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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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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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How far is Obama into the clutches of Iran & Hamas?

BHO_worships_in_Mosque_from_email_image I pointed out earlier that requiring Israel to lift the military blockade of Gaza is tantamount to supporting Hamas, and consequently Iran. I was gentle in my words compared to Caroline Glick in her column for this week: Our World: Hamas rises in the West.

As I may have mentioned before, I’m thankful that Glick has a much larger audience than I do, because we all need to pay attention to what she and others like her are saying. She pointed out a few things that I didn’t know; for one thing that Barack Obama’s commitment to not just Islam and Islamism, but even to extreme radical Islamism was evidenced in his Cairo speech last year when he thumbed his nose not only at the West but also at Egypt his host, in demanding that members of The Muslim Brotherhood jihad, enemies of Egypt’s more moderate current government, be allowed to attend. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Obama’s loyalties lie not with his own country, nor even yet with the Islamic world in general, but with the most extreme elements within the Islamic world, such as Hamas and the current Iran regime.

Glick says “It is not surprising that Obama is siding with Hamas,” and proceeds to give us several reasons why. I’ll admit I was surprised at first; I knew he was bad news for the US, but didn’t know he was quite this bad.

Then again, maybe we should have paid more attention when the truth slipped out right after the election that the Obama campaign had maintained a secret liaison with Hamas all along. A poor Hamas operative named Ahmed Yousef spilled the beans, before he realized it wasn’t OK. I never heard of him again after that, did you? Somehow I don’t think he was given a lush retirement package on the Riviera.

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On a lighter note (if you can call it that), at least somebody outside of the Zionist Right Wing Blogosphere recognizes Israel as the best thing that ever happened to the West with respect to preserving any semblance of civilization in the region. Somebody like former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar. He wrote Friday in an opinion column that

Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region.

Minister Aznar points out a few often overlooked matters, such as:

It was the United Nations which birthed what is now the State of Israel over 60 years ago; so why is the UN now screaming that the State is illegitimate? What does that make the UN? (OK, so I’m somewhat paraphrasing what the Minister wrote – after all, he is a gentleman.)

Israel is not what is threatening to destabilize the Middle East. It is the rise of radical Islamism which is the destabilizing factor.

Moreover, Israel is the one element in the region which is holding back the forces seeking to destroy civilization. Israel is in reality our first line of defense and is taking the blows for us; if Israel falls, we’re next on the list.

MilitantIslam-FLIKR-WEB It is the decline in the West of a sense of moral and strategic clarity that is setting us up for a fall. For us to pursue appeasement with those who oppose Israel is to seek appeasement with those same forces that seek our own destruction, and that “is not only a grave moral mistake, but a strategic error of the first magnitude.”

Minister Aznar summarizes by saying:

Israel is a fundamental part of the West…  If… Israel is lost, then we are lost too. Whether we like it or not, our fate is inextricably intertwined.

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Well, that brief visit with sanity was wonderful, wasn’t it? All right then, back to normal, since of course, complete irrationality seems to have become the norm of late.

Do you recall the story of “The Green Prince,” also called “Son of Hamas?” Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of one of Hamas’ founders, but he converted after witnessing the sickening cruelty of the Palestinians toward their own kind. He worked undercover for Israeli security for a while, saving lives on both sides of the fence, and then came to this country and applied for political asylum.

To any rational mind, he’s the perfect candidate, considering the price on his head if he were to ever go back to Hamastan. Ah, but a rational mind is a rare commodity indeed in the current US administration! Incredibly, the Department of Homeland Security is pursuing deportation proceedings against him this month. Somehow DHS seems to reason that since he fought against terrorism, that makes him a terrorist. Kind of like if you’re black, that means you’re white. Or something like that. Don’t ask me to explain – just read it for yourself.

Of course, it all does make sense if you look at it this way: Barack Obama’s loyalties are with Hamas and with the other elements of radical Islamic jihad, not with the country he was elected to lead. Not that I’m applying the word “treason,” though it does seem to describe his actions better than anything. Maybe I’m hoping to wake up and find all of this alternate reality was just a dream. Or maybe we all just need to wake up.

Good night.

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