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Egypt: A Teachable Moment in World History

July 5th, 2013 - 2:38 pm

This is especially important for those who would make — or prevent — social change. Mao Zedong called this “the concrete analysis of concrete conditions.”

When the mass media, educational system, opinion-makers, or decision-makers are paralyzed by ideology—of the dos and don’ts of political correctness (which means the systematic enthronement of “well-intentioned” lies) — the self-imposed blinkers will likely take the carriage off the cliff.

That happened to an incredible extent in Western analysis of Egypt. Among these factors were wishful thinking, the romance of extremism, and the refusal to deal with unpleasant facts.

No, not all societies are alike. It should be self-evident that all men and women are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain rights. But it doesn’t mean that they think of these rights in the same way or define their goals in the same way. If you are going to believe in the cult of diversity, remember that some of the diverse people think that it would be wonderful to kill you, oppress you, and use power to control your life.

Ideally, it is true that to secure these rights, governments were instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  But that’s not the way it often works out. In fact, more often than not it isn’t the way that things work out.

Consequently, governments are also instituted to protect their citizens against those of a different opinion. Those governments should apply realpolitik as their duty.

Once the situation is clear — after the failure of appeasement of Germany in 1939, the evidence that the USSR was aggressive in 1946, the failure of the peace process and the launching of the Second Intifada war of terrorism in 2000, or the war of radical Islamism against the West on September 11, 2001 — it is the duty of governments and public understanding to take heed of those facts.

It does not matter in the least how unpleasant these facts are or how contrary they may be to our prejudices or conventional wisdom or desires. Attention must be paid.

And, sorry, but if that means that popular totalitarian movements don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their election or military victories so that they can better wipe you out, then so be it. So that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth. And one day, others can enjoy those benefits when conditions are ripe.

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The Egyptian coup leaves the United States as the most powerful country in the world controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
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After spending all of his Capital to get Morsi in and now he is out, what is Obama to do??
The MB is slowly coming apart at the seams in Egypt and hopefully the same thing will happen in Libya, Tunisia and Syria, not to mention Turkey. Dictatorships never stay in power long for people love freedom and crave it naturally, even Muslims..... who are steeped in the slavery mentality.
Now Obama is back to square one in Egypt and nothing is certain for the future......
Morsi was a unelected tyrant Just Like Obama.....
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Point of information:
Harry Truman was elected President in 1952.
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In the light of mastery of subject, efficiency in fact-finding I can settle on the reliable analysis of Prof Barry. May our Almighty grant you daily the grace to cater the world with the truth to which HE consistently guide you. With all good success, and because it is in HIS NAME.
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Dear Barry Rubin, this article is yours is just too preachy but we cannot pitch no-hitters every game or have home runs everytime at bat. I want you to know as an avid reader of yours, I appreciate your dedication, your work, and have a gift for you-

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Greetings:

A bit off topic perhaps, but when I first can across the "teachable moment" concept it seemed to refer to a moment when the student was desirous of some education a mentor could provide. Now it seems to me that the concept has morphed into an occasion when the mentor comes across information he thinks his students should have. The power relationship seems to have shifted, oh, abut 180 degrees.

A subtle change perhaps, and certainly a bit of a peeve of mine, but so goes our language these days.
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Egypt: A Teachable Moment in World History by Barry Rubin
Indeed a teachable moment and check out this ‘Rubinism’ on political correctness.
“The dos and don’ts of political correctness (which means the systematic enthronement of “well-intentioned” lies.”
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Yes, Barry, it has certainly taught me something. An islamist takeover can be reversed in my lifetime. Perhaps the nationalist military never really gave up power, but not necessarily. Morsi could have effectively finished the military given that Edrogan seems to have succeeded. I have always intuited that the totalitarian wave going through the Middle East is related to the wave that went through the western world in the early 20th century. This kind of parallel is not exact of course, but viewed from a distance the paroxysm of totalitarian self destruction that ravaged the West seems to be of the same grand sanguinary scale in the present Middle East. All I can see now is that the wave will proceed through the region with governments falling and rising, people killed in generous numbers, and processes, hidden and overt moving ever onward.
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The most troubling thing about the Egyptian situation (if it is indeed true as reported) is that Obama has called for an "inclusive" process for forming the next government - which means that the Muslim Brotherhood MUST be included in that process. Again, if this is what Obama actually said; it means only ONE thing: Obama is being advised by the MB itself and is 'organizing" on its behalf. Urging those in Egypt to include the Muslim Brotherhood so as not to incur "backlash" from "Islamists" is unworthy of a POTUS. Many of the 8 million Coptic Christians have fled the country already (before the latest coup), because they were being massacred; people are being starved already, beaten into submission and subjected to terrorism - all because the Grand Moron Mufti Morsi wants to establish Sharia Law in Egypt. Morsi has openly stated that the U.S.A. and Israel are his enemies has collaborated with others leaders to fight against the U.S.A. and Israel and sat in power as a Muslim Brotherhood leader who stated goal is to conquer the U.S.A. from within. "War is deceit" and therefore Islam is deceit which rides the "political correctness" train to gain a foothold wherever it goes; this is exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood have been doing have been doing since the late 1960's and also exactly what the Socialists has been doing since 1905 and both entities have used student organisations as vehicles by which to spread the love. Now that these two entities are joined at the hip, we're wondering why the U.S.A. is being turned upside down.
Time to get real and take Obama to task - he is playing a very dangerous game and it's OUR lives that are on the line.
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The Egyptian coup leaves the United States as the most powerful country in the world controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Well said!

And a note on Gettysburg: It a beautiful, amazing, very moving place. Hope you're enjoying it.
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