Algeria next?

posted at 12:45 pm on February 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps not so much next as in parallel, Algeria seems headed for the same unrest that toppled autocracies in Tunisia and Egypt.  Police are trying in vain to shut down demonstrations in the streets of Algiers, with decreasing success over the past two or three weeks:

Tensions erupted in another restive North African nation as security forces in Algeria on Saturday clashed with anti-government protesters chanting “change the power.”

Police detained about 100 protesters in the nation’s capital of Algiers, according to the Algerian League for Human Rights. The league is one of the main opposition groups that organized the rallies — unauthorized gatherings that came a day after embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, with police rounding up protesters in small groups to break up the crowds, and anti-riot police gathered at the scene.

Khalil AbdulMouminm, the general secretary for the Algerian league, called the situation “very tense on the ground” and said police were preventing protesters from assembling, with authorities blocking all entrances to the capital.

Algeria has been at this much longer than Egypt.  The former French colony erupted into civil war twenty years ago — and democracy wasn’t on the agenda of either side.  The military seized control after it appeared that radical Islamists might win elections in 1991, and the two sides have fought each other ever since.  Over the last few years, the military staged elections that their candidate won and Islamists have found themselves marginalized in the war, but the violence and the Islamist insurgency is far from over.

The Algerian people certainly must long for both peace and freedom, but as in Egypt, the military and the Islamists have the strongest organizations in the field.  The “liberation” of Algeria from its military dictatorship might wind up being a Trojan horse for al-Qaeda affiliated groups to seize power for themselves.

Meanwhile in Tunisia, where it appeared that a velvet revolution has a smoother transition to liberal democracy, people have begun fleeing in boats into the Mediterranean:

Hundreds of Tunisians arrived by the boatload Friday on a tiny Sicilian island, fleeing chaos in their homeland and prompting Italy to demand that the EU take stronger action to prevent an uncontrolled wave of migrants from North Africa.

On Friday afternoon alone four boats crowded with a total of some 300 Tunisians reached Lampedusa, an island that is closer to northern Africa than it is to the Italian mainland. Earlier in the day, the U.N. refugee agency said some 1,600 Tunisians had landed in Italy since Jan. 16, with half of them coming in the last few days.

Italian Coast Guard boats, which spotted them approaching shore, escorted to the boats to the island. Coast Guard video showed hundreds of Tunisians, predominantly young men, crowded on the decks of motorized fishing boats.

This could be any number of things, most of them bad.  The best it might be is that Ben Ali’s political cronies escaping before a new Tunisian government holds them accountable for the previous regime, but those would be likely to have better resources for escape than floating out into the Mediterranean.  Italy worries that these may be terrorists recently released from Tunisian prisons, seeking to infiltrate Europe under the guise of refugees.  Perhaps as bad, they could be people who may be seeing something very different than the liberal democracy that the media presumed would follow Ben Ali’s hasty exit.


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Glenn Beck has been all over this. Will anyone listen to the guy?

This is planned by the leftist orgs and George Soros funded orgs (same thing I guess).

I’m reading The Grand Jihad-how Islam and the left are sabotaging America.

Read it and see how they’ve mapped out complete global chaos.

katy on February 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

ruh roh

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Italian Coast Guard boats, which spotted them approaching shore, escorted to the boats to the island. Coast Guard video showed hundreds of Tunisians, predominantly young men, crowded on the decks of motorized fishing boats.
This could be any number of things, most of them bad. The best it might be is that Ben Ali’s political cronies escaping before a new Tunisian government holds them accountable for the previous regime, but those would be likely to have better resources for escape than floating out into the Mediterranean. Italy worries that these may be terrorists recently released from Tunisian prisons, seeking to infiltrate Europe under the guise of refugees. Perhaps as bad, they could be people who may be seeing something very different than the liberal democracy that the media presumed would follow Ben Ali’s hasty exit.

Invasion.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

good question…

he’ll vote present and welcome them to the table….it’s the community organizer in him

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Code Pink, the Rathke brothers and company have been in the middle east since 2008, training the arabs for rev-ol-ution.

Obama wasn’t caught off guard but any of this. It’s been his mission for decades.

