Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Conflict in Egypt!

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Horrifying moment Egyptian protestors pushed an armoured police van 50ft off a bridge before officers were stoned by mob
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25 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai peninsula by suspected militants
Breaking News from Egypt
By News on the Net
Monday, August 19, 2013
Fox News
Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamist militants ambushed two minibuses in northern Sinai Monday, killing 25 policemen.
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Egyptian bloodbath threatens crucial routes for oil and gas supplies

After last week’s bloody crackdown by the Egyptian army, fears of a disruption of oil supplies to the West have boosted the oil price. Brent crude prices were propelled to a four-month high of $111.23 on Thursday. If the turmoil gets worse – or unrest spreads to other countries – the risk premium currently factored into the price of crude is likely to increase further.

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Egyptian security forces arrest brother of al-Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahri
Mohammed al-Zawahri, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza
He is the leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group
Ayman al-Zawahri is believed to be behind 9/11 attack and 7/7
He has a £15-million bounty on his head and is on the ‘most wanted’ list
The brother of a Ayman al-Zawahri, the veteran terrorist leader of al-Qaeda has been arrested according to Egyptian security forces.
Saudi king calls on Arabs to stand with Egypt
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah called on Arabs to stand together against “attempts to destabilize” Egypt, in a strong message of support for the country’s military leadership read out on Saudi television on Friday.
Standoff in Cairo as Security Forces Surround Mosque
CAIRO — Soldiers, police officers and armed civilians surrounded a mosque where supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi were sheltering early Saturday, continuing a tense standoff between Islamists and the military-backed government a day after scores of people were killed in chaotic civil strife across Egypt.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Reported List of Churches and Christian Institutions Attacked in Egypt Since Wednesday
A wave of devastating violence swept through Egypt Wednesday as the government attempted to disband the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from their sit-ins. According to the Associated Press, 638 people have now been confirmed killed, and nearly 4,000 are injured.
Egypt’s tourism faces meltdown as security fears mount
AFP - Egypt’s tourist industry was facing meltdown on Friday as foreign governments warned their citizens to stay away and told visitors already there to remain in their hotels.
At least 17 killed across country in Egypt clashes
Reuters
CAIRO (AP)—Heavy gunfire rang out in the heart of Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country’s bloodshed earlier this week. At least 17 people were killed in the fighting, including police officers.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed a government building in Cairo on Thursday and set it ablaze, as fury over a security crackdown on the Islamist movement that killed hundreds of people spilled on to the streets.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
After it landed, protesters attacked it and threw stones at the wreckage while under fire from police
Not clear how many people were on board or their injuries although reports claim on Twitter that five died
149 people have died across country after security forces raided camps set up by ousted Morsi supporters
Sky cameraman Mick Deane, a 61 year old father of two, was shot and killed as he reported on the violence

