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Egypt will need outside help

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Submitted by Frank Luke (United States), Feb 22, 2011 at 22:21

Excellent article again. Yes, the uprising was spontaneous and the work of the common citizens. Egyptians, like all other people on earth, want to live free and prosperous lives. Even Islamists want to live free and happy lives. The difference is, Islamists want to be free to enforce sharia (and subjugate others) and that would make them happy (under Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood did not have that freedom).

One reason why uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia began, was the fact that the common man suffered under the selfish regimes of Mubarak and Ben Ali and the internet helped them network to an extent that made it possible for hundreds of thousands to come out on the streets to protest against decades of injustice. The reason why these uprisings succeded was because neither Mubarak nor Ben Ali resorted to brutality to stem the rising tide of opposition; that the Chinese resorted to at Tiananmen Square, that Saddam Hussein resorted to in Iraq, or that Ahamadinejad has done in Iran to destroy the opposition.

The great mistake that Washington is currently making is, accepting the words of the Muslim Brotherhood at face value. It is true that they want democracy and they wanted Mubarak out; but that is only because they know that democracy is a useful tool in buying time to strengthen their ranks. After their numbers increase, they will most definitely insist on sharia law and will then throw democracy out of the window. For the Muslim Brotherhood, democracy is merely a means of expediting the sharia law in Egypt - something they tried hard to do before, but were unable to, because the army had sapped their strength. By supporting democracy, they are moving towards their goal - which is to establish sharia law in Egypt and elsewhere. This is one of the reasons why the common man in Egypt needs outside help. They need our help to make sure that they do not jump from the frying pan into the fire.

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