As you might have heard Egypt has decided to hit ISIS over the public murder of a bunch of its Christian citizens in addition to that strike there have been several developments:

On Monday, el-Sissi visited the main Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo to offer his condolences on the Egyptians killed in Libya, according to state TV.

Combined with the his previous  visit with the Coptic pope which amazed Egyptian Christians and his blunt pronouncement that Islam must reform itself the government that overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood is taking unprecedented steps to recognize Egypt Christians as full members of the Egyptian community while pushing back against radical Islam.

That apparently hasn’t gone over well with some in the area:

Qatar recalled its ambassador to Egypt Thursday “for consultation” following a row over Cairo’s air strikes on jihadist targets in Libya, Qatari state media said.

A foreign ministry official said Doha was recalling its envoy over a statement made by Egypt’s delegate to the Arab League Tariq Adel, according to the QNA state news agency.

While there are attempts to minimize this Qatar relations are warming  with another key middle east nation

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks in Riyadh Tuesday with Qatar’s emir, in what an analyst sees as part of a regional effort to strengthen ties against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is the latest Gulf leader to visit Riyadh this week, after Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait.

He and the Saudi monarch discussed the enhancement of their relations, as well as international developments, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

And it seems to be delighting some interesting folks:

The accession of King Salman in Saudi Arabia has caused glimmers of hope among Muslim Brotherhood exiles in Qatar that the Middle East’s political winds have started to shift in their favour, potentially giving the Islamist group more space to act.

King Salman is more sympathetic to religious conservatives than his predecessor Abdullah and is seen as less hostile to the group, but analysts and diplomats in Riyadh say any adjustment to Saudi policy towards the Brotherhood is likely to be minimal.

If we are seeing an actual divide among Arab nations between Islamists and non Islamists that could be huge for the region.

It will be interesting to see which side our administration decides to take.

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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Just in case you think our Arab friends are only worried about killing “Westerners & Jews” comes this

An explosion tore through a bus carrying South Korean Christian tourists from Sinai to the Israeli border on Sunday, killing four people and wounding around 15.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry said three tourists and an Egyptian bus driver died in the attack, adding that the bus had been traveling to Israel from St. Catherine’s Monastery, a popular tourist destination in southern Sinai.

the blast, caught live here caused Israel to dispatch Ambulances…however

As Robert Spencer put it

Islamic antisemitism trumps all humanitarian concerns. And if you think there is something wrong with those priorities, then you’re obviously a bigoted, hatemongering Islamophobe. It is much better that people die than that they be aided by Zionist ambulances, Infidel!

That is a black mark against the government and if the Muslim Brotherhood was smart they would take advantage of it and they strongly condemned it on their English language site

The Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attack on a tourist bus in the town of Taba.

well that sounds good, as long as you don’t get their tweets in Arabic

Because South Korea is filled with Zionists Robert Spencer again.

Such lovely people, the Ikhwan.

I’d feel a lot more sorry for the Muslim Brotherhood if I did’t see their overthrow as the modern version of the Germans kicking the Nazi’s out in ’38


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Bill Clinton is an unusually good liar

Sen Bob Kerry 1996


About nine months ago readers of this blog were introduced to a fellow by the name of Gen El-Haddid whose primary job seemed to be to give the English language version of Muslim Brotherhood propaganda:

Here is what I think. I think this fellow Gehad El-Haddad’s twitter feed is for lazy westerners 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.

And in July when he was back to his old tricks during the 2nd revolution he was back to his old tricks:

Four of the five replies came from Arabic named accounts and rebuked him, only one supported what he said. So who IS that Mr. Kirpatrick, the Arabic person who is alone in retweeting a Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece.

and the NYT was falling for them as was ABC’s This week who:

…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.

Well I came back from a relaxing few days in Maine word came of his arrest by the government of Egypt and along with that news came some other info about his day job:

Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as an official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.

El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation.

You mean to say that an Egyptian raised in a prominent Muslim Brotherhood Family has been connected to the Clintons since she has been secretary of state coincidentally during the years where we had the most pro-muslim brotherhood foreign policy EVAH?

Powerline asks a question:

What was El-Haddad’s role with the Clinton Foundation? According to his LinkedIn profile, he set up its office in Egypt, supervised policy-making workshops, and presented Foundations views. He was also in charge of the its Clinton Climate Initiative in Egypt.

and Andy McCarthy has more to say but readers of this blog shouldn’t be surprised isn’t surprised because we made the point a long time ago that the Clinton had deliberately hitched their wagon to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 1996 Bill Clinton was president and people were already talking about a political future for Hillary. Working with her must have been on of the most coveted positions for a young woman in the democrat party. Certainly there must have been plenty of sons and daughters of pols, campaign workers and democrat fundraisers who would have died for the chance to be in that position.

Yet Huma Abadin a young lady still in college who has spent a lifetime in Saudi Arabia not only gets the job, but has stayed with Hillary Clinton her entire life since.

Thinking of Huma I presumed the deal for the support from the Clinton’s was her placement, near power but these people are openly using Muslim Brotherhood guys then the relationship goes farther than getting one of their own in high places.

I wonder how much of that connection to the vast cash reserves of the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters secured democrat support during impeachment, funded democrat think thanks and steered Mrs. Clinton and her “aide” to the point they has reached today not to mention paying for speaking fees around the world and I wonder how many times the Clinton’s name has been used to put Brotherhood allies all over America and the world?

I could be wrong but it’s my opinion that the Brotherhood considers themselves the owners of Bill & Hillary Clinton and if they demand the Clinton’s put an open leader of the Brotherhood in a position of authority they will answer any objection that the Bey of Algiers once gave when another American objected to their orders. He told them they were in fact his slaves and when it comes to slaves…

I have a right to order my slaves as I please.

I believed the Democrats sold themselves when they protected Bill Clinton, I hadn’t imagined they might have done so quite so literally.


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I asked for an Explanation for Huma & the Silence of the Muslims on her situation.

And Godfather Politics gives an answer:

I believe the answer can be found in a Muslim word ‘Muruna’. There are times when Muslim leadership believe it is more important to plant a spy to gain valuable information than it is for that spy to follow all Muslim law. It is not uncommon for Muslim leadership to push a woman into a relationship with a non-Muslim in order to gain the confidence and trust of an infidel. Once that trust has been gained, the Muslim woman can begin to exert some influence into the dealings of her husband and in the process learn important secrets that she can pass on to her Muslim handlers back home.

I believe Huma Abedin is a Muruna and that her marriage to the Rep. Anthony Weiner was planned and sanctioned by the Muslim Brotherhood. At the time, Weiner had high expectations of furthering his political career, possibly a run for senate seat once held by Hillary Clinton or even higher. Having a husband in the US Congress would be a great asset to the Muslim Brotherhood.

and the Western Center for Journalism give the list of moves

Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
-Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser
-Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference
-Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser – founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director
-Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – Islamic Society of North America
-Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

Some of these radical Muslim sympathizers go back to the first month of BHO’s first administration.

I think this is a reasonable explanation. If anyone has a better one I’d be delighted to hear it


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Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

William Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet Act 2 scene 2

4th Doctor: You know something? I’m sure those creatures don’t stay on their side of the boundary out of a sense of fair play

Doctor Who: The Face of Evil Pt 1 1977

Yesterday I posted some questions about the funding of Anthony Weiner, It’s possible that some might have considered that post rather provocative.

If you are such a person you might want to stop reading right now because this one touches on a REALLY delicate matter:

Yesterday morning I got into a long twitter discussion with a person who goes by the name woman by the name Maxine Baptiste known as BrownSugar7878. She took exception to this tweet concerning Mr. Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin reaction to the latest twist to the scandal


Now that’s an incredibly provocative statement and I had a long twitter exchange with MS Baptiste where I explained why I thought this could be the case while she called me a racist used a tag that I’m not familiar with that I won’t repeat here.

But here is where I’m coming from.

