Friday, March 25, 2011

Update on the Revolution in Egypt

The news shouldn’t come as a surprise, but perhaps it will sober up those who were cheerleading the revolution in Egypt.

If you saw the revolution in Egypt as a new media-driven cry for freedom and democracy, the news out of Egypt today is not good.

According to the New York Times, the Egyptian army has formed an unholy ruling alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Link here.

As Michael Slackman reports: “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.”

Not only are they about to thwart reform, they are also taking over the government.

If you were asking yourself what happened to the young people who seemed to be leading the rebellion, it seems that they have been pushed to the side.

In Slackman’s words: “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.”

This sounds like a good reason to shift our attention to the revolution in Libya.

10 comments:

Therapy Culture said...

Its Facebook's fault.

The revolution was started by a lone Egyptian woman who Facebooked the whole thing - rallying up other Facebookers until the all hit the streets en masse.

If this happened in USA someone would be sueing Zuckerberg.

Anonymous said...

TO: Dr. Schneiderman
RE: 'Fundamental Change', Anyone?

....many fear will thwart fundamental changes. -- Stuart Schneiderman, citing Michael Slackman

I've never doubted that there would be 'fundamental change'. However, I was thinking it would be as it seems to be turning out....Islamist driven change.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Change is not automatically 'good'.]

Susan said...

Yes indeed, bulls-eye. The convenience of Libya. But when the Libyan rebels turn out to be....Iranian backed, and Syria implodes and...and...and....what then?

Three words for understanding the Middle-East quickly: Read. Caroline. Glick.

Anonymous said...

TO: All
RE: Al Qaida, Present

As if we hadn't figured on that in the first place.

The indicators keep piling up.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Gird up your loins....]

Anonymous said...

TO: Susan, et al.
RE: And Then? And Then?

And then we'll likely see Daniel fulfilled.

I honestly believe that the twelfth Imam that our friend Abby is looking forward to bring forth is the third 'abomination'. Even the men in my Bible study group are FINALLY beginning to 'catch on'.

But all of that business is for a different topical thread. And maybe the good doctor will consider such a thread on how it is we can watch the world falling apart around us and not be overly distressed.

Something about "a peace which surpasses understanding".

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Dates in prophecy are closer than they appear in your Bible.]

Anonymous said...

Just because a group starts a "revolution" because there is no food to feed them doesnt make them secular. It just makes them hungry. They can be hungry muslims or hungry christians or hungry atheists. It doesnt make any difference to the initial movement.

The final results will be shaped by the religious undertones that have always been there,which in egypt, has always been overwhelmingly muslim.

When the western media ignores this they further undermine thier own fading credibility.

blahga the hutt said...

Eh, So they'll re-form the Caliphate sooner than expected. If we're stupid enough to allow this to happen, then the West collectively deserves what it gets.
But hey, they're a right nice peaceful people and all...

Stuart Schneiderman said...

You do bring to mind the European acquiescence to Muslim sensibilities... one does wonder whether this weakness has anything to do with the current wave of anarchy in Britain.

blahga the hutt said...

Stuart,

Europe is already lost to the muslims. They just don't realize it yet. Give them a few decades when the demographic shift really starts to happen.

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