April 09, 2017
Palm Sunday Massacre
Islamists have bombed a Coptic church celebrating Palm Sunday in Tanta, Ghaebya Egypt.
It's equivalent to bombing Jesus on the mule as he rode into Jerusalem. Times 25.
Update:More here at Haaretz
At least 21 people were killed and over 50 wounded in a bombing near a church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta, according to Egyptian security sources. The blast occured as Coptic Christians were marking Palm Sunday.Update: Two bombings, two churches 43 killed 119 injured.
The attack in the Nile Delta town was the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up around 10 percent of the population of 92 million and has been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists. It comes just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt.
CBC showed footage from inside the church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.
"There was a huge explosion in the hall. Fire and smoke filled the room and the injuries were extremely severe. I saw the intestines of those injured and legs severed entirely from their bodies," Vivian Fareeg told Reuters by phone.
Islamic State took credit.
ISIS issued the claim on the Telegram messaging platform. The claim was circulated by several ISIS supporters. ISIS identified the suicide bombers as Egyptian nationals. Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the bombers' nationalities.
In their claim of responsibility, ISIS warned of more attacks with this message: "The Crusaders and their tails from the apostates must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons,
if God willing."Inshallah.
January 04, 2015
Egypt’s Sisi: Islamic “Thinking” Is “Antagonizing the Entire World”
In a stunning speech getting little notice by the navel gazing American media... Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi just called out the Muslim clerics.
BloggerRaymond Ibrahim has the details of the speech.
The relevant excerpt from Sisi’s speech follows (translation by Michele Antaki):
I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!
That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!
Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!
I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.
All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.
I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.
This man just made himself a target.....wow.
November 12, 2014
Meanwhile, in Egypt
The Islamic State slowly expands:
ISIS has a new residency in Egypt, according to a YouTube message posted Sunday.The good news here is that the Egyptian government seems capable of handling the threat. At least in the sense that they won't fall to the militants who control zero territory. The bad news is that it's not clear to me just how long the present junta can keep the lid on all of Egypt's other problems. Should this government fall, in the ensuing chaos I'm not so sure the threat doesn't become more existential.
In the audio message, the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or ABM, allegedly announces its allegiance to ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.
September 14, 2014
Egyptian Commentator Demands Jews Return Gold They 'Stole' 3500 Years Ago
Evil Jew slaves stole all of Egypt's gold and glory!!eleventy!!
Not for the first time, an Egyptian commentator (this time a political scientist) has demanded that the Jews compensate Egypt for the gold they took on their way to freedom from slavery.
According to tradition the slaves - who had not been paid for their back-breaking labor for the generations they were enslaved - were handed riches by their former masters who were terrified that the infamous ten plagues would continue should the Jews stay.
It is worth noting that today's Egyptians are mostly the descendants of Arab conquerers - not the ancient Egyptians of Biblical times.
This is not the first time Egyptians have demanded reparations from Israel.
June 09, 2014
Arab Fall! Egyptians Celebrate Sissi's Inauguration by Raping Women Celebrating Sissi's Inauguration
Egypt: What a sh*thole. At this rate they might catch up with Pakistan.
Googlish: Ordered on behalf of the Palace of the Nile, headed by Judge Samir Hassan, Monday, sentenced six defendants 4 days in an incident of harassment by 5 girls in Tahrir Square during the celebration of the inauguration of President Sisi, and ordered the prosecution to deposit accused Event care home, and attributed the prosecution of defendants charges of harassment and indecent assault and bullying, kidnapping and fraud.Here is one of the videos in question. Be warned its extremely violent and the poor woman is stripped and bleeding. It appears to be after the main assault as the crowd moves her to an ambulance.
The prosecutor ordered the victim to refer them to a forensic medical examination to sign them and determine the injuries to them and write a detailed report on the status of each victim on them.
Investigations revealed Amr Awad, Director on behalf of the Palace of the Nile, the accused of molesting a 5 girls during the celebration in Tahrir Square inauguration Sisi President of the Republic, and the prosecution introduced the accused to the victim they were identified, confirmed the victims were that the defendants are they molesting HTC put them before in the field .