One of the most amazing stories about Anthony Weiner is his marriage to Huma Abideen. They met in 2008 got engaged in 2009 and the very next year were married.

Now it’s not all that unusual for a much younger woman to marry an older man who has power and involved in politics. As a person who has spent her adult life under Hillary Clinton’s wing Ms Abideen might certainly see the advantage of a marriage to an up and coming pol while she as a friend of Ms. Clinton would certainly be a good power match for Anthony Weiner.

But before the political calculation, think of who she is and who her parents are.

Her mother is Saleha Mahmood Abedin she is one of the founding members of the women’s version of the Muslim Brotherhood her father was an Islamic scholar and according to Wikipedia moved with her to Saudi Arabia when she was two years old and didn’t return until she entered college. Shortly afterward leaving college she attached herself to Hillary Clinton and never left.

By an odd coincidence Hillary Clinton was the most pro-Muslim brotherhood secretary of state in my lifetime. As Andrew McCarthy wrote a year ago this month:

Nevertheless, since Secretary Clinton’s tenure began, with Huma Abedin serving as a top adviser, the United States has aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in myriad ways. To name just a few (the list is by no means exhaustive): Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; dropped an investigation of Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. that were previously identified as co-conspirators in the case of the Holy Land Foundation financing Hamas; hosted Brotherhood delegations in the United States; issued a visa to a member of the Islamic Group (a designated terrorist organization) and hosted him in Washington because he is part of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary coalition in Egypt; announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population.

So you have a woman who is the top adviser of the most Muslim Brotherhood friendly Secretary of State in the country’s history. A woman who was raised in Saudi Arabia, till college by two Islamic Scholar parents, one of whom is a founder member of the woman’s version of the Muslim Brotherhood.

So naturally she marries a prominent Jew, and not just a Prominent Jew but a prominent Jew known for his strong pro-israel positions.

Excuse me?

I like Shakespeare as much as the next man, and I really enjoyed Romeo and Juliet but the Capulets and the Montagues are bosom buddies compared to the Muslims and Jews.

Now I will grant you that in one direction the prejudice is less pronounced for a Jew marrying a Muslim woman and Huma Abideen would turn any man’s head (in fact it’s my opinion that not counting Italy, Arabia & Persia produce the most beautiful women in the world) so I certainly wouldn’t be surprised at Mr. Weiner’s pursuit of this woman a dozen years his junior Muslim or no.

But Huma marrying Anthony Weiner? The daughter of a founder of the Muslim Brotherhood woman’s auxiliary marries a Jew in a high-profile wedding and nobody finds this even a little odd?

Now as a Christian and an American I of course, don’t see an issue with this marriage. Maybe love has trumped religion for her too, Maybe Huma is head over heels in love with Anthony Weiner and that’s all there is to it, you can never tell.

And as for her sticking with him, and as an old married man trying to make a living on $305 a week from my readers I’m constantly amazed that my wife has been married to me for 25 years and is sill here. Anyone who has seen her and me together likely are just as amazed. Of course we’re Catholic and thus believe that Marriage is a sacrament. Maybe Huma while not Catholic considered marriage just as sacred and has decided to stick with him for better or for worse. Or maybe she as Mrs. Clinton’s aide for nearly 20 years saw that standing by your man can lead to a senate seat and a cabinet post.

But this still doesn’t answer one other question, what about the reaction back home? What about her family, her extended family, in the Arab world?

After all we know associating with Jews at all is likely to get a Muslim killed or disowned by their family so where is the reaction when a daughter of two prominent Muslim Scholars marries a Jew who is publicly extremely pro-Israel? What are we hearing from those same Muslims who objected to Pokemon because they thought it was a Jewish conspiracy?


Walid Shoebat asks the obvious question:

Huma’s links to a family that is directly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, including her brother and mother, creates a question that no one on earth can easily answer:

Other than Huma Abedin, has there ever been any member of the Muslim Brotherhood or a prominent Islamist who will not openly denounce a “daughter” or “sister” that married a non-Muslim Jewish male?

It is extremely rare to have Muslim women marry non-Muslims, much less to have conservative Muslims look the other way, unless Huma has a “higher calling”

Now in fairness there have been signs that Congressman Weiner’s support of Israel is not all people think it might be. (Weiner doesn’t really care that much about Israel.) but unless he has converted to Islam and not told anybody or something the same folks who were quick to put a Fatwa on Molly Norris over a drawing are not likely to keep their mouths shut on this.

And we aren’t just talking silence at the time of the wedding. What about with the scandal? This sentence is absolutely true

Huma Abideen, a Muslim woman, a daughter of prominent Muslim scholars was publicly humiliated on a world-wide stage by a Jewish man acting in vulgar sexual ways.

and STILL there is no reaction. Not from Saudi Arabia, not from Iran and not from the Muslim Brotherhood that just a few weeks ago trying to discreet the intern president of Egypt referred to him a Jew.

Is there nobody else who finds this as unbelievable as I do?

If Islamists were silent at Huma Abideen wedding to Anthony Weiner, were silent as he humiliated this high-profile Muslim woman and remain silent today as he humiliates her again, one must conclude that these suddenly quiet and calm Islamists figure their investment in this silence will pay quite a return.

I wonder what it might be?

Update: Andrew McCarthy doesn’t

Update 2:  Funny the NY Times report some women have the same kind of questions about Huma Abideen’s loyalty to her husband.


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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.

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.


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.


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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Ray Hanna from the Boston Chapter of Act for America will join us to talk about the Revolt, what it means for Egypt and the Coptic Christians who are already paying the price.

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A while back I introduced you to Gehad El-Haddad

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and noticed something interesting about his twitter stream

doesn’t it strike you as odd that you have to go down 5 pages before you find a single tweet in Arabic, and that a retweet?

If this man is communicating to the people of Egypt, to the Arab world, to people who follow Islam, surely you would expect to see a large amount of tweets in Arabic with the odd English tweet mixed in

and came to this conclusion:

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.

Well this morning I saw the following tweet from him:

And I thought: Gee I wonder if he is playing the same game today. Let’s see if we can find any tweeting in Arabic today in his stream?

So I took a screen shot of the current stream starting with this tweet


and paged down looking for the first Arabic tweet on his stream.

It took 20 pages but there was one in there:


From July 3rd!

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, after all look at the replies to the base tweet I cited


Four of the five replies came from Arabic named accounts and rebuked him, only one supported what he said. So who IS that Mr. Kirpatrick, the Arabic person who is alone in retweeting a Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece. I mean who is foolish enough to fall for a guy like this?


Oh The New York Times, that explains 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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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.
Well I know what we’re talking about Saturday on DaTechguy on DaRadio

It takes an awful lot for our liberal friends to surprise me but this morning Morning Joe managed to do it.

I was writing a piece with Morning Joe on in the background as usual Katy Kay and Mike Barnicle were at the head of the table while Joe and Mika were off. They showed several shots of the incredible unrest in Egypt….

…and the immediately pivoted to the 2016 campaign complaining about this article on Mrs. Clinton’s age suggesting Hillary Clinton will be too old for 2016 and complaining (rightly) if she was a man nobody would be making such an argument.

They spent nearly 5 minutes on this subject making fun of the GOP for the supposed attack on Clinton age in full “Is that all they’ve got” mode…

totally oblivious to the fact that she was the Sec of State during the ouster of Mubarek and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood that the people of Egypt are protesting against, the subject they were discussing just a moment before.

The blind spot was incredible, just before talking Clinton, they talked Egypt, right after they were done with Hillary they mentioned Egypt but the fact that Hillary was the Secretary State.  The person who helped cement the Muslim Brotherhood takeover, not a word.

In the following hour they did a long segment on the revolt in Egypt.  Oddly enough while they mentioned protesters dislike of the current US ambassador somehow the subject of who the Secretary of State during Mubarek’s fall and the rise of the Muslim brotherhood somehow never came up.

