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Egypt: “Better to die”?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Drudge‘s top story:
Mursi, Egypt army ready to die in ‘Final Hours’ showdown

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.

Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by demonstrations over Mursi’s Islamist policies, issued a call to battle in a statement headlined “The Final Hours”. They said they were willing to shed blood against “terrorists and fools” after Mursi refused to give up his elected office.

Less than three hours before an ultimatum was due to expire for Mursi to agree to share power or make way for an army-imposed solution, the president’s spokesman said it was better that he die in defense of democracy than be blamed by history.

In an emotional, rambling midnight television address, Mursi said he was democratically elected and would stay in office to uphold the constitutional order, declaring: “The price of preserving legitimacy is my life.”

Live feed below the fold,


The Bible and the locusts

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Last night I watched the new History Channel series, The Bible, and thoroughly enjoyed it, from the Irish-sounding Noah telling the story of the creation in the middle of the flood, to the ninja angels,

to the very awesome (in the old meaning of the word, “inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear”) Moses.

As you may recall, locusts were one of the plagues of Egypt. Lo and behold, here’s the Drudge headline this morning, right on time for Passover,

In case you want to blame that on the sequester, Kerry frees up $250M in U.S. aid to Egypt.

Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Bangladesh … UPDATE: Iran, too

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Friday afternoon links,
Revealed: inside story of US envoy’s assassination — Exclusive: America ‘was warned of embassy attack but did nothing’

More unfit than incompetent

‘Obama’s Middle East Policy Is in Ruins’

The 10 Most Important Stories of the Embassy Attacks…

Black flag of Islam flies over U.S. embassy in Tunisia as America is targeted by angry mobs across the globe in day of chaos
Mob scales the walls of U.S. embassy compound, sets fire to cars and replaces American flag
Chaos across the globe amid anger at American-made anti-Islam film
Kentucky Fried Chicken ransacked in Lebanon
Protesters burn American flag in London
American embassy stormed in Sudan
10,000 Muslims stage a noisy protest in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, burning and trampling American flags while chanting anti-US slogans
Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak appeals for calm on live television, a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to protect US embassies
It follows unrest after September 11 attack on US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing ambassador and three other Americans

Jay Carney is in denial,

This is a fairly volatile situation, and it is in response not to U.S. policy, not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video – a film – that we have judged to be reprehensive and disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it. But this is not a case of protests directed at the United States, writ large, or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that is offensive and – to Muslims.

Pay No Attention to the Burning Flags, Stormed Consulates, and Dead Americans . . .

Note to Mr. Carney: Radical Islamists really do not care whether “we” have judged some crackpot video “reprehensible and disgusting.” They have more important aims than distinguishing the Obama administration or its policies from the moronic Terry Jones.

Iran: Down, But Not Out

Islamists celebrate 9/11

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

While Obama skips his intelligence briefings, goes on the radio with the Pimp with a limp, and blows off Netanyahu, Islamists in Libya and Egypt celebrated 9/11 by flying the al Qaeda flag:

But fret not, Obama’s going on Letterman, and killed Bin Laden.

US Embassy in Cairo quietly deletes its ‘we stand by our condemnation’ tweet; Update: More deleted tweets!The Arabic tweets were even worse.

One Venezuelan exhibits particularly poor timing and says we should get over 9/11.

The new 9/11

More at Gates of Vienna.

Compare and contrast,


In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I’m Rick’s co-host in tonight’s podcast.

Arab spring? Or culture of death? UPDATED

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Only a very sick society would even think of such an outrage,
Outrage as Egypt plans ‘farewell intercourse law’ so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their death.

The widowers may believe the deceased are pining for the fjords, but this is obscene.

Equally obscene,

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

As I said, obscene.

Over in England, George Galloway converted to Islam.

Mark Steyn,

Gotta hand it to the Muslim Brotherhood. Hard to come up with a more apt image of the Arab Spring than an aroused Islamist rogering a corpse.

