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    We know who lost Egypt

    We know who lost Egypt

    Obama’s foolish policy of forcing Mubarak out of office precipitously without giving non-Islamist parties time to organize has resulted in Islamists achieving a sweeping victory in the first round of parliamentary elections.  Strength by the Muslim Brotherhood was expected, but the extremely hard line Salafists had a very strong showing.

    As reported by The NY Times:

    Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt’s first Parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the religious movement’s rise since the start of the Arab Spring.

    The party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s mainstream Islamist group, appeared to have taken about 40 percent of the vote, as expected. But a big surprise was the strong showing of ultraconservative Islamists, called Salafis, many of whom see most popular entertainment as sinful and reject women’s participation in voting or public life.

    Analysts in the state-run news media said early returns indicated that Salafi groups could take as much as a quarter of the vote, giving the two groups of Islamists combined control of nearly 65 percent of the parliamentary seats.

    That victory came at the expense of the liberal parties and youth activists who set off the revolution, affirming their fears that they would be unable to compete with Islamists who emerged from the Mubarak years organized and with an established following. Poorly organized and internally divided, the liberal parties could not compete with Islamists disciplined by decades as the sole opposition to Mr. Mubarak. “We were washed out,” said Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, one of the most politically active of the group.

    The Times article points out that this first round of elections was in the most liberal areas of Egypt.  As voting moves to more conservative rural areas, the Islamists likely will gain an even more overwhelming majority.

    This all was very predictable.  In fact, I predicted it while Obama was insisting that Mubarak leave ”yesterday,” NY Times columnists were writing delusional columns about the Arab Street and the Arab Spring, and venomous anti-Israeli pundits at Media Matters and elsewhere complained that the “Israel Lobby” was trying to stifle freedom.

    On Feburary 20 I wrote The Yuppie Revolution In Egypt Is Over, The Islamist Revolution Has Begun.  I wish I had been wrong.

    The liberated women of Egypt will be the first to suffer.  The Times notes:

    The Brotherhood has pledged to respect basic individual freedoms while using the influence of the state to nudge the culture in a more traditional direction. But the Salafis often talk openly of laws mandating a shift to Islamic banking, restricting the sale of alcohol, providing special curriculums for boys and girls in public schools, and censoring the content of the arts and entertainment.

    Obama lost Egypt, and he had plenty of help.

    Update 12-1-2011: Barack Obama to Jewish Donors: “I Try Not to Pat Myself on the Back” But I’ve Done More For Israel Security Than Any Other President

    And my updated post, “The idea that we could have controlled that process is absurd”

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    […]  We know who lost Egypt.  3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count.  I knew this would happen as soon as Obama uttered, “Mubarek must go.”  I know I’m not the Lone Ranger. […]

    We will never completely recover from the mess Obama has created in the middle east. Among many other disasters he has spawned.

    It is not over yet, election is still in early stage, If Obama really cares, he can, and he knows how to fix it, but he would not because he has hidden agenda. When he was asked in an interview I think in 2004 about Jesus, he never said that Jesus is a son of God, bit weird for devoted Christian who prays and go to church every week, not acknowledge the most important thing in the Christian faith.
    I wish if he leaves Syria alone, the fall of Syria will create two strong groups of extremist Muslim
    ( Shiaa and Sunni) Both of them want to fight Israel, and both of them are dumb enough to do it. By the way I am not Syrian.

    I know for fact that millions and millions of Egyptian did not agree with the revolution and now millions and millions do not agree with the Muslim brotherhood, I know that Egypt will lose one major source of income which is tourism. It is up to the American now to get up and try to help the Egyptian, Egypt will be another Iran but very poor, women will suffer. It is not too late, if you can help Egypt please try, do not let the pyramids and all the history to fall in the hand of another Taliban.


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