Nobody needs to bring up Mrs. Clinton age, we simply need to bring up her record as Sec of State. Egypt, Syria, Iran, Russia, Libya the list goes on and on.

Personally I think every single mention of the current revolt in Egypt on twitter should have the hashtag #hillary2016 to remind every single person who wants to pretend she is a success.

I’ll do my best to make sure they don’t forget but it’s hard to break through the chorus of the song.

Yesterday in a pouring rain I traveled to Hudson Mass to cover Brigitte Gabriel at the Portuguese American Club.

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Local Tea Parties along with Act Boston sponsored the event and were well represented
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The crowd was large.

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Over the last 18 months we have heard a lot about the “Arab Spring” and the coming of “Democracy” to places that have not seen it.

Many around the world celebrated these changes. When you considering how horrible some of those deposed were, that’s to be expected.

The media and the left particularly where flush, especially when the pro-US Mubarak was removed. I suspect his hard-line on Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood combined with the American alliance caused him to be particularly hated by righteous leftists everywhere. For them his removal was a moment of true joy and fulfillment, and if the odd female reporter had to suffer rape assault (along with plenty of other women who you will never see on a TV) well, that was the price of freedom and still worth a huzzah.

Fast forward a bit and we are more than two weeks into a second uprising in Egypt after the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi took dictatorial powers for himself less than 24 hours after he won praise for taking the heat off the Muslim Brotherhood for not fighting Israel brokering a cease-fire between Israel & Hamas.

There are not only no cheers this time but it seems the western media in general and the US media in particular find this revolution unimportant and those fighting it not worth the trouble to cover.

Forgetting all the moral questions in terms of supporting self-determination, kowtowing to Islamists out of fear and covering the rear ends of people like Obama & Clinton who helped these thugs in the first place, This is a crime against the news industry because in my opinion this revolt is the single most significant event so far of the 21st century possibility including 9/11.

If September 11th was the high water mark showcasing the power of Islamists to the world this 2nd revolt in Egypt could be the catalyst of their ultimate destruction.

Consider: One of the reasons why Islamists are so successful is the Mafia like old world family connection. Think about it.

Lets say you are a Muslim who got sick of the rules, the repression and the life and decided to go west. Suddenly after you’ve finally established a life away from all of that you find a Saudi funded Mosque pushing the very thing you are trying to escape in your area. What do you do? You were already a part of a small minority in the west before 9/11 and afterwards a distrusted one. If you don’t tow the line word gets back to the old country, cousins, uncles and family have trouble, maybe fatal trouble, and that’s assuming they aren’t the ones outraged at you.

On top of that you add the the hypersensitivity of the media to any critique of Muslims. The person who doesn’t want to go along with pressure from the local mosque and community knows that they are not going to get any sympathy from The media.  If the honor killings, the stoning of Americans in America and Molly Norris can’t get press, threats, intimidation and worse from radical Islamists in the community won’t, particularly when there are organizations like CAIR keeping the pressure on.

Now take that and multiply it by 1,000,000 and you have the situation in Egypt, in Gaza, in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

If with the protections that the laws of United States and Western Nations provide, follows of Islam feel intimidated, how must worse must it be is when you live in a nation where a person can disappear without effort, where the authorities are used to being obeyed, where the press isn’t free, where you find yourself monitored and where the religious, social and cultural norms are against you to the point where even if people don’t take part in acts against you, they either approve or understand?

This is the true reason for the stagnation in the Arab World, it’s why the entire area has been one a giant feudal enclave for decades.

None if this is possible without the fear and the belief that things will never change and unless you give in, you will be crushed.

Terrorism is a real threat in the west but totalitarian terror is something these people have lived with for their entire lives as a matter of routine.

Now picture, just for a moment, the image of the Muslim Brotherhood being stopped, successfully defied by the people of Egypt, a people who have said enough, a people so angry and fed up that the normal terror, the normal fear and the normal intimidation and somehow even blaming it on the Jews or Christians doesn’t work?

Suddenly the wall comes down, the perception of invincibility is gone and worst of all this happens in the single most important Islamic country in the world fueled by the acts of ordinary Egyptians.

If this revolution succeeds even slightly, say with the meaningless replacement of Morsi with another Muslim Brotherhood hack, that success will be an earthquake equivalent to Lech Walesa first day in the shipyard in Poland standing up and fighting.

It took a decade for Walesa’s activism to bear fruit and another decade for the freedom of Poland and the nations behind the Iron curtain to follow.  It might take ten times that in a culture that doesn’t have the same history for this to bear fruit.

But if it does it will do so for followers of Islam far beyond the borders of Egypt.  It has the potential to change the world.

The Muslim Brotherhood understand this. It’s why they’re fighting so hard and using all of their influence to keep this a non story in the west.  They don’t want to risk the protestors on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere to get the same inspiration that Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky and other got when their stories were told in the west.

If they lose this fight it could be the beginning of the end and the Islamic world will never be the same.

How can any person who seriously gives themselves the title of “journalist” let this story go?

In keeping with my last posts here are some tweets from those trying to create change in Egypt:

The Big Pharaoh


Rasha Abdulla


Seif Moussa:

Marie-France Lakah


Ahmed Ezzat

and one tweet from a person named Melinda Carter who asks a great question:

I’d love an answer and the people in Egypt risking their lives fighting the Muslim Brotherhood would too.

BTW here is a handy dandy map of some of yesterday’s marches

Because of personal issues I haven’t given the events in Egypt any coverage, that couldn’t really been helped but for all the fuss about fiscal cliffs and pregnant princesses the protests of the last few days might in fact be the most consequential events of the 21st century, for the entire world.

On Thanksgiving day just a few hours after being praised by Obama/Clinton team for his role in the cease-fire that prevented Israel from wiping out Hamas sites where rockets had been launched against Israel from (a cease-fire the Muslim Brotherhood needed badly to safe face) President Morisi claimed far-reaching powers over the state and the courts in a rather dramatic move that caught many Egyptians by surprised and was almost totally ignored by Americans busy with Turkey, Football and Black Friday shopping.

Since then there have been loud protest reaching a point where Morsi actually fled the palace for a short period of time.

However the Muslim Brotherhood was not going to sit back and let this happen, yesterday they organized counter-protests and that means violence:

The Egyptian army has begun to clear demonstrators and media organisations from outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured.

Yesterday While picking up a pizza at a local place the protests were on the air on a satellite channel in Arabic, the owner of the place in Fitchburg talked about the violence of the Muslim Brotherhood in an attempt to suppress protests.

There isn’t much news in English from the Horse’s mouth but here is something from the Egypt Daily News.

First of all, I would like to thank you. If it wasn’t for the massive organised effort and insane amount of money that you poured into having a strong showing in Giza and Alexandria last Saturday, and the full Panic mode that you put all the secular people of Egypt (who are now the majority after five months only of your rule), we wouldn’t have seen yesterday’s massive, nay, colossal turn out in all of the governorates. Not only did we pack Tahrir, we completely covered the huge area surrounding the Presidential palace (despite security checkpoints placed there by your security forces to divide the crowds and make the numbers look small, and which were naturally removed by the protesters), not to mention the massive turnout in Alexandria, Assiut, Minya, Daqahliya, Suez, Port Said, 6th of October, Mahalla, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Damanhour, Damietta, Aswan and others.

Wanting to get a few from the front lines I took a look at the twitter feed of Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey to get a better idea of what is going on and discovered something interesting…

As might be expected there is a lot of arabic as Egyptians of all types talk about what is going on here

That’s a real problem for a person like me who doesn’t know arabic, but there is one thing he says in English loud and clear:

Who is Gehad El-Haddad? Let me introduce you or more properly I’ll let him introduce himself:

So it seems to be Mr. El-Haddad is deeply involved in both the Muslim Brotherhood and in media. As the Brotherhood man involved in TV I would expect he’d have a lot to say about what is going on, so I looked at his twitter feed, Here is what the front page of his twitter feed looks like as of 8:48 AM EST Thursday

This screen shot seemed odd to me, so I kept scrolling down for a 2nd then a 3rd and then a 4th. Then I came to the 5th page:

Now doesn’t it strike you as odd that you have to go down 5 pages before you find a single tweet in Arabic, and that a retweet?

