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“The frightening concept of a revolution is…”

“The frightening concept of a revolution is that you know where you start but you don’t know where you’ll be when the revolution ends …Radical Islam does not believe in democracy. It may use democracy to gain power but will not deliver democratic values.”

As a blogger, one of the things I’m beginning to discover is that originality is quite unnecessary when your purpose is just to get the word out. The heavy reader response to my last post was a clear indication to me that it’s the content that matters, not whether or not I wrote it.

Along those lines, my correspondent blogger IsraeliGirl frequently asks me to share her material with my readers. My lead in line here comes from her article “Revolutions in the Middle East.” Below is her post in its entirety. It certainly gives you something to consider.

Revolutions in the Middle East

 

Every beginning has an end. As I witness the millions protesting in Egypt over the last 2 weeks this saying keeps resonating in my head. Where does this revolution lead Egypt and what will be the domino effect on its neighbors in the Middle East?

A revolution – power to the people – democracy, these are the core foundations of the free world. We all hope to make the world a better place – and the people in Egypt are no different.

All revolutions are blissful in the first days and the Egyptian revolution is greeted with euphoria by many in the world. PM Netanyahu acknowledged that saying: "These hopes are understandable. All those who cherish human liberty, including the people of Israel, are inspired by genuine calls for reform and by the possibility that it will take place."

But are all revolutions the same? In the last three decades images of revolution came from a range of autocracies under threat – from the Shah’s Tehran, Deng Xiaoping’s Beijing and Ceausescu’s Bucharest to the uprisings of the last couple of years in Iran, Tunisia, and now Egypt. Some revolutions failed and some succeeded. The frightening concept of a revolution is that you know where you start but you don’t know where you’ll be when the revolution ends.

In Israel and every other democratic country we appreciate the significance of liberty. We enjoy independent courts that protect the rights of individuals and the rule of law, free press, and of a parliamentary system with a coalition and an opposition. One can only hope Egypt will come out of this revolution as a democratic state providing freedom to its people.

Anyone that believes that democracy is the likely option in Egypt, or the only option, has not done his homework on the recent history in the Middle East.

In 1979 the Iranians have rallied against an autocratic regime only to end up with an oppressive radical Islamic one. The West has lost a strong ally in the Gulf region and the Iranian people lost their freedom and human rights. The same radical regime in Iran is looking at the Egyptian revolution with glee. They have embraced the protesters, proclaiming an Islamic awakening is under way.The Mullahs in Iran are not interested in seeing democracy in Egypt that protects the rights of individuals, women, and minorities. They want Egypt to become another Gaza, run by radical forces that oppose everything that the democratic world stands for.

A few years ago, Hamas, a non democratic radical Islamic group, used democratic elections to gain control of Gaza. Hamas became the rulers of Gaza without demonstrating any commitment to democracy, and Palestinian society had no checks in place to prevent the outcome from being one man, one vote, one time.

Let’s look at Lebanon – a fragile unstable democracy in which the terrorist group Hezbollah is now the dominant force in government. Radical Islam does not believe in democracy. It may use democracy to gain power but will not deliver democratic values.

Does Iran enjoy freedom? Is there a real democracy in Gaza? Does Hezbollah promote human rights?

The House of Mubarak is no more. He is 82 and not running for reelection. The only question is who fills the vacuum in Egypt. There are two principal possibilities: a provisional government of opposition forces or an interim government led by the military.

In the chaos created by a revolution all of us in Giyus.org hope peace and democracy will prevail but we must maintain watchful eyes that recognize reality.

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There is a shockingly false picture of Egypt unrest being promoted by major media.

In my last post on the situation in Egypt, I was basically saying that I’m not yet saying anything. And I’m still not offering much on my own, but I strongly feel that we ought to pay attention to alarms like the one below, which comes from a protest movement insider. It appears that the media are for whatever reason complicit in a movement, not of Egyptian protesters, but of outsiders—non-Egyptians—seeking an overthrow of the entire Government, not just the removal of Hosni Mubarak.

Read on:

Egyptians Reject the Muslim Brotherhood!

UCI Staff – Special to UCI,  February 3rd, 2011

The following is an authentic testimony received from a protester at Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt:

(Cairo, Egypt, Feburary 3, 2011) “I am writing this to you as a witness to what is going on from the streets of Cairo over the last few days. We have been following the developments since January 25th, which started with a large group of Egyptian youth taking to Tahrir square in an anti-government protest with specific demands.  I know some of these people who were in that group and I talked with them.  What is happening now has nothing to do with this original protest!  What is happening right now is a conspiracy to topple Mubarak from outside the country!!  I am not a conspiracy theorist, but let me tell you what I have personally witnessed on the streets of Cairo.

“As we followed the unfolding of events including the announced change in government and president Mubarak’s speech, we wondered why the international news media is focusing only on the thousands in Tahrir square who are escalating their demands and refusing dialogue.  The news media is reporting this as “the people of Egypt” wanting Mubarak to leave immediately.  Did they ask the “people of Egypt?”.  For one, they did not ask me!  Where are those, like myself, that want change and reform, but accept the changes that Mubarak is proposing, and want a peaceful transition through elections in September?

