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The anti-Morsi, anti-Muslim Brotherhood, and therefore anti-Obama demonstrations in Egypt are the biggest in human history.  It’s quite something, an historic event.  Whatever the outcome, we should pay attention. What does it signify? Are we now in a new world?  Has there been a paradigm shift?  Does it portend similar huge protests elsewhere, even here in the USA? Does it require rethinking basic policy options?  Or is it just an Egyptian thing, or maybe an “Arab street” thing?

If you’ve been following Spengler, as you should, you know that Egypt is a failed state, where there is a real danger of starvation, and it is tempting to describe the demonstrations as a reaction to misery, as an act of desperation.

No doubt that’s a big part of the monster demonstration. How could it not be? On the other hand, politics is an independent variable, and I think that, alongside those threatened with starvation, many Egyptians don’t want to become “the new Iran.” Those millions of Egyptians look to me more like “the people” — all classes, heterogeneous convictions, even multigender — than a sociological, political, or religious category.

Egypt under the fist of the Muslim Brotherhood was looking more and more like Khomeini’s vision of Islamic government, and millions of Egyptians don’t want to go there, let alone do that.

The Muslim Brotherhood organized its takeover of Egypt by following the same strategy as Hezbollah in Lebanon: offering social services the state was unable to provide, organizing the faithful and telling them that their government was failing because it was godless, and assuring them that Allah would bless a regime that followed his dictates. The Egyptians got the Brothers’ version of sharia, hence less freedom, alongside the hunger pains. The biggest demonstration in human history thus pits Sunni Muslim against Sunni Muslim, not Sunni against Shia, or Muslim against infidel.

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Best article and analysis I have read so far on the current situation in Egypt and US Foreign Policy.

Thanks!
41 weeks ago
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Michael, wonderful work.

So, with that said...let me haggle a bit with you. "Obama doesn't know...Obama doesn't understand...Obama doesn't see"...

Um...this is a red diaper baby with strong pro-Isalmist instincts. He is following his anti-Amerian heart...like most leftists, his head doesn't have to ever engage.

NOTHING in the leftist argument ever requires logic, only the fallacies.

Understanding leftism requires one to abandon logical counterarguments, because leftism doesn't respond to a challenge in which they take no part.

The marriage between America/Israel/Western hatred of Islamists and the red treason brigade is not logical on its face...again, because it is not based in logic.

But, do not be fooled. Obama understands, Obama sees, Obama knows...the ultimate results of his actions are BECAUSE...not in spite of...his intentions.

President Treason is not engaged in a dozen scandals in his mind. He is "transforming" America. Good and hard.

41 weeks ago
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I think The Messiah is upset that the biggest gathering in human history is not when He is giving one of His speeches. :(
41 weeks ago
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but I grew up in indonesia and am called lord and savior by some two bit entertainer, and you are not being nice to me.

If you aren't careful moochelle will tell you that she isn't proud of you, for tossing out a Moslem, in favor of perhaps a real democratic republic.

And how about, what's her face that mentioned that the US Constitution wouldn't be the best place to start for other new countries.

Sad, really sad,

But seems a lot more people are getting that those in power, like obozo and his court jesters aren't even god like. more like spoiled children that need to be both removed from power, spanked, and sent to their rooms because they have never learned to be nice.
40 weeks ago
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Re: "Morsi doesn’t have Felix Dzerzhinsky (Islamists don’t put Polish Jews at the head of the security service, so far as I know)."
So far as I know, Feliks Dzierzynski, the head of Lenin's Cheka, was not Jewish and came from a Polish gentry family, which is a fact that is often used to tease antisemites when they blame Jews for communist rule in Poland and Russia.
(Just a tiny nitpick, hope you don't mind.)
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
You know, I can easily see this happening in Washington, D.C. Some not too future day.

The president consistently, and redundantly, and habitually lies to us, on anything of importance. The Senate could not care less what we (the people) think about anything, including, most recently, the Gang-of-Eight's amnesty rehash. The House, under the embarrasingly-gutless speakership of John "Kleenex" Boehner, WILL NOT seize upon the opportunity to please the great majority of Americans by KILLING Obamacare before it's too late (too late for the GOP, anyways).

So what are we to do? Wait for the next guaranteed-loser the MSM/RINOs contrive to give us no choice but to accept?
40 weeks ago
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When people hear the term "new world order" they close their ears, immediately thinking conspiracy ranting. NOT!

It is decidedly the case that Obama Inc is completely in line with instituting the plans of the UN and attendant apparatuses. Previous administrations were on board, but his is in a special hurry to "transform" America into nothing more than the rest of third world basket cases. Equal footing.

But in order to do so America has to be gutted and nation-states have to be dissolved, whatever it takes.

This is precisely why so many anti-American scandals are swirling through Washington and why Israel is in their cross hairs, despite their claims of BFF status.This is why socialist regimes are being lauded and Islamists are given assistance. Their rise assists the socialists, at least for the time being.

The proofs are hidden in the "ordered" chaos and involve the "killing of the dollar" - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/10/the-intersection-of-killing-the-dollar-the-new-world-order-joe-biden-enters-the-fray-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
Excellent, Mr Ledeen. Thank you !!!!
40 weeks ago
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"...and Morsi doesn’t have Felix Dzerzhinsky (Islamists don’t put Polish Jews at the head of the security service, so far as I know)."

Correction: "Iron Felix" was, in fact, born into a Polish noble family
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Dzerzhinsky
40 weeks ago
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o is absolutely the most clueless prez we've ever had. He should be flippin' burgers at McDs.
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
And make him a threat to digestion, too?
40 weeks ago
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I really like NRO's Andrew McCarthy, but I think he's in a snit because his "Egyptians will always elect Islamicists and they want sharia" mantra isn't panning out like he thought.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/352650/morsis-calculus-exploit-wests-spring-fever-and-call-parliamentary-elelctions-andrew-c

He keeps reminding us that Morsi was elected, but I wonder how much he really understands about their culture and the psychology of voting in oppressed cultures when the lid finally comes off. That they voted the way they did isn't that surprising given the last decades of oppression, and if that were understood it wouldn't be such a mystery to him that they didn't like who they voted for in the end.

He's a good Conservative brother, but sheesh. Stick to domestic policy bud. He seems to be disappointed in any good news if he didn't forsee it.

40 weeks ago
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Obama's whole policy in the Middle East is, "Whenever anyone protests against a regime, support the protestors." It's idiotic, but at least it's easy to remember.

But what happens when the people protest against the regime that Obama helped put in power by supporting the previous bunch of protestors? His Cliff-Notes policy book doesn't answer that.

So he's just guessing now, feeling his way, finding out where the people are going so he can lead them (from behind).

I'd say, we got Trouble in our capital city -- with a capital T and that rhymes with C and that stands for Clueless.
41 weeks ago
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I don't think he's feeling his way, really. I think he supports the Muslim Brotherhood. I think he supports them and identifies with them more strongly than his fellow Americans in the Tea Party.
40 weeks ago
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actually, he supported the Egyptian regime against the protesters. and at the beginning, he supported Assad against "the opposition."
41 weeks ago
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And denied his support to the protesters against the Iranian regime.
40 weeks ago
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Morsi's statement about paying his life could be understood as "I'm prepared for martyrdom" if this is what it takes. What comes after a game of chicken, a clash of Titans, or something less dramatic first? who knows?
41 weeks ago
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You don't cut a figure like Morsi by denying yourself a lot. He'll fold.
41 weeks ago
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but he wasn't prepared for martyrdom. that's for the little people...
41 weeks ago
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