If this man is communicating to the people of Egypt, to the Arab world, to people who follow Islam, surely you would expect to see a large amount of tweets in Arabic with the odd English tweet mixed in more like our friend Sandmonkey?

Why is this so? The answer can be found in Sandmonkey’s twitter feed

Here is what I think. 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.

Update: Instalanche! and more from Stacy McCain and Captain Ed

Egyptians I’m sure were very happy to have even a phony cease-fire between Hamas & Israel. The idea that Hamas was being hit at the same time that Egypt was doing nothing (as it didn’t want to have its Army and Air-force destroyed) looked bad to the rest of the Arab/Islamic world.

Too bad it came at a price they will be paying for years

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.

Hmmmm: sounds like we’ve replaced a Pro-American dictator, with a pro-Islamist dictator.

Morsi’s decrees came as thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Cairo for the fourth day running to protest against Morsi’s policies and criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the fundamentalist group from which the Egyptian leader hails

There is nothing like a dictator who takes power in an election. They get legitimacy while making sure nobody can challenge the ever again (Remember Hamas who were dragging the bodies of Arab enemies in the streets last week, took power in elections).

But to our friends on the left this reality doesn’t matter any more than the violent post ceasefire pronouncements of the Head of the Muslim Brotherhood calling for Holy War against Israel or the Jewish state’s actual security or lack of it. Who cares about the future of Egypt’s people as long as the media can write stories like this:

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.

“The people of this region deserve the chance to be free of fear and violence and today’s agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on,” Clinton said.

The agreement, brokered by Clinton and top Egyptian officials, called for an end to the Hamas rocket attacks and expressed hope for a “broader calm.”

Like Hurricane Sandy one the sound bite and media clip has passed the as far as our friends on the left are concerned the problem is solved (at least till the next Republican administration).

So Egypt, hope you enjoy your revolution and your new forever leader Mohamed Morsi that you elected, because you’ll be living with him for a long long time.

Update: Bryan Preston:

The United Nations is said to be “very concerned” about Morsi’s power grab.

Oh they’re very concerned, well that’s OK then.

Strangely enough Mr. Preston doesn’t see the same concern farther south

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 I don’t see why they should be.

Update 2: While some Egyptian groups are protesting Elder of Ziyon makes a good point:

The problem is that the pro-Islamist groups can easily summon far more people at any protest any time they want. The parliamentary elections made that clear – the masses in Egypt are not pro-secular, and an Islamist government that veers towards totalitarianism is not considered a problem as long as Islamic law is the driving force behind it.

and there are some promoting more permanent ways of ensuring those who might want to speak to be silent.

One of the things I’ve noticed about the current crisis are the parallels between the actions of this administration here and the actions of the Democrats during the DNC. Lets looks at the sequence of events:

Step 1: Democrat National Convention Party approves platform without word “God” and pulls Jerusalem language

Step 1: Middle East: US Embassy in Egypt issues statement condemning those who would hurt Muslim’s feelings

Step 2: DNC: Uproar over statements begins

Step 2: ME: Attacks on Embassy in Egypt/Libya

Step 3: DNC: After statement noticed Dick Durbin and Debbie Wasserman Schultz double down on new platform.

Step 3: ME: Embassy Doubles Down repeats the statement

Step 4: DNC: New media address issue DNC gets worried

Step 4: ME: Mitt Romney issues embargoed statement on attacks & Embassy statement

Step 5: DNC: By an odd coincidence after a bad web cycle platform changed (with comical results)

Step 5: ME: By an odd coincidence around the same time as the Romney Statement hits reporters e-mails the White House suddenly disavow the Embassy statements (based on MSNBC timeline)

Step 6: DNC MSM makes light of platform change, but Insists it was Obama’s Idea

Step 6: ME MSM make like of embassy statement attacks hitting Romney instead but insists Statement wasn’t from White House

Step 7: DNC Over 500K+ views of Booing God video, Congressman Allen West uses video in ad in Florida

Step 7: ME Mitt Romney makes statement condemning attacks, admin reaction and defends 1st Amendment

Step 8: DNC Media ignores the video and surrogates call talk of it “Trolling”

Step 8: ME: MSM plays down Mitt’s live press statements coordinates attack on Timing during Q & A.

Step 9: DNC MSM pretends God stuff didn’t happen and goes with the narrative of the success of Clinton/Obama speeches

Step 9: ME: MSM plays down embassy statement goes with the narrative of Mitt Romney’s timing

Bottom line the plan is path is the same, make a bad move, support it, when it starts to backfire deny it and then decide on a new narrative and stick with it.

This is not a coincidence this is what they do.

Thursday I has the pleasure of seeing Claire Lopez at the Natick VFW

She was sponsored by Act Framingham chapter

She spoke on the Muslim Brotherhood

And Huma Abedin

She took plenty of questions

Including mine on Demographics

The gist of her speech was the connection between the Muslim Brotherhood, Huma Abedin and the tactics being used to modify US policy

Ms. Lopez has 20 years as a CIA analyst her presentation was complete and in some ways dry, but it is those dry facts that are necessary

The full set of videos & photos are below the jump

General tactics

Will Israel hit Iran?

What do we do with what we know?

Is Europe fighting back

And finally what the US seems to favor the Muslim brotherhood these days


A great presentation Claire

Claire Lopez before her speech

And the rest of the pictures

I interviewed Claire Lopez after her event at the Natick VFW Aug 16th

Claire has 20+ years in the CIA and knows what she is talking about.

I’ll have a full report on the VFW event later in the day

At an event with friends the conversation turned to politics and one of my friends who tend to lean left volunteered something unexpected.

During the course of conversation the topic of Islam came up and Paul one of the most open-minded types there is (and a fun guy to game with) blurted out: Islam? I’m done with ’em.

I turned to him surprised, he travels extensively, meets all kinds of people so such a statement from him was a shock. I asked why?

“Once you start destroying historic sites I’m done.”

He was referring to this story out of Timbuktu:

DAKAR — In northern Mali, members of the Islamic militant group Ansar Dine are systematically destroying mausoleums and revered Muslim tombs in Timbuktu. UNESCO has listed the historic city as a World Heritage site for its ancient mosques and shrines.

Residents of Timbuktu told VOA that armed men from Ansar Dine began leveling the tombs early Saturday morning. The sites, including the tomb of 15th-century Muslim scholar Sidi Mahmoud, are considered sacred by the local population. Hardline Islamist groups like Ansar Dine regard such shrines as sacrilegious, but the sites are an important part of worship for Muslims around the world.

And since Pauls outrage it has continued right along.

Islamist militants destroyed two tombs on Tuesday at the famous 14th century Djingareyber mosque in Timbuktu, classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site

Mind you these are historic Mosques they are taking out.

Paul’s outrage is justified and I’m sure is shared by other antiquarians, but to those of us who have been warning about Radical Islam for a while this is about as unusual as Ted Williams drawing a walk or Lebron James scoring in double figures.

It was just over ten years ago that the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan were blown up by the Taliban ( amazingly an appeal by the UN general assembly to not do so didn’t stop them!), that might explain their silence as this type of thing directed against Christians, Jews, and others have been so common that the MSM considers it as newsworthy as an airplane landing safely.

But my pals’s outrage is still the exception rather than the rule, perhaps because the Mosques of Timbuktu are not as well known as some other historical sites:

Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.” amplifies:

It seems the election of Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi to the office of Egypt’s presidency was all it took to open the door to calls for doing away with everything that does not comport with Islamist doctrine, while simultaneously legalizing (constructing) everything that does. That translates into doing to the pyramids what is currently being done to the tombs in Timbuktu, while legalizing sex-slave marriage and morality police in Egypt.