Community Organizing was made light of years ago and it’s more dangerous than anything we’ve seen in centuries.

katy on February 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Hundreds of Tunisians arrived by the boatload Friday on a tiny Sicilian island, fleeing chaos

Chaos? That calls for the order of sharia.

ddrintn on February 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Italy worries that these may be terrorists recently released from Tunisian prisons, seeking to infiltrate Europe under the guise of refugees.

As if….

the_nile on February 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

He won’t say a word… he’ll just hold his sign.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.

the_nile on February 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

LOL.

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

katy@12:51,
Our home NEVER fails to watch and dvd Glenn. He has an amazing staff getting all this information to us. He uses those involved own words to back up what is happening. Some, not all, feel Glenn is a nut and a fear monger. Not true, he is telling the truth and asks people to ‘do your own homework’ to find the facts. WE love Glenn. BTW, Mark Steyn on the middle east.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mark-steyn-witness-the-unraveling-of-the-american-middle-east/

L

letget on February 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Wonder if anyone in Washington has asked that numbskull Clapper if he even knows where the hell Algeria is!

pilamaye on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

like domnino’s running through a Ivy League geek squad Guiness Book of Work Records shallum, these are the nations which are falling.

Thanks Obama

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Anatomy of a revolution: Meet the young Egyptian activists who started it all-

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/02/10/egypt_youth_activists_april_6_kefaya_jan25/slideshow.html

First on the list:
April 6 Youth Movement:
“Originally conceived in 2008, the movement broke away from the Kefaya (“Enough”) opposition group and organized a national strike on April 6 in support of industrial workers who had already launched a work stoppage in the town of Mahalia al-Kubra.”

Skywise on February 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing unravels within the next 24 days. All obama’s doing with the aid of Soros, the Unions, the Leftists, the Communists and the Socialista’s.

Stock up and hunker down.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Hahahaha! I’m a Y&R girl.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

letget on February 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Wonder if Bill Krystal “Glenn Beck is hysterical” is having any second thoughts on his pontifications?

katy on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Wonder if anyone in Washington has asked that numbskull Clapper if he even knows where the hell Algeria is!

pilamaye on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

He doesn’t even know Mubarak left.

artist on February 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Thanks Obama

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

+1

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

*Hugs* my condolences.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I think this wave is going to arrive sooner than expected. Let’s not forget this: Civilian Security Force.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

*Hugs* my condolences.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Thwack!

/hugs

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

katy@1:05,
I haven’t seen bill on Fox for several days. Glenn is like Rush, if you push them they stand their ground. That is why I love them both!
L

letget on February 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Eventually military units will begin live fire on protesters for real. It worked in Iran. The lesson here is to not let it fester and build. Kill quickly in large numbers to send the message. Take the hit on public image,..it will be forgotten by the world in a couple of weeks.

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I’m reading The Grand Jihad-how Islam and the left are sabotaging America.

Read it and see how they’ve mapped out complete global chaos.

Thanks for the recommendation, I just bought it for my kindle.

Vera on February 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Bow?

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Bow?

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Eh, I’m thinkin’ I-Pod.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

again?

sorry… been a hell of a last 24 hours. at least let me laugh when I can, okay.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

With the Cairo Speech on them?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM

the return of the 60′s? Where instead of “protesting, pot smoking love muffins of liberalness” it a bunch of P.O. 2nd ammendment right and tea party and just P.O. americans in gerneral protesters?

I can deal with that.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Dont forget about Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemeni police with clubs on Saturday beat anti-government protesters who were celebrating the resignation of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and demanding the ouster of their own president.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110212/D9LB85AG0.html

offroadaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Why should Egypt,Tunsia,Algeria,and the rest of the M.E.
matter,and for those that think,it will only affect America!
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The Shipping lanes……oil!

http://westforwestwing2012.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/oil_chokepoints1.jpg

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Wonder if Bill Krystal “Glenn Beck is hysterical” is having any second thoughts on his pontifications?

katy on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Though Beck is hysterical , the world is too. He’s just more in tune with it than anyone else…

the_nile on February 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

With the Cairo Speech on them?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Nope. Shower Songs.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Why did you have to say that? I just had this image of Scooter singing “Brickhouse”. Yikes.