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Only in Egypt: Muslims defending churches, Christians protecting mosques!
Everyone is convinced that the Muslim Brotherhood are just a bunch of terrorists and fanatic nerds dressed in religious garb, growing their beards
By Ali Al Sharnoby
Monday, August 19, 2013
Cairo, Egypt-After a long stressful day due to increasingly crazy events and ever changing news, I had to quickly return home before curfew, which the government imposed to reduce the chances of Muslim Brotherhood violence in the streets.
As I entered my home, I heard the bells of the nearby church ringing in a strange way. Next came screams and the sound of many gunshots. I t old my children to stay away from the balconies, and got ready to defend my family against any possible attack.
But my curiosity as a journalist kept on pushing me to get out and cover the story despite the risk because I know that journalists are most targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood gangs, even more so than police and army members, because they are present in an unmarked way with no badges or uniforms and work to uncover the facts of the Muslim Brotherhood to the public. The Brotherhood have already killed a dozen journalists and wounded many others.
Heading fast to the nearby church, I noticed many of my neighbors, both Muslims and Christians, carrying knives, sticks and like me, scurrying to the church where the sounds of gun shots had stopped. I saw man with a serious wound to is arm as his brothers put him into a car to go to the closest hospital.
Getting to the church, I had expected to see a large number of dead and injured people, and worried that the church would be torched. But thank God, I found only 3 wounded with minor injuries in the hand and the head, wounds that were the result of citizens fighting with Muslim Brotherhood members before people quickly converged on the church, forcing to Brotherhood to retreat and run away.
There were hundreds of Egyptians of all ages. All of them made it clear they were willing to kill Brotherhood members if they turned up again. About half of them were Muslims. A few Salafists, too came to be with us as they live in the same neighborhood and refuse to attack the church. I heard a lot of dialogues between Christians and Muslims. I felt the warmth of real cohesion and unity against the new danger, and knew that there is no difference between our needs and destiny because everyone was there to protect the House of God.
walked among the crowds and heard a Christian man say to a Muslim one: ‘They want to make discord between us and they think we will fight each other because of what they’re doing. Let them come now to see how we stand united. They do not belong to any religion because they come to burn and destroy the House of God’.
The Muslim man replied saying: My brother, we all know this, but even if this was your own home we will all defend it.
I was very impressed and touched when I saw them hugging and kissing each other after these words.
While we were standing about, an army tank came as the SOS citizens had requested help to protect the church. But when the Officer inside saw the crowds, he told us you’re not in need for our protection now. You are doing well and they will not be able to come again as long as they see this crowd .. Everyone smiled when he left raising his hand in a victory sign.
A few moments later, some phone calls came to some of those present advising that the Brotherhood had attacked the nearby mosque, having despaired of coming back to the church. They threw stones at the mosque, shooting into the air to intimidate people inside.
I found young people of all ages making a beeline as straight as an arrow to the mosque. Many of them were Christians, and I saw in their eyes a determination for victory, while they were running to protect the mosque from the aggressors.
I remembered the defiant words of the Orthodox Pope, uttered the day before, when he told the Muslim Brotherhood and the extremists and terrorists with them: “If you burn the churches we will pray with our brothers in the mosques, and if you burn the mosques, Muslims will pray with us in the church, and if you burn them both, we’re all going to pray together in the streets protecting each other”.
I remembered the words of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, when the Muslim Brotherhood started torching churches and attacking Christians. He announced that whosever does this is outside of the religion of Islam and all of us must fight him.
I discovered my neighbor, Munir Peter, who lives next door to me. We grew up together and got to be adults together. We used to eat and play in his house or my house, while his mother sat with my mom all day laughing and preparing food together. We never felt any differences and even after growing up, remain very good friends. I even have relatives and other Muslim friends in the same building, but when I need something, I do not ask any of them, I only ask this Christian neighbor. Even with his brother and other family relatives living in the building next to us, he does the same. When he needs anything, he requests it only from me and not any other.
I rushed over to him. He welcomed me among a gathering of young Christians and Muslims, and all of them know that the Muslim Brotherhood wants us to believe that if they burn churches and shops owned by Christians, the church and Copts will rise up and ask for external force to protect them, or will rise up with violence and set the whole country aflame.
Since the police and army forces broke up the Brotherhood’s two sit-ins which they started after the dismissal and expulsion of Morsi, the Brotherhood and those who followed them burned about 40 churches, killed Copts and looted their shops. It should be important to note that moderate Muslims were not safe from their rampages either. They were also killed and their shops looted.
Brotherhood gangs randomly shot civilians without distinction between a Muslim or a Christian. They think they can terrorize Egyptians to allow Morsi and the Brotherhood back into power again!
Of course they are deluded because they are the first to know the impossibility of turning back the clock. Everyone is convinced that they are just a bunch of terrorists and fanatic nerds dressed in religious garb, growing their beards to fool the gullible and none-educated poor people.
Ali Alsharnoby, an Egyptian journalist and deputy editor, worked in many Egyptian newspapers.
Studied at university of Cairo, faculty of law.. and wrote a number of books about the political trends in the Islamic view.
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The Day Of Rage Comes With A Pricetag
I’m of the belief that the Religion of Hate has called down wrath and bloodshed upon its own head
By Guest Column Richard Cameron
Sunday, August 18, 2013
As I write, the number of dead – 800, and injured in Egypt due to the military’s response to civil unrest is growing by the hour. Reports coming from the legacy media, are attributing the deaths to what they characterize as a brutal military crackdown.
This has prompted some journalists to put forward the proposition that secularists and liberals have a share in the responsibility for encouraging the Egyptian military to oust erstwhile President Morsi and that somehow democracy has been thwarted – the result being the police and army’s attacks on Morsi supporters. Incidentally, when you see the phrase ‘Morsi supporters’, translate that to the Muslim Brotherhood and their first cousins, the Salafists.
Normally, and almost universally, I tend to sympathize with what I believe to be unarmed protesters being cut down in the streets by government forces. I say normally, because it is a matter of principal and it’s one that is not hard to argue or defend. There’s more going on in the uprisings in Egypt, however, than meets the casual eye. First, the general reputation of the protesters has to be taken into consideration. Are these Morsi supporters something that could be compared to the more benign elements of the Occupy protests, or Tea Party people rallying to send a message of dissent to lawmakers? The history of the Muslim Brotherhood and the hard line Salafists, says no.
In order to really grasp the motives behind the Egyptian army’s gloves off approach to dealing with the political Islamists in Egypt – you have to look beyond the recent public relations positioning of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. It is “the mother of all Islamist movements,” says Shadi Hamid, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center. It was not many years later that its leadership allied itself with Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany. The Muslim Brotherhood began a propaganda campaign against Jews, circulating copies of Mein Kampf and the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ in Arabic. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a hateful forgery and has been extremely poisonous wherever it has been distributed, leading to vicious persecutions and deaths of Jews worldwide. Mein Kampf, the ferment of a psychopathic mind – needs no introduction to students of history.
The Muslim Brotherhood, has throughout its existence, been relentlessly involved in efforts to destabilize Egypt through political intrigue and violence – carrying out assassinations, attacks on public officials, destruction of public property and coup attempts. Because of this, it has always been viewed with distrust by Egypt’s leaders, from Nassar through Sadat and Mubarek. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) writer, Zachary Laub, notes that one of the early leaders of the Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb, jailed on suspicion of plotting to kill President Nasser, was the chief architect of the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda to employ Jihad in order to usher in Sharia and Islamic rule in Egypt and beyond.
Laub describes Qutb’s writings, particularly his 1964 manifesto Milestones, as providing “the intellectual and theological underpinnings for numerous militant Sunni Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hamas.” Laub also says that extremist leaders often channel Qutb, who was hanged in 1966, to argue that governments not ruled by sharia are apostate, and therefore legitimate targets of jihad.

Many journalists and academics have been seduced by the seemingly moderate public rhetoric of the Muslim Brotherhood. These analysts say the group has undergone a gradual transformation, moderating its earlier ambitions and demonstrating a willingness to participate in society along democratic lines. Carrie Wickham of Emory University was one of the professorial class that was taken in by the Brotherhood’s clever tactical shift over the last 30 years. “Although the Brotherhood entered the political system in order to change it, it ended up being changed by the system.” She notes that interactions with politicians and members of civil society outside the Islamist camp have moderated some of the Brotherhood’s political positions.

