En tredjedel af alle arabere bor i Egypten. Bla. derfor er der voldsomt meget fokus på landet. Jeg har samlet nogle udvalgte artikler her, men anbefaler at man vælger sig noget ud. Der er mange om buddet:
Bernard Lewis, Ezra Levant, Andrew C. McCarthy, Adrian Morgan, Ralph Peters, Anne Bayefsky, Alan Dershowitz, Daniel Pipes, Michael Rubin, Barry Rubin, Melanie Phillips, Robert Spencer, Michael Ledeen, Daniel Greenfield, Victor Davis Hanson, Patrick Sookhdeo, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Wolfowitz, Khaled Abu Toameh:
Et lille interview med Bernard Lewis:
A Conversation with Bernard Lewis
February 1, 2011 – By Jay Nordlinger
Professor Lewis, as you know, is the dean of Middle East historians. Many of us regard an acquaintance with his books, articles, and ideas as indispensable to an understanding of the Middle East. National Review is very fortunate to count him as a friend. He has been a star of our cruises — including last November.
Mere HER i National Review Online.
ElBaradei no saviour
By Ezra Levant – February 1, 2011
The dictatorship in Egypt is despicable. But the “democracy” protest there is fake.
Unconfirmed press reports put the number of protesters in Cairo’s Liberation Square at 50,000. Greater Cairo has a population of 19 million people.
But the press loved it. Google News lists 20,000 news stories about the protests. And those are just the ones written in English.
Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite TV channel known for its sympathy for Islamic terrorism, had non-stop coverage of the rally. That’s a clue.
Mere HER i The Toronto Sun. Den næste artikel kan høres som mp3 her:
Fear the Muslim Brotherhood
Andrew C. McCarthy – January 31, 2011
At the Daily Beast, Bruce Riedel has posted an essay called “Don’t fear Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,” the classic, conventional-wisdom response to the crisis in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is just fine, he’d have you believe, no need to worry. After all, the Brothers have even renounced violence!
One might wonder how an organization can be thought to have renounced violence when it has inspired more jihadists than any other, and when its Palestinian branch, the Islamic Resistance Movement, is probably more familiar to you by the name Hamas — a terrorist organization committed by charter to the violent destruction of Israel. Indeed, in recent years, the Brotherhood (a.k.a., the Ikhwan) has enthusiastically praised jihad and even applauded — albeit in more muted tones — Osama bin Laden. None of that, though, is an obstacle for Mr. Riedel, a former CIA officer who is now a Brookings scholar and Obama administration national-security adviser. Following the template the progressive (and bipartisan) foreign-policy establishment has been sculpting for years, his “no worries” conclusion is woven from a laughably incomplete history of the Ikhwan.
Mere HER hos National Review. To ret forskellige artikler fra Family Security Matters herunder:
Understanding the Middle East Crisis: Egypt
January 31, 2011 – Adrian Morgan
The Middle East is in crisis. Already Lebanon’s stable government has been overthrown by Hezbollah, who are funded by Iran and Syria. Currently, there have been some protests in Lebanon, but so far the nation has failed to fully bring back the “Cedars Revolution” that united the populace in revulsion after Hezbollah (allegedly) assassinated prime minister Rafiq Hariri on February 14, 2005. The map above can be viewed at a higher resolution here.
Two weeks ago, the Tunisian revolution was sparked by a street vendor setting fire to himself. In Algeria four people set fire to themselves, and Egypt other individuals set themselves on fire, hoping to achieve similar results. One such self-immolation in Cairo, Egypt, was caught on camera. A similar action took place in Saudi Arabia and another took place in Morocco, where a Mauritanian was apparently protesting against the situation in his own country in West Africa.
Mere HER hos Family Security Matters.
Denial On The Nile
We Can’t Dictate Egypt’s Future
Ralph Peters – February 1, 2011
In real life, you don’t always get the pony for Christmas. And we’re not going to get everything we’d like in post-Mubarak Egypt. If we continue behaving stupidly, though, we might get a lump of fundamentalist coal in our stocking some holiday season.
I’m sick of all the hot air I’ve heard in the media insisting that our choice in Egypt is either the dead-in-the-water dictator, Hosni Mubarak, or a Muslim Brotherhood takeover that will turn Egypt into another Iran.
Here HER hos Family Security Matters.
Egypt Protests: Will the Real Mohammed ElBaradei Please Stand Up?
