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I wonder how many readers of the secular variety or even agnostic variety are drawing the wrong conclusions from this? You know, the tired old adage "religion is the cause of most wars?" My point is that one cannot be so wide-sweeping in their condemnations. Christianity has cared for more needy, malnourised, oppressed and dying people in foreign lands than any other ideology or govt in the world. Christian nations have also shed their blood defending the indefensible. So we are responsible for our sins and failures, but we are not just another "religion" where no matter whose religion is doing what, it is also laid on our doorstep as well. That is unsound and unfair, IMO.
what happened to the "moderate Muslims" that i have heard makes up a vast majority of the people in the mid-east (Egypt)
all i hear now is the Islamic Brotherhood vs. the secular/christian people in Egypt. We have been told for years now that we are "Islamicfobic", and that the majority of people are moderate Muslims. If there are a majority of "moderate Muslims", where are they in all this unrest in Egypt. is Egypt on the verge of a civil war that is only between one small group vs. another small group?
I think that the moderate Muslims, as it were, are amongst those protesting the seizure of complete power by the MB, just another power grab after democratic elections by another tin horn dictator and/or group that believe that they have all of the answers and, of course, as always, claim that God is on their side. Ah yes, kind of an assumption of manifest destiny, if you will. That is, God has blessed us clowns and made us responsible for governing all of the rest of you clowns or some similar heavy duty thinking along those lines.
The situation in Cairo has been poorly reported on since the Arab spring started. Inexcusably superficially so.
Americans see 'generic' Arab protests, and are not given enough back round to understand who is protesting for what. To be clear, the current protests are in the face of radical Islam, it is exactly what the west claims it wants to see from moderate Muslims. Obama/Hillary's utterly incomprehensible approach to Egypt has only clouded the truth.
The key player has been the April 6 Youth movement, who want continuation of their liberties they enjoyed under Mubarak but found living under a dictatorship untenable. They fear the Muslim Brotherhood and their Sharia law even more than Mubarak and his form of corruption , after all they know what sort of thuggery and regional Islamic unification policies MB seek, often violently and always repressively. The election that brought Morsi into power has been seen as a sham in Egypt, but accepted if not welcomed by our administration as the will of the people. Nonsense. The independent courts are trying to hold on, the military trying to play it's traditional stabilizing role in Egyptian life. Outside long gone top generals, they were NOT clinging to Mubarak as the liberal left in the west claims. Only 49% percent of the electorate voted in the presidential election we were told...we did not see reporting on the rampant MB voter intimidation, Coptic Christian violation and street sex assault squads prior to the elections. Nobody in the US media/administration found it strange that 80% plus voted in the parliamentary elections and less than 50% in far more important presidential election? Then we have the issue of the new constitution, where Justice Ruth Ginsberg shows up to advise Morsi that their constitution should be whatever fit his goals, no need to emulate most democratic constitutions like ours that value separation of powers and religious tolerance. Brilliant move there Ruthy. Then Morsi buys Obama by helping get the Gaza fighting stopped, gets his obligatory Hillary praise (carbon copy of Assad's citation three years ago) and proceeds claim dictatorial powers. The real Egyptian patriots and heroes are the original April 6 Youth Movement...moderate, tolerant freedom seeking Egyptians (who do not want to see their national identity desolve into the new Islamic caliphate the Brotherhood dreams of). Ignored and mistaken by the US government as MB supporting street Islamists, these are the people we need to support 100% right now. The administration needs to LEAD NOW or one of our strongest allies in the region (on par with Israel) is on the path Iran took. The biggest thing to take from this please...the Muslim Brotherhood is evil, and has NOT changed it goals or aspirations. Thank God there are courageous Egyptians that have said no, never again will they watch their liberties taken.
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