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

From,Drudge!
=============================

Mubarak slammed USA in phone call with Israel before resignation…

…’result will be extremism and radical Islam’

http://www.drudgereport.com/
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Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation

Radical Islam will be result of U.S. push for democracy,

Mubarak told Israel’s Ben-Eliezer during a phone call on Thursday.
By Reuters
————-

Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest for democracy in the Middle East in a telephone call with an Israeli lawmaker a day before he quit as Egypt’s president.

The legislator, former cabinet minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, said on TV Friday that he came away from the 20-minute conversation on Thursday with the feeling the 82-year-old leader realized “it was the end of the Mubarak era”.

“He had very tough things to say about the United States,” said Ben-Eliezer, a member of the Labor Party who has held talks with Mubarak on numerous occasions while serving in various Israeli coalition governments.

“He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: ‘We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East,’” Ben-Eliezer said.
—————–

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mubarak-slammed-u-s-in-phone-call-with-israeli-mk-before-resignation-1.342831

UnF**KBelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Holy sh*t. 3 Fighter jets just flew east over my house.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Nope. Shower Songs.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

*sings in oprah like voice*

Drop the SOAP, you Dop on the Rope! You dropped the SOAP, and sat there and Moped! You lost your zing, to try to clean! You dirty man…. you need a can!

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Why did you have to say that? I just had this image of Scooter singing “Brickhouse”. Yikes.

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Well, that’s what he does while he’s gyratin’ in the shower.

/Sorry, babe.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Holy sh*t. 3 Fighter jets just flew east over my house.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

It’s the End of the World as We Know It!

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Nope. Shower Songs.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Key West Reader:Rahm is adjusting the water temperature,
hehe,ahem!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Well, that’s what he does while he’s gyratin’ in the shower.

/Sorry, babe.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I should ban my ownself because now I’m getting the visuals. Gack!

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:23 PM

UnF**KBelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

perfect

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

UnF**KBelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I do believe that more of the real story will unfold in short time.

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Tweets
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Algerian Police Prepare for Planned Protest

Algerian pro-democracy groups will hold an anti-government protest February 12th. The protest has been banned by the government, but the groups as well as Algerian police are preparing for the confrontation.

http://tweetbeat.com/events/10490-algerian-police-prepare-for-planned-protest?mqhom=fot

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM
It’s the End of the World as We Know It!

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM

LOL! That’s the 2008 election complete with Obamatards.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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I do believe that more of the real story will unfold in short time.

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Electrongod:I hate to say it ,but those on H/A that have
followed Hopey,ever since the Lib primaries,ha
ve predicted this Train-Wreck!!

And its clear,that Obama’s Primary Mission,is
to take America out of all the key areas of the
world!!

Transformation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

kingsjester:CHANGE is here!?:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Take another job?

A Pakistani minister wants US President Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York and become the “Amir-ul-Momineen” or Caliph of Muslims.

Fallon on February 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

You left out Europe kj.

darwin-t on February 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

UnF**KBelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 P

Sorry, I’m not buying it. The Iranian people who took to the streets a few months ago were certainly not promoting radical Islam but protesting it. Iraq isn’t on it’s way to becoming a theocracy neither will Egypt unless it’s allowed to slip into chaos and they seize control. I think the people of the middle east have had a good long, hard look at radical Islamic States that existed in Iran and Afghanastan and want no part of the tyranny they bring.

These dictators do nothing but empower radical Islam by giving them a reason to exist. They hate the US in large part because we are seen as the power propping them up.

Maybe I am wrong. I’ve studied the issue since 9/11 and that’s my impression. I could be dead wrong but I am willing to be wrong betting on the desire of people to be free than I am to be wrong siding with a dictator who oppresses his people and creates the bogey man he claims he shield us from.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I’m convinced Iraq will go the same way. It may take a few more elections. They’ve allowed Sadr back into the political process after he returned from hiding in Iran, and Sharia is part of their national law.

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Drop the SOAP, you Dop on the Rope! You dropped the SOAP, and sat there and Moped! You lost your zing, to try to clean! You dirty man…. you need a can!

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

upinak:Its Irish Spring…..and its manly too..hehe!!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Take another job?

A Pakistani minister wants US President Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York and become the “Amir-ul-Momineen” or Caliph of Muslims.

Fallon on February 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Obama is going to have to grow a lot of facial hair for that job.

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

kingsjester:CHANGE is here!?:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

That’s pretty pessimistic.