By Anne Bayefsky | February 01, 2011| FoxNews.com
In the name of democratic reform, Mohammed ElBaradei is doing his best to appear as the annointed one to succeed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, should the government fall. In reality, ElBaradei has more in common with Iranian demagogue Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than anything remotely resembling democracy. He is the former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where his primary legacy was running interference for Iran and ensuring that Iran is now on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons.
Fox News HER. Kan også læses her hos NewsRealBlog.
The Egyptian Revolution May Produce a Lebanon-Type Islamic Regime
by Alan M. Dershowitz – January 31, 2011
No one can confidently predict the outcome, both short and long term, of the events now unfolding on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. One is reminded of Zhou Enlai’s answer to the question whether the French Revolution succeeded: “It’s too soon to say.”
The short time outcome in Egypt may be the introduction of some structural democracy in the form of fairer elections. But the real test will be whether structural improvements will bring about real functional democracy—freedom of speech, assembly, press, religion and dissent. This will take more time to assess.
Mere HER hos Hudson New York.
OBS: Nu kan nedenstående artikel også læses på dansk på Daniel Pipes hjemmeside her:
Turmoil in Egypt
by Daniel Pipes – February 1, 2011
As Egypt’s much-anticipated moment of crisis arrived and popular rebellions shook governments across the Middle East, Iran stands as never before at the center of the region. Its Islamist rulers are within sight of dominating the region. But revolutions are hard to pull off and I predict that Islamists will not achieve a Middle East-wide breakthrough and Tehran will not emerge as the key powerbroker. Some thoughts behind this conclusion:
An echo of the Iranian revolution: On reaching power in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sought to spread Islamist insurrection to other countries but failed almost everywhere. Three decades had to go by, it appears, before the self-immolation of a vendor in an obscure Tunisia town could light the conflagration that Khomeini aspired to and Iranian authorities still seek.
Mere HER hos Daniel Pipes. Kan også læses her i The Washington Post og her i The Jerusalem Post. Michael Rubin kommer ind på både Egypten og Tunesien i den følgende artikel:
The US Should Not Fear Egypt Regime Change
Michael Rubin | January 28, 2011
On Dec. 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, set himself on fire to protest government corruption. Less than a month later, Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a man who won 89% of the vote in Tunisia’s rubber stamp elections, fled for his life.
American diplomats long considered Tunisia among its closest allies in the Middle East. Ben Ali oversaw a police state, but a secular one. Tunis has long hosted the State Department’s advanced Arabic language school, training generations of diplomats. But across the Middle East, Arabs knew Tunisia differently: In a region replete with dictatorships, it was among the worst. If Tunisians could defeat Ben Ali in less than a month, anything was possible.
Mere HER hos IEA.
Special Report: The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy
By Barry Rubin * January 30, 2011
There is no good policy for the United States regarding the uprising in Egypt but the Obama Administration may be adopting something close to the worst option. This is its first real international crisis. And it seems to be adopting a policy that, while somewhat balanced, is pushing the Egyptian regime out of power. The situation could not be more dangerous and might be the biggest disaster for the region and Western interests since the Iranian revolution three decades ago.
Experts and news media seem to be overwhelmingly optimistic, just as they generally were in Iran’s case. Wishful thinking is to some extent replacing serious analysis. Indeed, the alternative outcome is barely presented: This could lead to an Islamist Egypt, if not now in several years.
Mere HER hos Gloria Center. Og link til Barry Rubins blog her og til bloggen i Pajamas Media her. Melanie Phillips fremæver en blogpost fra Rubins blog i The Spectator her.
Muslim Brotherhood Poised for Power in Egypt
by Robert Spencer January 31, 2011
A group dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” is poised to take power in Egypt.
After days of riots in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak’s regime, on Sunday the Muslim Brotherhood entered into talks with other opposition groups to form a national unity government after the presumably imminent fall of Mubarak. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 in order to restore, in Egypt and worldwide, the prerogatives of political Islam: a state in which Islamic law (Sharia) is the law of the land and the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and legal equality for women and non-Muslims consequently restricted.
Human Events HER.
Cancer, Carter and Obama
By Michael Ledeen – January 30th, 2011
There are some eery similarities between Egypt 2011 and Iran 1979, and some of them are unfortunately about American leadership. There are some big differences, too, but for the moment let’s just look at some parallels and try to draw some necessarily tentative conclusions. After all, everything is up for grabs right now and things will probably change a lot in the next few hours and days.
Mere HER i Pajamas Media.