The media might do their best to downplay the plight of women in Afghanistan, they might downplay the promise of the new Egyptian president to work for the release of the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman but if something happens to the Great Pyramids it might be a little hard for those who pretend Radical Islam is no threat to spin it away…

…but they will.

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Lt. Kaminsky: You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There’s your confirmation!

Tora Tora Tora 1970

Egypt has had a rough time since the initial coups that brought Nasser to the throne.

They’ve lost multiple wars, they’ve had authoritarian leaders, the people have been oppressed and the dictators and powerful and mainly filtered the aid wealth to themselves instead of improving the lot of the avg Egyptian.

So you can imagine with his first speech the first democratically elected president of Egypt, newly congratulated by Obama on his win would be focusing on solving these problems with his first speech wouldn’t you?

In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Egypt’s president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist and civilian president-elect, promised Friday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Well if you are a person who gets his news from the MSM you are likely shocked and surprised. After all those warning about the Muslim Brotherhood came from people like Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and Front Page Magazine and blogs on the right.

How can this be? You KNOW the Muslim brotherhood is not radical, Barack Obama’s administration told you so, why one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides mother is in the women’s version of the organization.

Now however they have power in Egypt, the mask is off. You don’t have to believe hotair or the PJ Tatler or me, you can see the reports at CBS news ABC and the New York Times

Now I don’t blame the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt for doing this, like the tale of the Scorpion and the Frog he is acting according to his nature (no doubt learned in his years at USC) nor do I blame the Egyptian people who have the right to elect the president of their choice…but NOW that the choice is made it is up to the US to make them aware that such a choice has consequences.

And before you make the “oh it’s a different culture” argument consider this from Allahpundit:

Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC, taught at Cal State-Northridge for three years in the early 80s, and has two children who are American by birth. This isn’t a case of a random Arab politician demagoging America by praising some jihadist degenerate who plotted against the U.S. This is a guy who lived here, studied here, worked here, and had kids here. And now he’s looking to spring someone who was even further ahead of the terrorist curve than Bin Laden. Go figure that a Truther would make freeing characters like Rahman a priority.

So now the mask is off and our friends on the left have to decide: Confronted with this new reality are they going to deal with it directly acknowledging what is going on and acting accordingly or is their hatred of Pam Geller, Robert Spencer,Kathy Shaidle and all of us who have sounded the warning for years just too comfortable for them to abandon it over a little thing like freeing the first person who tried to take down the World Trade center?

Your call people.

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Ben Franklin 1743

I am the state, your majesty. Let us say it privately so that we never need to discuss it in public. I am France, Louis. I am the state.

Cardinal Richelieu The Three Musketeers 1948

A lot of people are rightly wringing their hands over the results in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood has won the presidential election.

An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt’s first democratically elected president even as the country’s military rulers issued a decree that stripped the position of much of its power.

This entire situation brings conflicting thoughts. First of all you have the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists taking power. Pam Geller reminds us that this was the logical conclusion of all of this from the start and anyone not in denial could have seen this coming a year ago

January 2011 flashback to a Sandmonkey tweet that was retweeted by Mona Eltahawy, another Egyptian protest lover who was subsequently sexually attacked at one of these “freedom” protests. Of course, I disagreed with Sandmonkey and had my public falling out with him over my insistence that the Muslim Brotherhood was very much a major player in the overthrow of Mubarak and whatever freedom Egyptians had enjoyed under his government.

And Cogressman Allen West said the same last year:

and has called for our cutting of aid to Egypt today

Let’s get to Brass Tacks:

It is a basic truism that all people deserve self-determination, the problem with the middle east in general and Egypt in particular is the majority of the people wanted is the Muslim Brotherhood, what the people want is Sharia. And what the Muslim brotherhood wants is war with Israel and its destruction.

Now the Egyptian Military has stepped in, playing the role of Richelieu retaining many power but most significantly stripping the president of his war making power.

Egypt’s new president will have the power to declare war, but only “after the approval of the SCAF.

Why have they done this? Because the reality of Egypt is the military NOT Mubarak has been the true power for decades and remains the power today. The situation hasn’t changed and as I’ve said before:

The Military has become rich and fat with peace and US aid and has done it without getting slaughtered in wars with Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist’s in theory would love actual war with Israel and believe in it. They have been fed the propaganda for thirty years of victories that never happened, the military however knows differently but the reality is the military knows it is a war they will lose, badly.

And that doesn’t even consider how vulnerable a defeated Egypt will be to a Sudan or Libya that decides to make territorial claims.

That is the great contradiction. If Egypt is given proper democracy with the military subordinate to the will of the public you have a war that is going to destroy Egypt, yet the only way to stop such a war is for the Military to hold true power.

Yet the reality is that as long as the people are shielded from the consequences from their decisions they will continue to make bad ones.

The bottom line is THERE IS NO GOOD SOLUTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EGYPT, like Syira we only have a series of bad choices to choose from. The best we can do is to make sure that if the Egyptian people choose Sharia and War and oppression of minorities, we express our displeasure using the primary tool at our disposal, our aid and our expressions of displeasure.

We have to play it cool and smart, I wish we had an administration up to the task.

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…begging the question: “Do we want to stop funding these guys and maybe save a couple of billion?”

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament unanimously voted on Monday in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and halting gas exports to the Jewish state.

As we’ve stated before it’s the army that’s actually in charge so what does this really mean?

The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel. But it signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Israel ally Hosni Mubarak a year ago in a popular uprising that ended his 29 years in power.

I think the Army will use this to say: “We need those US funds to keep the brotherhood from doing these things.” The Army will take the money and spread it around to their guys as they’ve always done, meanwhile the Muslim brotherhood will claim it’s share of the dough. Allahpundit see the following:

So in theory, if/when parliament finally has real power and begins to collect western foreign aid (i.e. bribes), the Islamists will be more circumspect about their demagogic gambits. I’ve never bought that, though, for two reasons: (1) no doubt there are plenty of MPs, especially in the Salafist wing, who really do feel this way and want another go at smashing “the Zionist entity,” and (2) even among the ones who don’t, the temptation to sink into Jew-hatred as a populist distraction once they try and fail to solve the country’s economic problems will probably prove irresistible. They’ll end up pushing for war because that’s all they’ll have to offer.

And that is where the clash will come. The Military has become rich and fat with peace and US aid and has done it without getting slaughtered in wars with Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist’s in theory would love actual war with Israel and believe in it. They have been fed the propaganda for thirty years of victories that never happened, the military however knows differently but the reality is the military knows it is a war they will lose, badly.

It take time an attrition but eventually the Brotherhood and friends will reach a point where they have enough people rising in the military to take over and then they can fight who they please. The question is will the Brotherhood decide it can’t wait and try to force the military into a war they don’t want to fight?

That’s the catch 22, as long as we are paying the military the Muslim brotherhood’s cut will allow them to continue to slowly grow strong enough within the military to make them fight. If we drop funding the military then it becomes the question of which war do they want to fight? The war vs the Muslim Brotherhood that they will win but lose international support, or a war with Israel that they will lose but gain sympathy and funding.

Problem is you can’t live high when you’re dead.

Yes more evidence that the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Army has been cemented.

Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which is leading in parliament elections that continued Wednesday, refused to join calls by secular and liberal activists for the ruling military to move up its handover of power to civilians.

Activists are seeking to capitalize on anger over the military’s heavy-handed crackdown on protesters in Cairo the past week to pressure the ruling generals to step down before the current target of the end of June.

And mind you this is after the huge protest that the media was all aglow about:

Egyptian police and soldiers fired guns and teargas to try to clear hundreds of women protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the fifth day of clashes that have killed 13 people and drawn a stinging rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It looks great on western mastheads but the reality is that these women, brave though they are not only have no power in Egypt and the NGO’s that were so proud of the falling of Mubarek are finding that with the Muslim brotherhood in charge things are indeed different. VERY different:

Egypt’s Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid accused around 300 non-governmental organizations of having received unauthorized foreign funding and of funding some of the protesters.

