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The situation in Egypt is complex, but the more I hear about what is going on over there, especially some of the forces that seem to be behind the uprising, the more apprehensive I become. If the Muslim Brotherhood is given a role to play in the new government, as the Obama administration has suggested, instead of being outlawed like they were under Mubarak, I don’t see that as positive “change”.
The Washington Times reports: Muslim Brotherhood seeks end to Israel treaty:
A political leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Thursday called on any government that replaces Hosni Mubarak’s regime to withdraw from the 32-year-old peace treaty with Israel.
“After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel,” Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the outlawed movement, said on Japan’s NHTV.
If Egypt should fall, it will mark the beginning of the end for what little remaining stability there is in the Middle East. Jordan is facing similar unrest, as are Algeria and Yemen. Lebanon and Tunisia fell in January. It is highly unlikely that these events are unrelated. A combination of leftist and Islamist forces provoked the protests, and we are likely looking at a ring of radical Islamic states rising up to surround Israel. Once their power is solidified, perhaps in a year or two, they will combine forces to attack Israel. If Israel falls, the United States will stand alone in a sea of virulent enemies and impotent allies.
So whom does Obama support, Mubarak or his enemies?Obama wasted no time in telling us. He supports Mubarak’s opponents, and he probably has been all along. The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that the Obama administration favors a role for the Muslim Brotherhood in a new Egyptian government.The Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest extremist Muslim organization, is behind practically every Muslim terrorist organization ever formed. And while they may have publicly renounced violence as the LA Times article claims,internal documentsAnd if that weren’t bad enough, Obama’s latest comment to Egypt’s leader is that “an orderly transition … must begin now.”Must begin. Now.Simply stunning.
Juxtapose Obama’s statements toward our allies with his reaction to the genuine uprising that occurred last year in Iran. Tunisia: “Reform or be overthrown.” Egypt: “an orderly transition … must begin now.” Iran: “It is not productive … to be seen as meddling.”
Atlas Shrugs: Sandmonkey Arrested, Beaten, Released
I have known the Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey for as long as I have been blogging. He’s a good guy. I did a great interview with him here in 2007 and when he quit blogging here. He said at the time back in 2007:
SANDMONKEY: “Any kind of democratic reform in the country [Egypt] for the past 3 years has been rolled back specifically because there is no more pressure coming from Washington anymore.”
ATLAS: Why? What happened to the pressure in Washington?
SANDMONKEY: You know what happened to the pressure in Washington. The Democrats won the Congress. There is no more pressure coming from Bush because he is not able to push people anymore to do those things. He is not able to push the Egyptian government anymore because the American public is suddenly not interested in reforming the Middle East because of what’s going on in the Iraq. So suddenly the Egyptian government is not afraid of the American pressure. They are doing whatever they want to do. They are beating up demonstrators, they are cracking down on activists, they are changing the constitution, and eroding civil liberties once and for all and they are using proxies to take down bloggers.
Read the whole thing.
NRO, The Corner: Coptic Christians Killed in Egypt
Jonah Goldberg: The Orwellian Absurdity of the Middle East
I don’t have any profound point to make, but I just think it is fascinating how the Iranian regime can celebrate the popular protests in Egypt without a trace of humility or embarrassment. I know all the explanations for why this is so (or at least most of them). What I would love to have a better grasp on is how the various Muslim and Arab “streets” see such hypocrisy.
I wonder the same thing.
Aaron Klein: Obama pals provoked Egypt chaos
Within the legitimate popular protests to oust the Iranian autocrat, an American administration analyzed the allegedly radical element as “… better organized [and] enlightened … than its detractors would lead us to believe [and could] produce something more closely approaching Westernized democratic processes than might be at first apparent.” As historian Abbas Milani dryly noted, “a more misguided reading of what Khomeini stood for is hard to imagine.”
Live Action is keeping Media Matters busy, I see. I wonder how much those vermin get payed to defend the indefensible. Grown men, fathers even – defending PP’s facilitation of child trafficking. How do they sleep at night?:
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Breaking: Another Day, Three More Live Action Videos:
In a Falls Church, Va., Planned Parenthood clinic, a worker tells him, “We don’t necessarily look at the legal status, like I said. Abortion appointments do require photo ID. It’s nothing as far as records. It’s just photo ID that’s ever going to be required.”
In a Roanoke clinic, a worker suggests he consider going to the Health Department instead of taking girls to her clinic. It’s cheaper and easier to hide what’s going on. She tells him: “They’re discreet. They’re confidential. They, you know, don’t tell people what’s going on, because — frankly — it’s nobody’s business.”
The sex trafficking of children is nobody’s business?
Once again in Charlottesville, a worker assures: “Anybody here can help you. Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”
Perth Amboy wasn’t a fluke. Planned Parenthood has an institutional problem here.
Oh, would you look at this – OH MY GOSH, but these guys are such pathetic losers:
Dan Loesch, Big Journalism: JOURNOLIST 2.0: Soros Sites Hold Con Call To Map Strategy for Planned Parenthood Defense:
The majority of the call was spent discussing ways to discredit Rose because of her funding. They surmise that some group which donates to her pro-life magazine is a group donated to by a group given money by the Koch Brothers. So says people who just cashed a $1 million-dollar check from George Soros.
You know why the right doesn’t hold conference calls to to “map strategies”? Because the truth is easy.
Da TechGuy asks:
Since what was done on the tapes clearly stepped over the line, why not just express outrage, and urge Planned Parenthood to be more careful in the future in such cases?
Because you can’t undermine western civilization without undermining life.
Dan Riehl at Big Government: Common Cause Can’t Distance Itself From Hateful Rhetoric
Common Cause is the organization that sponsored the shockingly vile anti-Koch-Bros rally in California, last weekend. Bad behavior at conservative rallies is rare – the exception, while at lefty rallies, it is the rule. As is always the case with the left, when they accuse their opponents of racism, and other nastiness, we are witnessing the projection of their own pathologies onto us.
Short version: More lefty projection. It’s what they do!
…Because Schumer is so darn schmart.
Great News at Uncoverage: Climate Justice [Finally] in California: Judge Faults AB 32 “Cap and Trade” Law:
This is UNBELIEVABLE , SURPRISING, AND VERY GOOD NEWS for the California economy. The state’s unfortunate nod to global warming nuttery, AB32, the first-in-the-country state “cap and trade” law, has been scheduled to take effect this year, but it has been PUT ON HOLD. By.a.judge.in.liberal. San Francisco….Go figure!!
Michelle Malkin: The Interior Department’s culture of contempt:
Oops, they did it again. President Obama’s grabby-handed environmental bureaucrats have earned yet another spanking from the federal judiciary over their “determined disregard” of the rule of law. Isn’t it time to give these misbehaving government hooligans a permanent timeout?
Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana excoriated the Obama Interior Department Wednesday for defying his May 2010 order to lift its groundless ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Nine months later, not a single permit has been issued. Several deepwater platforms have moved out of the area to take their businesses — and an estimated 5,000 jobs — overseas. Billions of dollars in potential oil revenue and Gulf lease sales-related rent have also dried up.
Michelle Malkin: Obama EPA to Shell: Screw you
Commentary: How to Understand Rush Limbaugh
Long, but well worth your while.
I find The View to be 99% unwatchable, but this here is that other 1%: DeSean Jackson on “The View” Helping a Bullied Kid
Funny: Allen West responds to a “serious question” via The Shark Tank :
And it looks like congrats are in order:
2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year-EL Sharko! http://shark-tank.net/?p=10750
Hey Soros, are you sure your money is being well-spent?