Friday, January 28, 2011

Cairo: “Allahu Akhbar!”

Egypt appears to be in the midst of a populist revolt. The news stories are coming in too thick and fast for me to gather excerpts, but here are some highlights:

  • Hundreds of thousands of people are on the streets.
  • Police cars have been set on fire.
  • Large demonstrations are underway in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Suez, and other areas.
  • Protesters in Cairo have chased police out of the main square.
  • President Hosni Mubarak’s headquarters is on fire.
  • Police are using live ammunition (not just rubber bullets) against the demonstrators.
  • Some police have discarded their uniforms and joined the protesters.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood has thrown its support behind Mohammed el-Baradei.

Below the fold is a raw news video from RT that was released a short while ago, showing clashes between police and demonstrators on the streets of Cairo:


Hat tips: KGS, Henrik, Vlad Tepes, and Fjordman.

23 comments:

Zenster said...

The Muslim Brotherhood has thrown its support behind Mohammed el-Baradei.

Remember this maggot? He was the one entrusted with uncovering Iran's nuclear weapons program while heading the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). You may as well have asked a blind man to use a microscope.

Mohammed factor of 100%!

Anonymous said...

I have heard that Mubarak and son have fled the country. They would only have done that if they sould not depend on the military to keep them safe. It is anyone guess who will be running Egypt tomorrow. My guess is it will be a general.

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Esmeralda Pearl said...

The Muslim Brotherhood will get rid of the "useful-idiot" named el-Baradei when he has expended his credibility to their cause.

As usual; in a Muslim society; it's the children and the non-Muslims who will pay the price!

Wait and see what happens to the Coptic Christians! :(((

This should be a red-flag, 3-alarm wake up call for Obama (IF...he's not one of them)

oldschool26 said...

Maggot? You do not like el-Baradei, fine. But to use such a term about another human being is disgusting, and someone needs to say it.

The reason why we are better than our adversaries is because we respect human dignity.

Should we exterminate him now that he is completely dehumanized?

Apuleius Platonicus said...

A massive popular uprising in a country where 75% of the population believes that apostates should be put to death. What could possibly go wrong?

Fjordman said...

Oldschool: You are overreacting. That being said, while I don't like him it is unnecessary to use terms like "maggot."

I fear the Muslim Brotherhood will be a force to be reckoned with when all is said and done. And not just in Egypt.

oldschool26 said...

Don't think I am overreacting at all. In fact, you seem to be in agreement with me.

We should not hesitate to call out such behavior.

I am in agreement with the substance concerning the Muslim Brotherhood. I would expect them and those connected to use such terms, not someone here to emulate them.

It's really about being what we say we are.

Baron Bodissey said...

I tend to agree with oldschool26. That sort of nasty language is pointless and counterproductive.

If El Baradei were a commenter here, I would have deleted Zenster's remark. But since the esteemed former IAEA magnate unlikely to show up here, I'll let it slide.

urah2222 said...

PRAY and PRAY HARD that the Egyptian Army takes over - QUICKLY - and installs a "Nasser-lite" as provisional President.When the Rebels hold the central broadcasting apparatus and the Foreign Ministry as it seems they do the Government's days are numbered, and I believe that number to be ONE DAY.

urah2222 said...

Revise and extend -

Watching the Robert Gibbs Presser, I feel like it is 1979 all over again. "Violence will not solve this." The Press Secretary must be DELUSIONAL. The Bigger Gun, more ruthlessly used will win out, this is a revolution going on, after all. Bottom line is - we are ready willing and able to let the Mubarak Regime twist in the wind, just as we were with the Shah of Iran 32 years ago. Dr. Shalit

Anonymous said...

The clueless over on the Reason thread are pushing the usual memes: "Islam isn't monolithic", "this is a secular uprising having nothing to do with Islam", etc.

Call Me Mom said...

Suddenly last month's Pajamas Media exclusive and the news article I saw today about the Obama administration lifting the ban on Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib from entering the US makes a little more sense.(In that it shows a pattern of behavior, not in that it is sensible.)

From the Pajamas media article: "Although Matthew Chandler, deputy press secretary and spokesman for Secretary Napolitano, refused to comment on the meetings or identify the groups that attended the two-day session, Pajamas Media has learned the identities of a number of the participants and interviewed them — including those linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The program requires bringing in Muslim groups as “partners” in a two-way information sharing program.

Walid Phares, director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, criticized the partnership concept:

“Through the so-called ‘partnership’ between the Jihadi-sympathizer networks and U.S. bureaucracies, the U.S. government is invaded by militant groups.” He warned that this policy embraced by the Obama administration “is how American national security policy has been influenced” by Muslim groups, who are duping administration officials."