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The prosecution asked for the videos show harassment incident to identify the suspects, and on the other side denied the defendants in connection with the incident, and said that the police arrested them at random
Nuking the ME. Its too good for them.
Hat Tip: Sarah.
June 03, 2014
Arab Spring! New Egyptian Government Blames Who For Morsi's MB Rule? ..... Oh Come On Just Guess
An Egyptian court that sentenced to death 37 Islamists and handed life terms to 492 others has defended its verdict, saying the men were “demons” who followed Jewish scripture.So who did the brotherhood blame for their fall from power? I'll give you one guess.
The court in the central city of Minya had triggered international outrage earlier this year for sentencing to death hundreds of alleged supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in two separate mass trials which only lasted minutes.
By supporting the coup in Egypt, he proves to be concerned about interests rather than moral obligation, and subject to pressure by the Zionist lobby, which believes this coup serves the security of Israel."Shocking! Da Jooooos! Is there anything they are not behind?
He also accuses Israel of accelerating the end of Morsi’s rule by playing a major role in planning the coup...
Don't answer that ;-)
April 02, 2014
Arab Spring! 529 Death Sentences Handed Out to Muslim Brotherhood Members
The 529 death sentences handed down to supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood represent the largest number issued collectively in living memory in the country. That these sentences were delivered after a two-day trial, without benefit of defence testimony, has sparked international outrage - yet many in Egypt have greeted the move positively.I mean yeah, seems positive to me. I mean on the down side you're being executed by a military regime that had overwhelming street support, on the upside Martyr for Allah.
It kinda evens out, so positive.
March 24, 2014
New New Egypt About as Free as Old New Egypt and Old Egypt
Under Mubarak: We have show trials for our political enemies.
Under Morsi: We have show trials for our political enemies.
Under whoever the hell is in charge now: We have show trials for our political enemies:
n Egyptian court handed death sentences to more than 500 people that state media said were supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, on charges including murdering a police officer.It's funny how the more things change the more they stay the same in the countries.
The criminal court in the southern province of Minya imposed the death penalties at the end of a trial that began on Saturday, said Osama Metwally, director of security in Minya. The court referred the sentences to Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the country’s leading authority on religious law, for ratification, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. The ruling sparked an outcry from human rights activists.
I guess if there's always going to be some SOB in charge, it's better that he's our SOB.
February 17, 2014
Suicide Bomber Murders 4, Injures 14 on Egyptian Tour Bus
Three of the victims were South Korean Christians trying to see religious sites on the Sinai peninsula:
The bombing of a tourist bus on Sunday in Taba, South Sinai, was caused by a suicide bomber who boarded the bus and detonated the explosion immediately after, said interior ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel-Latif.The Egyptian government blames 'The Muslim Brotherhood', but it's far more likely that these were Salaafists with al Qaeda sympathies. The government has taken to calling all jihadists "The Muslim Brotherhood" these days.
Prior to the blast, the bus driver had accompanied two South Korean tourists to the baggage hold. As they returned to the bus, an unknown man followed them inside and the bomb went off immediately, said Abdel-Latif, as reported by Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.
The bomber took advantage of the moment when the bus door was open and the driver and the two tourists were returning to their seats, Abdel-Latif added.
The area where the attack happened is literally on the border with Israel and various jihadist groups have been active there. The bus was on it's way to Eilat, the sole Israeli town on the Red Sea, which has bee the victim of multiple attacks in the past.
January 09, 2014
Jihadis Unclear on the Concept of "Lone"
Brigade of .... Lone Wolves
"Brigades of Lone Wolves" Claims Attacks, Kidnapping in Egypt http://t.co/Wi0QAPEHlZ— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) January 9, 2014
Actual image of the leader of this brigade of loners
September 09, 2013
AQ Linked Group Claims Attack on Egyptian Interior Minister
The inside-the-beltway zombies keep spouting off the conventional wisdom that the reason the American people aren't gung ho about a war in Syria is because of Iraq. In other words, they're blaming Bush. That has some explanatory power. Some people are still blaming Bush. These people are called Democrats.
But why aren't Republicans supporting this? Iraq? Partially. But I think a lot of us are Middle East intervention weary because of Libya and Egypt. We don't have to go back years and years to be aware of the after the fall of the dictator, what next? question.