The mask has been taken off since last year’s demonstrations in Tahrir Square and the election and subsequent removal of Morsi. Circumstances peeling the first layer of this thin veneer of populism and good will, revealed a deep well of intolerance and neanderthalism. Despite their earlier promises of not seeking to dominate the new government formed by elections following Mubarek’s ouster – they did that very thing indeed.
Middle East scholar Robin Wright describes Morsi’s governing style as ‘majoritarianism’ — ”autocratic rule by the largest party.” That in reality, is what informed the process of the creation of Egypt’s constitution – which predictably met with wide disapproval in the country. Wael Nawara, an activist and visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, proposed that “the Muslim Brotherhood’s assault on Egyptian identity, culture, and way of life, was the “core cause of protests.”
That takes us forward to this week’s violence. Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael of the Associated Press report that much of the violence has been precipitated by the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi protesters and they cite as an example, an incident in which protesters trapped a police Humvee on an overpass near the Nasr City camp and pushed it off, according to images posted on social networking sites that showed an injured policeman on the ground below, near a pool of blood and the overturned vehicle.
52 policemen have been killed by the protesters, as noted in a Reuters report, but that you likely haven’t heard in reports from the legacy media here in America. As Tom Perry and Alexander Dziadosz write for Reuters,
“Shocking scenes, including television footage of unarmed protesters dropping to the ground as security forces opened fire, have been seen around the world, but many Egyptians support the crackdown and resent international criticism of the army.”
“What happened was the only logical way to end their sit-ins, which did have weapons and … violent people,” said Ismail Khaled, 31-year-old manager in a private company. “Thank God the police ended them. I wish they had done so sooner.”
Egypt’s ambassador to Britain rejects the characterization of excessive force on the part of the government. Speaking at the Egyptian embassy in London, Ashraf El Kholy said the camps set up by Morsi loyalists were “not as peaceful and innocent” as protesters claimed.
“I think with these number of deaths and this amount of violence, (the protesters) got what they wanted,” he said.
It appears what they wanted was a bloody confrontation and the results speak for themselves. Remember, these protesters are deeply immersed in the mentality of Jihad and its possible consequences which they have been taught to accept as martyrdom. This is routinely displayed everywhere that Islam is projecting its violent struggle for ascendance over secular society. A good example is the Intifada campaigns of the P.L.O. and its successors, Hamas, in Gaza and the West Bank.
It should also be born in mind, that there is no tradition of democracy in the Middle East, so it is fruitless to try to look at the events that have unfolded and the types of measures the government has found necessary to resort to in Egypt, through the lens of representative government and the deliberative processes of American or Western European civics.
There’s another element in the events of the last week that are being reported by the international media, but given short shrift on this side of the Atlantic, and that is the bloodlust of the Muslim-Brotherhood and its ideological bunkmates, the Salafists, against Christians in Egypt.
Mina Thabet, an activist with Christian rights group the Maspero Youth Union, says there’s a “retaliation war” against the religious minority, which makes up around 10 percent of Egypt’s population, and told Al Jazeera on Friday that at least 32 churches had been “completely destroyed, burned or looted” in eight different governorates over the previous two days. The group also recorded dozens of other attacks on Christian-owned shops, businesses and schools around the country. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an Egyptian NGO, says attackers targeted Christian schools, shops and homes across all 27 provinces.
“The Egyptian defense minister ordered the engineering department of the armed forces to swiftly repair all the affected churches, in recognition of the historical and national role played by our Coptic brothers,” read a statement that aired on Egyptian television. Bishop Mousa thanked Sisi for his efforts to repair the damaged churches. “We thank Col. Gen.Sisi for commissioning the brave Egyptian armed forces to rebuild the places of worship damaged during the recent events,” Bishop Mousa said on Twitter.
As is typical with the paranoid and hate infested adherents of radical Islam, they are falsely accusing Christians of having a significant role in the Army’s removal of Morsi and the Brotherhood. This is the justification they are trotting out to the media for their attacks on Christians. The fact of the matter is that over the course of Egypt’s modern history, the Salafists and their allies within the Brotherhood have never needed justification to commit atrocities against the Coptic minority population.
No one should marvel at the fact that a religious minority under siege by such as the most virulent of the adherents of Wahhabism, will naturally seek to maintain close and positive relations with the only entity in Egypt that is capable of protecting them from a total holocaust – the Army.
For those who think that the actions of the interim government against the Islamists are unprovoked and unanticipated, I ask you to examine the following list of aggressions inflicted on Christians and churches throughout Egypt. I’m of the belief that the Religion of Hate has called down wrath and bloodshed upon its own head.
Churches
Alexandria:
1. Father Maximus Church
Arish:
1. St George Church | Burned |
Assiut:
1. Good Shepherds Monastery | Nuns attacked
2. Angel Michael Church | Surrounded
3. St George Coptic Orthodox Church |
4. Al-Eslah Church| Burned |
5. Adventist Church | Pastor and his wife kidnapped |
6. St Therese Church |
7. Apostles Church | Burning
8. Holy Revival Church | Burning |
9. Qusiya Diocese | MCN
Beni Suef:1. The Nuns School |
2. St George Church | al-Wasta
Cairo:1. St Fatima Basilica | Heliopolis | Attempted Attack
2. Virgin Mary’s Church | Hakim Village | Burned |
Fayoum:
1. St Mary Church | El Nazlah | Gallery
2. St Damiana Church | Robbed and burned
3. Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) Church | EgyNews (Arabic), Twitter
4. Evangelical Church | al-Zorby Village | Looting and destruction
5. Church of Joseph | Burned |
6. Franciscan School | Burned
Gharbiya:1. Diocese of St Paul | Burned |
Giza:
1. Father Antonios
2. Atfeeh Bishopric
Minya:
1. Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram | Delga, Deir Mawas |
2. St Mina Church | Abu Hilal Kebly, Beni Hilal |
3. Baptist Church | Beni Mazar |
4. Monastery | Deir Mawas | Ahram (Arabic)
5. Delga Church | Attacked (Previously attacked with fire)
6. The Jesuit Fathers Church | Abu Hilal district
7. St Mark Church | Abu Hilal district
8. St Joseph Nunnery |
9. Amir Tadros Church |
10. Evangelical Church |
11. Anba Moussa al-Aswad Church |
12. Apostles Church |
Qena:1. St Mary’s Church | Attempted Burning
Sohag:1. St George Church |
2. St Damiana | Attacked and burned |
3. Virgin Mary | Attacked and burned |
4. St Mark Church & Community Center
5. Anba Abram Church | Destroyed and burned |
Suez:
1. St Saviours Anglican Church |
2. Franciscan Church and School | Street 23 | Burned
3. Holy Shepherd Monastery and Hospital |
4. Good Shepherd Church (molotov cocktail thrown)- Relationship with Holy Shepherd Monastery unknown.
5. Greek Orthodox Church | Christian Institutions
Other targets:House of Father Angelos (Pastor of Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram) | Delga, Minya | Burned | CBN News, Ahram (Arabic)
Properties and Markets of Copts | al-Gomhorreya Street, Assiut
Seventeen Coptic homes | Delga, Minya | Burned |
YMCA | Minya| Burned |
Coptic Homes | Qulta Street, Assiut | Attacked
Offices of the Evangelical Foundation & Oum al-Nour | Minya
Coptic-owned shops, pharmacy, and hotels | Karnak and Cleopatra Streets, Luxor | Attacked and Looted
Dahabeya Nile Boat | Minya| Church-owned |
Bible Society bookshop | Cairo | Burned |
Bible Society | Fayoum |
Bible Society | al-Gomohoreya Street, Assiut | Ezbet el Nekhl |
List courtesy of Amira Mikhail
Items of notes and interest from the web.
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The Brotherhood’s Currency of Blood
For the wealthy titans of the Brotherhood, their followers are pawns to be disposed of, human shields for their political ambitions
By Daniel Greenfield
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Like all terrorist organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood has only one commodity to trade in. Blood. In the war of ideas for the future of Egypt, the Brotherhood had nothing to offer but the blood of its followers and victims. It has no new ideas. It has no record of accomplishments. It has no vision for the future except the same old corruption and authoritarianism cloaked in a deceptive Islamist garb.
The outcome of any interaction with the Brotherhood could have been predicted from its motto; “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” 
In the streets of Egyptian cities, Muslim Brotherhood activists achieved their highest hope. They died in their Jihad against the liberal opposition and the military, fighting against human rights for women and Christians, against multi-party rule, freedom of speech, museums, libraries and the future in the way that the armies of Allah have died for over a thousand years. Some died trying to kill Egyptian soldiers and police officers. Others were killed by their own people in order to maximize the death toll and spread shock and horror through the international community.

