country now in turmoil like the one he left.

    On April 6, 2009, shortly after Obama delivered his first fawning speech to Islamfrom Ankara, Turkey (his first trip to a Moslem country, which is now an ally of Iran and turning Islamist) a Turkish-born Canadian citizen stole a small single engine plane from a Canadian flight school and flew it across the US border where he was forced to land by two pursuing F-16 jets. Ironically and ominously, and I do not believe this was a mere coincidence, the plane landed in CARTER COUNTY, MISSOURI…………….

    Click my name to continue reading article.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    This is my spin on these "historic" events…

    The post-WW2 period of secular nationalism that defined the Muslim world is often mistakenly perceived as normative and not the anomaly that it has actually been. In truth, this period is/was basically a hang-over from Western colonialism and has been slowly unraveling since the mid-70s. The nationalism (e.g., pan-Arabism), socialism (e.g., Baathism), and other importations from the West that have defined the House of Islam for over half a century were artificial constructs with no real, indigenous roots and are finally in their death-throes. What we are witnessing is the re-assertion of the Islamic identity.

    How far it goes remains to be seen, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see a re-birth of the Sunni Caliphate over the next decade, perhaps initially involving a federation of just two or three Muslim countries, eventually growing in size and power. The implications for the West are enormous.

    And though the Iranian government appears to be celebrating recent events, we can reasonably expect a corollary to the Sino-Soviet split, when the successful communist revolution in China brought about new strategic opportunities for the West to exploit. The Shia-Sunni doctrinal schism will be heightened as the Arab world returns to its Sunni roots. My guess is that Iran will become – like Persia in centuries past – an important counter-weight to the reconstituted Caliphate. Let's remember how Persia had the Ottomans struggling on a second front as the latter pursued their Jihad against Christian Europe.

    On a broader plain, countries like China and India will most likely respond to the new correlation of forces by reaching a modus vivendi with each other and with the West. As Darul Islam grows more united, so will Darul Harb.

    Israel's position will grow much more perilous, and we can anticipate a new series of Mid-East wars. These will in all probability eventually involve the use of WMDs. In such circumstances, Israel's diminutive size be a very real liability. The prognosis is not good.

    The world is in flux, folks. It's suddenly becoming even more dangerous than it's been. But there are hidden opportunities for us here. I'm not suggesting the prospective re-emergence of the Calpihate is a good thing, but if it happens, it will accelerate historical processes, one way or the other. Either it will be a stepping-stone to the Islamization of planet earth, or it will be the last gasp of Islam, when the Muslim heartland can no longer romanticize about Sharia and the so-called 'Golden Age', but rather will be consigned to live under it, with all the attendant proscriptions and absurdities. One need not have an over-active imagination to anticipate revolutions in the future that bring down Islamist autocrats.

    For us infidels, let's face the challenge with equanimity. We have human freedom and ingenuity, empirical science, and an evolved culture of both ethics and art. That's a lot to stack up against a 7th century "holy" book that wreaks of ignorance and intolerance.

    Take heart, friends. We're going to see this through.

    • http://www.okcteaparty.org Dan

      Mucho mas thanks for your analysis. It clearly shows we need to gird ourselves up with the truth of the advantages (superiority for the thinking man) of "Western" culture and quit our fiscal foolishness's and waste of attention. We need to see your above described sweep of events and, er, uh, focus — like never before as the room for error diminishes.

    • Carbon Dioxide

      Nidra Poller writes in Gates of Vienna that we are actually witnessing the death throes of Islam.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        I think she's putting an unrealistic spin on things. These events may indeed eventually lead to the death throes of Islam, but not in the short term. We're going to see a dramatic resurgence of the "faith" and a corresponding escalation of human suffering among both Muslims and non-Muslims.

      • http://www.theird.org Faith

        Hope to the Good Lord that she is right, but…

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Your First 6 Days in Hell

    Most vacations include an itinerary. You have an idea what you will see and do before you arrive at your destination. The Bible has enough information to project an itinerary for those whose destination is hell. Let's look at the first 6 days…

    The trip originates at the gate of death. Since departures are made daily, you are called upon to begin your trip on short notice. Since the journey is only one way, there is no need to concern yourself with return plans. Your initial point of departure may prove more than a little frightening as you suddenly realize the finality of your destination. The trip itself will leave you with little time to contemplate what awaits. As you pass through the doorway of death, you will notice almost immediately that your direction is taking you away from the light toward what appears to be complete and utter darkness. With each passing moment the darkness becomes more intense. At first the absence of light is only annoying, but you feel it becoming more ominous and threatening. The intensity of the darkness is matched only by the absence of any joyful sounds —no music, no laughter, no sounds of merriment. As you move farther, faint sounds of moaning and wailing become detectable. They seem to be coming through the darkness from every direction. You become aware of a faint light. It flickers like a flame, yet thick clouds of black smoke dance all around it, keeping the flame from casting off any real hope of light. Suddenly you find yourself obsessed to know what day and hour it is. Already it feels like you've been here for an eternity…and it's only Day 1.