We know what comes next. Benghazi. The Muslim Brotherhood. And stuff like this:
An Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in Egypt's Sinai has said it was behind a bombing that targeted the interior minister in a failed assassination attempt, a statement on militant Islamist forums said.When the Assad regime falls, one of the greatest enemies of humanity will have fallen. But what comes next will probably be just as bad. Or worse.
"God has allowed your brothers in Ansar Beit al-Maqdis to shatter the security organisation of the murderer Mohamed Ibrahim through a martyrdom operation," the group said in the online statement, pledging further attacks.
A car bomb ripped through the interior minister's convoy as he was leaving home for work on Thursday, killing one person.
Ibrahim, who was travelling in an armoured car, was unscathed.
We tried engaging the Muslim world. We failed. The lesson here? Never try.
August 20, 2013
Islamists on an orgy of violence and destruction (all emphasis mine):
Following nearly a week of church burnings and Islamist attacks on Christian sites, the targeting of Christians in Egypt continued with reports of nuns being paraded in the streets, two Christians killed, a statue of the Virgin Mary decapitated, and two Christian female siblings being groped by a mob.
The Christian Science Monitor published a disturbing report suggesting at least some of the attacks were premeditated, with Christian homes and shops in one village being marked with red graffiti, "vowing to protect Morsi's electoral legitimacy with 'blood'" and mosque minarets blaring accusations that Christians were behind the Cairo killings. [...]
Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" after they burned a Franciscan school, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. A Muslim woman offered them refuge, sparing them a more grisly fate. The AP reports that at the same location, two other female employees of the school, who are siblings, "were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob."
(One of the two Christians killed. A Christian Cab Driver is dragged from his vehicle and beaten to death.)
In Cairo, the police attacked two protest camps full of Morsi supporters, using live ammunition and killing hundreds. When the news reached Al Nazla, a local mosque broadcast through its loudspeakers that Christians were attacking the protesters, say residents. Hundreds of villagers marched on the Saint Virgin Mary Church. They broke down the gate and flooded the compound, shouting "Allahu akbar" and "Islam is the solution," according to Christian neighbors.
The Obama Administration has demanded the Christian Copts to stop making life so difficult for the Muslim Brotherhood.
August 19, 2013
Yet More Peaceful Unarmed Muslim Brotherhood Protestors
Muslim Brotherhood Fulfills Rusty's Childhood Fantasy of Burning Down School
My 9 year old boyhood fantasies often times centered around that old negro spiritual: The Burning of the School. This was the Battle Hymn of the Disgruntled Student long before Pink Floyd came along and ruined Rock n Roll with Another Brick in the Wall.
Of course, I was just lashing out at school and teachers in general. It had nothing to do with the religious affiliation of said school. Teachers were evil. Every kid knew that.
But apparently the Muslim Brotherhood think it's only Christian schools that need to be burned down. One wonders if any of them got their .44 and hid behind the door so they won't teach no more?
Pardon me for taken the burning of a Christian school in Egypt lightly. There's nothing funny about it. But you handle evil your way, I'll handle it my way.
Thanks to Golem Bar.
UPDATE: Oh my, it gets less funny:
A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority.
Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda.
The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers....
Siblings Wardah and Bedour, two Christian women employed by the school, also found themselves having to fight their way through the mob while being groped, hit and insulted by the extremists.
35 MB Prisoners Die While "Escaping"
This is about as believable as that guy who committed suicide by stabbing himself in the back:
Egyptian police say at least 35 detained protesters have been killed while attempting to escape from a prison convoy, but the Muslim Brotherhood has alleged that their supporters were killed in cold blood and called for an international inquiry into the incident.We need to be really cautious about news coming out of Egypt today, just like we are of news coming out of Syria. The Arab and Muslim world isn't exactly known for its commitment to truth. Rather, both sides paint the other in the worst possible light and bend the truth to fit their preexisting narrative.
There were conflicting reports of how Sunday's deaths occurred. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said the prisoners had taken an officer hostage and died after suffocating to death after police fired tear gas.
"Thirty-five of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape," the Ministry said.
Then again, in this part of the world it doesn't take much truth bending to make both sides seem pretty damnable.