Like their Hamas outlet in Gaza, like their Syrian brigades who have wrecked entire cities and filled them with corpses, and like Al Qaeda, whose leaders have always been Muslim Brotherhood members; the Brotherhood does not care whose blood it spills.

When your highest hope is dying for Allah, then everything else is a detail. The Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders, men like Morsi and Khairat el-Shater, are far less eager to die for Allah. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s mad genocidal preacher, is still hiding out in Qatar and spewing calls for violence from under the skirts of the equally cowardly Qatari Emir, who finances the Brotherhood’s wave of death and terror in the region while living it up in his palaces and hoping that Morsi climbs back into power and signs another favorable natural gas import deal with Qatar so he can add on a few more palaces.
In his final speech, Morsi boasted of his willingness to sacrifice his blood for power. The Brotherhood’s preacher of hate, Qaradawi urged Jihadists from around the world to come and be martyred in Egypt.
For the wealthy titans of the Brotherhood, their followers are pawns to be disposed of, human shields for their political ambitions. The Muslim Brotherhood spent their blood generously during the clashes with Egyptian police the same way that Hamas and Hezbollah spill the blood of their own people.
Terrorist organizations are one-trick ponies
What it bought with their blood is the outrage of the world. Terrorist organizations are one-trick ponies. They unleash horrifying violence, blame it on the brutality of the authorities and wait for the world to step in and apply pressure on whatever government they are trying to overthrow.
The Brotherhood’s leaders knew that. Their speeches amping up their followers for a deadly struggle created the tension that exploded into brutal violence. In the streets, the men who flocked to the terror camps of the Brotherhood and the women who came to be their human shields, wanted to kill and die. They sought to erase their own sinful existence in a tide of blood. That is the true secret meaning of Jihad. The fanatic who despairs of changing himself into a better man can explode all his repressions in one burst of violence, finding absolution from his mortal crimes in the Jihadist immortality of murder and death. That perverted impulse is at the heart of Islamic terrorism.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders followed the oldest traditions of Islam by offering their followers paradise and atonement in exchange for unleashing their darkest passions. That the unleashing should have ended in hundreds of deaths is not at all unprecedented in the many wars and conflicts of Islam.
What any normal person would consider a massacre; the Muslim Brotherhood considers an opportunity. Its tactic, like those of most terrorist groups, is to commit atrocities that bait the authorities into a seeming overreaction and then to use that to attract international attention and play the victim.
The Muslim Brotherhood used the blood of its followers as currency to buy international outrage that will be used to pressure Egypt into releasing Brotherhood leaders like Morsi and and Khairat el-Shater . It wanted the clashes to be as ugly and bloody as possible. It wanted to outrage the world because it knew that was the speediest way of getting its leaders out of their prison cells and back into power.
These murderous tactics would be useless if the United States and Europe weren’t full of useful idiots and fellow travelers, in and out of the media, gasping at the carnage and demanding an immediate halt to the violence. There is only one way to halt the violence and that is to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt has only had peace by suppressing the Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt has only had peace by suppressing the Muslim Brotherhood. It will only have peace when the Muslim Brotherhood is suppressed once again. The last two years have shown that there can be no peace with the Muslim Brotherhood. In or out of power, the Brotherhood is murderous, intolerant and ruthlessly bent on absolute power.
Responding to the carnage with new calls for an end to foreign aid is an explicit form of collaboration in the Muslim Brotherhood’s atrocities and the surest way to ensure that they will be repeated. Egypt may deserve to lose its foreign aid, but issuing such calls now is handing a victory to the world’s worst terrorist organization and giving it every incentive to up the body count next time around.
The calls for Brotherhood participation in an Egyptian government are senseless insanity. Is there room for a movement that seeks nothing but death in the ranks of any government? Should murderous madness on such a scale really be the currency that purchases power? Should the burners of churches and the torturers of peaceful protesters be rewarded with power a second time?
Wars aren’t won through de-escalation, but through escalationWestern governments fear escalation in Egypt. And that fear is the secret weapon of every terrorist group. The terrorist groups always escalate, spending their currency of blood cheaply to break the will of their enemies. The only way to break that cycle is to out-escalate them by showing that their currency of blood is worthless because the people and governments they are terrorizing will not be bent under its terrible weight.
Wars aren’t won through de-escalation, but through escalation. America lost in Afghanistan because it wasn’t willing to fight harder and bloodier than the Taliban. The Egyptian government has shown that it is willing to match the Muslim Brotherhood’s ruthlessness without backing down.
To reward the courage of the Egyptian soldiers and police who fought the Muslim Brotherhood in the streets by forcing their government to stand down and surrender to the terrorists who nearly turned Egypt into a second Iran is an unmitigated crime. It is a crime whose consequences will not only be felt by the women and Christians of Egypt, but by all of us.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City writer and columnist. He is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and his articles appears at its Front Page Magazine siDaniel can be reached at: sultanknish@yahoo.com