    The continuing darkness is stifling. It's as if something is lurking in the veil of night that surrounds you. You yell, you threaten, you even plead, but to no avail. Whatever it is just stays there, producing fear like you've never known before. As your eyes struggle to adjust to the dark, you become aware of a new sensation. The heat. It's right at the edge of unbearable. Hot, searing, intolerable heat. You crave water. You'd give anything for a drink, and you try unsuccessfully to push that desire out of your mind. The air is thick, choking, miserable…and it's just Day 2.

    At least you think it's day 3. It seems as if it has already been forever. You've not been able to sleep. You still can't believe you're here. Where are the friends you thought you would see? The knowledge that they would be here too had brought you some comfort in your lifetime. Where is the fun you thought you would have? It isn't at all like what you were led to believe. You stumble upon a group of others. You pour out a litany of questions. As they open their mouths, no words come out…only the sounds of weeping and wailing. Some in the group don't even try to respond. They gnash their teeth, as if in some invisible pain. You wonder when this nightmare will end. You wonder why somebody can't make it stop…and it's only Day 3.

    How you wish you could send a message to those you left behind. You'd warn them about this place. You'd tell them what it's really like, so they'd never come. The thought of your loved ones coming to a place like this is unbearable. You can't help but think back upon that day when you made your decision to come here. You understood that your rejection of Jesus meant that you would spend eternity in hell, but it didn't seem real or important then. Looking back, you think how foolish you were to reject God's offer of salvation. You wish you could choose again. You find yourself hoping that your loved ones will choose differently, even though you realize such a choice means you'll never see them again…never touch them…never speak to them. What a horrible realization…and it's only Day 4.

    You've become acutely aware of the absence of any good in this place. There's nothing sacred, nothing holy, nothing of God anywhere to be found. You're amazed at how evil evil can be. For the first time since your arrival, you begin to sense the great gulf that is fixed between where you are and where God is. The span is beyond your comprehension as you try to realize the degree of distance that will separate you from God and those who chose to serve Him. God is on the other side of that gulf. Loved ones in Christ are on the other side of that gulf. What a lonely realization… and it's only Day 5.

    Through the darkness you saw a new face today. A new arrival. He stopped to speak with you. You could see the terror in his eyes. He asked questions that you had been asking only days before. You opened your mouth to reply, but all that would come out was the sound of weeping and wailing.

    You've just spent your first 6 days in hell. Unfortunately, an unholy, unhappy eternity stretches out before you…and all because you rejected Jesus. If only…. But wait! The fact you're reading this says you still have a chance! In His mercy, God is giving you an opportunity right now to change your eternal itinerary. "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). Oh, friend, do it now…before it's too late.

    • aspacia

      Save the preaching for church.

      A Deist

      • http://www.chick.com Raymond

        Revelation 20
        1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
        11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

        • aspacia

          I use to win Bibles in the Episcopalian church. Save your preaching for the choir.

          A Deist

          • http://www.chick.com Raymond

            Just the Facts – Proverbs 28:9 KJV He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

          • http://www.chick.com Raymond

            The Episcopalian church embraces/supports/encourages
            the sin of homosexuality. This "church" is of satan.

          • aspacia

            Not in the 60's when I attended. Another Christian bigot. I support gays and realize they have made numerous contributions to humanity. Read up on Turing and Enigma for insight.

          • http://www.chick.com Raymond

            God calls it sin.

      • hijinx60

        This is the answer to the world's need and the answer to Islam, as well as the answer for you. I know, I sat in your seat.

        • aspacia

          I am phobic reagarding extremists wearing any coat: communism, liberals, conservatives, Islam, Christianity, Judaism. Regardless, I am more concerned regarding Islam at the moment.

