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The "Real" Barrier to Egyptian Democracy

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Submitted by Freud101 (United States), Feb 11, 2011 at 21:39

They are celebrating in the streets of Cairo now and I wish the Egyptian people well. Before long they will probably notice that nothing has really changed for the better. Then they will realize that their actual problem is the same as it always has been....the Jews! Mubarak's dilemma was that he had whittled the Egyptian Jews down to such a tiny number that not very many of the Egyptians (probably no more than 30 or 40 percent) could be convinced that the handful of poor, elderly Jews left in Egypt could possibly be to blame for all of Egypt's troubles. And because Mubarak supported the peace treaty with Israel (if only under continued pressure from Washington), he could hardly blame the Israelis. So he had no Jew card to play.

I think he tried to play the Christian card by bashing the Copt's. Somehow that does not work as well and I'm not sure why. To an outsider like me it seems that the Islamists get their jollies from bashing and killing Christians just as much as from doing the same to the Jews. Sometimes it appears that they like it even more. But Christian hating just does not seem to promote Islamic political stability as well as Jew hating. It is enjoyable to them while they do it but it does not satisfy. Now that Mubarak has gone the Egyptian street can find it's way back to Jew and Israel bashing in solidarity with the rest of the Middle East Islamist street.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Democracy in Egypt [40 words]Lujack SkylarkFeb 11, 2011 23:36182561
1And The Winner is ?????? [164 words]Jay1Feb 11, 2011 23:01182559
More details on my blog [24 words]Solomon2Feb 11, 2011 13:30182544
The "Real" Barrier to Egyptian Democracy [254 words]Freud101Feb 11, 2011 21:39182544
1Fantasyland [159 words]Sonny BoichikFeb 11, 2011 03:35182532
USA robs freedom of people in the Arab world over a 30 year period [455 words]BaklavaFeb 9, 2011 18:30182497
And To Whom Would You Have America Write the Check of Their Deliverance [967 words]M. ToveyFeb 11, 2011 12:34182497
2everybody else's fault but their own. [112 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanFeb 11, 2011 18:15182497
1Israel and neighbors [58 words]UgriFeb 12, 2011 06:07182497
A democratically-elected President of Egypt? I'm still waiting for one here. [190 words]DrRJPFeb 9, 2011 08:49182488
1Democracy takes time to establish [64 words]Joe Six-PackFeb 8, 2011 12:31182442
US policy in the middle east needs a small revision [192 words]Frank LukeFeb 10, 2011 14:50182442
2Egypt's Turmoil is the World'sTurmoil [730 words]M. ToveyFeb 8, 2011 12:16182441
Egypt needs our help - and soon [164 words]Frank LukeFeb 10, 2011 14:16182441
1Democracy is not a rational form of government [169 words]Ralph C Whaley MDFeb 8, 2011 09:01182432
Egypt needs a model [20 words]Don J.Feb 11, 2011 03:42182432
Egypt Needs More Than a Model - Almighty God has Already Seen to That [40 words]M. ToveyFeb 14, 2011 19:36182432
A Democracy Will Not Save Egypt [368 words]M. ToveyFeb 16, 2011 13:29182432

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