that was June 2008, coming into his own while in the final months leading up to the election, the election that would fundamentally transform America.
He was talking, in no uncertain terms, just how deep his drive, how committed to the process he was -- reciting a line out of the Untouchables gave it just the right amount of verve, his point couldn't be made any other way.
I feel quite certain that what is unraveling in Egypt began has a simple, grassroots, run of the mill, peasants in the streets demand for justice. No one is questioning that.
But who are they really?
Hillary, and half of Washington, seems to think they are just like 'us;' just like you and me -- people who only dream for equality, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and any other democratic "pillar" that comes to mind -- "pillars" of western society she would have us believe -- a democracy just like ours.
Hate to break it to you, Hill, but you have American arrogance showing, not American compassion. How Americans define and live within democratic society is not the same thing -- matter of fact, if we can be honest here, it is a far cry from apples to apples, reed to reed, fig to fig.
And really, I can't tell anymore...its all in layers now, with clashes upon clashes; who are the bad guys and who are the good guys, if any; have you seen the pictures... they are all throwing rocks, they are all bringing knives, they are all blowing up things -- who's to say the crowd of thugs, of either side, haven't been penetrated by the real bad guys, the Muslim Brotherhood by now? (following their own handbook of Rule for Radicals, translated into Arabic twenty years ago)
Facts are facts, it went from "peaceful protest" to a fireball overnight.
But here we are, deep within the melee of information overload, and I am finding myself overwhelmed by the sudden impact of a question now penetrating my gut; now completing my week, looking at What We Buy and Why, how do we decide what we buy as bona fide -- based on sound principles, believed to be truth -- and what is not? Is the narrative that pronounced and self-explanatory nobody asks any real questions anymore? Are we really the sheep just following the herd all the way to the slaughter house? Just because it's on ABC, we don't wonder about XYZ, let alone el-em-en-oh-pee?
Who are they really? these Egyptians in the streets...what do they like, what do they want, and are they really just like us?
Caroline B. Glick, for the Jewish World Review, gives us a hint (make that, slaps us with a two-by-four):
According to a Pew opinion survey of Egyptians from June 2010, 59 percent said they back Islamists. Only 27% said they back modernizers. Half of Egyptians support Hamas. Thirty percent support Hizbullah and 20% support al Qaida. Moreover, 95% of them would welcome Islamic influence over their politics. When this preference is translated into actual government policy, it is clear that the Islam they support is the al Qaida Salafist version.
Eighty two percent of Egyptians support executing adulterers by stoning, 77% support whipping and cutting the hands off thieves. 84% support executing any Muslim who changes his religion.
and there's more!
What has most confounded Israeli officials and commentators alike has not been the strength of the anti-regime protests, but the American response to them. Outside the far Left, commentators from all major newspapers, radio and television stations have variously characterized the US response to events in Egypt as irrational, irresponsible, catastrophic, stupid, blind, treacherous, and terrifying.
The question most Israelis are asking is why are the Americans behaving so destructively? Why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charting a course that will necessarily lead to the transformation of Egypt into the first Salafist Islamic theocracy? And why are conservative commentators and Republican politicians urging them to be even more outspoken in their support for the rioters in the streets?
Does the US not understand what will happen in the region as a result of its actions? Does the US really fail to understand what will happen to its strategic interests in the Middle East if the Muslim Brotherhood either forms the next regime or is the power behind the throne of the next regime in Cairo?
so, let us wonder, why is it okay to meddle now, in Egypt, when it wasn't so cool, to meddle, in Iran?
so, why is it cool to force our ways, the western ways, now -- for the freedom of these people, at this time?
but scarier, is realizing that our own president, our secretary of state, and half, if not two-thirds, of Washington are apparently looking through rose colored glasses of democracy seeming to think they are doing nothing wrong here -- and clearly, totally unaware of who these people are and just what "these youth" really really want.
What is truly crazy town, is watching our government make this grave error, bringing a knife to Mubarak's side while strongly suggesting he step down (now)...while Mubarak just hunkers down with his big guns...saying something to the effect, 'I can't go now, surely there will be chaos...'
And popping in the very same vein -- in the very same way the radicals have been taught never to let a crisis go to waste -- the Muslim Brotherhood begins to simply blend in and find their way; it's all just a means to an end, just a means to an end, whatever happens now, will only push our agenda to the top of the list, paving the way for a new savior to save the people of Egypt -- yes, even Islamic Extremists...
remember, 84% believe in executing Muslims who change their religion...82% love, love, love execution by stoning to adulterers...and funny, only 27% back 'modernizers' (ah, that would be the democratic factions).
We've seen sudden uprisings occur overnight even here -- recalling the buses of union members and Hispanic coalitions being planted on the streets of Arizona immediately following the immigration legislation -- further back we found 'transplants' from unions and left wing agitators showing up at townhall meetings, trying to disguise themselves as Tea Party people and then creating a raucous, bringing actually guns, manipulating the truth, if you will, without batting an eye. These tactics are as old as d'Nile....badump ba.
And we don't think there isn't anything weird going on when Code Pink has set up headquarters in Cairo, under the protection of Hamas???
yeah, that's a good one.