Allahpundithas a different take,

Al-Ahram is controlled by the Egyptian government, which I assume means it’s heavily influenced by the ruling military junta. And the junta, of course, is invested in discrediting the Islamists in order to defend its prerogatives against parliament’s growing power. (It’s worth noting too that Al-Arabiya, which picked up the story from Al-Ahram, is a Saudi outfit and the Saudis are mighty anxious about the idea of Islamist populists seizing power from sclerotic tyrannical regimes.) Again, none of this is to say the story isn’t true — the part about the marriage age being lowered is all too plausible — but it’s not hard to see why Mubarak allies might want to make something up or inflate something one of the fringier parliamentarians said in order to galvanize international opinion against the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. It is, however, hard to see why the MB would allow parliament to entertain a law like this at a moment when they’re busy gladhanding westerners to reassure them that the Brotherhood are “modern” Islamists who are worthy of foreign aid and trade deals. If this really is being kicked around by MPs, I’d bet it’s the Salafists who are pushing it. But we’ll see.

Anyone seen any news items today confirming this with sources besides Samea? If so, shoot us an e-mail at the tips line and I’ll update.

The second #CPAC12 bloggers roundup

Friday, February 4th, 2011

A drop in the ocean

Second Video Shows Planned Parenthood-Sex Trafficking Coverup

New Technology is Driving Abortion Issue in Congress and Courts

Climate Justice [Finally] in California: Judge Faults AB 32 “Cap and Trade” Law

In which I defend Michelle Obama against both the AP’s and Politico’s rank ignorance

Post-partisan president actually very polarizing president

Union Fights to Force You Into Obamacare While Getting Waivers for Itself

Why Two Favorable Rulings on ObamaCare Don’t Matter

Clothes Designer Uses Riots in Egypt as Ad Tool

The Pro-Life Credentials of Mitch Daniels

How do you reduce unemployment? Stop counting 319K people

Anatomy of a Smear- How Media Matters Exploits Fake Bigotry To Protect George Soros.

We are witnessing the collapse of the Middle East

Why the attempt to make the Muslim Brotherhood acceptable?

Egypt, Federalism and the ObamaCare Mandate, and the Gipper at 100 (Cato Weekly Dispatch for 2/4/11)

Rucho to NC Senate Democrats: “join us or cry about it”


Egypt: Blogger Sandmonkey arrested by State Security UPDATED

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

He was beaten and released, according to Jane Novak’s sources.

At twitter, forsoothsayer

@Sandmonkey’s been released, he’s on his way home. His car has been destroyed and he and friends were beaten. #egypt #jan25 35 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

More details to come.

Earlier post

Jane Novak reports,

Doesn’t Mubarek have enough problems? Does he really want to piss off the entire US blogosphere? Sandmonkey is a well known, self-described, “Micro-celebrity, Blogger, activist, New Media douchebag, Pain in the ass!” He was arrested en route to Tahrir square with medical supplies, friends and family report: “I just called @SandMonkey ’s phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your c*nt friend is arrested.”

Jane and Brian Ledbetter post Sandmonkey’s last post.

His account remains suspended, his whereabouts unknown. Read his last post at the links above.

Cross-posted at The Green Room


Good-bye, stability

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Ann Marlowe thinks that the US should abandon its “stability” fetish since,

We’ve forgotten that extremist ideology mainly emerges from forced “stability,” not from free societies. As Elliott Abrams wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday, “regimes that make moderate politics impossible make extremism far more likely. Rule by emergency decree long enough, and you end up creating a genuine emergency.”

That is not untrue, but that’s not the reason “stability” has become a thing of the past.

The reason is that technology has caught up with repressive regimes. Daniel Henninger, in his article Stability’s End, encapsulates in a sentence this fact,

Technologies with goofy names like Twitter and Facebook are replacing political stability with a state of permanent instability.

Mubarak unleashed the camels after trying to shut down the internet, the Iranian mullahs carry out executions by the thousands. The Medieval measures won’t work, any more than the Jimmy Carter 1979 approach to foreign policy would.


This new, exponentially expanding world of information technologies is now creating permanent instability inside formerly stable political arrangements.

This stuff disrupts everything it touches. It overturned the entire music industry, and now it is doing the same to established political systems.

