With the crisis continuing in Ukraine & Crimea, special elections going against the Democrats and people still wondering just where that missing Jet is Egypt has fallen off the world news radar.

Regular readers might remember we wrote about Hillary’s support for the Muslim brotherhood government just after they cracked down and the administration’s lack of enthusiasm for those leaders being removed by yet another revolution, but since then coverage has been few and far between.

Well maybe the world has stopped paying attention that hasn’t stopped the blood from flowing:

Earlier Saturday we woke on another terrible news , another 6 Egyptian conscripts from Military Police were killed in a military checkpoint in the city of Mostord , Qaliubyia gveronorate.

Well in fairness it wasn’t completely ignored.  There was coverage in the times of Israel:

Gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint Saturday in a brazen morning attack the military blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi. The attack came two days after gunmen killed a soldier in Cairo, as militants once largely confined to the restive Sinai Peninsula increasingly target the capital in a campaign that has killed more than 200 police and soldiers since the army overthrew Morsi last July.

And at the BBC:

Islamist militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers in numerous attacks. The military accused Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood of carrying out this latest attack, which was carried out as the soldiers took part in dawn prayers. The Brotherhood denies involvement in violence, saying it is committed to peaceful campaigning.

And Yahoo:

The government also ordered heightened security measures to counter what has become a low-level insurgency that has killed more 200 soldiers and policemen since Morsi’s overthrow. Most of the attacks since have been carried out in the Sinai, but militants have expanded their reach to the Nile Delta and the capital in recent months.

While we in the west continue to ignore this Egyptian blogger is asking questions

In any respectable democratic country both the ministers of defense and interior would be sitting right now in front of the National security committee in a real elected parliament to discuss the development of that war they declared on terrorism. Why were not there enough security precautions when a terrorist group like Ansar Beit Al Maqids released a video 48 hours prior to the operation ?? Ansar Beit Al Maqids released a very alarming video last Thursday which deserves a whole post, hopefully I will write it this week. I am not a security expert but this attack reminds so much with the first attack against our soldiers in Sinai in August 2012 when they were killed while they were eating their Ramadan breakfast. That horrifying attack should have taught us something.

and that just the attacks on soldiers, we haven’t even touched on attacks on Christians in Egypt and elsewhere But unless you follow a lot of Egyptians on twitter like me or are a regular reader of Pam Geller you would no more know about this than you would about the ship captured by terrorists out of Libya retaken by Navy Seals.

The Pentagon says that a team of Navy SEALs has boarded the oil freighter “Morning Glory” in the Mediterranean that had been seized by three armed Libyans. No one was hurt in the raid, which took place late Sunday in international waters off of Cyprus. The ship and its illicit cargo of Libyan oil will now be sailed back to Libya under the control of U.S. Navy sailors

What you didn’t hear about this or the jihadists running  rampant throughout Libya?

Over the last month, the Libyan Navy has sought to impose a siege on oil ports seized by jihad militias. The seizure has slashed oil production and exports by nearly 80 percent over the last six months.

Libya’s prime minister lost a vote of confidence and has been dismissed after his government was unable to stop a North Korean flagged tanker at a rebel-held port and reportedly breaking through a naval blockade.

Ali Zeidan was replaced temporarily by the country’s defense minister, Abdallah al-Thinni, parliamentary spokesman Omar Hmeidan said. (more here)

Libya’s ousted prime minister ignored prosecutor’s order and fled to an undisclosed European country.

I’m shocked shocked that these development in Libya have gotten no press in America but then again the last thing the MSM wants to talk about is another Obama/Hillary failure.

Update: It’s getting worse

Recently on live TV, Sheikh Abdul Maqsud, an Islamic jurisprudent, issued a fatwa obligating “Muslims” (in this context, Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt) to engage in acts of terror against “infidels” (in this context, the Egyptian government and anyone else opposing the Brotherhood).

Hey at least this guy is an equal opportunity terrorist, anyone not in the fold is a legit target.