And I don't mean this in the intellectually lazy pox-on-both-your-houses way that I think is often resorted to, especially by the Euroweenies and the Western Left. No, I mean that as serious social criticism of a culture torn between Islamofascism and good old fashion fascism.
Meanwhile, payback: 'tis a bitch:
Egyptian authorities on Monday were on high alert after suspected Islamist militants killed at least 24 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.Like I said last week, we are no longer talking about the possibility of a civil war. This is civil war. It's only going to get much worse before it gets better.
Thanks to Rantburg.
August 17, 2013
Oh Snap: Zawahiri's Brother Arrested in Egypt
We'll call this the upside of civil war in Egypt:
EGYPTIAN authorities have arrested the brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri, a security official has said.Maybe this time the Egyptian military will do us all a favor and put a bullet in the back of Zawahiri's head?
He said Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, the city across the Nile from Cairo....
Authorities said earlier that al-Zawahri had commanded insurgents in Sinai Peninsula.
August 16, 2013
More Unarmed Muslim Brotherhood Protestors
A Muslim Brotherhood sniper takes out an Egyptian Police officer using tear gas to try and clear the crowd.
Video ... Top police officer sniper section lockup
Note the most popular comment.
Somehow I doubt that's a favorable opinion of the Yahood if you catch my drift.
Update: Youtube apparently doesn't like evidence the Muslim Brotherhood is armed, ruins the narrative. Here is another copy. I've downloaded that one.
And here is another video of Muslim Brotherhood protesters using machine guns for good measure.
Also saved. People download videos if you can because they are throwing the truth down the memory hole.
Update: Another copy removed. I have a private copy. If you have a Youtube message howiejawa(at)gmail.com. I'll share.
August 15, 2013
When Can We Call it Civil War in Egypt?
638 dead, and it looks to me like this thing isn't going to be over anytime soon. The Egyptian government just green lighted the police to start using deadly force. Which is an odd thing to do, given the number of people who were killed before the police had that authorization. If they're only now ok with the cops killing people, then surely this thing is going to get worse before it gets better.
So, when do we start calling this a civil war? That's what it look like to me.
In Bold Move Sure to Create Much Controversy, Obama Condemns Violence
In related news, President Obama praised high schoolers good grades in spite of the odds and has come down squarely in favor of not letting old people starve to death:
President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the violence in Egypt a day after 525 people were killed in protests across the country.I especially like that last bit about not taking sides. I actually agree with it. It's not our fight.
Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, the president strongly condemned security forces going after supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
“America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that’s a task for the Egyptian people,” Obama said. “We don’t take sides.”
The thing is, it's not as safe a move as you'd think. It's the kind of dick move aimed at not pissing anyone off but which backfires because now both sides accuse you of tacitly supporting the other side.
More Mostly Peaceful Totally Unarmed Moderate Muslim Brotherhood Protesters Protesting
Obama’s peace partners are rioting, executing police officers in the street and tossing police vehicles from bridges.
The Egyptian govt says 43 policemen were killed in today’s violence.
In this video it is not clear if the victim was a policeman, but he was killed by the group of Muslim Brotherhood supporters circling around him. This is just a small slice of the violence happening around Egypt today. They also shot a few rounds from an ak-47 into his dead body, so they were clearly armed from the start.
Talk about kick him while he's down.
Of course you've heard about horrifying moments that vehicles were pushed from bridges.
But check out out this video, the Muslim Brotherhood apparently has its own snipers too because just after you hear shots the driver of this truck runs into a guard rail.
But the narrative today is about the "government's deadly crackdown". As if these folks were some 60's hippies inserting flowers into rifles. Its so blatantly dishonest.
August 14, 2013
Egyptian Security Forces Clear Mostly Peaceful Morsi Protestors
The Telegraph has live coverage the quotes here are in reverse chronological order.Telegraph:
Meanwhile the Muslim Brotherhood propaganda machine is in full swing. Putting out fake reports of dead burnt bodies.
07.17 The Muslim Brotherhood is now reporting that 30 of its protesters have been killed. There was no independent verification of the death toll. Gehad El-Haddad, Brotherhood spokesman, said on Twitter:
07.15 Canisters of tear gas rained down on tents set up by the protesters at one end of the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp as police vehicles, one blaring a siren, advanced on the protesters. A security official told AFP that similar steps were being taken at the Nahda square camp:
It is the beginning of the operation to disperse the protesters.
