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January 31, 2011

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Noga

I watched yesterday fareed Zakaria's schmoozing with Elbaradei on CNN. He started his programme by giving us a summery of Egypt's history in which he said:

"The first Arab revolt was in 1916 against the Ottoman Empire that ruled most of the Arab lands. What is going on today in Tunisia and now Egypt is the second Arab revolt against the strong men who have ruled these lands for decades."

Really? What about 1952 Nasser's revolution?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamal_Abdel_Nasser#Revolution_of_1952

Zakaria just happened to drop this momentous milestone from his version of history.

As for ElBaradei, here is how he characterized the Muslim Brotherhood:

"You know, the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian model, has nothing to do with extremism, as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places. The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group. They are a minority in Egypt. They are not a majority of the Egyptian people, but they have a lot of credibility because all the other liberal parties have been smothered for 30 years. They are in favor of a federalist (ph) state. They are in favor of a wording on the base of constitution that has red lines (ph) that every Egyptian has the same rights, same obligation, that the state in no way will be a state based on religion.

And I have been reaching out to them. We need to include them. They are part of the Egyptian society, as much as the Marxist party here. I think this myth that has been perpetuated and sold by the regime has no -- has no iota of reality.

As you know, Fareed, I've worked with Iranians, I've worked here. There is 100 percent difference between the two societies."

Isn't that a nice lullaby to put us all to sleep?

And then, there is this, such self sacrifice:

"ELBARADEI: I'm willing to do whatever I can do to save this country, Fareed. You know, this is not my priority. I have a lot of interests in global issues, as you know, humanity, inequity, arms control, and I continue to be active on all these issues. But if my people here, the Egyptian people want me to serve as a bridge from authoritarian system into a democracy, I will not let them down. That is -- I owe it to them here."

He really doesn't want all this headache but he will consent to carry the burden, if asked!

Chris Taus

Egypt is huge. If Islamic groups like the Muslim Brotherhood take over, guard your portfolio with great care. I strongly suspect the markets will be rocked by all this. Hope like hell I'm wrong. And yet again we can see how the malevolent religious ideology of a seventh-century Arab fraud can have dire effects on the world down to the present day.

sackcloth and ashes

Am I the only one to find it ironic that the MB's spokesman is called 'Gamal Nasser'?

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