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Egypt to Outlaw Muslim Brotherhood? Why Not Here, Barack?
Meanwhile, back at Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama maintains a full schedule of golfing, swimming, denial concerning events on the Nile
By John Lillpop
Perhaps common sense is still a viable option in war-ravaged Egypt, after all. That seems possible given reports that those responsible for the non-coup there are considering making Muslim Brotherhood extremists illegal.
As reported at the reference:
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, once again outlawing a group that held the pinnacle of government power just more than a month earlier.
The announcement comes after security forces broke up two sit-in protests this week by those calling for the reinstatement of President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader deposed in a July 3 coup. The clashes killed more than 600 people that day and sparked protests and violence that killed 173 people Friday alone.
Cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawki said that Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, who leads the military-backed government, assigned the Ministry of Social Solidarity to study the legal possibilities of dissolving the group. He didn’t elaborate.

Meanwhile, back at Martha’s Vineyard, President Barack Obama maintains a full schedule of golfing, swimming, and denial concerning events on the Nile, while huddling with fellow Democrats to add 11 million invading Mexicans to the Democrat Party base through amnesty and other sleight of hand nonsense reminiscent of the manner by which the doomed ObamaCare mess was passed through Congress.

Just as the Egyptian people do not need to be burdened with the Muslim Brotherhood, so it is that bankrupt America does not need to add 11 million non-English speaking illegal aliens.
Just Say NO! to both the Muslim Brotherhood and the illegal Aliens from Mexico!
John W. Lillpop is a recovering liberal. “Clean and sober” since 1992 when last he voted for a Democrat. Pray for John: He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people like Nancy Pelosi are actually considered normal!.
John can be reached at: satirebylillpop@yahoo.com

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Muslim Brotherhood spreading rumors and lies in Egypt as their last weapon!
Brotherhood aims to keep the focus on sectarian strife rather than their own failure that got them thrown out of the presidency in the first place
By Ali Al Sharnoby
Days after the June 30 Revolution, during which millions of Egyptians filled the streets demanding the ouster of the Mohamed Morsi-led Muslim Brotherhood regime and after the Egyptian Army came to the rescue, the Muslim Brotherhood is still organizing demonstrations which often end in violence.
The Brotherhood conveniently forgets that Morsi’s presidency was rejected by a majority of the Egyptian people.
It is worthy of note that the Brotherhood is targeting specific groups—particularly the reluctant and fearful or those who haven’t yet decided whose side to be on.
One of the most dangerous influential weapons used by the Muslim Brotherhood is spreading rumors and lies, playing with minds of ordinary people and their followers. They are using a very strong media front financed with millions of dollars, and social media “technical militias” to reach their
goal.
It is well known that the media as a weapon is used by intelligence agencies, whether public or military, to influence the enemies and other countries, as they are used in some professions, such as artists or athletes and as well as in the economic field between competing companies to fabricate a crisis in certain markets or beat competitors, or force a drop in the stock market in order to buy shares. All of these things have nothing to do with religion. Yet, the Muslim Brotherhood claims they are defending Islam and delivering the word of God to the masses.
The long history of the Brotherhood gave them experience and versatility in the process of spreading rumors and lies to distort the picture among opponents and competitors alike. They resort to the “the end justifies the means” playbook, making it permissible to lie to others in order to achieve the interests of the organization.

