U.S. dim bulbs & Egypt’s dim future

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The events of recent days in Egypt offer a sober lesson to westerners who think the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak resembles the American Revolution.

Much of the television commentary revealed complete ignorance about the history of the region and of Egypt and especially the clear and present danger of a theocratic coup by the Muslim Brotherhood.

First prize for those who are clueless about what is transpiring before their blind eyes goes to James Clapper, director of National Intelligence (though the runner-up prize goes to a TV commentator who compared demonstrators in Tahrir Square to America’s tea party movement.)

Clapper told a congressional hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaida as a perversion of Islam.”

Perhaps Clapper can explain then why the Brotherhood endorsed Hitler’s goal of eradicating the Jews and conspired to assassinate the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his predecessor Gamal Abdel Nasser.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, “The Muslim Brotherhood no longer openly conducts terrorist operations; it is primarily a political organization that supports terrorism and terrorist causes. Many of its members, however, have engaged in terrorist activities and the group has spawned numerous terrorist groups, such as Hamas and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is not just one of “a variety of movements” within Egypt, as Clapper asserted, but a powerful and influential religious-political force any “democratic” movement must reckon with.

According to a 2009 study by WorldPublicOpinion.org, 64 percent of Egyptians view the Muslim Brotherhood positively, while only 16 percent have negative views. Sixty-nine percent think the Brotherhood favors democracy. Just 22 percent say they are too extreme and not really democratic.

Douglas Schoen has advised four Israeli prime ministers, as well as the prime minister of Turkey. In a commentary for Foxnews.com, Schoen writes he believes there is “at least a 50 percent chance, if not more, that a candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood or a party with a generally similar approach and orientation will win the next presidential election.”

Why? Consider a Pew poll conducted last year which showed 48 percent of Egyptians say that Islam plays a large role in politics in Egypt and 85 percent say Islam’s influence in politics is positive. Only 2 percent said it is negative.

“Not surprisingly,” writes Schoen, that a Zogby poll found two-thirds of Egyptians think, “Egyptian life would improve when clerics play a more central role in the political life of the country.”

The fanatics know how to “play” the West, using images and words such as “freedom” and “liberation” to make us think they mean what we mean by those words.

Thanks to pathetic reporting by The New York Times and other media sycophants more than 50 years ago, Fidel Castro, following the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, was also seen by many as a liberator of Cuba.

“I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement,” Castro said at the time. Only after he consolidated power, did he tell the truth: “I am a Marxist-Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.”

Deception is not limited to communists like Castro. Deception is also a strategy of others who would dominate the world by religious-political doctrines.

Last Saturday, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood announced it will not try to win the presidency of Egypt, nor will it attempt to win a majority in parliament. Given the Brotherhood’s statement of purpose and past record, this announcement should be seen as a tactical maneuver designed to fool Western governments, rather than a change in objectives.

I’m betting on the Muslim Brotherhood, or an affiliated organization with similar goals, to eventually gain political power in Egypt.

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.] ©2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

Ninja Guy
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Joined: 06/26/2010
Middle Eastern Protests Spread to Wisconsin!


Something seems kind of un-American about all of this...

Go Badgers!

Ninja Guy
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Joined: 06/26/2010
What I Meant Was

The teachers massing at the capitol: Egypt like
The Democrats running away to other states to avoid a quorum: Taiwan like
The Repubs smashing through legislation outlawing collective bargaining: Russia like

'Can't we all just get along?'

Go Irish!

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Joined: 12/17/2007

The Dems are acting like immature little children. Maybe they should come to GA and join up with the coward Repubs in the GA Senate and they can all sit around and dismiss anything resembling "profiles in courage."

I have no problem with all the protests going on there...that's everyone's right to do so. When you're an elected official and you run out of the state to avoid losing a vote, you look ridiculous and also affirm why Wisconsin went Repub big last November. I guess the voters wanted the state run by adults and not cowardly juveniles.

This happened in Texas a while back and the end result was the AWOL legislators eventually came home and took their defeat. Same thing will happen in Wisconsin, and it's going to happen in a lot of states who have financial problems that have to be dealt with sometimes harshly. Or, they can just jack taxes through the roof and continue even further down the path of being totally broke in a sea of red ink.

Obama giving Gov. Walker or anyone else some type of lecture on fiscal responsibility and how to accomplish that is truly hilarious.

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Joined: 07/14/2010
Nuk Madison Wisconsin happens to be the home of the progressive

movement. Not surprising then that the Unions here want more when the State is over $3 Billion is debt. I too am amazed how elected officials can just run out to avoid a vote.

They spent this State into near Bankruptcy and now when the Bill Collector comes calling they are too cowardly to open the door.

No wonder Middle America is sick and tired of Politicians.

lion's picture
Joined: 12/16/2005
All American Protests

The protests in Wisconsin are very American. Nothing "un-American" about this.

Maybe some are too young to remember the 1960s and 1970s.

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Joined: 07/14/2010
Islam Permits Lying to Deceive Unbelievers

"It is impossible to understand Islam and Muslims by listening to their protestations against terror and their proclamations of patriotism for America. Usually, it is wise and fair to give people the benefit of the doubt but when it comes to national safety and the future of America, we had better look twice, even thrice at Muslim patriotism. Why? Because Islam permits lying! It is called “Al-taqiyya.” One Muslim said that Al-taqiyya means dissimulation then he expanded it to diplomacy but he should have gone further to deception. Now some Muslims who do not follow the Koran are as faithful Americans as any of us, but the problem is, we cannot know."


Chris P. Bacon
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Joined: 02/28/2010
wow, lyin' to advance a religious cause!

Wow, those dastardly Muslims are no better than our own homegrown Fayette Fundamentalists, the ones who run the local Christian Predator Center that takes advantage of vulnerable scared pregnant girls and will lie ("in Jesus' name) to keep them from having abortions.

Pox on both of their houses, etc, etc.

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Joined: 01/01/2011

Well Cal T., it is certainly going to be Muslims who will eventually rule Egypt about like they do Iran! It has mostly Muslims!

Thomas speaks as if the "Brotherhood" is worse than say Al Quieda, or other terrorists.
They haven't been in the past and are doubtful to be able to rule without an army coalition!

Muhammad, the Prophet, is NOT going to be thrown down the drain---not yet.

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