I'm not buying what the mainstream media is dishing out; I am questioning all authority at this point, and god help the next time I get pulled over for rolling through a stop sign...not that I ever do.... :)
But Hillary seems to think the Egyptians want our kind of democracy. huh. interesting.
wonder if she has done any research on that?
you know who she should talk to is Caroline B.Glick -- or at the very least, read what she has to say to those of you "Clueless in Washington."
It's just weird, for even as I found myself uncharacteristically listening to her every word, when Hillary said:
"We condemn in the strongest terms attacks on reporters covering the ongoing situation in Egypt. This is a violation of international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and is unacceptable under any circumstances. We also condemn in the strongest terms attacks on peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, foreigners, and diplomats. Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are pillars of an open and inclusive society. It is especially in times of crisis that governments must demonstrate their adherence to these universal values. There is a clear responsibility by the Egyptian Government, including the army, to protect those threatened and to hold accountable those responsible for these attacks. The Egyptian Government must demonstrate its willingness to ensure journalists' ability to report on these events to the people of Egypt and to the world.
"Vice President Suleiman spoke today about the need for free and fair presidential elections. That is essential. And I urge the government and a broad and credible representation of Egypt's opposition, civil society, and political factions to begin immediately serious negotiations on a peaceful and orderly transition. The Egyptian people expect a meaningful process that yields concrete changes."
Yesss, it was just yesterday... late afternoon...the sun was high and the birdies were singing...when I found myself, my mouth aghast... it was all happening so fast...suddenly, I went crashing to the floor; when she got to the point in bold, large print, made large enough to poke your eye out, all I could do was fall over, making a scramble for my weapon of choice, my remote.
"Universal Values", she says -- huh, I laugh in the face of danger hahaha; Hillary, believe its best for you put your can of pepper spray back in your purse, you have lost control of the entire situation, nothing can help you now, except perhaps a serious graveling to the next dictator.
And final question for the day, just why is our president trying so hard to convince us he is all Christian all the time? Why now? And if he truly doesn't care what people think, the people's perceptions, why did he go down that road while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast?
He didn't have to, he could have talked about all kinds of personal testimony of choice to a crowd there simply to hear him speak, certainly hanging upon his every word -- and yet -- as the people in his inner circle put it, he was "up all night" making sure he got this one right. (i.e. it must have been really hard to act like, and talk like, the way that he was expected to -- it would seem, by how difficult it was to find the words, finding the organic nature of his very own beliefs took awhile)
SO WHAT if only 34% totally think he is a Christian -- so what if the other 18% believe he leans Muslim, while the another 43% have not a clue -- so what? (Just look at the odds against Jesus for a moment)
But you, are president of the United States of America, for Pete's sake. Are you worried -- is that it? That when we look back, examining your presidency, evaluating with a fine tooth comb at the things you said and done, that we will look upon this detail, hindsight being what it will be, will be, asking ourselves how could we have just let this happen ...like the innocent bystanders of a crime...wondering where oh where our common sense had gone...oh where oh where can she be...
Back to a quick click on Glick:
MOREOVER, SINCE the paradigm claims that the non-Western world's grievances towards the West are legitimate, Obama's Middle East policy is based on the view that the best way to impact the Arab world is by joining its campaign against Israel. This was the central theme of Obama's speech before an audience dominated by Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo in June 2009.y'see, Hillary, as Secretary of State, I am stunned that you don't know this stuff -- because if you did, I strongly believe you would be acting differently (and the same goes for our president too)
Like the pro-democracy paradigm, the anti-colonialist paradigm is narcissistic. Whereas Western democracy champions believe that all people are born with the same Western liberal democratic values, post-colonialists believe that non-Westerners are nothing more than victims of the West. They are not responsible for any of their own pathologies because they are not actors. Only Westerners (and Israelis) are actors. Non-Westerners are objects. And like all objects, they cannot be held responsible for anything they do because they are wholly controlled by forces beyond their control.
Anti-colonialists by definition must always support the most anti-Western forces as "authentic." In light of Mubarak's 30-year alliance with the US, it makes sense that Obama's instincts would place the US president on the side of the protesters.
I mean, the more I look at everything, who's to say the president is just trying to create the very conditions that adversely affect the ability to ship oil through the Suez Canal -- I mean, really, surely we would be faced with a crisis then, and have no other choice, and it wouldn't appear to be Obama's doing whatsoever; no longer would Cap & Trade, or new EPA regulations, be required -- couple that with his moratoriums and brand new oil and gas regulations and penalties, we would be forced to change rather quickly, making way for an overnight transformation on what energy we use...and how we live our daily life.
...wouldn't that just speed things up for America...I do believe my head is about to explode...
Suddenly, I have Glenn Beck echoing in my brain: "Question with BOLDNESS" or is it really Jefferson? Ah no matter, who really cares, right, it's just plain good.
SO here's my final newsflash on the day, going out to all you westerners out there -- fear not, but may I suggest we watch our back.
Make it a Good Day, G
Thank you to Brigitte Gabriel, president of Act for America, championing educating Americans, everyday, about the mingling of cultures and creeds of Islam and the Western World. It was through her efforts I found the article highlighting the "Clueless in Washington." And of course, to Caroline Glick, for your ability to stealthy define and explain the unimaginable position we, the western world, now face. Bless you both for what you do.