 


And this is what Mahmoud Abdel-Halim, a founding member of the Brotherhood, who lived with founder Hassan al-Banna stated in the book ‘All Made History’: “The principles of Machiavelli”.
Recently, the Brotherhood announced that the army killed 51 Brotherhood protesters and injured more than 1,000 while they were praying. The Brotherhood dominated the media with their cries and tears—but only a few days later, videos and eyewitnesses showed some Brotherhood members shooting it out with the Army, armed with firearms and Molotov cocktails.
A few days ago, a march of the Muslim Brotherhood in Mansoura was supposedly hijacked by some thugs who killed three women belonging to the group. But the autopsy and forensic examination proved that the shots came from behind at very close range, and in Egypt weapons are not widely available to citizens. This leaves many questions about who are the real killers and how did they get the weapons. When they entered Brotherhood headquarters, police and military forces found a large number of weapons that have been imported from abroad—especially from Hamas-controlled territories, and Libya.
The Muslim Brotherhood has not confined its attacks to just their political opponents but are
attacking state institutions, including the military. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is their latest victim because he stood up for the Egyptian people, removed President Morsi and rejected all and any attempts to “brotherize” the Armed Forces when Morsi was still in power.
The worst of wild Brotherhood accusations is the statement from the group’s leaders that the Army was responsible for the assassination of 17 officers and soldiers murdered in cold blood in Sinai last year by Hamas terrorists, who crossed the border, performed the atrocity before fleeing Egypt. These terrorists were killed by Israeli aircraft as they fled.
Scaring off women from attending protests is the Muslim Brotherhood at work.
Several Muslim Brotherhood pages on Facebook announced that the group’s followers would be molesting and raping girls planning on attending demonstrations in support of the Army.
Even the clergy are not exempt from rumors. The Brotherhood launched a massive propaganda exercise targeting Al-Azhar and the Grand Mufti, and the leaders of Al-Azhar who tried to block attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis to control Al-Azhar, and to convert it from moderate Islam to a source of the Wahhabi Clerics spreading terrorism, extremism, sectarianism and the legalization of murder and bloodshed.
It is well known that Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Khayrat el-Shater who’s currently facing charges of incitement to violence, the slaughter of protesters and financial corruption, is the man behind the financing and supervising of the committees of electronic and media militias, who play the major role in the spread of these rumors. Recently the Brotherhood opened fake accounts on social networking sites under the names and pictures of some opposition leaders, especially Coptic Christians and used these accounts to spread a provocative message about the “destruction of Islam” and the erasing of the Koran, to deliberately change the identity of Islamic Egypt.
The Brotherhood aims to keep the focus on sectarian strife rather than on their own failure that got them thrown out of the presidency in the first place.
Ali Alsharnoby, an Egyptian journalist and deputy editor, worked in many Egyptian newspapers.
Studied at university of Cairo, faculty of law.. and wrote a number of books about the political trends in the Islamic view.