07.10 BST London (08.10 EET Cairo) Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage as Egyptian security forces move in to clear protest camps of Mohammed Morsi supporters.
Its not that there aren't dead burnt bodies, there are.
However the Morsi supporters have stated they wanted to be martyred, probably for the 72 virgins reward thingy.
Also the protesters were not totally 100% peaceful. Just mostly peaceful if you catch my drift.
August 09, 2013
Israel Drone Strike in Egypt Kills 5 Bad Guys
It looks like the new thugs in charge of Egypt are a little more pro-Israel than the last thugs. Normally you'd be hearing all sorts of blah-blah about Zionism, sovereignty, and other assorted bullshit:
An Israeli drone strike inside Egypt killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher Friday, two senior Egyptian security officials said, marking an incredibly rare Israeli operation carried out in its Arab neighbor’s territory.There has been a low-level conflict between the Egyptian government and militants in the Sinai for years now. The conflict even continued under Morsi, but has picked up heat in the past few months against the military junta.
The strike, coming after a warning from Egypt caused Israel to briefly close Eilat airport Thursday, potentially signals a significant new level of cooperation between the two nations over security matters in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula after a military coup ousted Egypt’s president. Egypt long has maintained that it wouldn’t allow other countries to use its territories as hotbed to launch attacks against other countries.
From a purely pragmatic view, it makes sense that Israel and Egypt would cooperate in eradicating the common enemy. But things are rarely that simple in the Middle East, especially with rampant antisemetism trumping the normal cooperation that should exist between Israel and it's neighbors.
As it stands, states like Jordan and Egypt quite often do cooperate with Israel, but they have to do so in secret. Which is why it shouldn't be surprising that some Eyptian sources are claiming that it was an Egyptian drone that carried out the strike.
An Egyptian drone? Have we been giving/selling drone tech to the Egyptians? I hope not. It's far more believable that the Israelis did this and that the Egyptians, for domestic political consumption, are claiming it just so they don't look too friendly with the JOOs.
Thanks to Dan Friedman.
July 15, 2013
Another Workplace Accident in Egypt
One less jihadi to worry about:
An Egyptian military source told state-owned news agency MENA that a member of a "terrorist group" was killed on Sunday as he was attempting to plant an bomb on El-Sheikh Zuweid road in north Sinai.
July 12, 2013
State Department: Let My Morsi Go
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States agreed with Germany’s earlier appeal for Morsi to be released and was “publicly” making the same request.But as AP points out, we're calling for Morsi's "release" ..... yet, we're not cutting off aid.
Mixed signals: it's just what the "smartest guy in the room" does.
Arab Spring! Unnamed Sunni Terrorists Attack Egyptian Police Checkpoint
Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamic militants have attacked a police checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula and killed an officer.Move along. Move along.
The officials say the attack happened early on Friday south the city of el-Arish when militants fired an RPG at an armored car at the checkpoint, killing 40-year-old Lt. Col. Ahmed Mahmoud.
Hat Tip: Laura.
July 08, 2013
51 (Maybe More) Killed in Egyptian Clashes
My gut tells me this gets much worse before it gets better:
At least 51 people were killed on Monday when the Egyptian army opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, in the deadliest incident since the elected Islamist leader was toppled by the military five days ago.Let me also reiterate that my pointing out a problem in another country should not be read to mean that I believe that it's our problem.
Protesters said shooting started as they performed morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Mursi is believed to be held.
But military spokesman Ahmed Ali said that at 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) armed men attacked troops in the area around the Republican Guard compound in the northeast of the city.
July 05, 2013
Egypt Has Seen the Enemy, and The Enemy is Egypt
Let me just put this out there: Egypt's problem isn't the Muslim Brotherhood, it's Egypt.
As much as liberals in Egypt hope that their people want to be free, they are engaged in a form of self delusion about just who the Egyptian people are. The Egyptian people are not typically young, college educated, and from urban Cairo. The typical Egyptian is rural, poor, and semi-literate. Moreover, they go to mosques which teach them the supremacy of Islamic Law.