“The early threads shows that some people have received foreign funding…particularly among the NGOs and rights groups and distributed these funds on individuals,” Abdel-Hamid told reporters.

It’s looking a lot like all the Obama administration did in backing up the revolt is to put a bunch of 13th century misogynists who call for the murder of Jews, and turn a blind eye to the burning of Christian Churches in charge but that result doesn’t matter as long as during the 2012 election period the administration can claim to have given power to the people of Egypt…

…as long as they don’t have to specify which people.

The world is of shock over this image of an Egyptian woman protester being roughed up in the streets as the police broke up protests over the weekend.

Image via Reuters

Atlas has details and a reminder:

And Obama is training these primitives. And arming them.

And while the few brave souls were calling it what it was as far back as January 2011, we were vilified by big media. Their daughters will pay. “Daddy, what did you do during the war on Western civilization?”

The reaction by the Egyptian government Army and people to these events seems in honor of their longest river as explained by Egyptian blogger the Arabist:

Someone — a behavioral psychologist perhaps — should do a study of the power of denial in Egypt, something I’ve long called the Egyptian Reality Distortion Field (ERDF — used in another with regards to Steve Jobs). The ERDF gives Egyptians, notably public officials, an uncanny ability to disregard what is plain for all to see and, with the utmost confidence, assure all comers of its opposite. Ganzouri today described people dying during the protests and then insisted “there was no violence” before storming out of his press conference. Last October the SCAF insisted no army truck ran over protestors despite much video evidence being available of exactly that.

The most incredible thing about the ERDF is that it seems to work on most of the population, giving many Egyptians the ability to assert one thing and then its opposite with no awareness of self-contradiction. You have to experience it to understand it.

Even if the denial card wasn’t being played Powerline suggests this won’t cause outrage within Egypt:

The protesters are said to be widely disliked by Egyptians, so the inevitable outrage over the military’s excesses will, in all likelihood, redound to the benefit of the radical Islamic parties.

This may or may not be true but no matter how you slice it there has been an important shift. The Arabist again:

It is an inconvenient fact that the the latest Egyptian crisis is the culmination of a steady drift by the Egyptian military towards using unjustified, often gratuitous, force against protestors. starting with:

the forced “virginity tests” of March,
the first raid on Tahrir Square in April,
the panicked handling of the Maspero protests in October,
the events that led to the Mohammed Mahmoud St. protests of November,
and now the direct, unvarnished and senseless encouragement of soldiers to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at protestors, among so many other crimes.

All this is true but the question is why? Why is the Army killing protesters now when they were not doing it before? The answer has everything to do with the elections. First this link from Weasel Zippers:

Egypt’s two leading Islamist parties said on Sunday their separate party lists secured about three-quarters of votes cast in the second round of a parliamentary election, extending their lead in the three-stage vote.

A source from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party said it was on track to win about 40 percent of votes for party lists, based on results from most districts.

So we see the Muslim brotherhood is doing well, as The Big Pharaoh points out that is partly by, of all things, Mubarek’s design:

The MB is an 80 years old political organization. They were around since King Fouad! They are very experienced in Egyptian politics and entrenched in our society.

For so many years they have been the only viable alternative to the Mubarak regime simply because he wanted them to be so. Yes the Brotherhood were often oppressed by his security apparatus, but they were given enough room to survive and play that role. The MB were Mubarak’s scarecrow to whomever asked him for democracy. In 2005, when the Bush administration pressured Mubarak on democracy, he opened a door slit during the parliament election back then. 88 MB candidates won. The US got scared and backed off. So when you look at these elections and notice that the only alternative to the MB was a 4 months old hastily formed coalition of liberal parties, you only have Hosni Mubarak to blame.

As the Voice of the Copts pointed out they had some interesting methods to make sure of things as well:

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.

Read their entire list of ten and when you’re done look at Barry Rubin’s interesting piece from November 23rd suggesting that for the Army and the Brotherhood it was time for a deal :

After meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups (but not the liberals who were left out, an indication of how insignificant they are becoming politically!), the junta has a new proposal: The new constitution is set to be finished by June 2012 (not April 2013) and the presidential election will be held no later than June 2012 (instead of June 2013). The parliamentary elections will happen as scheduled.

If this is so and it is implemented, it means that the Islamists have forced the military to back down completely, a victory that will add to their confidence that they will get everything they want. Arguably, Egypt is even worse off now than it was a week ago. Perhaps, though, there are other aspects to the deal we haven’t heard about yet.

Having cut its own deal, the Brotherhood stopped participating in anti-government demonstrations. “The Brotherhood refused to join the protests, saying that the parliamentary election due to start Nov. 28 is the way to transfer power.” Right, transfer it to them.

So we have an apparent deal with the Army & the Brotherhood, but isn’t the Army worried about these guys? Michael Totten reporter extraordinaire offered this perspective from Hala Mustafa, founder and editor-in-chief of Democracy magazine in Egypt during a trip to Egypt in September:

“There’s a difference between controlling the country and ruling directly,” she said. “They don’t want to rule the country directly. They will hand over power after the election, and this will make a good impression on the world. This itself is one of their goals. But it doesn’t mean military control over the country will be finished. The army has been in control for all of the previous fifty years, long before the current ruling council was put into place. Eighty percent of the governors are from a military background. Most of those with key positions in the state have a military background. They will likely diminish the power of the president and give more power to the parliament. The president won’t be another Mubarak. He will be smaller. And the parliament will be bigger. The Muslim Brotherhood will control the parliament, and they know how to work together.”

In order words the Muslim Brotherhood will be able to impose its vision on the country while the Army will keep it’s financial interests and ultimate control. But how you might ask will the Muslim brotherhood be kept from taking total control? Totten again:

Few Egyptians I’ve spoken to other than Heggy seem to have paid even the slightest attention to what happened in Iran after the 1979 revolution when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamists took over. There are at least two excellent reasons for that. First, Egypt’s Free Officer’s regime, unlike the Shah’s, hasn’t fallen. And second, the Muslim Brotherhood stands virtually no chance of creating its own army inside the country as Khomeini did when he built the Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. There’s only room for one army in Egypt, and any attempt to create two would be suicidal.

It’s a win win for both sides. The army has all the guns, so rather than an actual revolt the brotherhood will happily take civil control making the religious and social changes they desire while slowly trying to penetrate the Army via attrition. Meanwhile the Brotherhood keeps the people in line religiously and legitimatizes and protects the Army’s economic and military control. Instead of the Army playing the Brotherhood off the west both play off of each other until in a generation or two, the Army and the Brotherhood become one and the same.

What does that mean in the short term? Well it means that the protestors are no longer protesting against a government the Brotherhood opposes, they are protesting against a government the Brotherhood will be ruling so the gloves can come off.

The clashes have underlined the simmering tensions between activists and security officers. The violence also threatened to spark a new cycle of fighting after deadly clashes between youth revolutionaries and security forces in November that lasted for days and left more than 40 dead.

Bottom line, shocked noises not withstanding there is a new sheriff in town and this idea of challenging an Army that is going to be alternatively their enforcer and their protector is no longer the rule of the day.

It’s a recipe for disaster and lets not forget the role that Obama and Clinton had in bringing this result. I’m not impressed and the Arabist isn’timpressed either

Obama and Clinton tried to take credit in February for their role in preventing the Egyptian military from killing protestors (I’ve long thought the army was not ready to do so then, since it could simply get rid of Mubarak and was unsure that its own would follow orders — the situation and context nine months later is obviously different).

Well it’s not completely different, you will still get Christian Churches burned and Copts murdered and you will still get some pro-democracy Egyptians upset, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is cementing its power the Army will no longer be the “protector of the people”. It will be the enforcer of the rules and everybody better get used to it. Especially us because we asked for it.

Sister Toldjah notes a contrast.