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Deputy Sheriff of Nottingham: You see Lieutenant When enemies fall out, it’s time to make friends.

The Adventures of Robin Hood Goodbye Little John 1960

Professor Van Helsing: A moment ago I stumbled upon a most amazing phenomenon, something so incredible I mistrust my own judgement.

Dracula 1931

Jim Hacker: I can’t make my support too public.

Duncan: It doesn’t have to be public, so long as everybody knows.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

There are some stories that I never expected to read in my lifetime.

The Egyptian security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, said the Israeli attack was launched in cooperation with Egyptian authorities despite past insistence that the government would not allow anyone to use its territories to launch attacks against jihadi groups.

That Israel choose to strike at Jihad groups is not odd, that the Egyptian security was willing to cooperate with Israel that’s odd, but not as odd as members of the security forces being willing to say (even on  condition anonymity) that they worked with the Jews.  That’s amazing.

It’s a tad less amazing that officially this has been disavowed

Egyptian military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali initially said on his official Facebook page that security forces were investigating two explosions in el-Agra. He later issued a statement denying “in form and substance any attacks from the Israeli side inside Egyptian territories” and saying the claim of cooperation was “baseless.”

Ed Morrissey is impressed

Still, that’s a pretty mind-blowing thing to admit, even anonymously.  We’ll see whether it has any effect on the unrest still gathering in the streets of Cairo.

He should be impressed not a person in Egypt will believe the denial and if I’m a militant or a Muslim Brotherhood supporter the idea that the state might be able to enlist the help of Israel to locate and destroy them can’t be conducive to a good night’s sleep.

This is an incredible escalation and if the Egyptian people do not object or defect it could be a watershed moment in the middle east.

The real irony?  The distrust the current government has in the Obama Administration likely had a lot to do with their willingness to work with the Jewish state in a more direct way. In the past such things would be handled through the US but now we are no longer reliable.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if the first solid progress between Arab & Jew becomes not because of US power, but because of our fecklessness.

 

Those poor bastards…They’ve got us right where we want them. We can fire in any direction now!”

Col Chesty Puller 1950

To a casual observer the situation for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt must look like an absolute disaster.

Two weeks ago they had control of the government, they had strong support from the US administration, they had a constitution that their leader had managed to re-write and they were in the driver’s seat.

Now not only has the Muslim Brotherhood lost that power their situation seem complicated by both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates providing billions of dollars of aid to the nation with aid still pouring in the Military can sustain itself even if the Obama government pushes Egypt to include them.

For the Muslim Brotherhood the situation in Egypt it’s a no win situation, if the choose to fight a civil war the well equipped Egyptian Military can not only roll over them but will have the execute to kill them with impunity many of the young fighters who would be the first to storm the barricades as it were, if they don’t fight if they submit to whatever deal (if any) they are given, they become the weak horse.  No good choices.

Au Countrare in several respects the Revolt that removed the Muslim Brotherhood has many intrinsic advantages to the group that they didn’t have before.

1.  Responsibility:  All of the problems that exist in Egypt now officially belong to someone else.  Every food shortage, every unemployed youngster and every tourist that doesn’t show up becomes the official responsibility of their enemies in government.

2.  Israel:  The Brotherhood was loud in its pronouncements against Israel but had neither the strength or the foolishness to actually fight, now any failure on the part of Hamas or the PA can be blamed on the “pro-Israel” element in the Egyptian government.  It will particularly hurt and discredit the Salafids who demand an even stricter Islam if they are represented in government.

3.  Organization:  Even if their leaders are arrested and some outlawed the Brotherhood has a strong enough political organization to make sure they have seats in the parliament for their allies.  That puts them in an excellent position to offer an “official” critique.

4.  Retaliation:  When the brotherhood wanted to move against some care had to be taken to keep the government’s hands off of it.  Now those restraints are gone.  Individuals and locations can be targeted even if the results cause embarrassment for Egypt.

And in addition to those advantages there are several others in terms of perception.

