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Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Dec 11, 2012 at 16:40

Secular dictators like Gamal Abd-el-Nassr and Sadam Hussein launched some bloody wars in their day, including the use of poison gas on people like Yemeni royalists and Kurds. Most of the Middle East's secular dictators hated America only a little less than they hated Israel, and many were willing to play to Islamicist sentiments. The venom which Egypt's state-controlled media spewed at America and Israel under Hosni Mubarak was as disgusting as it was false, and it is the shame of America that such a regime got so much support from the US taxpayer.

I doubt that any culture that is largely a stranger to the Bible or that has not gotten a large influence from a culture that knows the Bible well in its cultural DNA is truly capable of forming a working rule of law, political compact, and consent of the governed. Probably much of the pathology affecting the Middle East and North Africa is deeply imprinted in Islam itself.

The Islamists played democrat for as long as it took to pull the wool over the eyes of an incredibly gullible Western world. However, Morsi's bid for dictatorial powers in Egypt reveals their real agenda.

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