Revolts which coincided with a new opposition congress almost suggest that they were scheduled for a time when Obama would be at his politically weakest
Obama Loses the Middle East
By Daniel Greenfield – January 31, 2011
It’s no coincidence that major revolutions against Western backed governments have occurred under weak American presidents. The Iranian revolution against the Shah happened on Jimmy Carter’s watch. The current violence in Tunisia and Egypt is taking place under Obama. And the timing is quite interesting. Revolts which coincided with a new opposition congress almost suggest that they were scheduled for a time when Obama would be at his politically weakest.
Canada Free Press HER kan også læses her hos Arutz Sheva. Og endnu en Greenfield:
All that is being accomplished by the calls for Mubarak to democratize and resign is to show how irrelevant America is and how worthless it is as an ally
Muslim Brotherhood as the only force capable of replacing Mubarak
By Daniel Greenfield – January 28, 2011
After Tunisia, the disturbances have moved on to Egypt, Yemen and Jordan. Despite what is being predicted, I wouldn’t count on any of these countries undergoing the same kind of turnover.
Mere HER i Canada Free Press.
What’s the Matter with Egypt?
January 30, 2011 – by Victor Davis Hanson
In the Stars or in Them?
So what’s the matter with Egypt? The same thing that is the matter with most of the modern Middle East: in the post-industrial world, its hundreds of millions now are vicariously exposed to the affluence and freedom of the West via satellite television, cell phones, the Internet, DVDs, and social networks.
And they become angry that, in contrast to what they see and hear from abroad, their own lives are unusually miserable in the most elemental sense. Of course, there is no introspective Socrates on hand and walking about to remind the Cairo or Amman Street that their corrupt government is in some part a reification of themselves, who in their daily lives see the world in terms of gender apartheid, tribalism, religious intolerance, conspiracies, fundamentalism, and statism that are incompatible with a modern, successful, capitalist democracy.
Mere HER hos Pajamas Media. Det var både forventeligt, at oprøret i Egypten ville gå ud over de kristne og at mediere herhjemme ville ignorere det. Patrick Sookhdeo er opmærksom på situationen:
Christians fall victim to chaos in Egypt: Who will help them?
January 31, 2011 by Michael Ireland
As Egypt descends into deeper unrest with a seventh day of protests (Monday, Jan.31), the country’s Christians are falling victim to the chaos as their shops are looted and essential supplies start to run out.
According to one Christian organization working in the region, Egypt’s beleaguered Christian minority is on red alert today.
Barnabas Aid (www.barnabasfund.org ) the majority of Egyptian Christians already live in extreme poverty, and as the demonstrations paralyze daily life, their struggle to make ends meet has become harder. While many shops are being attacked and looted, Christian shops have been particularly targeted.
Barnabas Aid says Christian gatherings and church meetings have been cancelled, while some church minsters are sleeping in their church buildings to protect them from attack. A Barnabas Aid contact said that believers were staying in their homes, where they are “praying hard” and “trusting God” amid the tumult.
Mere HER i Continental News. Wall Street Journal har også noget om emnet her.
The Shame Factor
When will dictators learn not to treat their people like fools?
By Christopher Hitchens – Jan. 31, 2011
Not long ago, a close comrade of mine was dining with a person who I can’t identify beyond telling you that his father is a long-term absolutist ruler of an Arab Muslim state. “Tell me,” said this scion to my friend, “is it true that there are now free elections in Albania?” My friend was able to confirm the (relative) truth of this, adding that he had once even acted as an international observer at the Albanian polls and could attest to a certain level of transparency and fairness. The effect of his remarks was galvanic. “In that case,” exclaimed the heir-presumptive, thumping the table, “what does that make us? Are we peasants? Children?” The gloom only deepened, apparently, as the image of the Arab as a laughing stock—lagging behind Albania!—took hold of the conversation.
Mere HER i Slate – kan også læses her i National Post. Khaled Abu Toameh er inde på noget lignende her hos Hudson New York. Og næste: Daniel Korski interviewer Paul Wolfowitz:
Coffee House Interview: Paul Wolfowitz Daniel Korski interviews Paul Wolfowitz on Coffee House, The Spectator Blog
By Paul Wolfowitz | Coffee House, The Spectator Blog | January 30, 2011
Nobody is as associated with George W Bush’s drive to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East as former US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. His role in the Iraq War, and belief that the US should promote democracy in a part of the world better known for authoritarian rulers, remains controversial to this day.
But now that the Middle East is being rocked by pro – democracy protests – as people demand freedom, employment, and an end to tyranny – is this advocate of democracy finally being proven right? And what does he think about the dangers of democratic transitions? Dr Wolfowitz kindly agreed to answer a few questions about democracy and the Middle East:
Mere HER hos AEI. Der er flere pundits her:
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