1.  Legitimacy:  No matter how you slice it, the Military of Egypt removed a government that won an election that was considered legit.  Even though the vast majority of the people supported it, even if it was the right thing to do for the country’s future that statement will always remain true and will be played as a card for generations to come.

2.  Teaching:  The Muslim Brotherhood has never been a big fan of democracy, now they can make the case to not only their followers in Egypt but elsewhere that elections are a waste because even if we win other will take the election from them.

3.  Preaching:  As a rule religion tends to be stronger in bad times than good.  The combination of Bad times in Egypt with their group being targeted is an excellent combination to turn out loyal soldiers, if you don’t believe me check out any prison.

4.  Any person who dies fighting the current government becomes a “Martyr” whose memory can be exploited and whose extended family can be recruited over revenge.

All of these factors if played wisely can add up to a bright future for the Brotherhood if played wisely.

The Brotherhood is down but not out and their foes, like myself, should act accordingly.

 

 

 

GRUGGER: Well, I’m prepared to forget that little incident.
MEGLOS: Oh, I hope not.
BROTADAC: We’ll remember.
MEGLOS: Good.

Doctor Who Meglos 1980

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

One of the things that get tends to get me into arguments with my fellow anti-Islamists is my differentiating “Islamists” from Islam.  Their argument is that Islamists are not doing Islam wrong, they are doing it right.

So when I see things like this from last week from the Iman in Tennessee:

And Qadhi says: “The life and property of a mushrik [one who worships others besides Allah] holds no value in the state of jihad….which means if they don’t say la illaha illa Allah, their lives and property are halal” — that is, permitted to be taken by the Muslims.

Qadhi is an imam in Memphis. He is also Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute. He is a hafiz — that is, he has memorized the entire Qur’an. He has an M.A. in the Islamic Creed and a B.A. in Islamic Sciences from Islamic University of Medina, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Yale.

How is it, then, that he misunderstands jihad so spectacularly that he sounds like a greasy Islamophobe?

I’ve attributed it to people like Qadhi being an Islamist, although Robert Spencer’s question certainly deserves an answer.

However there was something I saw in the coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood’s violence that really struck me.

Here is the base story:

Inhabitants of the Nile island of Manial reported seeing dozens of bearded Islamists armed with machineguns, machetes and sticks on Friday night before the deadly clashes broke out.

Snipers were spotted on rooftops, and medics told AFP they treated some residents of the normally quiet middle-class neighborhood for bullet wounds with a downward trajectory.

Buildings were pockmarked with bullet holes. Rocks carpeted the floor and charred tyres showed the ferocity of the violence.

What had prompted this, why a Muslim Brotherhood TV speech:

Residents say the attack began just minutes after the Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, gave a fiery speech to Mursi supporters camped out in Cairo’s Nasr City, which was broadcast live on television.

Sounds like Islamists to me, this certainly seems to support my way of thinking, at least until the following line:

“The attack came minutes after Badie’s speech. They treated us like infidels. They were chanting ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) as they were shooting us,” said Ahmed Fattouh.

Whoa!

Those sentences say two things both important:

To the “Moderate” Muslim it says that to the Islamist, you are no different from any other infidel if you stand, even unarmed, against them.

To the rest of us, it tells us where we stand. That exclamation: “They treated us like infidels.” sounds a lot like: “How dare they attack us? It’s not like we were infidels or something that would be different.”

Christians are required to remember that like any other person a Muslims are children of God and their lives and souls are of no less value than any other person.

We are not obliged to forget that the reverse is not true.

I don’t know if that line will be pulled from the story (I saved a screen shot) but it will take more than that to make me forget it.

With Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood the biggest story in the world last week’s show with Pam Geller, Robert Spencer and Ray Hanna of Act for America has never been more significant.

Lucky for you if you missed the show Saturday at Noon EST on FTR Radio & the Money Matters Radio Network or the replay at 11 PM EST (on Money Matters only) you can now catch it here.

