Neophyte, Come Home!
watching the news, lately? A winter of
discontent seems to have overtaken the ballyhooed Arab Spring.
looked, the Egyptian Parliament elected by the suddenly free people of Egypt was
consisting of 80% anti-democratic islamists and 20% various pro-democracy seats
– of which a grand total of 2 seats, comprising 0.4% – belonged to the party of
those student activists who first descended upon Tahrir Square to protest
against Mubarak’s rule in the first place.
Most of the
world’s republics choose their Chief Executive by a vote of the Legislature,
and Egypt is no exception. This is what
makes the election of the Legislature so important in so many places. The US, sadly, not being among them.
what kind of President we would have if a Democrat Senate and a Republican
House did the choosing instead of 80 million Americans. Would we have had Obama? Would we have had Bush?
Parliament being 80% anti-democratic islamists, what sort of President do you
think they’d select?
A] a statesman
like Mohamed ElBaradie who, unlike some I could name, actually earned the Nobel
Prize he was awarded, and who is respected worldwide, despite his connection
with the UN, or
B] an islamist
henchman named Mohamed Morsi, who supports Sharia, al Qaida, unlimited
executive authority [as long as the executive is an islamist named Morsi] and a
severe loathing of both democracy and Israel.
Egypt’s President – the world’s boobs call him The First Democratically-Elected President in Egypt’s History® – and
upon taking office he accomplished these feats of anti-democratic unilateralism:
pro-democracy activists for being pro-democracy – those whose activities led to
the elections that ultimately put him in power – including those from Western
nations, to include a few dozen from the United States … including the son of an
Obama Cabinet Secretary, Ray LaHood;
the type of free elections that put him and his islamist kin in power,
returning to the same sort of elections that Mubarak had run: you can vote for
anyone you like as long as it’s me;
the majority of Western tourism traffic into and through much of Egypt, and by
which Egypt made most of its money – Western tourism was suddenly seen as “undesirable”,
mostly because those tourists were not Muslim;
much of Egypt’s archeological activities as those activities were not based
upon post-Islamic studies, but instead were dedicated to digging up dead Pharaohs. Dead Pharaohs are not Islamic enough for the
the Legislature that had been disbanded by the Egyptian Supreme Court, but gave
himself “supreme” legislative authority anyway, just in case. This legislative authority was declared to be
beyond legislative or judicial review;
all Jews and publically called for their extermination; and
Sharia law, which was greeted warmly by the 80% islamists in Parliament, but
the 20% democracists opposed it, saying it might lead to religious rule.
within three months.
months of him taking office and reinventing himself as a second Mubarak only
bigger and better, the protests in Tahrir Square started up again. Most American neophytes would claim that this
is nothing worse than being sent back to square one. Those who know world politics understand it
to be significantly more sinister than that.
and Mubarak are autocrats, yes, but their similarities truly end there. It matters greatly upon whom their
autocracies were levied.
onerously dictatorial upon islamists – primarily the Muslim Brotherhood and its
subsidiaries, as well as the Salafis. He
left the academics, the intellectuals, the Jews and Copts, the Western
tourists, the archeologists, and the run-of-the-mill political contrarian whose
major input consisted of shouting “The King is a fink” … he left these people
alone. These people – if we are to
believe the American neophyte – are 98% of the population in each nation of the
Muslim world. Egyptian women had more
political freedoms than almost any Muslim nation.
On the other
hand, Morsi allowed the islamists to run rampant, killing Jews and Copts, burning
their homes and shops, and instead imprisoned political contrarians and women
wearing mascara, cut off Western tourism, hamstrung the academics and
intellectuals, and – despite naming token women, Jews and Copts to positions in
his government – declared that being a woman, Jew or Copt was effectively
illegal, considering that Egypt was now under Sharia law.
American neophyte sincerely believe that Mubarak is, in any meaningful way,
comparable to Morsi as regards imperious despotism?
In a similar
vein, does any American neophyte believe the world is better off with the
Ayatollahs running Iran in place of the Shah?
The Shah was an autocrat toward the islamists who kept shooting at him;
the Ayatollahs are autocrats toward everyone else and the rest of the world
like the Shah of Iran, Mubarak imposed severe restraints on islamists’ activities
because of their history of being … for lack of a better term … Grade-A Assholes. The major islamist group in Egypt has been
Muslim Brotherhood. A brief – very brief – list of their activities
over the past three generations includes:
three coups, of which one was successful;
terrorist groups – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and being a primary financial
contributor to a third: Hezbollah;
Egyptian politics behind the scenes for the purpose of joining other Arab
states in perpetual war against Israel; and
Anwar Sadat for his being smart enough to realize that perpetual war with
Israel qua Israel was slow-motion
or worse, Egypt doesn’t have the same rules as we do in the US, and Mubarak was
allowed to do what he wanted to his country’s assholes. And he did, relatively benignly. The major imposition upon them was that they
were not allowed to seek or hold office.
The neophytes in America, though, cried foul, for they believe that
every nation on the planet deserves US political freedoms even if it is the
freedom to obliterate everyone else’s political freedoms, and is obliged to
have our political freedoms imposed upon them if they resist adopting them
willingly. …which is mighty high-handed
and autocratic of these American neophytes, a sentiment that is echoed by much
of the rest of the world, I might add.
Not that this
high-handedness is unique to the American neophyte. Our politicians suffer the same condition. When American political ideals are imposed on
other nations by Republican administrations, the American neophyte calls it
imperialism, hegemony and regime change; when these same ideals are imposed on
other nations by Democrat administrations, it is called self-determination. ToMAYto, toMAHto.
For what it’s
worth, the second-most influential group of islamists in Egypt is the Salafis,
who are the political arm of the Wahabi-sect Sunni, … whose military arm is better
known as al Qaida.
How does the
American neophyte feel about it all now?
Egypt’s military has been caught so many times in the cross-hairs of Egyptian
islamists’ power-plays – being forced to counter-coup and install Nasser, and
then being the guys with the targets on their backs when islamists’ manipulation
inspired yet another war with Israel … that Egypt invariably lost – Egypt’s
military doesn’t like islamists any better than Mubarak did. Can you blame them?
laid down rules when the Tahrir Square revolution first happened: they don’t
really care who wins as long as it’s not the islamists, because they [the
military] aren’t going to go through that
again. Once, twice, three times, was
more than enough.
into the presidency of Morsi, however, and eight months of Morsi advertising
that Egypt will indeed go through all that again, to include anti-Israeli agitation
and islamist nonsense in general, the Egyptian military forcibly removed Morsi
from power last week and restated their rules: they don’t care who runs the
country as long as it’s not the islamists.
They don’t want to run the country themselves, but if it’s going to be a
choice of the military or the islamists, then the military it is.
we are seeing American neophytes declaring that they haven’t the sense to come
in out of the war. Huge wads of Americans
are boo-hooing over this denial of Democracy by military force, and refusing to
understand that Democracy was never in the game to begin with. Elections, to the power-brokers in most of
the world, simply exist as a means to placate idiot Americans, in Washington or
otherwise, dumb enough to think that one election is as good as another.
of these Americans, taking their clues from the clueless Jimmuh Cawtuh, all
need to sit down and shut up. They’re
making the rest of us look stupid.