  • jaythehistorian

    Obama as always shows his total lack of competency. He is pulling a "Jimmy Carter" by attempting to force Mubarak out. His moronic Secretary of State once again proves her only qualification for any high office or governmental position is the fact she was married to Bill Clinton
    The Egyptian military holds the power in Egypt. It is extremely large and well armed. In my opinion, they will only allow Mubarak to be forced out if he is replaced by a similar strongman . Mubarak was an Egyptian AF General and therefore one of the military's own. Despite the efforts of Obamoron to turn Egypt into a second, much more powerful Iran , the General officers in the Egyptian military have too much to lose (including possibly their lives) to hand over power to Jihadists . Unlike Iran when the Shah left, every Egyptian dictator in past 60 years has come from the military. Mubarak's son who was being groomed to take over will never be accepted by the military because he never served in the military. Someone who has a military background will take over from Mubarak . The new Egyptian leader will prosecute a few scapegoats to pacify the general population. If Obamoron cuts off the $3 Billion in yearly aid , the Saudis will increase their aid to Egypt. Egypt can buy weapons of similar quality from non-US sources. Egypt will not turn into another Iran despite the efforts of the 2 morons : Obama and Hilliary , and their puppets in the media who falsely portray the rioters as purely victims.

    • Chezwick_Mac

      Interesting postulation. Unlike yourself, I don't see the Egyptian military as all-powerful and able to withstand the popular will. I anticipate a transitional regime with a figurehead like El Baradei…while the MB governs from the shadows until it emerges as the most powerful societal force and then plays its hand openly.

      I hope you are right and I am wrong.

      • jaythehistorian

        Unlike the Iranian military when the Shah was threatened ,according to the VOA, the Egyptian military is beginning to actively suppress the rioting. "In the center of the capital and other cities, the army is reinforcing its positions with more tanks and concrete roadblocks. The Egyptian military is deploying new hardware in the skies above Cairo.Fighter jets and helicopters are circling above rioters on the streets below,a show of force that appears so far to have reduced the size of the protests".

        • Chezwick_Mac

          Jay, if you are a genuine historian, you'll remember that the Shah's security forces did indeed fire on demonstrators during the early days of the revolution. As I recall, hundreds if not thousands were killed. It was only when the revolutionary tide didn't ebb…and when Carter came down so unconditionally against the regime's self-defense, that the mood (and the policy) of the security forces changed to a greater passivity…and the daily demonstrations took on a gigantic and irresistible character.

          • jaythehistorian

            The Shah , if I recall correctly , allowed himself to be influenced by Carter's total lack of support. While you are correct the Iran army did kill hundreds … , the Shah pulled the plug and left Iran while he still had a chance to weather the storm. Mubarak whose military has some of the top weapons in the world has deployed tanks (A1 Abrams) and Jets (F16s?) as well as helicopters. He is a former General officer and for now doesn't appear to scare easily.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            Well, the Shah's Iran was as heavily armed as Egypt. Nixon had sold him billions in arms to pump him up as the "policeman of the Gulf". The Shah played the role, intervening in Oman to quell the Marxist rebellion in Dohfar province.

            But all this aside, I believe your analysis is incorrect. I believe that like Iran in '79, the revolutionary tide in Egypt is irresistible. I don't think the Egyptian armed forces are going to mow down their own people en mass in order to impose their will upon the nation. I believe an opposition government will be constituted within weeks.

            If I end up being wrong, I'll certainly acknowledge it.

    • ajnn

      confidence in the egyptian military is our only hope of a non-islamist egypt.

      not a 'fun' hope.

  • Patrick

    Sir,
    I humbly suggest that this article, regardless of my personal appreciation of it’s insight and significant educational utility, may well fail to persuade skeptical but intellectually receptive readers. While print media inherently requires some economy of words from its writer, logically compelling arguments, no matter the wisdom of the writer, cannot emerge without sufficiently clear and consistent linkages between assertions

    Bad guys usually are up to no good. But the quotations cited in the article, as they are presented, could plausibly be uttered by tolerant, begnign forces who were simply trying to explain to their fellow citizens that rebelling for legitimate purposes is supported by their religion. Many intelligent, conscientious, generous and decent Americans, owing to the determined efforts of the Left over the past ninety years to destroy their hated reality by developing different attitudes in the populace likely to lead to less stability, have been told by nearly ever voice within the sphere of influence if the Left that forces opposed to ones culture have to be regarded as equals (remember, we’ve made some serious mistakes and hurt people and should be ashamed of ourselves). So why should anyone think that Egyptians overwhelmingly preferring the adoption of Sharia law should be view unfavorably? Of course, the attitude of the West towards its own cultural has been successfully shaped by the Left to be vastly more pernicious than simple “no one is better” relativism. We now find ourselves unable to question any aspect of any culture but our own. Other civilizations find this phobia not only absurd but indicative of a systemic weakness of basic human virtue in the West. As such, I cultural matters, any non-subversive assertions must be clearly, nearly, and undeniably established one logical baby-step at a time. Good luck. And thanks for caring enough to try.