Friday I wrote this about Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehed El-Haddad’s attempt to dupe the western media:

So it seems Gehad El_Haddad is back to his old game tweeting out the Muslim Brotherhood line in the hope that the Western media doesn’t spot the scam.

Well I shouldn’t worry after all if a mere blogger like me can spot it, I’m sure the rest of the major western media can do the same,

well except for the NYT.

Saturday I repeated the question during my radio show while speaking to Robert Spencer and Pam Geller and Ray Hanna of Act for America: who in the media is stupid enough to fall for this guy BS?

The Hill gives the answer:

“I don’t understand what naivete can behold any person to see all the ingredients, political signs of a coup, and not see the coup,” El-Haddad said on ABC’s “This Week.”

This week.  ABC’s this week had him on camera?

Well OK the Muslim Brotherhood is news right now, so ABC asked a few questions of the guy.

It’s not like they made a video of him on the streets of Cairo pretending he is a man of the Egyptian people and not someone who’s primary purpose is to look good for the west while giving the Muslim brotherhood line while their followers repress them.

Oh come ON guys!

Well that’s the MSM at least there aren’t members of congress, particularly Republican members, willing to give the president cover in re-empowering the Muslim Brotherhood:

“Reluctantly I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election,” McCain added.

SERIOUSLY?

ABC calls McCain a tough critic of Morsi but apparently he wasn’t tough enough to cut off aid when he was in charge.  Now that the Brotherhood is out he is apparently tough enough on Morsi’s foes to give president Obama and the Brotherhood cover to do the one thing that can empower islamists in tough spot.

But Maybe I’m overreacting to the Brotherhood after all doesn’t every political movement throw teenagers off buildings and beat them to death for celebrating their defeat, sanction rape and shoot Coptic priests when angry.

Or even station snipers to shoot Cairo residents.

That’s no reason to keep them out of the political process is it?

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Spengler’s article quoted by Glenn last night pointed out something critical about the situation in Egypt concerning the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Saudi Monarchy.

Egypt’s people embraced the military because they remember that the military used to feed them. In fact, the military probably can alleviate the food crisis, because — unlike the Muslim Brotherhood– Egypt’s generals should be able to count on the support of Saudi Arabia. Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz congratulated Egypt’s military-appointed interim president on Wednesday night, while the United Arab Emirates expressed “satisfaction” at the course of events.

Why would Saudi Arabia, the land where so many of the radical Mosques in the world have been funded from, a land where the Muslim Brotherhood gets so much green cheer their demise? Spengler continues.

The Saudi monarchy hates the Brotherhood the way Captain Hook hated the crocodile: it is the only political force capable of overthrowing the monarchy and replacing it.

The Saudi Royal family is famous for funding Radical Islam, for enforcing strict Islam on others, but having quite a few members who are known to enjoy shall we say “the good life”. All over the world, due to their wealth they get deference and the best of everything

They’ll finance Islam, including radical Islam elsewhere as long as it’s not imposed on them personally.

In a sense the Military in Egypt is the same. Like the Saudi’s they have a comfortable life, they have physical power as a military & financial power due to a commodity. The commodity that provides that power is not tangible like the oil that the Saudis use to grease others, but inertia.

Egypt’s army has been highly subsidized and equipped by the US since Sadat made peace with Israel. The two generations of US money have made it a comfortable place for generals and their families.

Of course being a military they might be expected to, you know, fight someday and via Stacy McCain Ladd Ehlinger tweeted something rather…interesting concerning the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s military via the Irish Times.

Army concern about the way President Mohamed Morsi was governing Egypt reached tipping point when the head of state attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for holy war in Syria, military sources have said.

At the June 15th rally, Sunni Muslim clerics used the word “infidels” to denounce both the Shias fighting to protect Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the non-Islamists that oppose Mr Morsi at home.

Mr Morsi himself called for foreign intervention in Syria against Mr Assad, leading to a veiled rebuke from the army, which issued an apparently bland but sharp-edged statement the next day stressing that its only role was guarding Egypt’s borders. emphasis mine

The game, however, is really given away by that last bit. The Army’s only role is to guard Egypt’s borders?