Adding to the instability is the increasing food inflation. Larry Kudlow points out that

In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales.

The CRB food index is up an incredible 36 percent over the past year, including 8 percent year-to-date. Raw materials are up 23 percent in the past year. Inflation breakouts have occurred in China, among various Asian Tigers, and in India, Brazil, and other Latin American countries. Even Britain and Germany are registering higher inflation readings.

In dollar terms, the price of wheat has soared 114 percent over the past year. Corn has surged 88 percent. These are incredible numbers.

And let’s not forget that the world’s poor are the hardest hit by food-price inflation. They literally can’t afford to buy bread. It brings to mind the French Revolution in the 18th century. When you see this kind of mass protest in the streets, spreading from country to country, you see a pattern that cannot be explained by local conditions alone.

In our hemisphere, Venezuela has the highest inflation – 28%, as the economy contracts while the government takes over private property and food production and distribution. Chavez is ruling by emergency decree: if “Rule by emergency decree long enough, and you end up creating a genuine emergency” is the case, for how long will Hugo Chavez’s regime stand, considering these numbers?

“Instability is the new status quo”, states Henninger, and I agree.

The question remains, how will political systems and societies adapt to it? How will the US, when its own administration is passing thousands of pages-long laws that haven’t even been read?


Egypt roundup: Violent clashes on streets

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Clashes Erupt in Cairo Between Mubarak’s Allies and Foes

President Obama’s calls for a rapid transition to a new order in Egypt seemed eclipsed on Wednesday as a choreographed surge of thousands of people chanting support for the Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak, fought running battles with a larger number of antigovernment protesters in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The mayhem and chaos — with riders on horses and camels thundering through the central square — offered a complete contrast to the scenes only 24 hours earlier when hundreds of thousands of antigovernment protesters turned it into a place of jubilant celebration, believing that they were close to overthrowing a leader who has survived longer than any other in modern Egypt.

Video: Obama somehow manages to say nothing meaningful in Egypt statement

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Perhaps Obama will realize soon that It’s Time To Earn that Nobel Peace Prize, but don’t hold your breath.

Bernard Lewis granted Jay Nordlinger an extremely rare telephone interview (I have spoken with Mr Lewis in the past and he usually does not grant interviews)

Lewis says, first of all, that “it’s too early to say anything definitive” — anything definitive about Egypt. He is too smart, too experienced to make many pronouncements while events are in flux. He says, “Things look a little better than they did” a couple of days ago. “But they could go badly wrong.”

“The immediate alternatives are not attractive.” What are those? “Continuation, in some modified form, of the present regime, or a takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood. Obviously, the former is better.”

Are we witnessing a democratic revolt? “I don’t know what ‘democratic’ would mean in this context. It is certainly a popular revolt.” Egyptians are suffering from both unfreedom and material want. (They usually go hand in hand.) “The economic situation in Egypt is very, very bad. A large percentage live below the poverty line.”

Here is something to bear in mind: “The fact that this regime,” the Mubarak regime, “has good relations with the United States and Israel only seems to discredit the idea of good relations with the United States and Israel.”

And here is a question of the hour: Is Egypt 2011 like Iran 1979? Lewis: “Yes, there are certain similarities. I hope we don’t repeat the same mistakes.” The Carter administration handled events in Iran “poorly.”

The Obama administration should ponder something, as should we all: “At the moment, the general perception, in much of the Middle East, is that the United States is an unreliable friend and a harmless enemy. I think we want to give the exact opposite impression”: one of being a reliable friend and a dangerous enemy. “That is the way to be perceived.”

IBS editorial points out that Egypt Means Real Trouble For Israel, while the Wall Street Journal has a symposium on Where Should Egypt Go From Here?
Protests in Egypt have rocked the country’s political order, and last night President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not run in the September presidential election. Four experts—Francis Fukuyama, Ryan Crocker, Maajid Nawaz and Amr Bargisi—weigh in on where Egypt should go from here.

Phyllis Chesler asks, Am I the Only One Troubled By Cairo Street Scenes? Indeed, Phyllis is not the only one – go read her article to see why.