Next time you come across one of your local Occupiers and they whine to you about alleged “police brutality”, point them to this link, ok? And then tell them that if they’re smart they’ll get some perspective on how they’re treated here in America versus how they’d be treated in other countries for what they’re doing. Chances are, you won’t get through to their tiny, narrow, closed minds but at least later on you can say you tried.

Update 2:
And it’s not only protestors that are a target

The Institut d’Egypte, a collection of 192,000 documents first opened in Egypt in the 18th century, burned for 12 hours this weekend. Tragically, protestors alleged that they were attacked by soldiers as they tried to rescue 200 year old manuscripts from the burning library.

Totalitarians around the world have been erasing history for years.

As Peg of What if would surely tell you, the secret of being a good bridge player is being able to take into account all the factors when bidding and see several tricks ahead of the one you are currently playing.

Lee Fang is apparently not much of a Bridge player as he hits Rick Santorum on his statements in Egypt at “Think” Progress

it’s good to know that despite all of Santorum’s talk of freedom and liberty, apparently that rhetoric doesn’t extend to the people of Egypt. And it appears that if he were to become president, he would stand with the world’s most autocratic regimes as long as they’re pro-U.S.

Alas for Fang, he blindly leads his Ace oblivious to what is actually happening on the ground as the LA Times reports

The pressing concern among independents and secularists is that the Brotherhood, the nation’s largest and best-organized party, may win about 25% of the seats in parliament and control even more through a coalition. This could give the organization the power to infuse the new constitution with conservative Islamic ideals to limit rights for women and non-Muslims.

well hey it’s not like we are seeing a repeat of 1979 with a radical Iman returning to influence the political situation…oh wait:

A case in point: Egyptian Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi was welcomed back to Egypt after a 50-year hiatus and a 30-year ban from leading weekly Friday prayers. Best known for his program ash-Shariah wal-Hayat (“Shariah and Life”), broadcast on Al Jazeera and Islam Online, Qaradawi has long played a prominent role within the intellectual and spiritual leadership of the Brotherhood. His obscurantist philosophy, support of terrorism, and advocacy for killing the Jews have been judged so harmful – socially, economically and culturally – that countries such as the US and the UK have prohibited him from entering. Even many Muslim academics in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Palestinian territories have condemned him for giving sacred Islam “a bad name.”

How about that? It would appear that Santorum has a better grasp of all the cards in the deck, while Fang as usual appears not to be playing with a full one.

Good think we supported that Egyptian Revolution eh:

Officials of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s leading Islamic group, have called for the establishment of a Saudi-style modesty police to combat “immoral” behavior in public areas in what observers say in another sign of a growing Islamic self-confidence in the post-Mubarak era.

In the political sphere, the Brotherhood led a successful drive to get voters to approve a package of constitutional amendments. On the street level, at least 20 attacks were perpetrated against the tombs of Muslim mystics (suffis), who are the subject of popular veneration but disparaged by Islamic fundamentalists, or salafis. After some initial hesitation, Islamic leaders have publicly praised the revolution.

Let’s hope they have no fires at Girls schools.

I wonder what the left will say about that? They will likely object less more to that development than this one:

Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who had previously announced his intetions to run for the presidency of Egypt, said Monday that “if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime.”

Yup we are certainly backing some real winners

Pam’s site has the most comprehensive coverage here and here and here and here but I took a few films myself:

City Counselor Daniel Halloran

Nelly Braginsky.

Sally Regenhard

I have some stills as well:

Ilario Pantano

Ilario Pantano didn’t speak long but her got a roaring reception

Eileen Walsh

Eileen Walsh lost a son

Nelly Braginskaya

I would have very much liked to have known Nelly Braginskaya before she lost her son, she struck me as a person who was full love life.

Sally Regenhard

Sally also lost a son.

Rosaleen Tallon flanked by Joyce Boland and Eileen Walsh

It always seem to be the women who persists when other falter

Rosaleen at the podium

Rosaleen spoke first and I think her presentation was the strongest

A side panel shot

Also speaking was Rosa Leonetti of Smart Girl Politics. I don’t have film or photos but she raised important points such as:
“The Ground Zero mosque is not a political football.”
“Two Imans were replaced but they persist and so will we”
She also noted that people of the left have no problem trying to trace tea party funding but they don’t try to find where the money for the ground zero mosque is coming from.

One of the things that really shocked me was the statement that city counselors apparently said they opposed the Mosque privately but couldn’t support the 9/11 families publicly. I asked about this during the Q & A:

This event was scheduled at the same time as a Ron Paul event directly across of it. I don’t think this was a coincidence. Pamela fearlessness in speaking openly about things that others would like to forget makes some uncomfortable (just as Reagan’s calling the soviets an evil empire annoyed many) as she reports being salon painted things a tad differently. I think it is significant that Pam embedded Elliott’s film and linked to it yet Salon didn’t deem it worthwhile to link to the video of Pam’s event so readers could see for themselves.

For the life of me I can’t understand Mayor Bloomberg support for these guys. As a man as comfortable as he is I don’t see what there is to gain.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Pam Geller is a national treasure I was proud to have her on my show and I’d be happy to have her back again. Like many others who have sounded warnings in times of crisis we ignore her at her peril, Luke 4:24 could be written about her.

Rubin Reports continues to note what is going on with the Muslim Brotherhood and peace:

On Russian television, one Brotherhood leader, Rashad al-Bayoumi, said that when they came to power they will abolish the treaty altogether.

Another, former spokesman Doctor Kamel Helbaoui, explains one way they might get out of it. It is also a good example of how they avoid embarassing questions, and usually get away with it. Clearly, Brotherhood leaders have been warned to avoid extremist statements as it tries to sell itself to the Western audience and (insert adjective) media as moderate and cuddly.

One of the amazing things about the left is how they treat the right as not being “cosmopolitanism” yet we are noticing stuff from Russian and French TV and they are not. We are also noting what the Brotherhood says in Arabic:

You have to understand the bizarre situation here. Every speech in Arabic of Brotherhood leaders and cadre and articles in their publications are full of anti-Jewish hatred, anti-American hatred, and support for violence. Yet in the Western media all of this simply is never mentioned, in part because reporters take the group’s word on its credentials.

In other words, the Brotherhood will end the peace with Israel and return to a state of war.

And of course “violence” is defined in a different way:

Morsy also said the Muslim Brotherhood opposed violence. “We do not use violence against anyone,” he said. But what was happening on “Palestinian land,” however, he said, was not violence but “resistance. And resistance is acceptable by all mankind. And it is the right of people to resist imperialism,” he said.

So violence against Jews is not “violence” so that doesn’t count.

Israel Matzav thinks the media is engaged in wishful thinking, I disagree. I think given the coverage of the middle east that we have seen I’m becoming increasingly of the opinion that the media considers war and terror against Israel as “just deserts”.

And I think both the Muslim Brotherhood and the left understands that an administration that will sell out its oldest ally will not bother to defend Israel. In fact they are counting on it.

The Egyptian people have the right to a government of their choosing, they have the right to decide their future, and they have the responsibility to live with and suffer the consequences of decisions of a free government, freely made. If they choose a government that decides it doesn’t want peace, then the responsibility and the consequences of war are on them. If they choose to peacefully co-exist then they should reap the benefits of it as well.

It’s up to them.

Update: Lets remember the words of their supporters on the left in America and exactly what these guys are.

Yglesias links and quotes Ayaan Hirsi Ali on what is coming in Egypt

Ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali warns us to be very afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power in Egypt. And maybe she’s right. But it’s difficult to take her word for it. After all, she thinks that Islam in general needs to be extirpated from the planet:

He then quotes her piece, bolding certain bits:

“I’ll tell you why: because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate – a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”

Now of course bolding a piece is meant to draw your eyes to the bolded section and to avoid the unbolded sections. Yglesias having a liberal audience is trying to stress Ali “intolerance”. How dare she be intolerant of Islam. Now lets look at the same piece with different words bolded:

I’ll tell you why: because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate – a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”

Now I would think that these things about Islam and Sharia law would be significant to liberals. After all if I as a believing Roman Catholic am repressive because I oppose sex before marriage, gay marriage and believe in God, how much more would they oppose Sharia, which stones women, beats (and kills) gays and slays apostates.