From today's article:"State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters that the government no longer views Ramadan or Habib as representing threats to the United States. “The next time Professor Ramadan or Professor Habib apply for a visa, they will not be found inadmissible on the basis of the facts that led to denial when they last applied.”

Hesperado said...

I just realized an interesting inconsistency:

Back when "the People of Iran" were demonstrating and agitating for a regime change, Robert Spencer and Pam Geller, among others in the anti-Islam movement, were cheering them along as hopeful signs of a genuine "reform" movement. At the time, it seemed like only myself, Diana West, and Debbie Schlussel saw through those "Iranian People" (and Diana West had excellent coverage replete with facts that should have shamed Spencer and Geller, as well as most of their followers, for being so unforgivably naive; see my essay The Persian Flu).

Now, with the Tunisian popular revolt, as well as the the Egyptian and the Jordanian ones, suddenly Spencer and Geller and and their followers are all appropriately cynical. What makes the Tunisian/Egyptian/Jordanian case any different from the Iranian one? None that I can see.

Fascinating inconsistency. I wouldn't doubt it if Spencer and Geller had personal Iranian (or "Persian") friends ("secularists" of course) which colored their judgment on the matter.

Anonymous said...

I'm AGAINST islam, but El-Baradei a maggot?

Why? Because he said things the U.S. or Americans didn't like?

Truth hurts, maybe?

And the truth is that the good old U.S.A. has been a bad boy, WORLDWIDE!

Don't we, Latinos, know it!

no2liberals said...

I don't consider El Baradei a maggot, that is an insult to a disgusting, but useful creature.

I consider El Baradei a male prostitute to tyrants and Ayatollahs.

Just as in '78-'79 Iran we are hearing the Egyptians say "this is our revolution," it's by and for the people. In Iran it was the students (led by communist agitators directed by the Soviet Embassy, along with some islamist) that said the same thing.
The old expression "nature abhors a vacuum" was valid then, as it is now. If Mubarak goes, who will have the strength and the organization to take charge?
If it is the military, they should be forewarned, the Iranian military made a pact with Khomeini and they were promptly slaughtered by the 100's after he consolidated power.

My biggest fear is that the islamist will take control, as they have so cleverly done in Turkey, and Israel will be completely surrounded.

In the meanwhile, before we will know who/what/when/where about all of this, the sagging economy will take another big hit, possibly a devastating one if the Suez Canal is closed.

Hesperado said...

no2liberals wrote:

"Just as in '78-'79 Iran we are hearing the Egyptians say "this is our revolution," it's by and for the people. In Iran it was the students (led by communist agitators directed by the Soviet Embassy, along with some islamist) that said the same thing."

He makes it sound like it was a minority revolution, manipulated by "Communists". Yes, Communists had a hand, but in fact, the Iranian Revolution was a mass popular revolt -- millions of delirious ordinary Muslims hailed it and participated in it, and wept with joy at the return of the evil Ayatollah Khomenei.

For so-called "Socialist" or "Communist" Muslims (like the Iranian Maryam Namazie), these modern Western Isms are just superficial dressing over their fundamental Islam underneath.

Many in the anti-Islam movement just don't get it: Muslims don't want freedom. They want, they desire, they have an ingrained appetite for submission. They want, they choose, they love the slavery of Islam.

When the Iron Curtain was quickly unraveling in the 1980s, we saw masses of people desperately streaming out of Russia and Eastern Europe, wanting to escape the totalitarianism that had never sunk in enough to take hold of thier hearts and minds to make them true believersm, but had to be imposed upon them by a dictatorial elitocracy.

Muslims, on the other hand (with the possible exception of a tiny minority whom we cannot trust anyway to be sure they are genuine) are True Believers in the "double totalitarianism" of Islam -- doubly because it is not merely imposed from without, but takes root as a spiritual cancer from within.

Sagunto said...

@Hesp,

Thanks (again) for your clarity of vision. Nice article also, about the Persian affliction.

Kind regs from Amsterdam,
Sag.

no2liberals said...

Hesperado said:
"He makes it sound like it was a minority revolution, manipulated by "Communists". Yes, Communists had a hand, but in fact, the Iranian Revolution was a mass popular revolt -- millions of delirious ordinary Muslims hailed it and participated in it, and wept with joy at the return of the evil Ayatollah Khomenei."

It may have sounded that way to you.
I recognize there were millions swept up in the moment, the vast majority being well intentioned. However, they had no organization, but those who were led by the Soviet agitators did, as well as a plan.
Particularly the MEK.

A good friend of mine was one of the Air Force officers the Khomeinist tried to do away with, but he survived their captivity, was released by mistake and eventually made it to the U.S. On many occasions when there was a discussion in Congress about removing the MEK from the terrorist list, he testified at Senate subcommittee hearings to not remove them.
The Soviets were the main force in organizing and leading the masses in the street protests and they expected to be rewarded with a seat at the table when the power shifted.
Most Iranians, or I should say Persians, wanted a return to a more sensible time, where their heritage of Zoroastrianism resided, long before islam was forced on them.
As we can see now, their revolution was not theirs.