  • muchiboy

    "The American-Egyptian relationships were based on Israeli security and I think Mubarak has been very dedicated to Israeli security ”

    A few points here.Firstly,though not immediately obvious and relevant,are the origins of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace treaty.I believe the treaty,as significant and enduring as it has been,would hardly have been possible without the popular Egyptian perception of how well they,their army really,acquitted themselves during the Yom Kippur War.Pride,as opposed to previous humiliations and habitual losses,had very positive benefits for Egyptian and Israeli alike.The Israelis were and still are,too brutish,raw and arrogant to appreciate such subtle diplomacy.It is as if they still practice warfare in the brutish biblical manner.
    Furthermore,the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel has seen little improvement in Palestinian lives.The occupation,oppression and misery continues.The Palestinian People continue to lose parts of their homeland and birth right to the greed and ethnic cleansing policies of the Zionists.Unfortunately,while there were obvious peace benefits to the the co-signers and region generally,Palestinians and their real and legitimate grievances were left out in the cold.Again,unfortunately,regardless of who rules Egypt,until Egypt has a modern economy that results in significant improvements to the majority of its citizens she will be little use to herself much less the Palestinians.For the most part,Palestinians will have to look to themselves for improvements in any foreseeable future,as at the moment,and perhaps for decades,still,Egyptians can hardly look after themselves much less others.

    "If Washington had been working to limit the influence of pro-Sharia forces in Egypt and elsewhere, events unfolding now might be very different….But it is rapidly becoming too late."

    More like,for both Israel and America,the Pigeons are coming home to roost.Still decades till the worm turns,though.Israel still has time,maybe.muchiboy

    • jaythehistorian

      The Fakestinians have a much higher standard of living than Egypt and almost any other Arab ruled country, because of the "Zionists" . I defy you to prove otherwise. The so-called Palestinians who live in the "Zionist" state of Israel live in the only real democracy in the Middle East. Israel is the only ME country where Arabs can freely vote for the candidate of their choosing. If Israel wasn't a democracy , they would not allow this. In the areas run by the PA (which are not "occupied" by any standard of international law) in Judea or Samaria the growth rate of the economy is one of the highest in the world. Any sane person would prefer the "misery" of living under Israeli rule to living in any other ME country. You are clearly an anti-Jewish bigot because you did not make even one truthful statement .

    • ajnn

      Hmmmmm – then you feel the Palestinian Arabs refusal to join and rejection of the Egypt/Israeli peace treaty was harmful to the Palestinian Arabs.

      You may be right, but that does not change the fact that Israel, Egypt, and the United States tried everything to get the Pallestinian Arabs to join the negotiations. They begged, bribed, did everything.

      Instead, the Paelstinian Arabs refused to join the talks and denounced Sadat as a traitor to islam. Then the tried to engineer a world-wide boycott of Egypt (see non-aligned conferenced held at cuba that year).

      And this is the fault of Israel and the US ? You have a right to your own opinions, but not to your own facts.

    • MixMChess

      "The Israelis were and still are,too brutish,raw and arrogant to appreciate such subtle diplomacy."

      More gibberish from the highly uneducated Muchiboy (aka Ronald Grant the Racist Rhodesian Corrections Officer). The TRUTH is, that unfortunately, it is the ISRAELIS who are the only ones in the middle east to recognize subtle diplomacy. That is why they have peace with Egypt and Jordan. Additionally, it was the Israelis who offered the Arabs peace in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006 and so on…

      "It is as if they still practice warfare in the brutish biblical manner."

      No, that would be the Palestinians and Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood who have no qualms with strapping bombs to their own children to kill Jews and infidels. Get a clue man!

    • MixMChess

      "Furthermore,the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel has seen little improvement in Palestinian lives. The occupation,oppression and misery continues."

      Any misery the Palestinians suffer is self-created. Recall, it is the Israelis who provided over 1 million tons of humanitarian aid (or 1 ton per resident to Gaza in 2009. The Egyptians didn't contribute one dime. In fact, Israel provided the necessary economic aid and military security necessary to allow the W. Bank to experience a economic and financial boom that started in 2008-2009 and continues to this day!