That might sound innocent enough but such a role means one important thing. That role specifically precludes a war on Israel.

It may be hard to enjoy the good life if you are fighting in Syria and maybe killed but it’s even harder if a war with Israel, which the Radical Islamists would love to see, takes place.

You see War with Israel means Israel’s Air force tends to bomb you, Israeli Army tends to decimate you and Egypt tends to lose large swaths of land that have to be won back in negotiations. When things like this take place the populace gets angry and needs someone blamed. Since a loss in war is normally blamed on the army that fights it, almost certainly the highest surviving ranks would be the target of the people’s wrath. Good bye comfortable life for them and their extended families that they are supporting.

That tends to adversely affect your bottom line.

I approve of Egypt’s military booting out the Muslim Brotherhood as I approve of stopping radical Islamists whenever possible, but let’s not sugar coat this. The military in Egypt is interested their own comfort and survival. Morsi and the Brotherhood became a threat to them so he was out but I don’t doubt for one moment if they considered it more to their advantage to keep Morsi they would have ignored the people as long as possible.

If the military is wise rather than count on the house of Saud they will make sure some of their wealth is used to feed the people. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s the surest way to keep and retain their power and the friendship of the people.

Update: I’ve just GOT to show you this twitter exchange I sent out this tweet to promote this post:

My suggestion produced a tweet I found hilarious

 

Me, an “Obama boy”? Now That’s Funny.

Incidentally after a few tweets we got along famously but that’s classic. From now on whenever I’m attacked by the left I might just use this tweet to give e “Obama boy” credentials, if the MSM sees it they might even say: “He’s one of us” and invite me places.
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Friday has come I suspect a lot of my readers are on vacation, unfortunately the mortgage bill doesn’t get a day off. I still need 9 more people kicking in $20 to get me to my first full paycheck in weeks.

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As the 2nd Egyptian revolt started happening and the people on the left started wringing their hands over the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the embarrassment of Barack Obama (which is their real concern) the question becomes how do we understand what happened and why.

Back in 2005 the great Michael Totten was in Egypt and interviewed Egyptian Blogger Big Pharaoh and he asked him who would win in there was a free election

I asked Big Pharaoh what he thought would happen if Egypt held a legitimate free and fair election instead of this bullshit staged by Mubarak.

“The Muslim Brotherhood would win,” he said. “They would beat Mubarak and the liberals.”

I was afraid he was going to say that.

Big Pharaoh talked about how it would play:

My biggest fear,” he continued, “is that if the Muslim Brotherhood rules Egypt we will get Islamism-lite, that they won’t be quite bad enough that people will revolt against them. Take bars, for example. Most Egyptians don’t drink, so they won’t mind if alcohol is illegal. The same goes for banning books. Most Egyptians don’t read. So why should they care if books are banned? Most women wear a veil or a headscarf already, so if it becomes the law hardly anyone will resist.”

He was exactly right about the Muslim brotherhood would win.  As he predicted they did  what authoritarians always do when they win an election, consolidate power.  Right after the US election during the Thanksgiving weekend President Morsi did this:

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

Well that’s kind of a broad statement is it really something to worry about?

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsi above oversight of any kind. He already has legislative powers after the powerful lower chamber was dissolved days before he took office June 30.

Oddly enough the MSM that is now screaming about the overthrow of a democratically elected government wasn’t all that interested at the time.  Perhaps because of Hillary Clinton’s praise of this same government the same day

Clinton even announced the agreement standing next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. She hailed the agreement as an important step to bringing stability and peace to a region that has seen major upheaval and transformation in the past two years.

I noted the words of  Bryan Preston of PJ Media at the time:

The more realistic view is that Egypt and Hamas are making the moves that both are making now because they have read Obama’s re-election as giving them space to act without fear of American intervention on Israel’s side.