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Plea for justice in Egypt: Egyptian military must go all the way
Voice of the Copts Plea for justice in Egypt
By Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
With the help of foreign countries, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood together with Hamas is working to destabilize Egypt upon the successful overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi.
Muslim Brotherhood leaders hold to President Morsi’s promise of bloodshed and a fight in order to reinstate their power. More than 20 days ago, Morsi was asked to step down at the request of 30 million Egyptian freedom lovers, and still, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters refuse to accept the will of the people, regularly spreading violence among innocent citizens and killing Egyptian military personnel.
Muslim Brotherhood leader, Al Beltaghi, admitted Brotherhood use of intimidation and terror in Sinai (and likewise in the streets), announcing from the Al Adawyia ghetto of Cairo a few days ago that, “all these terrorist actions in Sinai will stop immediately once the army allows Morsi to return and the coup is concluded.” For Al Beltaghi, distorting Egypt’s revolutionary action, referring to it as a “military coup,” legitimizes their violence to regain control.
Muslim Brotherhood attacked and killed nine people and injured many others in Tahrir Square on July 22nd. A suspicious road accident on Al Alameen highway was responsible for deaths of 17 Egyptian soldiers. Likewise, soldiers are dying and suffering injuries in Sinai from Muslim Brotherhood backlash.
Voice of the Copts: Now is the moment to chop off the head of the serpent.
The new Egyptian Internal Minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, must stand his ground on behalf of all Egyptian people by arresting and holding for trial every terrorist still operating within the hierarchy of the Muslim Brotherhood and implicated by the secret documents found in their offices (and in Morsi’s presidential office), as well as all persons attempting acts of terror or instigating violence.
Al Jazeera broadcasting operations as well as other media influencing the spread of terror and violence in Egypt must be shut down by the Egyptian military.
Prevent Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists from crossing into Egypt, the Egyptian military must secure Egypt’s border
 To prevent Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists from crossing into Egypt, the Egyptian military must secure Egypt’s border with Sinai as well as destroy all smuggling tunnels between the two countries – most built during Mubarak’s era and Morsi’s term. The Egyptian military must secure Egypt’s border with Libya for the same reasons.
No stone left unturned is the mandate for the Egyptian military acting on behalf of Egyptian freedom fighters.
All members of the disbanded SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) must be arrested as soon as possible. Most importantly, former SCAF leader, Field Marshal Tantawy, must be captured immediately and interrogated. He must be brought to trial for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian people during his interim reign. Tantawy is responsible for Egypt’s prolonged suffering due to his dishonest brokering of the country and handing Egypt over to the Muslim Brotherhood when he had the trust of the Egyptian people and freedom fighters.
Egypt’s freedom movement needs the overwhelming support of the international community.
The momentum now underway by the Egyptian army—decisive actions now being taken, purposeful and unwavering, to eradicate the infernal Muslim Brotherhood and dislodge what has not worked for Egypt is good for the free world.
These initial steps are the only way to attain a direct path toward a secure and peaceful Egypt establishing its best potential for democracy. Therefore, Voice of the Copts appeals to all civil and free nations of the world to support the efforts of Egyptian freedom forces and the leaders now in charge on their arduous journey in pursuit of noble goals: liberty, equality and human rights.
Dr. Ashraf Ramelah is founder and president of Voice of the Copts a human right organization with offices in USA and Italy - recently spoke at the first congress of SION in New York City on September 11, 2012.
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Cairo is on fire while blood is shed everyday
9 people killed, 86 wounded Tuesday
By Ali Al Sharnoby
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
(Editor’s note: Egyptian journalist Ali Al-Sharnoby who worked as a deputy editor for English-speaking newspapers in Egypt, sends this report from the ground to Canada Free Press . Al- Sharnoby studied at University of Cairo, faculty of law and is the author of a number of books about the political trends in Islam).
Cairo, Egypt—The Ministry of Health in Egypt announced that 9 people were killed and 86 others were injured in clashes between supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, and other civilians in the areas of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia, on Monday evening and continued through Tuesday morning.
The Ministry said that 6 people were killed and 33 others injured in the events that occurred in the vicinity of a sit-in at Alnahda square in Giza, where a number of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters exist, while one person was killed and others injured in the clashes that took place in the vicinity of Tahrir Square and around the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, killing two and injuring 44 others in incidents at Qaliubiya, near Cairo.
Several clashes occurred yesterday in different parts of Cairo and its neighboring provinces, between supporters of the now isolated President Morsi, and a number of passers-by civilians in some areas of Cairo, after Morsi supporters cut road access stopping traffic and forcing hundreds of cars to stop for hours in Cairo’s hot weather of Cairo during the holy month of Ramadan.
Witnesses said that four Army armored vehicles are currently positioned in Giza near the headquarters of Morsi supporters. A state of caution and preparedness prevails.
The Egyptian police fired tear gas at Morsi supporters at Alnahda Square and Giza in the early hours of Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said that the clashes began after the arrival of the march of supporters to Giza, with clashes between them and unknown civilians.
After the arrival of the march to the headquarters of the sit-in, they were surprised by a second attack, while six armored vehicles belonging to the police fired tear gas canisters into the sit-in, Eyewitnesses said that anonymous people set fire to about 30 vehicles owned by the protestors, as clashes between the two sides used firearms and stone-throwing, smashing a large number of shops, before both sides retreated under clouds of tear gas, leaving behind about 40 injured people, some with bullet wounds and others overcome by tear gas.
Passers-by in the Giza area were in a state of panic and terror, as police forces and the army fired tear gas to disperse the clashes, imposing a security cordon using armored vehicles and police forces.
For their part, security sources said that police had coordinated with the Army Forces to send security to the area of Giza in an attempt to try to separate Muslim Brotherhood youths from locals, stopping clashes between the two sides which lasted for more than 8 hours. The result of this maneuver was a state of calm that prevailed over the areas of Alnahda Square, the University of Cairo and Giza.
Police investigation revealed the existence of some people among the demonstrators speak dialects of Arabic not Egyptian, and it is likely to be from Hamas, a terrorist affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood and could also originate from Syrians who fled to Egypt to escape the war in Syria. Police also spoke of masked gunmen, who were seen in large gatherings and opened fire with Molotov cocktails at citizens whenever things calmed down between the two parties! ..
On the other side of Cairo—amid sounds of gunfire—clashes between dozens of protesters and Morsi supporters near the Semiramis Hotel, marked skirmishes at the U.S. Embassy.
The rally of thousands of supporters were gathered in front of the Supreme Court marching to the U.S. Embassy, waving the flags of Egypt and images of images of Morsi. Witnesses in Tahrir Square said they were surprised by the large number of Muslim Brotherhood firing bullets indiscriminately on the citizens located in front of the Square, who kept them from access to the Square.
Today, thousands of citizens went to The funeral of “Amr Ahmed”, a student at the university, who died Monday evening from a bullet in the clashes in Tahrir. Police arrested the alleged killer who admitted to the shooting and the possession of ammunition and gun. 

On the other hand, the police foiled another attempt of dozens of supporters who tried to go back to Tahrir Square in the middle of the night, where the troops confronted them and asked them to return to where they came from. Supporters dispersed by subway to escape security forces.
The Republican Guard, on Tuesday morning, closed the streets leading to the palace headquarters of interim President “Adli Mansour,” and positioned 6 tanks with hundreds of soldiers in the streets around the palace following the news about a rally of supporters who intended to surround the Palace.
A security source said that the Republican Guard forces are ready to respond to any violence that would harm peaceful demonstrators, stressing that Morsi’s supporters will not be able to reach to the presidential palace.
On nearby streets, security forces searched cars and passengers, demanding ID cards.
It is noteworthy that since the military ousted Morsi on July 3, violent events occur almost daily between supporters and opponents, resulting in citizens being killed and wounded on both sides everyday.
Ali Alsharnoby, an Egyptian journalist and deputy editor, worked in many Egyptian newspapers.
Studied at university of Cairo, faculty of law.. and wrote a number of books about the political trends in the Islamic view.
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Outrage in Egypt over video of naked man beaten by police
AFP
February 4, 2013
Video footage of a man beaten and dragged naked by policemen in Cairo triggered an outrage in Egypt on Saturday and prompted calls for Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to resign.
But hours after the presidency expressed disappointment over the incident and Ibrahim offered to resign, the man told state television the policemen were actually trying to save him from protesters -- a claim quickly dismissed by his relatives.
Footage of the incident was broadcast live on television during protests on Friday night against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
It has since gone viral on the Internet, triggering an outpouring of condemnation on social media websites.
In the video, riot police can be seen beating a man in his 50s before he was dragged into an armoured vehicle in front of the presidential palace.
"The horrible and degrading images showing the central security officers and police beating and dragging a naked man near the presidential palace should lead to the interior minister's immediate resignation," said Khaled Dawoud, spokesman for the main opposition National Salvation Front (NSF).
The presidency said it was "pained by the shocking footage of some policemen treating a protester in a manner that does not accord with human dignity and human rights."
It would follow the interior ministry's investigation of what it called an "isolated act."
Abrahim's office said he had ordered a probe to "hold accountable" those who who beat the man, and that he would resign if "that's what the people want."
Prosecutors say Saber, a 50-year-old construction painter sent to a police hospital, was found carrying petrol bombs.

