Saturday, September 10, 2011

Storming the Bastille - Egyptian style

This is what Egyptian democracy looks like.

The window into the "Arab Street" mindset calls it ''the foreign policy goals of the Arab spring".

Let me remind you that some intellectual "pundits" thought Israel's muted reluctance to join in the general celebration of "Tahrir Revolution" was a "disgrace" to the Jewish state.

One wonders if, by the same token, German Jews exhibited an absence of proper patriotic-democratic solidarity when Hitler rose to power and restored the trampled post-WWI German honour to its former glory.

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Update: Here is Bibi Netanyahu's address to Israel about these events:

"We will continue to keep the peace with Egypt. This is in the common interest of both countries. We will work toward preventing a further deterioration in our relationship with Turkey. We did not choose this sequence of events. To the extent that the matter depends upon us, we shall act to lower tensions and do everything possible to restore relations."
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Update II: If you thought this lynch mob was comprised of the Muslim Brethren and their supporters only, Abukhalil, (you know, the professor who teaches students about democracy and such at the respectable University of California) has "news" for you:

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I want to mention that many intellectuals and leftist activists also participated in the attack on the Israeli occupation embassy. Famed Egyptian director, Khalid Yusuf, participated in attacking the wall outside the embassy with a hammer. "

Who is Khalid Yusuf, or Khalid Youssef as he is known at wikipedia?
He is known to fight "against the values he believes are holding Egyptian society back." In view of his participation in a lynching mob hell-bent on tearing to pieces any of the Israeli personnel they could lay their hands on, one might well wonder what values does Youssef fights for? Chaotic recklessness? Lawlessness? Violence? Revengism? Mass murder? Breaking international treaties? Bad faith?

I see absolutely no reason to disbelieve AbuKhalil. I once linked to Tadros's article in which he said:

"The question, then, is not, how could an Egyptian “liberal” partake in a round of Holocaust revisionism? Rather, it is whether Ahmed Ezz el-Arab and others like him are in fact really liberals. That is, is it possible to be a genuine liberal and an anti-Semite at the same time? Of course not. Egyptian anti-Semitism is the starting point of a political ideology that has dominated the region for more than 60 years ..."

I would say that an "intellectual"
who ominously called for those who opposed the revolution to be "questioned for what they did, whether from show business or any other field" can hardly be rewarded by being referred to as a liberal. If he was calling to punish dissenters for disagreeing with him, how different is he from the oppressive regime he revolted against?

But in abuKhalil's universe he is a l "liberal" in the same way that Arab Democracy is a political system whose law enforcement agency stands by and does not lift a finger when the embassy of a country with whom it has signed a peace treaty, and with whom it has commercial contracts, comes under an attack by an inflamed, unruly mob that demolishes the embassy's fence and invades its premises with the intent of lynching the six embassy personnel that remain in the building.

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