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Originally posted by schuyler
Western human rights groups are crowing and cheering that Egyptians are about to taste "freedom." Everyone is clapping and cheering. Don't be so sure. Western groups are talking to Egyptians who speak English, who tend to be democratic reformers, but it would do well to remember Iran. The same thing happened there where the Muslim extremists encouraged that interpretation and only ran up their flag after the fact. Surpirse! That's not freedom unless you think stoning women for adultery or wearing western clothes is a good thing and hanging anyone who professes to be a Ba'hai represents freedom for people. It could be that the Muslim Brotherhood or the jihadists are behind some of this unrest, but since none of the MSM or NGOs speak Arabic, they'll never know until it is too late.
If the same thing happened in Egypt, we'd be screwed and another step closer to WW III. The entire balance of power would change and with someone like Obama in power here, who is seen by the rest of the world as weak and inexperienced, this cannot be a good thing.
The unrest in Egypt is not confined to the streets. The ongoing issue has been for some time who would succeed Mubarak. It was taken as a given that it would be his son, Jamal, but in the last year the military has opposed that move. This has led to unrest within the ruling party and the military. The street unrest is an outgrowth of THAT unrest. The reason is that Jamal is not a military man. His father was a general in the Air Force. Anwar Sasdat came out of the military and so did Nassar. Right now Mubarak is old and ailing and he doesn't even have a vice president in place.
The bottom line is that Mubarak has got to go, sooner rather than later, and a member of the military will succeed him, for stability's sake.
P.S. I was in Cairo in November and stood in the square where the demonstrations are now taking place.
Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
I have to agree that radical islamists are likely inciting this in order to have another avenue of attack against Israel. This reminds me of 1979 all over again, with another Carter in office. Only this time we have no Reagan in the wings.
Originally posted by Frogs
If the current Egyptian government forms will create a power vacuum in the country.
Some power will rush in to fill that vacuum. (Though rival powers may squabble for awhile over the spoils).
There are any number of options - it could be the military, it could be a democracy, or it could be a radical Islamic regime.
"The Islamic world is ripe with major new developments and Khomeini's Islam is the engine of these events," Iran's hard-line daily "Kayhan" wrote in a January 27 commentary devoted to the recent wave of protests in the Arab world.
The daily, which often reflects the views of the Iranian establishment -- or more specifically, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- added that the third millennium is witnessing "the powerful [presence] of Islam under Iran's leadership."
Originally posted by DutchBigBoy
Egypt is one of US it's greater allies in the middle-east and thanks to Mubarak there is a peacetreaty with Israel.
The Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty was signed by Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Washington, DC, United States, on 26 March 1979, following the Camp David Accords (1978), a series of meetings between Egypt and Israel facilitated by US President Jimmy Carter. Both Sadat and Begin were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the treaty.