I agree that islam conditions its subjects into submission and the concept of freedom and liberty can gain no purchase in their psyches.
Sadly, no "strongman" has ever come along in the muslim world that can be truly beneficent and maintain a secular society.
The traditions of tyranny and corruption is systemic in islam.

Oh, and El Baradei is still a male prostitute.

Zenster said...

oldschool26: Maggot? You do not like el-Baradei, fine. But to use such a term about another human being is disgusting, and someone needs to say it.

Let's see what you have to say about el-Baradei when the Iranian nuclear devices he was so conveniently incapable of finding begin exploding in Western cities.

Monickers like "maggot" and "male prostitute" (hat tip: no2liberals), will be among some of the most polite terms applied to this deceitful terrorist apparatchik.

And you can bet the farm on Esmeralda Pearl's prediction that:

The Muslim Brotherhood will get rid of the "useful-idiot" named el-Baradei when he has expended his credibility to their cause.

Remember this, in his role as Director General of the IAEA, el-Baradei, an Egyptian himself, pretended to be totally unaware of his own country's "Budding Nuclear Program"

Much like giving Yasser Arafat his Nobel Peace Prize, bestowing the same award upon al-Baradei was equally offensive to all thinking minds and has only served to provide more credibility for the false colors under which Islam's various nuclear weapons programs continue to march.

Baradei tells people to continue protests until regime changes. Is anyone here delusional enough to believe that a regime under el-Baradei will be more benevolent that that currently administered by Mubarak? Anyone who does believe such nonsense should step into the shoes of an Egyptian Copt and stay there for the next twelve months. That is, if they can even stay alive that long.

I continue to maintain that, so long as el-Baradei is not stopped in his pursuit of Egyptian leadership, the end result will see him being called names far, far worse than just "maggot" or "male prostitute".

As our Israeli commenter, Dr. Shalit, noted:

PRAY and PRAY HARD that the Egyptian Army takes over - QUICKLY - and installs a "Nasser-lite" as provisional President.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, folks, I have ZERO problem with calling Mohammed el-Baradei a maggot or any other pejorative name including male prostitute, etc.

I have held off until now, but I do feel the need to point out here that Baron labeling Anjem Choudary as a "wormtongue" in a recent post is essentially the SAME as Zenster labeling Mohammed el-Baradei as a maggot. Again, I am totally fine with both monikers.

To oldschool26, we are definitely headed to World War III (you know, where "humans" are actually killed dead) started by Muslims (passive and active) as explicitly called for in their immutable holy books - which also label non-Muslims as non-humans.

Your whole concept that "we are better than our adversaries ... because we respect human dignity" is interesting to me.

Really, we are better than our adversaries? Hmmm.

Oh, and we respect human dignity? Hmmm.

You see, Muslims argue that they are better than us and that they respect human dignity.

In the end, might is right, and I refuse to allow prissy political correctness to stifle my freedom to label violent Muslim murderers, rapists, and slave owners.

To me, el-Baradei is indeed a worm-tongued maggot. What makes us BETTER than Muslims is our free speech. For the near future in the USA, you can appropriately label evil Muslims - and tell us why those same Muslims are evil - whereas you would be imprisoned for saying the same things in Muslim countries - and Western countries controlled by the evil Muslim agenda.

It is bad enough when the Muslims censor free speech about Muslims. It is intolerable when Americans take the same actions under the guise of a false political correctness that labels us as better than them. The only way that we are better is IF we win which will be measured by whether we maintain our right to freedom of speech!

Sagunto said...

Sometimes calling a spade a spade will inevitably cause one to descend to the lower stratae of the animal kingdom, the invertebrate spineless creatures, for adequate vocabulary.

Furthermore, I don't think @oldschool26, we're at all "better than our adversaries", by adopting the tub-thumping rhetoric of their enablers, like using the progressivist label "dehumanize". I'm with Zen and Egghead on this one.

Kind regs from Amsterdam,
Sag

Zenster said...

To a huge number of Muslims, we kuffar are no better than apes, pigs and dogs; All far more worthy and peaceable creatures than terrorist scum.

As no2liberals observed:

I don't consider El Baradei a maggot, that is an insult to a disgusting, but useful creature.

Even maggots have their uses to mankind. El-Baradei's sole use is to one of the most degrading and violent cults there is and he is useless to all but his terrorist brethern.

This modern day Mister Magoo could not find any evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran even though the Stuxnet virus somehow managed to shut down vital parts of it. Curious that.

Last but not least, thank you very much to Egghead for her brilliant rebuttal and to Sagunto for his generous support.