In other words, the Muslim Brotherhood is more likely to represent the typical Egyptian than are any of the secular liberal political parties.
The failings of the Mohammad Morsi and of the Muslim Brotherhood are the failings of Egypt generally. The corruption of the Brotherhood is a reflection of the corruption of the country generally. The intolerance of the Brotherhood for opposition points of view and of Christian minority rights are the same intolerances found generally in Egypt.
What's the point? The point being that no matter what government comes to power in Egypt there is nothing that can be done to fix Egypt. Not if by "fix" you mean what the liberal secularists in Egypt want.
Egypt was a mess under the old dictator, Egypt has been a mess under the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt will remain a mess under whoever comes next and whoever comes after that.
As for those who blame Obama for the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, I laugh at you. You really think it mattered one iota whether or not the US "supported" the Brotherhood any more than our "support" for the last dictator? The fact is we didn't "support" either of them, we tolerated them. If you don't know the difference, then consult a dictionary.
Sure, we send billions of dollars in aid to Egypt, but not because we support whatever regime is in power. We do so because the last worst President we had, Jimmy Carter, made a deal in which Egypt would regain millions of square miles of land it lost to Israel in exchange for a few thousand square feet in Cairo for an embassy, a billion dollars a year, and "peace" with the country that already kicked its ass half a dozen times.
We paid the bribe when Reagan was in power, under Bush, under Clinton, and under W.
The lesson here is not that Obama has "led from behind", it's that nothing we do matters. As Homer Simpson once wisely said, "You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try."
When it comes to the Muslim Middle East, the best thing America can do is disengage. Stop sending them money, and start remembering the old adage: it's a problem, but it's not my problem.
The Egyptians blamed the US for their problems under their last dictator. They then blamed the US for their problems under the Muslim Brotherhood. I give it two weeks before they begin to blame the US, once again, for those same old problems which will face them under whoever it is rises out of the dust to assume power.
There is nothing that we can do which will make them like us, so why should we care?
Moreover, those who think that getting rid of the Muslim Brotherhood makes Israel safer just don't know their history. Every Egyptian attack on Israel since statehood has come under the leadership of the Egyptian military.
IMHO, it matters little to the security of Israel who is in power in Cairo. What keeps Israel safe is Israel's military might. If this generation of Egyptians has forgotten this, then perhaps it is time for Israel to teach Egypt another hard lesson?
While I do believe that Israel's security is generally in the best interests of the US, I also believe that our constant hand wringing about Israel is misguided. Israel has proven herself over and over again that she is capable of defending herself. What Israel needs more than anything else is moral support.
Arab and Muslim countries have many myths about the world, but one of the dumbest is the myth that if it wasn't for the US then Israel would be wiped off the map.
In fact, if it wasn't for the US's constant meddling then Israel's neighbors would have been wiped off the map. Recall that in the last major war between Egypt and Israel -- instigated by the former military regime in Cairo -- that it was the US that asked Israel to draw its troops back over to its side of the Suez. If not for the US meddling, Israel might well have wiped Egypt off the map.
That is a historical lesson that should not be forgotten.
So, what should we do about Egypt? Nothing. Not our country, not our problem, and Israel is perfectly capable (indeed, more capable) of dealing with the problem more effectively then we are.
In fact, given that the corollary to our military aid to Israel is aid to Egypt and to the other Arab countries that surround it, I can't help but think that whatever good we think we are doing is cancelled by the harm of arming Israel's enemies.
Anyway, I've been meaning to post something along these lines for the last few days. It pissed me off when I saw all those signs claiming the Brotherhood was "Obama's bitch" to no end. I hate Obama, but he's still my President which makes him my problem. No, the Brotherhood is Egypt's bitch and it's time for Egyptians to take ownership of their own failures and stop blaming every one but themselves.
July 04, 2013
Egyptian Army Vows To Protect Islamists
Shortly after toppling the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian Army vowed to protect Islamists (emphasis mine):
The Egyptian armed forces have issued a warning that they will not allow any assaults on Islamists following the fall of former President Mohamed Morsi.
"To Egypt's youth from all religious currents and orientations, no one in Egypt questions your patriotism and sincere dedication to this country," army spokesperson Ahmed Ali said on Thursday.
