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What can we learn from Egypt

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 13, 2013 at 06:59

Dr. Pipes

I happen to believe that we can learn a lot from what happened in Egypt and that if Islamists win then this might not be all bad after all they will have to face the following:

1. Rebuild the country again and provide jobs and food for the people of Syria and all of this will cost lots of money. And indeed it was an eye opener to Mohamed Morsi and el-ikhwan in Egypt that winning is not the end and that the direct phone lines to Allah just do not exist and that begging kuffar and in the case of Egypt Qatar to provide money will not be far behind. But this money has a cost and not just that it does not come interest free but Islamists have to provide guarantees that they will pay back such loans or they will not be given the money

2. And yes minorities will suffer or immigrate and we can see it happening to the Copts and the baha'ees and the Shia and the Sufis in Egypt and this is very tragic and real and these minorities will leave and take with them not just wealth but also the very much needed know how

3. In the case of Egypt Egyptians are discovering that el-ikhwan are no more than liars and incompetent fools and now they are only popular in the rural areas of Upper Egypt and the Delta region but they lost their popularity in the the big cities of Egypt which means that in future elections they very well could lose the election

4. Flawed political ideologies the likes of communism and Islamism become irrelevant after coming to power as we have seen in Vietnam and we are seeing now in Egypt

5. I think that we all miss that Iran can be a potential friend for the west in the war against Sunni terrorism

So I would say do not support either side

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Daniel Pipes replies:

on your points #1 and #3: Morsi and the MB have made terrible mistakes. I doubt that an Islamist leadership in Damascus under AKP aegis will repeat those mistakes.

on #4: yes, these ideologies eventually collapse, but only after doing huge damage along the way.

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