I’d say that pretty much right, but I disagree with the next paragraph

It is striking, how unsurprised Obama, Clinton, Rice et al seem to be by the Hamas barrage against Israel over the past fortnight, and by Egypt’s swift turn toward Islamist dictatorship. It’s almost like they expected these events to happen.

I don’t think it’s striking at all. I certainly expected Islamists to be on the move if Barack Obama was re-elected.

And Morsi continued on and Obama supported him.  Of course there were some interesting conditions in the parliamentary elections that we talked about at the time:

3. Voting was not a private act – poll administrators inside voting polls asked voters to state their choice and then observed their written ballot.

4. Poll administrators know as “judges” (non-military overseers appointed by the military), after illegally questioning voters, issued unauthentic and invalid (unstamped) ballots to voters who said they would vote for a candidate/party other than MB or Salafi.

But the media wasn’t interested in the reports from Voice of the Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood did their best to make sure they built a narrative in English so the west’s press would have something to read.

I think this fellow Gehad El-Haddad’s twitter feed is for lazy westeners who don’t want to sort though arabic, I think it exists to build a real time narrative for the western world. As Nervana Mahmoud puts it in the Daily News of Egypt:

The Muslim Brotherhood is waging a war of perception, not just for domestic consumption but for a western audience, too. Perception is crucial for two reasons: To defeat non-Islamist opponents, who may lose faith quickly when watching the endless number of pro-Morsy protestors in comparison to their relatively lower number in Tahrir and, secondly, to convince western nations that Islamists are the only reliable, powerful force in Egypt and that they are backed by the “majority” of Egyptians.

That’s why Mr. El Haddad’s tweets are not in Arabic. If you consider how easily the west bought the Hamas narrative I can see why he would be sure to tweet “facts” in a language that the lazy western press could understand but the majority of Egyptians would not.

Lucky for Big Pharaoh the Brotherhood was not capable of going Islam lite and while the international press was totally taken aback by what happened in Egypt he explained it clearly:

President Morsi was elected because people yearned for change. The margin between him and Shafik was not that big but still the majority chose change over a candidate who represented Mubarak’s era. What we later discovered was that Morsi turned out to be merely the Brotherhood’s representative in the presidency and not the president of all Egyptians.

President Morsi used his office to consolidate power for the Brotherhood which ruled Egypt as if it was just one branch in its regional organization. The instability in the country can be traced back to his dictatorial constitutional decree that granted him sweeping power;

That would be those decrees we decried at the same time Hillary 2016 was praising the regime that we mentioned above.

But there is more to the story:

The Brotherhood did not try to change Mubarak’s regime, they just cloned it and made it work for their interests. The cultic nature of the Brotherhood organization, its ideological ties with foreign entities and regional span made it look as if it was “not very Egyptian”. Some of the protesters who took to the streets since last Sunday refer to the MB as the “the Brotherhood occupation.”

But even an occupation force might gain popularity if they were able to turn the economy around. John Guardiano put it this way.

 

And Big Pharoah confirmed their ineptitude:

“We thought there was a sheikh under the mosque’s dome.” Egyptians say this when they anticipate something big from someone and then get nothing at the end. Before reaching power, we thought the Brotherhood were these great business people who will improve the living standard of Egyptians. On the contrary, we discovered that the MB know nothing about the economy and their economic policy depended solely on borrowing money from anyone who showed any sign of willingness to lend. We thought they were Warren Buffets, they turned out to be Seven Eleven cashiers.

The Brotherhood’s dreadful mismanagement of the country’s economy and the political situation was one of the major reasons why Egyptians cannot take them anymore.

So Egypt got Il duce without the trains running on time, the worst of all worlds, but like any people stumbling to self rule they had to figure it out themselves as Totten put it back in 2005

“I’ve had this theory for a while now,” I said. “It looks like some, if not most, Middle East countries are going to have to live under an Islamic state for a while and get it out of their system.”

Big Pharaoh laughed grimly.

“Sorry,” I said. “That’s just how it looks.”

