Monday, 07 February 2011

The Egyptian Revolution

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Sam BlumenfeldThe problem with the Egyptian Revolution, which is being acted out in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria with huge demonstrations, is that no one knows what the revolutionaries want. Yes, they all want to get rid of Hosni Mubarak, the dictator who has ruled over them for 30 years. But when he goes, then what?

Before the American colonists embarked on their revolutionary war against King George III and the mighty power of the British armed forces, they wrote a Declaration of Independence in which they stated their philosophy of government and the reasons why they were rebelling against British rule. So the American revolutionaries knew what they were fighting for. Their revolution was led by the brains as well as the brawn of the colonists.

But the Egyptian revolutionaries have no such document that would tell us what they want. It is assumed that they want some form of government in Egypt. But what kind? There seems to be no alternative to the Mubarak regime offered by the demonstrators, only emotional outrage, which can only lead to chaos.

But chaos would lead to the worst possible outcome. We got a hint of that when it was revealed that Mubarak’s vice president, Omar Suleiman was almost killed in a well-planned assassination attempt in which two of his body guards were killed. This occurred only two days after Suleiman’s appointment by Mubarak.

What it tells us is that there are organized dark forces working behind the scenes that are ready to take over the country should it descend into total chaos. Who are these dark forces? Are they the Muslim Brotherhood, who want to impose an Islamic theocracy over Egypt, break the peace treaty with Israel, and kill all the Jews? We don’t know.

Meanwhile, our young community-organizer-in-chief, whose administration had stuck by Mubarak, is now advising him to step down to please the demonstrators. Of course, we don't know if the new regime replacing Mubarak will be worse than the old one.

While all of us are in sympathy with the desire of Egyptians to live in a free society under a benign democratic form of government, the track record for such governments in the Muslim Middle East doesn’t exist. Turkey is the only Islamic country that seems to have been able to establish a secular, democratic government. But the new leader is turning to Iran for inspiration rather than the West.

Lebanon is a lost cause, now controlled by the militant Hisbollah terrorists who would like to kill not only the Jews but the Christians as well. The king of Jordan is changing his government to appease the Islamists who would like to topple him. So what is happening in Egypt is having its ramifications throughout the Middle East.

Meanwhile, little Israel is a calm, stable, prosperous country, with the highest standard of living in the region. Their Islamic neighbors have tried to destroy this tiny democratic entity but have been repelled by a people who have nowhere else to go. Yet, like no other nation on Earth, they must live under the constant threat of genocide. Who would have thought that such a situation would exist in our modern world of computers and enlightenment, in which a lowly community organizer could become leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

I think it was Calvin Coolidge who said that the business of America is business. So how come we have a socialist in the White House who believes that the business of America is providing government-controlled healthcare to all its citizens?

Yes, the Egyptians have their problems. But so do we. But our demonstrators don’t riot in the streets. They simply become Tea Partiers, who were able to give the community organizer the shellacking of his life.

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