But we can’t stress these facts, because it promotes “intolerance of Islam”. Maybe it’s just me but I think we shouldn’t tolerate Sharia law, stoning of women, beating of gays, and killing of apostates.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali “intolerance” of Islam is based on a standard of Islam’s actions. Yglesias critique of Ali and defense of Islam is based on a standards of her thoughts.

That to me is the perfect illustration of how liberalism works.

after all that’s what Jihad means isn’t it?

In Tehrir square in Cairo, many protesters were charging and screaming at supporters of Mubarak, calling for their death and a “jihad” against Mubarak and anyone who even seems to be supporting him. This is most likely because of the radical Islamic group “Muslim Brotherhood,” which is one of the major players striving for power in Egypt.

This comes hot on the heels of upper Muslim Brotherhood officials calling for a war against Israel and the closure of the Suez Canal:

Robert Stacy McCain notes another thing:

When the “Arab street” does the same thing in Cairo that we’ve seen them do in Jerusalem and Gaza, it’s not racist to interpret today’s violence in terms of a historic pattern of mob violence. And the fact that you, Mr. Moral Superiority, are cheering for the immediate overthrow of Hosni Mubarak doesn’t make me a thought-criminal for suggesting that maybe we don’t want to be so hasty.

For crying out loud, they were actually swooping down on Tahrir Square on horses and camels! At what point do stereotypes stop being stereotypes and instead become, y’know, facts?

…and points out what the “loyal opposition” looks like:

And, honestly, I thought Obama’s speech Tuesday night was just about right: He made it clear he was angry at Mubarak, but explicitly spoke of the “aftermath of these protests.” In other words: OK, you’ve had your protest rallies, Mubarak’s on his way out, “free and fair elections,” yadda yadda — now go back home and stop distracting us the week before Super Bowl Sunday.

Trust me: The next-to-last thing I want is for Barack Obama to be able to claim credit for a foreign-policy success. But the last thing in the world I want is for Islamic extremists to take over a country with 75 million people and modern military weapons, sitting right next door to Israel — a scenario that could lead to Armageddon.

Stacy is right, we are better off for this president to do the right thing and have it work out then to score political points. Of course as Bob Belvedere points out part of that component is actually doing the right thing:

As I have said before, Julius Obamacus Nero Caesar having abandoned his role as Leader Of The Free World has fueled the ambitions of the evil forces that seek to dominate it. That fuel will continue to power more and more violence as it feeds the hubris of those who would initiate a new Dark Age.

and Newsbusters reports that even some on MSNBC are less impressed:

It was 16 degrees warmer in my upstate New York town this morning than it was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If any further portent of the apocalypse is necessary, consider that on his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur compared Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan . . . and clearly came down on the side of Ronaldus Maximus.

The subject was Egypt. Uygur played the clip of Reagan’s immortal “tear down this wall,” and contrasted it with Obama’s wan words on the need for “orderly transition” in Egypt.

But according to Robert Springborg it’s moot.

While much of American media has termed the events unfolding in Egypt today as “clashes between pro-government and opposition groups,” this is not in fact what’s happening on the street. The so-called “pro-government” forces are actually Mubarak’s cleverly orchestrated goon squads dressed up as pro-Mubarak demonstrators to attack the protesters in Midan Tahrir, with the Army appearing to be a neutral force. The opposition, largely cognizant of the dirty game being played against it, nevertheless has had little choice but to call for protection against the regime’s thugs by the regime itself, i.e., the military. And so Mubarak begins to show us just how clever and experienced he truly is. The game is, thus, more or less over.

And lets not forget exactly what these guys are:

He said that only America can help at this point by fully backing the demonstrators against Mubarak. “Does America stand for its ideals or does it stand for its interests?” he asked. On that score, he doesn’t like Obama. But guess what? He liked George Bush!

And apparently sometime after this interview Sandmonkey was arrested.

For myself I’ve already pointed out what is important anything that gets us there is good enough for now, but only for now.

…since instead of Iranian TV this one was on CNN proper:

The Blaze caught this and, as they explain, the truth-telling starts at about the 1:30 mark, including a woman who says of Hosni Mubarak:

“All the people hate him. He’s supporting Israel! Israel is our enemy. We don’t like him … Israel and America supported him. We hate them all!”

Then, at 2:20, the guy shoves himself in front of the camera and says:

“It is revolution, yes, but who supports Hosni Mubarak? The United States of America, British government, German government, French government . . . The people in Egypt, we got to be free. . . . We got to go free Palestinians. We got to go destroy Israel. The country that controls [unintelligible] is Israel.”

Nope nothing to see here. I suspect we won’t see this repeated on CNN or MSNBC. You can count on Rush to play this today.

If you want to know why supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood want us to stop talking about them. This is why:

Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it’s eastern neighbor.

Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam, Mohamed Ghanem blamed Israel for supporting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Ghanem also said that the Egyptian police and army won’t be able to stop the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

But don’t worry about it, because it was said on Iranian TV as far as our media is concerned it doesn’t count.

Israel however is unlikely to ignore this and will unless they are idiots, strike preemptively.

This is the internet age, we do not have the luxury of ignorance. If we ignore it then it will be our own fault.

Update: If people don’t know it won’t be because Stacy McCain didn’t mention it.

There seem to be a lot of “interesting coincidences” going on with Egypt

Item: Today on WCRN there was an interesting caller linking the revolt in Egypt with the attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt.

Frankly this hadn’t hit me before but it makes a lot of sense. The government came out strong against the attacks with members of the Mubarak family going so far as to be human shields during Church services.

Less than 4 weeks later they are calling for the fall of the dictator.

Item: Take a look at who is supporting revolt actively in Egypt:

The question is begged: What have Obama’s allies Ayers, Dohrn and Code Pink taught the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-Mubarak organizations in Egypt about using protests, riots and the modern social media to coordinate their actions to undermine the Mubarak regime?

Being that they have common enemies–the United States, Israel, and governements allied with them–it is understandable that they would be allies. It must give them encouragement that President Obama has yet to disavow Jodie Evans and Code Pink, but instead continues to do business with them as Evans and Code Pink act as conduits between terrorists and Obama.

I’m sure when you read the whole piece you will dismiss as just coincidence the connections between Hamas, Code pink and Bill Ayers.

Item: It loses something in translation:

There you have it: the velvet glove with the word “Freedom”; the steel fist with the words “Make Ready” with its well-known Quranic reference. Actually, not steel fist – steel swords, crossed. The Muslim Brotherhood.

It is not “freedom” that they intend to bring to Egypt – or to anywhere else.

But just wait for the CIA, the State Department, the Administration, the mainstream media, and so many others to tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is all about little Aisha and freedom, and if you question them, you’re an Islamophobe (Shariah definition of “Islamophobe”: Blasphemer or Insulter of Islam, punishable by death in an Islamic state).

The Language barrier has apparently been a positive thing for the Muslim Brotherhood and they are very keen to preserve it.

And as Yid with Lid reports we all know who is behind this don’t we:

In a column published today on Media Matters political correction site, MJ Rosenberg claimed that the current Egyptian crisis was the fault of AIPAC and the “Israel Lobby.” For those of you who have lived on a different planet till today, “Israel Lobby” is a polite way of saying “Jews.” It is based on the old anti-Semitic canard that it is the Jews who control the United States government.

It doesn’t matter how you slice it the Anti-Semites will always manage to blame the Jews for everything.

Egyptians, like all people deserve the right to have leaders who govern by the consent of the governed. We need to keep our eyes wide open to make sure that this actually becomes the fact, rather than being governed by an Iranian or Islamic state.