“We decided to take to the streets to voice our opinion. On Tuesday, February 1st we went to Mustafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandessin.  There were about one thousand people there around 3:30 pm. The crowd grew to about 2500 by 5:00 pm.  People were calling their friends over the phone telling them to come. We left at about 6:30 pm and returned yesterday, Wednesday, starting at 11:00 am.

“The small group had swelled to TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE standing together with banners saying things like:

  • yes to stability, yes to Mubarak
  • give change a chance
  • we are sorry Mr. president
  • we accept dialogue, we trust you
  • no to ElBaradei, no to the muslim brotherhood (many like this one)
  • we are the Egyptians, where is Al-Jazeera, let them come and see
  • no to corruption, no to vandalism
  • we got what we asked the president for, so why are people still in Tahrir? Who are they? What do they want?

“etc., etc., etc.

“By 2:00 pm, the crowd had grown to SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, maybe up to a million, stretching from Sphinx square to Sudan street.  We had a great sense of unity and victory.  We met with people who were in the original protest in Tahrir square who decided to join us saying: we got what we asked for, and now we accept Mubarak’s changes and proposals”.

“We left around 4:15 pm.  The numbers had grown even more, POSSIBLY OVER A MILLION. As we drove home we saw the same slogans on banners all over the city, on cars, on walls, on shop windows. We learned that similar demonstrations are taking place ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, IN MANY DIFFERENT CITIES. THIS IS THE CRY OF THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT THAT IS BEING TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS MEDIA. Is this on purpose??!!! I am perplexed!!!

“I am wondering: How come CNN, the BBC, and others are reporting ONLY the anti-government protests as the voice of the people? This is not JUSTICE, this is not TRUTH. There have been reports that these people are being paid by the government.  NOT TRUE! I was there with many many others.  I SAW THE STREETS.

“Regarding the situation in Tahrir square. Only a few people (hundreds?) are still there from the original protesters. They have been slowly replaced by other HIGHLY ORGANIZED GROUPS.  They all have the same model of cell phones.  They all have the same blankets (eye witnesses). THESE ARE NOT THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT.  Some witnesses claim that they don’t look Egyptian, and don’t sound Egyptians (different accent, different dialect).  THIS IS A BIG ORGANIZED COUP TO TRY TO CONVINCE THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA THAT EGYPT WANTS MUBARAK TO GO, AND THE MEDIA IS PART OF THE DECEPTION. People in Tahrir square are escalating the situation on purpose to topple President Mubarak FOR THEIR OWN HIDDEN AGENDAS. This is TYPICAL OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERS, AND EVERYBODY IN THE STREETS OF CAIRO KNOWS THIS. We heard people on the streets saying that the plot to take over the country is now clear. THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS.

“The escalation of violence in Tahrir square is because of this.  Egyptians who love Egypt, the millions that took to the streets yesterday, want this to end. They fully understand that president Mubarak is between a rock and a hard place, that he cannot quench the unrest in Tahrir through the army, so the people want to go to Tahrir to disperse the crowds there by themselves.  People in Tahrir are vastly outnumbered. If Egyptians go to Tahrir square to take control of the situation, more chaos will erupt, giving a chance to the international media to blame the President even more.

“If Egypt falls, then neighbouring countries are going to fall one after the other. WE ASK FOR TRUTH, WE ASK FOR JUSTICE.  Stand with us. Let the deception be exposed!”

 

UCI calls on the media to seek the truth from the people of Egypt and on we call on you, our readers, to forward this report to your newspapers, radio talkshow hosts and television sources. Call their attention to the lone article (from a Muslim reporting agency) that has surfaced in support of this poignant testimony of the actual sentiments of the vast majority of Egyptians.

One article that substantiates the rallies in dilemma – http://www.onislam.net/english/politics/middle-east/450846-egyptians-wanting-to-vent-their-anger.html

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Neither a politician nor a pundit be…

See the latest scenes from Egypt following clashes between protesters and police: SkyNews Hey y’all, I just found out why I’ve been so quiet lately. The Big Story this past week has been the turmoil in Egypt. I’ve been inclined to think that, of all the scenarios and warnings put forth, the most worrisome thought has been the potential for a repeat of what happened in Iran of 1978, or Cuba of 1959 for that matter. Barry Rubin does a very thorough job of laying out the dangers, and also a few hopes inherent in the situation.

But having said that, I still feel that there is much more to be seen. Indeed there have been a good many twists and turns in this road, and more may be expected. Some fourth party contacts (can they really be called contacts at that point?) reported over the weekend that the situation on the streets had deteriorated to the point where the main concern is not regime change, but protecting one’s home and immediate family from looting and other personal violence.

So what do I know, or what can I say? I read something in INN this morning that expresses my viewpoint well:

It is the prophet Amos who said that "the wise man would be silent at that time…"

The prophet Amos’ dictum cannot be adhered to by politicians who must supply interviews and project the image that they are controlling events. The  same goes for talking heads and pundits who must demonstrate their predictive abilities…

I’m certainly not a politician, nor yet really a pundit, and certainly not a talking head. So I’m safe, yes?

Well, none of us are really safe, but sometimes we just have to take it, not merely a day at a time, but a moment at a time.

Talk to y’all later. In the meantime, watch with me, will you?

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