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    NY Times Shocked To Find Islamists Rising In Egypt

    NY Times Shocked To Find Islamists Rising In Egypt

    I have highlighted the romanticized view of uprisings in the Middle East taken by NY Times reporters and pundits, projecting Western liberal values onto what in many cases were fundamentalist and virulently anti-Semitic Islamists:

    The NY Times slowly is awakening to the fact that Islamists are on the upswing, although The Times acts as if this were a surprise development, Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt:

    In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.

    It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.

    As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified it.

    What a bunch of dupes and fools.  Not the Egyptians, the Editors, reporters and pundits at The Times. 

    The NY Times’ reporters on the ground in Egypt apparently did not see Islamism coming, unlike the right-bloggers in pajamas sitting in dimly lit basements with candy wrappers strewn on the floor.

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    viator | March 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Zeinobia – just (an) Egyptian girl

    "What happened last night at Cairo university can’t be ignored or passed so easily and I think it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the mainstream media before us when it let what happened at the Egyptian museum pass in that disgraceful way.
    Now the mainstream media speaks about how the military police attacked the students and professors at the faculty of mass communication, Cairo university during their legal strike inside campus because simply but it totally ignored what happened at Tahrir and Egyptian museum. The whole world is speaking about the VIRGINITY TESTS and our media does not dare to speak about it despite their silence is harming the image of the Egyptian army's abroad.
    Egyptian writer Belal Fadl presented a file with these violations to the prime minister who presented to the AFC and last night we heard on TV some anonymous army commander speaking that these were individual cases !!

    Suddenly yesterday we found the military police stormed the Cairo university campus to end the strike by force. The military police arrested university professors and students , it attacked the students using their electric shock weapons against them !!?"

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Egyptian Chronicles

    jakee308 | March 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Watch when these rebels in all these ME countries (supposed fighters for democracy) turn out to be virulently anti-democracy, sharia law committed, anti-semetic (although the NYT won't care much about that), anti-Israel, anti-christian (again NYT won't care) and favoring the tyranny of Islam, they'll somehow try to blame the Republicans for the supposed loss of opportunity and/or Bush.

    What would you have the Pres., do differently? We didn't initiate or get involved in the revolution in Egypt. We didn't provide cover for dictator. What choice did we have?

    viator | March 26, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Some suggestions:

    1) "Cultivate the right friends. For two years, the administration cultivated Mr. Mubarak at the expense of Egypt's genuine liberals, who were treated as nuisances. When parliamentary elections were rigged late last year, Mr. Obama raised no objection." Bret Stephens, WSJ

    2) Reassert the Need for Close Strategic Cooperation with Israel. The political instability that has swept the Arab Middle East in recent weeks underscores the fact that Israel is the only ally in the region that the U.S can reliably count on. The Obama Administration should continue its efforts to revive the stalled Israeli–Palestinian peace talks but should refocus its diplomacy by abandoning its unrealistic one-year deadline for attaining a peace agreement and its counterproductive push for an immediate freeze on settlements, which only encouraged the Palestinian Authority to hold back from negotiations.

    Instead of an all-out push for a comprehensive settlement, which is impossible as long as Hamas controls Gaza, Washington should press for incremental progress on security arrangements, confidence-building measures, and bolstering the welfare of Palestinians on the West Bank. This would help shore up support for the Palestinian Authority at the expense of Hamas, which has transformed Gaza into a repressive base for terrorism."

    3) The U.S. should leverage its $1.5 billion annually in aid to ensure that whatever regime emerges in Cairo respects the freedom and human rights of its own citizens, particularly those of women and Egypt’s Christian minority, which comprises about 10 percent of Egypt’s population. U.S. aid should also be conditioned on continued Egyptian compliance with its legal obligations under its 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Over the long term, U.S. aid and foreign military sales will be important. The Egyptian military will not be able maintain readiness without the spare parts, logistical support, and equipment upgrades that the U.S. provides."

    viator | March 26, 2011 at 4:27 am

    "It’s not surprising that there’s so much optimistic reporting that ordinary Muslims “yearn” for freedom, democracy, human rights, and to be just like the West. But outside the touristed enclaves of cosmopolitanism, I saw just the opposite: societies that were obstinately Islamic in the face of efforts by leaders with vast state-police apparatuses at their disposal to shove them into secular modernity. Indeed, the ordinary Muslims of Tunisia and Egypt seemed determined to be more Muslim than ever, some 50 or 60 years after policies of aggressive Westernization in both countries had been put into place. I could sort of understand why the Ben Ali-loyal airport cops had greeted my arrival in Tunis so heavy-handedly. They probably saw themselves as a thin Armani line between civilization as they knew it and a rolling low-key jihad that threatened to sweep it away and substitute in its place an ominous Muslim near-theocracy.

    Cairo, outside of some gracefully ornamented medieval mosques, even older Coptic churches, and a handful of lovely parks, is an architectural and urban-planning disaster. The morning view from our hotel room consisted of an unrelieved vista of yellowed and decrepit office and apartment towers jutting into a furnace-like haze that passed for a sky. There were no trees to be seen, no birds to be heard singing. Generally speaking, Cairo, with its population of almost 7 million, ringed by fetid suburbs, some with unpaved streets that house another 10 million, looked like Mordor—or like the post-apocalyptic trash-skyscrapers in the movie Wall-E."

    Manhattan Institute

    As an example of vast cultural differences, remember 91% of all the women, girls and female babies in Egypt have undergone female genital mutilation.

    Prevalence (%) of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting among women in Egypt 15–49 years old, 97.0%


    Charlotte Allen ended her article this way:

    "No one can predict what’s going to happen next in Tunisia, Egypt, or anywhere else in the Islamic world….It was just that they were different from us. They were living in their own world, and it is a world that is not necessarily friendly to ours."

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