In less than three months, Egypt is due to hold its presidential elections. For thirty years, the Egyptians have lived under what they claim is a repressive government with no opportunities for the young, and increasing poverty for the general population.
That there have been no elections in 30 years doesn’t speak well for the present government, certainly. But if there are going to be elections in three months anyway, which the United States would probably be happy to insure, why are the people taking to the streets now, when the result would be a power vacuum filled either by a military or religious (i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood) dictator?
The Media, even Fox News, insists this has nothing to do with the state of Israel. But I wouldn’t be too sure of that. The reason the U.S. supported Mubarak was because he honored the peace accord with Israel. The will of the Egyptian people cannot and should not be judged by the thugs and looters running loose in the streets of Cairo.
The only “democratic” way of knowing the will of the Egyptian people is through the election process. Americans can certainly sympathize with the plight of a bad economy and lack of opportunities. But even our most desperate and destitute don’t run riot through the streets. What are the Egyptians saying, anyway? That April is too far away and that if they don’t get what they want, they’ll burn Cairo to the ground? This is the way to peaceful self-government? Through violence, threats, and blackmail?
The Media tells us the Egyptians have reached a boiling point. Are they so bereft of patience that they can’t see peaceful reform on their calendars? Or do they see in a democratic future an intact state of Israel? America, with Obama as president, is certainly no friend of Israel. His treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disgraceful. We know which side Obama is on.
That leaves only two options for the issue of Israel, a violent destruction or a peaceful dismantling. That’s what I heard in Obama’s words on the Egyptian crisis. The Egyptians want Obama to keep his promise in the speech he made to them:
“I am … proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.
“We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world: he said, “ – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.”
In other words, the Arabs wanted to be left alone in their tribalism and feudalism. The last thing in the world they wanted was democracy.
“So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.
“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
Obama went on to talk about the “negative” perceptions of Islam, which he said he would not support, even though the Muslims themselves are responsible for that negative image. The Left blames isolated Muslim factions for blowing up the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. But who were those people trying to destroy the museums in Egypt. Why did the Egyptian military have to place extraordinary guard around the Egyptian pyramids, even after the tourists fled in panic? There’s no doubt in any sensible person’s mind about their goals – a worldwide caliphate, a theocracy ruled by the Muslims.
They say they’re not interested in America – now; that they only want to preserve their own lands. But those lands were not their own once upon a time, in the sense that they were Muslim lands. Mohammed conquered the Middle East through the sword, through cruelty and punishment. It was most undemocratic of him.
“There are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others,” Obama continued. We certainly know that here in America.
“No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power. You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion [like Obamacare]. You must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise.”
The Muslims do no such thing. They do not respect the rights of women or of followers of other religions. To proselytize on behalf of another religion is a capital offense. They have no tolerance at all for the state of Israel. The Palestinians were a small, ancient tribe that lost the war millenniums ago.
“You must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.”
This last makes no sense, and they are words Obama himself certainly doesn’t follow. Groups like the Muslim Brotherhood are interested in politics and democracy; they’re interested in power and uniting all their various tribes under one, religious, not political or national, banner. That is why the unrest has gone on for centuries and will continue until they get their way.
They will listen to Obama, whom they look upon as a Muslim cousin, despite his protestations of Christianity, to a certain point. He cannot fully deliver to them what they want, but he and the Liberals will do everything in their power to pave the way – and hope we don’t notice.