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Sunday, 30 January 2011


Mannie Sherberg
Daniel's post -- astute and well-informed as always -- jibes nicely with the Barry Rubin comment posted on BtB yesterday. In the end, those Egyptians who thirst for a government led by adulteress-stoning, hand-chopping, sharia-adoring, caliphate-loving, Taliban-aping jihadi thugs will get their wish. The much maligned Samuel Huntington was right: We are dealing with a culture vastly different from our own, and a people vastly different from us. The "expansionistic" system to which Daniel refers intends, sooner or later, to encompass the entire world -- and as long as that system is in place, talk about "free and fair" elections -- like that engaged in by Hillary Clinton on "Meet the Press" this morning -- is both delusional and ultimately dangerous. What the American people desperately need at this moment is some straight and honest talk about a very dangerous situation that may soon become even more dangerous. Is there some way we can make Daniel Greenfield our Secretary of State?
Tom Glennon
Egypt has a history more than 4,500 years long, and has never had anything other than absolute rulers. From Pharaohs to foreign conquest by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Turks, through colonial times from the French and British, they reverted to puppet kings, and then military dictatorships led by Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. Any politician who believes this unrest will result in anything other than some type of totalitarian regime is smoking funny weed. In the Middle East, "unrest" in every Islamic country over the last 60 years has led to some form of disastrous outcome. Iraq got Saddam Hussein, Syria the Assad family, Libya resulted in Qaddafi, Afghanistan The Taliban, Gaza Hamas and now Lebanon has Hezbollah in charge. Mannie is correct in his post. We have amateurs in charge of our foreign policy, and they are, to be charitable, clueless. Nothing good will come of this.
Tom Glennon
And how could I forget how well the toppling of the Shah of Iran turned out. Nothing to see here folks, just move along. The country is in the best of hands.
Tom Glennon
Who Knew! My friends at the military blog BLACKFIVE reminded me that we have a battalion of lightly armed soldiers in the Sinai. They would be at risk if a hostile entity (such as The Muslim Brotherhood) came to power in Egypt. Some interesting thoughts at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2011/01/the-south-camp-perimeter.html#more Based on the militarily uneducated commander-in-chief we have, do they even know about these men? Just sayin.
Mannie Sherberg
Tom -- until this weekend, I never knew how much funny weed grew on this planet. And I never knew how many politicians -- and pundits - smoked the stuff. The number of people who know the facts but choose to deny them never ceases to amaze me. You're right: Whatever the specific outcome of the mess in Egypt, it will not end well. The West has much to be worried about. Thanks for two historically informed posts -- and thanks for putting "unrest" in quotation marks. When did "unrest" replace "riots"? And why? Could it be because "unrest" sounds less threatening?

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