Frankly I’m impressed that Egypt managed to figure it out so quickly, as he is an Egyptian in Egypt I’ll leave Big Pharaoh the last word:

Why did Egyptians vote for the MB if they were so dreadful? Well, they didn’t know. They did a mistake. The Germans voted for a mass murderer and the Italians voted for a fascist. We have the right to make mistakes too. We’re not better than the Germans and the Italians.

I have to disagree, they apparently ARE better than Germans and Italians, they managed to figure it out and eject their fascists before a world war.

I hope it all works out and the Obama administration doesn’t do anything stupid, like threatening to cut off aid now that the fascists of the Brotherhood are out

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The Muslim Brotherhood is out in Egypt and the media has been….interesting.

All over CNN there is misery as Wolf Blitzer continues to stress the “thousands” of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and emphasize the “legitimacy” of the Morsi government.

On MSNBC Richard Engel gave MSNBC views what is really the first idea that the Muslim Brotherhood might actually consist of radical Islamists. I’m sure the views were shocked SHOCKED.

Fox seems to be focusing on if there will be clashes between the two sides and if the Muslim Brotherhood will fight and what is happening.

I suggest prayers for the people in Egypt and hope their make wise choices and the questions become:

1. Will the Muslim Brotherhood Moderate? No.

2. Will they fight? That’s the big question. if they are smart no, if they lose (and they will against the Military) they become the weak horse and Islamists will be in crisis all over the Middle East but they might figure it is their best shot and maybe only shot to get Egypt back in the short term.

3. Will the Christians be protected? I wouldn’t bet on it.

4. Will there be a less sharia compliant constitution? I suspect slightly

5. Will there be full and free elections? I wouldn’t bet money on it

6. Will the avg Egyptian be better off? Slightly, being free of the Muslim Brotherhood is good but will the military share the wealth? That is the key question.

My prediction: We will end up with 17th Century France with the Military as Richelu. I suspect there will be an election and a “democratic” government but the Military will make sure nothing take place that will put them in a war with Israel that they will lose or risk their monetary control of the country.

As for the US. This is both a victory and a defeat for the US in this respect.

It is s defeat for the US because Obama and Mrs. Clinton backed the losing guy they are linked to the failed regime and the people don’t trust them.

It is a victory because the actual interest of the United States, an Egypt not controlled by Islamists or likely to go to war with Israel, has an excellent chance of happening.

The question becomes if that victory is consistent with the goals of Barack Obama

Update:  Two key updates, first from PJ media & Bridget Johnson

After the Egyptian military announced the end of Mohamed Morsi’s rule flanked by both Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Grand Mufti Ahmed al-Tayeb, Islamists began predicting a purge of their kind in the new democratic Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood was not represented among the opposition leaders joining the leaders of Egypt’s two largest faiths and the powerful military figures.

“It is wonderful to see the Egyptian people taking back their stolen revolution in a peaceful way,” the Coptic pope said in a statement Tuesday.
That has to be reassuring for Christians but is like a red flag in front of a bull to the Muslim Brotherhood, expect Christians in countries where Islamists in control pay the price for that visual.
ZeroHedge has photos of anti-Obma banners but Glenn Reynolds notices something.
What’s interesting is that the banners are anti-Obama, not anti-America.
That’s not only a good sign but explains CNN ambivalence to these protesters.
Update 2:  Matthews on MSNBC has actually been practicing journalism tonight but the real news is the Obama administration statement of warning concerning US aid.  This is VERY foolish but not surprising considering how many friends the Muslim Brotherhood has in this administration.  As Pam Geller put it:
CAIR, ISNA, MSA, MSU all of them are on a jihad to save the Muslim Brotherhood. It is of course, sheer poetry that the vicious Muslim Brotherhood  was overthrown on the eve of Independence day. 80 years ago today, the Muslim Brotherhood was founded. Today, the Egyptians cut the MBs head off.
Hamas isn’t happy either likely because of this:
Security forces found explosives in the apartment, as well as military and police uniform. A security source told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram that the four were members of Hamas.
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