Tony Blair reports that the whole "rebellion" is orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Jihadi cohorts.
Obama thinks that "the people" have risen up to demand democracy, an' the American response is to support "the people" an' throw out the dictator by pressurin' the Egyptian Army to sack their president. What precedent do ya' think that sets? Or, are we aiding a gen-yoo-wine people's reform?
Chris Matthews is "embarrassed" that Obama ain't supportin' our friend Mubarak (an' the tingle Chris gits now is fear of Muslim Brotherhood --who is likely the killers of Sadat). "Where is the State Department?" yeah, they missed the signs of uproar in Egypt completely--can ya believe EVEN Matthews now sees that Sec. State Clinton is asleep at the wheel??
BTW, this clip from Mornin' Joe shows an unlikely confluence: Pat Buchanan and Chris Matthews on the same side of the issue--now thas' gotta be some sorta first, doan it?
( Mornin' Joe makes a good point--what will other US allies in Middle East think --Jordan, Saudi Arabia--if we turn our back on Mubarak.)
Some think Mubarak has been a stabilizing force in the Middle East --Aunty fer one thinks he has at least tied to stop genital mutilation which is a fundamentalist Islamic practice against girls in Egypt--in 2007 Mubarak prohibited this barbarous outrage...but the people still practice it.
Alert: Doan read if youse squeamish:
[Writing on the web site IslamOnline, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi - the president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars - explains:
The most moderate opinion and the most likely one to be correct is in favor of practicing circumcision in the moderate Islamic way indicated in some of the Prophet's hadiths - even though such hadiths are not confirmed to be authentic. It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to a midwife: "Reduce the size of the clitoris but do not exceed the limit, for that is better for her health and is preferred by husbands."That is not a Muslim view (the practice is rare in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan), but an Egyptian Muslim view. In the most fundamental matters, President and Mrs Mubarak are incomparably more enlightened than the Egyptian public. Three-quarters of acts of genital mutilation in Egypt are executed by physicians. ]
But, Mubarak? --the man ain't no Prince Charmin' --brutality is hardly unknown in his regime.
European leaders is frantic to show themselves on the side of "the people" too--or, is it they want to insure that whoever emerges as Mubarak is sent packin' looks kindly on the Eurozone, an keeps the Suez open? Lest oil reach 400 bucks a barrel?
Spengler, an investment banker writing in the Asia Times thinks we's missin' part of the puzzle when we fail to note that Egypt imports more wheat than any nation, an wheat done doubled in price in the last year--in short, the poor are hungry an' the middle class Egyptians is fearful of economic collapse. World food prices are risin' faster than most nations can cope--is Egypt the canary in the famine mine?
Aunty wonders if the Suez closes, an oil goes to the moon--what does ya think wheat will do? Russia had a drought, her wheat production is off 33%! US production is "down" but still the third highest on record, though 2011 acres in production wuz due to decline--bet'cha wheat acres will now increase--mayhap "wheat fer oil" will be the bargain we make in 2011.
Robert Spencer traces Obama's pro-Muslim appointments an' policies.
What I'se wonderin': What can we'uns--"the people" really believe about what we learn via media kingpins or via the web/ social media etc.?
In short--what do ya' think the real story is in Egypt? What's really at stake?
What do it mean fer US Middle East policy a year from now?