The statement went on to stress that no group would be excluded in Egypt.
No group except, of course, the Christian Copts, whom the Muslim Brotherhood is blaming for its downfall:
Among the episodes of violence in Egypt after the overthrow of President Morsi there is also the attack against the Coptic Catholic parish of St. George, in the village of Delgia, 60 kilometers from Minya. Since Wednesday evening, July 3 groups of fanatical Islamists first looted and then burned down the pastor’s house and church group buildings. "Thank God there were no victims and injuries" says to Fides Agency the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Minya Botros Fahim Awad Hanna "but the alarm continues. The fundamentalists have closed the roads at the entrance to the village. They shout slogans against Christians, they say they want to destroy everything and now they are trying again to storm the church. The local police are helpless, I called Cairo to ask for the intervention of the army."
There are only 800,000 Christian Copts in Egypt. Over 20 million Egyptians protested to out Morsi. So, it only makes sense for Islamists to blame the Copts. Right?
July 03, 2013
Coup in Egypt
UPDATE: Muslim Brotherhood Vows Civil War
I'm watching al Jazeera live right now and a military spokesman is announcing that the military has overthrown Morsi. The military has "appointed" the chief justice of their supreme court as "interim president".
So, out with the new fascists in with the old.
Any surprises here?
UPDATE: At the pro-Morsi rally, they are all swearing in unison that they will defend Morsi "with their lives".
As Yoda would say: On, it is.
Egyptian President Vows To Fight Til Death
Let's hope so, but I doubt it. Islamists are big on rhetoric until it gets too hot, then they run away.
Egypt's army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline loomed on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.
Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by demonstrations over Mursi's Islamist policies, issued a call to battle in a statement headlined "The Final Hours". They said they were willing to shed blood against "terrorists and fools" after Mursi refused to give up his elected office. (Source)
I'm not sure how this Arab spring with end, but anything has to be better than the Muslim Brotherhood the Obama Administration installed.
July 01, 2013
Walid Phares: "We Are Watching The Real Arab Spring"
The Egyptian Military is supporting the protesters.
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
Amazing Light Show - Egyptian Protesters Use Laser Pointers To Light Up Helicopter
This is part of the protests the Obama Administration tried to suppress.
More pictures and video below the fold.
June 30, 2013
The New Arab Spring
The Obama Administration opposes this one because it is against the oppressive, Islamist Muslim Brotherhood government Obama helped put into power.
June 25, 2013
Obama Administration Condemns Christian Copt Protest In Egypt
Obama fully supported protests to overthrow the relatively friendly Egyptian Government of Mubarak. U.S. support paved way for an Islamist takeover by the oppressive and violent Muslim Brotherhood.
Now those suffering the most under this brutal Islamist rule want to protest, and the Obama Administration is trying to prevent it.
As Egyptians of all factions prepare to demonstrate in mass against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi's rule on June 30, the latter has been trying to reduce their numbers, which some predict will be in the millions and eclipse the Tahrir protests that earlier ousted Mubarak. Among other influential Egyptians, Morsi recently called on Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to urge his flock, Egypt’s millions of Christians, not to join the June 30 protests.
While that may be expected, more troubling is that the U.S. ambassador to Egypt is also trying to prevent Egyptians from protesting—including the Copts. The June 18th edition of Sadi al-Balad reports that lawyer Ramses Naggar, the Coptic Church's legal counsel, said that during [Anne W.] Patterson's June 17 meeting with Pope Tawadros, she "asked him to urge the Copts not to participate" in the demonstrations against Morsi and the Brotherhood. [...]
So why is the Obama administration now asking Christians not to oppose their rulers--in this case, Islamists--who have daily proven themselves corrupt and worse, to the point that millions of Egyptians, most of them Muslims, are trying to oust them?
What's worse is that the human rights abuses Egypt's Coptic Christians have been suffering under Muslim Brotherhood rule are significantly worse than the human rights abuses that the average Egyptian suffered under Mubarak--making the Copts' right to protest even more legitimate, and, if anything, more worthy of U.S support.
