Egypt’s Downward Spiral Towards Self-Destruction

Nonie Darwish is the author of The Devil We Don’t Know; The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East and President of FormerMuslimsUnited.org.


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Most of the Arabic commentary on the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution has focused on its accomplishments of destruction of the Mubarak regime, destroying the gas pipelines with Israel, and hardly any constructive and humble rhetoric. And now, almost all Egyptians running for office are defying the West and calling on the repeal or re-evaluation of the peace treaty with Israel. That is what Egyptians traditionally like to hear and that is what they get and no one sees or challenges such dysfunctional dynamics.

The 2011 revolution follows in the same footsteps of previous revolutions. In the 52-revolution, Nasser’s popularity skyrocketed when he defied and ridiculed the West, disregarded many international obligations and arrested and expelled the Jews. The unifying theme that always guarantees bringing Egyptians together is to make the destruction of Israel the number one objective of the state.

The most important lesson the Arab Spring should teach us in the West, is that regardless who is in power leaders in Muslim countries are not free to befriend the West or be their allies, those who do so will be removed from office as traitors and Tantawi fully understands that. So far, the revolutions succeeded in taking out only the pro-Western regimes and no Spring in Saudi Arabia or Iran. Even Ghaddafy could not have been taken out without Western intervention.

Egyptian pride has reached a pathological levels where they would rather defy the West and attack Israel rather than engage in peaceful co-existence and concentrate on their internal affairs. They want to cut off Western noses to spite their faces and they are succeeding. What the naive West needs to learn is that third world countries are not as innocent as many in the West want them to be.

Nonie Darwish is author of new book, The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East.

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  • Big Irish

    so very well put Nonie…..all the best!….Arab Spring? – Arab Hell.

  • tanstaafl

    You reap what you sow.

  • UCSPanther

    Welcome to Hell, Egypt. You earned it.

  • digdigby

    Businessmen in Egypt who were successful had to negotiate a mine-field of bribes and corruption just to survive. Of course they were 'implicated in the former regime'. No one really knows just how many billions of dollar have fled the country along with the vital businessmen who made those billions. It is said to be MUCH more than anyone knows, many of them Copts.
    With the collapse of tourism, confrontation with West and loss of Jizya… food riots within a year and Somalia-on-Steroids total collapse.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What the naive West needs to learn is that third world countries are not as innocent as many in the West want them to be.

    It will never learn that lesson as long as the leftwing hijacked MESA Nostra with their Wahhabi petro-dollars continues to control America's Middle East Studies Departments in our elite colleges and universities, as the lamestream media, our political elites on both sides of the political aisle, and our federal government all get their bogus information about Islam from those same hijacked Middle East Studies Departments.

    • Whatsinaname

      I don't believe the Middle East Studies Departments were "highjacked" in the sense that they were taken over by "force" against the will of the university administrations. Saudi Arabia poured hundreds of millions of dollars to set up departments, chairs, fellowships, and textbooks — all with the approval of administrators, professors, alumni and just about everyone else. The result has been a disaster for free speech on campus, an explosion of anti-Semitism and our universities have turned into nothing more than their counterparts in the Middle East — indoctrination centers. Scholarly investigation be damned — we will write our own death warrants for generations to come.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Meant it in the same exact same way you described it and you are exactly right. Indeed, the biggest problem is that the lamestream media, the political elites on both sides of the political spectrum, and the federal government all get their information about Islam from those same Middle East Studies Departments of our elite colleges and universities. Therefore, since the information they get fed is always bogus, the USA will continue moving from one strategic blunder to the next strategic blunder until that little problem is exposed and that monopoly is busted.

  • Nimrud

    Egyptians became a locust nation and they are just too ignorant to improve whatever. Mubarak has gone but still the country looks like a zoo. Where are the changes people? Whoever will lead the country would not be able to change what is in the heads. You Egyptians deserve what you got and more.