      "The Palestinian People continue to lose parts of their homeland and birth right to the greed and ethnic cleansing policies of the Zionists."

      You are LYING Ronald Grant, the exact opposite is true. Israel is actively giving up its homeland, territory and Jewish birth right land to the Palestinians. Israel completely withdrew from Gaza and agreed to dismantle W. Bank settlements as well to facilitate a future Palestinian state.

      Also, everyone is sick and tired of your ethnic cleansing nonsense. Everyone knows that your full of crap. The Palestinian population has increased exponentially under Israeli rule (over an 80% increases from 1994-2003 alone!). Open a flipping history book before repeating your defamatory rhetoric ad nauseum. Do us all a favor and go play in traffic.

    • aspacia

      LOL, the treaty stems from the fact that Egypt wanted the oil producing Sinai back after Israel conquered it.

  • Nick Shaw

    What I find disturbing, as if there wasn't enough already, is the great number of signs and flags displaying the hammer and sickle during the marches in Jordan. Both the left and Islamists know very well the phrase, "never let a crisis go to waste".

  • Roxane

    Mubarak is a net liability for both the USA and Israel. The guy has lost his dignity and outlived his utility. He is basically a corrupt despot who has survived for 30 years through torture, rape, disappearances. His sons Gamal and Ala epitomize State sponsored corruption on a massive scale.

    The Ikhwan cannot garner more than 20% of the popular vote in the best of times; its a far fetched idea that they will somehow "hijack" the uprising. Whole hearted Western support for democracy is vital to a relatively smooth transformation to a pluralistic democracy. It is highly unlikely that a transition poses any tangible threat to Israel. However if the west continues to support a despotic corrupt regime it may explode into an Iranian style extremist revolution. Soft Landing is a better option.

    • Manucher

      As an Iranian I warn any overly optimistic naive westerner such as yourself never ever to underestimate the popularity of the Islamists in that region and never count out the their thuggish ability to hijack any movement even in the absence of popularity. When you are a bunch of thugs with no conscience and limits you don't need to be popular in order to take over a movement and shut up any opposing voices! That is exactly what happened in Iran and it WILL happen in Egypt and Tunisia! The writing is already on the wall and the parallels with the Islamic revolution of Iran truly are striking! I don't know what on earth can the western powers do at this point of no return. But I guess silence is the wisest choice. What ever they do they should not in any way shape or form actively or even passively support these movements since they are totally mistaken if they think their "whole hearted" support will help anything positive or will win the new regime or the people's good will and gratitude! IT WILL NOT! Understand this once and for all and stop living in this dream world! If you think otherwise it is only because you don't know the people of that region. Period! Otherwise it would be obvious to you that nothing will cure their pathological hatred towards the West, America and Israel! So stop humiliating yourself by trying to appease them! It will never work!

    • Manucher

      As an Iranian I warn any overly optimistic naive westerner such as yourself never ever to underestimate the popularity of the Islamists in that region and never count out the their thuggish ability to hijack any movement even in the absence of popularity. When you are a bunch of thugs with no conscience and limits you don't need to be popular in order to take over a movement and shut up any opposing voices! That is exactly what happened in Iran and it WILL happen in Egypt and Tunisia! The writing is already on the wall and the parallels with the Islamic revolution of Iran truly are striking! I don't know what on earth can the western powers do at this point of no return. But I guess silence is the wisest choice. What ever they do they should not in any way shape or form actively or even passively support these movements since they are totally mistaken if they think their "whole hearted" support will help anything positive or will win the new regime or the people's good will and gratitude! IT WILL NOT! Understand this once and for all and stop living in this dream world! If you think otherwise it is only because you don't know the people of that region. Period! Otherwise it would be obvious to you that nothing will cure their pathological hatred towards the West, America and Israel! So stop humiliating yourself by trying to appease them! It will never work!

    • Manucher

      As an Iranian I warn any overly optimistic naive westerner such as yourself never ever to underestimate the popularity of the Islamists in that region and never count out the their thuggish ability to hijack any movement even in the absence of popularity. When you are a bunch of thugs with no conscience and limits you don't need to be popular in order to take over a movement and shut up any opposing voices! That is exactly what happened in Iran and it WILL happen in Egypt and Tunisia! The writing is already on the wall and the parallels with the Islamic revolution of Iran truly are striking! I don't know what on earth can the western powers do at this point of no return. But I guess silence is the wisest choice. What ever they do they should not in any way shape or form actively or even passively support these movements since they are totally mistaken if they think their "whole hearted" support will help anything positive or will win the new regime or the people's good will and gratitude! IT WILL NOT! Understand this once and for all and stop living in this dream world! If you think otherwise it is only because you don't know the people of that region. Period! Otherwise it would be obvious to you that nothing will cure their pathological hatred towards the West, America and Israel! So stop humiliating yourself by trying to appease them! It will never work!