Among other things, under Morsi's rule, the persecution of Copts has practically been legalized, as unprecedented numbers of Christians--men, women, and children--have been arrested, often receiving more than double the maximum prison sentence, under the accusation that they "blasphemed" Islam and/or its prophet. It was also under Morsi's reign that another unprecedented scandal occurred: the St. Mark Cathedral--holiest site of Coptic Christianity and headquarters to the Pope Tawadros himself--was besieged in broad daylight by Islamic rioters. When security came, they too joined in the attack on the cathedral. And the targeting of Christian children--for abduction, ransom, rape, and/or forced conversion—has also reached unprecedented levels under Morsi.
June 04, 2013
Egyptian Court Convicts American NGO Workers
More than a dozen American aid workers have been sentenced to prison in Egypt after a court convicted them of stirring up unrest in the country.Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) is not pleased
At least 16 Americans were among the 43 NGO workers who were today found guilty of illegally using foreign funds and given jail sentences of up to five years.
Most of the Americans left Egypt last year, and are extremely unlikely to serve any prison time.
The convicted aid workers include Sam LaHood, son of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.
The court in Cairo also issued judgements against the U.S. non-profit groups where the defendants worked, including the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House[More...]
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement condemning the verdicts rendered by Egypt against international and Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs):All of this will be ignored as Morsi will continue receiving our hard earned tax $$$$$ thanks to dhimmis in our government.
“This is another assault on Egyptian civil society. As if these trials were not bad enough, the Egyptian government is pushing a new law targeting NGOs that will further suffocate civil society. President Morsi should immediately reverse course and allow for Egyptian domestic and international NGOs to work toward a democratic and secure Egypt.”
May 31, 2013
Hundreds Of Journalists Attacked In Egypt Since Arab Spring
And the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters are behind most attacks
Hundreds of journalists have come under attack in Egypt in the two years since a popular revolution toppled the Mubarak regime, according to a new report which experts fear could mean a chill wind blew in with the Arab Spring.Compare that to Holder's recent 'leak' clusterfruck of calling Fox's James Rosen a co-conspirator under the Espionage Act in order to gain access to his emails and phone lines, including his parents phone line
Some 309 attacks, including three murders, 100 assaults and 42 cases of temporary imprisonment are documented in a study prepared by the Almasry (Egyptian) Studies and Information Center. Three journalists have been murdered since January 2011. Prior to that, the last journalist killed in Egypt was in 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"The evidence shows that most of these assaults are being committed by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, who have established a months-long pattern of intimidating and harassing the news media," CPJ spokesman Sherif Mansour said after a recent wave of attacks on reporters.
Fist they came for Rosen....
May 29, 2013
I, Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood), Will Survive
Googlish: Ikhwan Survive -- Against the legitimate! # Liars song:
Well, they don't like negative press either: Egyptian editor fined for libeling Brotherhood's El-Erian
May 11, 2013
Remember The Dude That Stabbed An American Outside US Embassy In Cairo?
The American Mahmoud Badr chose to stab was Chris Stone and like, well read this:
The man who stabbed an American in Cairo on Thursday says he was motivated by a hatred of the United States.Ooops.
Mahmoud Badr, 30, who holds a bachelor's degree in commerce, was arrested on Thursday after stabbing American academic Chris Stone in the neck outside the US embassy in Cairo.
Badr told interrogators that he took his mother's knife, travelled to Cairo by train from Kafr El-Sheikh, and went to the US embassy in search of an American citizen to kill, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Friday[...]
Chris Stone was recently appointed head of the US-based Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) by the American University in Cairo (AUC).
He has been praised for his pro-Palestine views and his interest in Arab culture.
I'm sorry for laughing and I don't want to condone attacking any American but pro-Pali? The jokes they write themselves.
May 09, 2013
Egyptian Official: American Stabbed Outside US Embassy In Cairo
CAIRO – An Egyptian security official says an American national was attacked and stabbed outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.He was 'rushed' to a hospital and there is no information on his condition.
The official says an assailant attacked the American with a knife as he was standing in front of the embassy building in the Cairo suburb of Garden City on Thursday.[More...]
France 24 is reporting the man was stabbed in the neck when he came out of the US embassy.
Police guarding the embassy managed to arrest the assailant, described only as “an unemployed man” by the security official, who requested anonymity.