Right now he should be figuring out how he can help Egypt from slipping into chaos as people search for the basics while the transition begins. He should be figuring out how best to keep those people free from major basic need wants. That means food and medical aid as well as helping the military remain loyal and stable.

about 30% of the Egyptian people work for the government do they will be predisposed to the status quo. It’s best of they return to work ASAP receive their pay on time and in full and find bread, meat, etc. in the marketplace….stability is the key.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

UnF**KBelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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Sorry, I’m not buying it. The Iranian people who took to the streets a few months ago were certainly not promoting radical Islam

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

TheBigOldDog:I think Iranian Green Party,do want freedom,
however,I think there are dark forces,behind
the scenes in Egypt,buying their time to str
ike,time will tell!!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

upinak:Its Irish Spring…..and its manly too..hehe!!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I think Chris Matthews has Obama Soap on a Rope in his shower.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Democracy in th hands of people who don’t understand it’s dangers is analogous to letting a 5 year old play with a loaded .357. I will grant you that the dictators have prevented education of their populations in that regard, but the Koran expressly forbids religious freedom and separation of church and state. So, the majority of practicing Muslims will have to go against the teachings of their Holy Book in order for sharia not to triumph. Do you think that will happen?

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

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canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Of coarse there are dark forces. They’ve been oppressed for decades and blame the US for allowing it by providing the muscle to make it possible. The radicals have turned to Allah for help.

Egyptians are a well educated, modern people. The numbers educated here must be huge based on just my own observations. Given the choice between a modern, prosperous society and the darkness of a radical Islamic State I believe they’ll choose modernity.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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I think Chris Matthews has Obama Soap on a Rope in his shower.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Key West Reader:Lol,it probably has “Tingle Sensation”
mixture in the soap!:)

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

We have transferred our inflationary burden onto the third world countries. They can’t improve economically till that is fixed. The percentage of their income required to buy food is staggering. Egypt imports 60% of it’s grain needs.

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Egyptians are a well educated, modern people. The numbers educated here must be huge based on just my own observations. Given the choice between a modern, prosperous society and the darkness of a radical Islamic State I believe they’ll choose modernity.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

you know the most educated, erudite muslims I have ever met are iranians….didn’t help them much….

right4life on February 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Egyptians are a well educated, modern people. The numbers educated here must be huge based on just my own observations. Given the choice between a modern, prosperous society and the darkness of a radical Islamic State I believe they’ll choose modernity.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

That flies against what the Reuters poll said:

95%: Say it’s good that Islam plays a large role in politics

85%: Say Islam’s influence on politics is good

48%: Say Islam currently play a large role in Egyptian politics

Traditional Muslim practices
54%: Believe men and women should be segregated in the workplace

82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned

84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off

Fallon on February 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The Euros had better be prepared to draw a line across the Med, because Spain is down the list, followed by France.

slickwillie2001 on February 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Given the choice between a modern, prosperous society and the darkness of a radical Islamic State I believe they’ll choose modernity.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

TheBigOldDog:I hope your right,heres who I’m
watching!:)
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From Muslim Brotherhoods English website

MB Blamed for Ongoing Trouble in the Region
As Israel and the US come to terms with a post-Mubarak Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is continually under fire. Israel fears that ..

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/
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What the Muslim Brothers Want
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THE Egyptian people have spoken, and we have spoken emphatically. In two weeks of peaceful demonstrations we have persistently demanded liberation and democracy.

In Egypt, religion continues to be an important part of our culture and heritage. Moving forward, we envision the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, which are central Islamic values. We embrace democracy not as a foreign concept that must be reconciled with tradition, but as a set of principles and objectives that are inherently compatible with and reinforce Islamic tenets.

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28004
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Poll

Will the unrest in the Arab world have domino effect in Egypt, Jordan and Algeria….etc..?
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http://www.ikhwanweb.com/vote.php?id=17

canopfor on February 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

BTW, Gamal Mubarak was poised to head the train towards a more liberal market driven economy instead of their present central planning mish mash. The people wanted him out because of the nepotism and corruptness of Hosni’s military industrial complex. Fine. Now, who will have the courage to make those changes? How long will the general population wait for the economy to improve? How can it improve when our inflation is the sand in their gears?

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I’ll tell you what he’ll say:

“PEACE IN OUR TIME!”

greggriffith on February 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I said this the other day, and today I think it’s still true: It’s all bad.

