Egyptian Prestidigitation

The Egyptian protesters have won. President Hosni Mubarak has capitulated.

Obama makes his comments just hours after Mubarak resigned. “Today belongs to the people of Egypt,” he said. “Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day.” Again, as so many times before, Obama has said things which sounds authoritative but doesn’t present any discernible opinion. Obama should give his speech writers a lolly-pop for their artistry.

In a wonderfully “objective” (the nice word) style the Obama administration said that the President was “not picking between those on the street and those in the government” in Egypt. Being as vague as possible, our President also said that he “hoped” that Mubarak would make “the right decision.” President Obama’s vague indecisiveness leaves analysts to their own devices (as it usually does.)


Most of what you read from your usual article from some journalist regurgitating what they hear, it will have a lot to do with Egyptians wanting “democracy,” or their “rights.” Except 90% of Egypt is Muslim (10% Christian) and polls (by Pew Research Center) have shown that Egypt is steeped in radical Islamic ideology. For example:

  • 84% of Egyptians believe that those who leave the Muslim religion deserve the death penalty
  • 77% think that thieves should have their hands cut off
  • Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas
  • 54% think that suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified
  • 49% think that Mubarak lets Islam play a “small role” in politics, whereas 95% think that Islam should play a large role.

It hardly needs to be said that Islamic Arab Theocracies are a far cry from democracy. The protesters are not protesting for democracy, they are advocating more Islam. Andrew McCarthy with National Reveiw states, “Among Egyptians, though, dissent over Mubarak’s brutality against Islamists and suppression of political opposition pales beside revulsion over his financial corruption. In fact, many Egyptians are not terribly upset about Mubarak’s police-state tactics.” There are a few minorities who would like a democracy, but in light of classic radical Islamic oppression, they probably will not be heard.

One Islamic Group that has been talked about much is the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has been the originator of over 70 Islamic organizations including Al-Qaeda and Hamas. They also promise to “eliminate and destroy Western Civilization from within.” The religion of peace looses its appeal when you listen to what they actually say. The Muslim Brotherhood has been a main actor in much of the protests. They are the ones who had the power and organization that made the protests so effective.

And the Brotherhood has a front man, Mohamed ElBaradei. ElBaradei was head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during his stay, he deceived the world by covering up some of Iran’s nuclear development plans. In return, Iran gave ElBaradei $7 million to campaign in Egypt. Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood have a common goals, they both didn’t like Mubarak and they both would like to see Egypt become more radically Islamic. ElBaradei, inspiring radicals to rebel, served the purposes for both the Brotherhood and Iran. Elbaradei is very influential and popular, indeed.

Change in Egypt? No. More of the same. I mean that literally. More of the same. The corruption, greed, riots, protests, violence, vandalism, looting, fire, death, discontent and aggravation does not stop simply because another autocratic despot has succumbed to the people.

The outlook for Egypt? Whichever way you cut it: Radical militarist Islam, radical theocratic Islam, radical dictatorial Islam or radical anarchist Islam, it doesn’t look good. It’s about as depressing as Rudyard Kipling’s “MacDonough’s Song”:

WHETHER the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth—
These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;

But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.

Whether The People be led by The Lord,
Or lured by the loudest throat:

If it be quicker to die by the sword
Or cheaper to die by vote—
These are things we have dealt with once,
(And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
Endeth in wholly Slave.

Whatsoever, for any cause,
Seeketh to take or give,
Power above or beyond the Laws,
Suffer it not to live!
Holy State or Holy King—

Or Holy People’s Will—
Have no truck with the senseless thing.
Order the guns and kill!
Saying—after—me:—

Once there was The People—Terror gave it birth;

Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth.
Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, O ye slain!
Once there was The People—it shall never be again!

The messages we get from Egypt seem mixed. But from what we can draw, their future doesn’t look like it will be democracy let alone freedom.

-Ben

UPDATE: The Egyptian military (who Mubarak left in charge) dissolved the parliament, suspended the constitution, and said that they would be holding elections in six months. But elections alone do not mean that the Egyptian people will have freedom. The people elected Mubarak, and it is very possible that they may elect a radical Islamic dictator or something similar.

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One comment

  1. I’m going to add your blog to my blog favorites list. You’ve got some good, enlightening posts on here. 🙂

    The whole concept of the Egyptian rally for democracy and overthrow of Mubarak has appeared, as you observed, really mixed from the very beginning of the matter. On the up side: they’ve ousted an authoritarian leader who has gripped the reins for far too long, and they have the opportunity to get someone in power who will respect the people and their rights. Down side: they’ve still got the prevalent Islamic political philosophy that will likely hinder anything of the sort. If anything, I think they really need to specify what form of government they’re really asking for: a simple democracy that invites mob rule, or a stable republic that allows representation. At any rate, the Islamic idealism has to change first to acquire freedom of any kind. There can’t be justice if it isn’t based on a just standard in the first place.

    Anyway, that’s my take on it. Happy for the success of the Egyptian people, dubious about its continuation…but we’ll just have to see what the future holds.

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