    • aspacia

      LOL, the Muslim Brotherhood will take control, the Copts and moderates will be destroyed. Egypt, Iran, Syria, possibly Jordan will probably again attack Israel.

      Read Arab media. The Egyptians, the general population hate Jews.

  • 080

    The idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is only a small minority should not carry any weight. The Russian revolution was pulled off by about 4,000 Bolsheviks.

  • SemperCivis

    Islam exists to enslave its followers and to kill the infidel. Any surprise here? I hope Jews come together and remember their history so they can unite against a common foe. This historic interview on Israel National Radio sheds light on Pre-Abrahamic history and exposes Islam for the reconstituted Baal worship that it is — under the guise of a pseudo-monotheistic "religion" http://www.marcrubin.com/judean-eve.ivnu

    and watch Americans take back their country and throw the criminals in jail in this LOL animated satire with the "head-up-the-butt" people — which applies to any Eqyptian who supports the MB too. http://www.marcrubin.com/hairmerica.ivnu

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Montana Restaurant

    This is a great story! The radios station America FM was doing one of its "Is Anyone Listening?" bits this morning. The first question was, 'Ever have a celebrity come up with the 'Do you know who I am?' routine.

    A woman called in and said that a few years ago, while visiting her cattle rancher uncle in Billings , MT , she had occasion to go to dinner at a restaurant that does not take reservations. The wait was about 45 minutes, and many ranchers and their wives were waiting.

    Ted Turner and his ex-wife Jane Fonda came in the restaurant and wanted a table. The hostess informed them that they'd have to wait 45 minutes.
    Jane Fonda asked the hostess, 'Do you know who I am?' The hostess answered, 'Yes, but you'll have to wait 45 minutes.'

    Then Jane asked if the manager was in. When the manager came out, he asked, 'May I help you?' 'Do you know who we are?' both Ted and Jane asked. Yes, but these folks have been waiting, and I can't put you ahead of them.'

    Then Ted asked to speak to the owner. The owner came out, and Jane again asked, 'Do you know who I am?'

    The owner answered, 'Yes, I do. Do you Know who I am? I am the owner of this restaurant and I am a Vietnam Veteran. Not only will you not get a table ahead of my friends and neighbors who have been waiting here, but you also will not be eating in my restaurant tonight or any other night. Good bye.'

    Only in America , is this a great country or what?

    • aspacia

      Wonderful!

  • rib/eve

    Hugh, I didn't know that Islam and freedom could co exist.

  • http://www.fxexchangerate.com/ fxgeorges

    The only thing that is free in Islam is Allah (and his inventor, Mohammed).

    The average Muslim has no idea what freedom means or even why humans should desire it. They are slaves of Allah and their ambition consists only of pleasing Allah by stealing, killing, raping, torturing and molesting the kaffir population. They may associate "freedom" with the notion that they are now "free" to enforce sharia law, but they will never truly be "masters of their own fate" as the will of Allah controls any and all actions on Earth.

  • Al'Marri

    Anyone who thinks that 'democracy' will prevail in Egypt, or any other Middle East country that undergoes the current upheaval, is a fool! What will happen is that the 'intafada' or 'revolution' or whatever one likes to call it, will end up being hijacked by Islamic extremists followed by awful bloodbaths. O'h and all you leftists who are crowing with delight at events, let me remind you of what happened to the left in Iran after the 1979 revolution. The tudeh party (mainly communist) and liberal leftists were massacred in their thousands by Khomeni's thugs. So dont clap your hands too soon!

  • Questions

    Read some of the pieces appearing in http://www.lewrockwell.com today. The authors truly believe that the pending fall of Mubarak is a great triumph for liberty and a great defeat for the American Leviathan. Liberty? Once the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egpyt — and it will, sooner or later — we'll see how much liberty the average Egyptian enjoys. They will have about as much liberty as in the average Iranian has had since the fall of the Shah.

    • aspacia

      True, and 20% of oil is shipped through the Suez.

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