Annals of the Arab Spring: Egyptians Demand Blind Sheikh’s Release
By Andrew C. McCarthy – April 21, 2011
The Islamic Group (Gama’a al-Islamiya) is the Egyptian terrorist organization led by Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh” currently serving a life sentence in a U.S. penitentiary for conspiring to wage a terrorist war against the U.S., conspiring to murder former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and other charges. With Mubarak now sacked, and Egypt enjoying that spontaneous urge for democracy, the IG and its Islamist allies have renewed their campaign to pressure the United States for the release of Sheikh Abdel Rahman.
This campaign has been ongoing since Abdel Rahman was first imprisoned following his 1993 arrest (he was convicted at our little nine-month trial in 1995, and sentenced a few months later). It was from this confinement that he issued the fatwa Osama bin Laden has credited as the Islamic authorization for the 9/11 attacks. The Sheikh had decreed that Muslims must fight for his release, exhorting “Muslims everywhere to dismember their [i.e., our] nation, tear them apart, ruin their economy, provoke their corporations, destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, [and] kill them on land, at sea, and in the air. Kill them wherever you find them.” That would seem to cover it.
A recently appointed Coptic Christian governor in Upper Egypt intends to resign from his post after days of protests against his appointment, according to state news website EgyNews.
Egypt: Muslims Riot Over Appointment of Christian Governor
by Robert Spencer on Apr 21st, 2011
In the new modern, moderate, secular, democratic Egypt of the Arab Spring, Muslims in Qena are enraged and protesting because a Christian governor has been appointed for them. It was yet another indication that the Egypt that will emerge from this season of revolution and upheaval is much more likely to be an Islamic state than a secular democracy, no matter how much the mainstream media fantasizes about the latter.
The protests have been vehement, if not violent. Reuters reported Sunday that “thousands rallied outside the governor’s office in Qena and prevented employees from entering, blocked highways leading to the town and sat on a railway line into the province demanding that the appointment of Emad Mikhail be reversed.” A local resident added: “They started out by camping at the local government’s office. Then they set up a tent on the railroad tracks. They also tried to block the road and stopped buses to separate men and women passengers.” And “tensions were so high that the local Christian residents had to stay inside and couldn’t go to church to celebrate Palm Sunday.”
Opdatering 26. april 2011 fra Jyllands-Posten – om Israel:
En ny meningsmåling, der bygger på interviews med 1000 egyptere, viser, at 54 pct. af egypterne mener, at fredspagten skal afskaffes.
Blot 36 pct. af de adspurgte mener, at den skal bevares. Dermed kan et demokratisk system i Egypten betyde, at relationen til Israel bliver mere anstrengt.
Mere HER i Jyllands-Posten.
Opdatering – mere om undersøgelsen:
- Fra UPI: Pew: Egyptians don’t want Israeli peace
- Fra PEW: Egyptians Embrace Revolt Leaders, Religious Parties and Military, As Well