It's hard to believe that February was only five months ago.
Now, who do you suppose is responsible for that? Perhaps the same person who is responsible for eliminating democratic opposition in Egypt and who has insisted, for 30 years now, that the choice the United States faces is either supporting the dictator Mubarak or the ascension to power of the Muslim Brotherhood."
Today, Brother Jack sends us this MEMRI video at Big Peace - showing "Egyptian cleric" Safwat Higazi explaining how the "real" conflict is "between two religions" - that is, the Arab-Muslim Ummah (what Obama refers to as "the Muslim World") and the "foreign riff-raff" in the Middle East who claim to be Israeli Jews.
... Friday’s chants in Tahrir, the cradle of the Egyptian revolution, must have made some knees shake in Washington before anywhere else across Egypt and the region.
al Reuters via daylife : Protesters carry a banner reading "There is no God but God" as they chant religious and nationalist slogans in Tahrir square in Cairo July 29, 2011.
“Islamic. Islamic. Not Western or Eastern. No liberal or secular,” demonstrators chanted. “With our soul and blood we defend you Islam.”
Islamist groups will triumph in parliamentary and presidential elections because they are the best organized political forces in Egypt today and because the will of the majority that will vote may be on their side, irrespective of whoever was the force behind the uprisings.
... those revolutionaries, in the end, failed to maintain the momentum of the uprising... A semblance of “we know best” pervaded their movement, which ultimately fractured the country and allowed for the extremist Islamic state to take form.
The Egyptian protesters, who returned to Tahrir on July 8, have done such a poor PR job that much of the country views them as pariahs attempting to disrupt the country and foment their “suspicious plans.” The military has done an excellent job of shifting sides in gathering anti-Tahrir protest support and raising antagonism against them....
...the fact that the Egyptian left has cornered itself through its poor judgments and failure to listen to the people, it is disappointing. Let us not forget that the protesters believe they left too early following Mubarak’s departure. They are most likely correct in their arguments, but the military and others have leveled a campaign against them that has been difficult to overcome.
The reality is that it is no longer about the ideology of the revolution, it has become political, a game played well by the military and the Islamists, who have years of experience, while the true activists of the revolution are too new and are thinking in ideas...
A longtime friend of BtB writes that perhaps Obama will "advise the Egyptians that any political solution should be bipartisan. Yeah, that's the ticket."