SlaveDog on February 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM

“PEACE IN OUR TIME!”

greggriffith on February 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on February 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM

“PEACE IN OUR TIME!”

greggriffith on February 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

never going to happen. Even more so now.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 2:23 PM

you know the most educated, erudite muslims I have ever met are iranians….didn’t help them much….

right4life on February 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The ones you met got out :)

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Interesting Tweet from a man in Egypt:

“Isn’t it interesting that most “Egypt experts” in DC do not actually speak Arabic?”

Something to ponder.

SlaveDog on February 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM
I’ll tell you what he’ll say:

“PEACE IN OUR TIME!”

greggriffith on February 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

It’s either that or “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan”.

It’ll depend on which chip they used in his noggin that day.

Key West Reader on February 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

We have transferred our inflationary burden onto the third world countries. They can’t improve economically till that is fixed. The percentage of their income required to buy food is staggering. Egypt imports 60% of it’s grain needs.

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

No question that’s a big issue which is why we need to suspend the ethanol lunacy and subsidize grain/food for them until things stabilize. We need to do all we can to make sure they do not fall into chaos for the near future and that means lots of food and medicine.

TheBigOldDog on February 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Obama is going to have to grow a lot of facial hair for that job.

Electrongod on February 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

When has not being qualified ever stopped him before? :)

Fallon on February 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

BTW, Gamal Mubarak was poised to head the train towards a more liberal market driven economy instead of their present central planning mish mash. The people wanted him out because of the nepotism and corruptness of Hosni’s military industrial complex. Fine. Now, who will have the courage to make those changes? How long will the general population wait for the economy to improve? How can it improve when our inflation is the sand in their gears?

a capella on February 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Mark my wods… Theh protests weren’t about the nepotism and corruptness… the protests were about about the free market reforms. Which is why the msm is falling all over themselves about how this is a good thing and people protesting for “their rights” is so noble.

Unless you’re a tea partier, or march for limited government… then you’re a fascist.

Skywise on February 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

It’s a good thing we are oil independent…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

OldDog- the illiteracy rate in Egypt is better than 25%, and 69% of those are women. In a country whose majority religion downplays the role and rights of women, how likely is it really, that these people chose a path of modernization?

My guess is, not very. This has very bad written all over it.

BKeyser on February 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

It’s time to drill at home, time to arm ourselves to the teeth, and time to profile like there’s no tomorrow. If the White Mosque thinks islam will stay in the middle east and not want to spread to our shores, they’ve got another thing coming.

madmonkphotog on February 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM

So, here’s my question, and possibly, yours, as well. What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Alahu Akbar!

TXUS on February 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Cloward Piven Caliphate?

PappyD61 on February 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Code Pink, the Rathke brothers and company have been in the middle east since 2008, training the arabs for rev-ol-ution.

katy on February 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Yup. And Medea and her Code Pink crew were active participants in the protests in Egypt during at least the past week.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Egyptian-General-and-t-by-Medea-Benjamin-110206-265.html

wren on February 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM

We’d better be building up a fresh neutron bomb arsenal.

Wouldn’t want to destroy a lot of nice real estate just to get rid of troublemakers if Islam’s true Jihad comes calling.

profitsbeard on February 12, 2011 at 8:03 PM

That whole region will look like Somalia in 10 years.

Alden Pyle on February 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

What is Obama going to say and do when the radical Muslims take over Egypt, Algeria, and the other Middle Eastern nations that are currently in turmoil, forming a Caliphate?
kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

In private, it will be along the lines of ‘Woo Hoo!

When the teleprompter gets programmed, it will be the usual platitudes and drivel, signifying nothing mor than 0bama voting Present.

LegendHasIt on February 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Wonder if anyone in Washington has asked that numbskull Clapper if he even knows where the hell Algeria is!

pilamaye on February 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Where Algeria is? Clapper thinks that it’s a class he took in highschool…

M-14 2go on February 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Forget GoreBull Warming; Drought Threatens Winter Wheat Crop in China
UN says this and we know how reliable they are. Still world prices have doubled on Russian and Ukraine shortages.

Spot Wheat
Look at annual chart.

Per earlier acapella post, Egypt imports 60% of its food. Does this explain some of “unrest”?

Caststeel on February 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM