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Where are the Ptolemy's when Egypt Needs Them?

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 28, 2011 at 12:45

Thanks for the insight in the way modern Middle East politics are exquisitely colored by their ancient influences. While I understand there are others that will argue with you about some of the observations you have posted, I have come to my further understanding that much of what you have written is well versed, even if a bit colorful itself.

I am convinced by observations of the Muslims themselves that Islam and its influences throughout the centuries has been modified by the civilizations they encountered and conquered; and the Persian invasion is one of the better examples of how Islam today is as much of a reflection of how different it is to be Shiia as opposed to being Sunni as any of the variant forms we see today. In the distinction you made as to whether there will be Iranian influences or Saudi, it will be whoever the military supports that will likely get the nod by my own perception, though I will never be able to say it is so until it is so.

If it is not apparent to some, I will reiterate that I look for the Biblical aspect of every event occurring in the Middle East, and the circumstances of Egypt is as enigmatic now as it was in the time of the Pharaohs. Even so, the Hebrew Holy Bible has Egypt so completely interwoven into the last times, it is not without such observations that Egypt needs to be more closely observed, especially by Israel. We can dismiss what the American Administrative Executive might have in view, for the State department will pursue whatever course that suits the political situation for the moment. For the moment, it is a course of faux democracy.

All that can be done, then, for the moment, is to wait and see. Near neighbor Libya, a definitive player in Biblical prophecy is wringing out its policy-making apparatus; and by this observation, we will need to see who wins that one before Egypt will be sorted out.

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