Late on Saturday, Saber, in an interview with state television, said the police were actually saving him from protesters.

"They gathered around me and roughed me up. They took my clothes then they said 'hey, this guy isn't a policeman, he's an old man,'" Saber said from his hospital bed.
Then, he said, "I tried to resist the police because I didn't want to get into their armoured vehicle, but then I realised that they were trying to save me."
But minutes after his interview, relatives dismissed his claim.
"He's lying, he is scared," his daughter, Randa, told state television.
And an unnamed man claiming to be Saber's nephew said he "is lying because there is lot of pressure on him."
On Friday night people had taken to the streets in several cities in response to an NSF call for a show of opposition to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood after deadly unrest swept Egypt last week in the worst violence since the president was elected in June.
Hours before Friday's violence erupted, NSF leader Mohamed ElBaradei had suggested unrest would persist if Morsi kept sidelining his opponents.

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Egyptian Muslim Mob Attacks Thousands of Coptic Christians in Egypt
Victims and eye witnesses said that nearly 3000 angry Muslims have been damaging and looting at least 50 shops
By Christian Newswire
WASHINGTON, /Christian Newswire/—As of Saturday, November 21, 2009 the Egyptian town of Farshoot, located 300 miles south of Cairo, and the neighboring villages of Kom Ahmar, Shakiki and Ezbet Waziri, have been the scenes of massive Muslim mob attacks against Coptic Christian inhabitants.
The mob looted, vandalized and burnt Coptic properties estimated for six million Egyptian pounds (over one million dollars), while Copts are still hiding indoors fearing for their lives. There are reports that many Copts were attacked and injured. According to many eye witnesses, the mob made wooden crosses and burnt them in the streets while shouting “Allah Akbar.”
Victims and eye witnesses said that nearly 3000 angry Muslims have been damaging and looting at least 50 shops all owned by Christians, including jewelry stores and pharmacies, over a claim that a 20 year old Christian man, now in custody, had a relationship with a 12 year old Muslim girl. Coptic priest Rev. Benjamin Noshi was attacked and is now hospitalized as a result of a fracture in his skull. His car was damaged by the Muslim mob. By the evening most Coptic businesses were looted and burnt and many Coptic Christian families were thrown out of their homes by other Muslim residents.
Farshout’s Bishop, Kirollos, said the attacks were definitely preplanned and suggested that the principal of an Islamic Institute in Farshoot motivated his students to attack the Christians. He also pointed out to the shameful role of the security forces, which disappeared without giving proper justifications or making any arrests, despite several demands by the victims to put an end to the organized attacks against the Copts.
In the early hours of Monday, November 23, 2009 three additional Christian-owned businesses were looted and burnt in the village of “Abu Shousha” located 15 miles away of Farshout. New attacks were taking place Monday night in Al-Arky village seven miles away.
It has become clear that the organized violence is spreading out to more villages only to target the Christian lives and businesses while the Police continue to watch. The last 90 days witnessed at least seven similar attacks on Christian villages, where at least five Copts were killed, many Coptic girls and women were abducted and forced to embrace Islam with the assistance of the Egyptian authorities.

Coptic American Friendship Association (CAFA) pleads to the American and International Rights Organizations to demand the Egyptian government to take immediate measures to protect the Christian lives and properties of the persecuted Copts in Farshout, Egypt (Copts are about 18 million Christians - The largest Christian minority in the Middle East).

For more information, please contact CAFA at Coptic.American@yahoo.com or Call: 703.337.5217
Ihab Aziz
Executive Director
Coptic American Friendship Association (CAFA)
Coptic American Friendship Association (CAFA) is a non-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in the greater Washington, DC area since 1996. CAFA advocates on behalf of the persecuted Christians in Egypt and the Middle East.

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Egypt and the Hamas weapon tunnelsHamas to rearm, Arms imported shipped transported in Egypt
By Barry Shaw
Monday, January 12, 2009
The growing discussion in Israel is centered on stopping the future capability of Hamas to rearm, with even greater stockpiles of weaponry, as Hizbollah has been allowed to do in Lebanon.
Hizbollah has built a greater stockpile of sophisticated missiles, rockets, anti-tank, anti-aircraft weapons under the noses of the UNIFIL forces that were sent to southern Lebanon precisely to prevent such an escalation.
Egypt has been a direct and serious player in the arming of Hamas over the years.
Almost all the weapons and missiles in the possession of Hamas were smuggled through the hundreds of tunnels from Egypt into the Gaza Strip, or carried over the Egyptian border in the Sinai.
These weapons did not suddenly drop from heaven at the Rafah located tunnels. They were imported into Egyptian ports, passed through Egyptian customs,. transported on Egyptian trucks hundreds of kilometers to the area of Rafah where they were physically passed to the Palestinians and smuggled through the tunnels.
At each stage, money changed hands. The weapon smuggling trade is highly profitable. Bachsheesh (back-handers and bribes) paid to the highest and lowest levels in Egypt have kept the Hamas war machine well supplied.
Egypt receives handsome dividends in indirect payments from Iran to turn a blind eye to their war patronage of Hamas.
The diplomatic effort is in full force to find a solution to prevent Hamas from receiving fresh stocks. This at a time when Iran has been finding ways to supply Hamas with even more deadly rockets. It is impossible to get to a solution without the cooperation of Egypt.
It is in Egypt’s interest to prevent Hamas flexing an increasingly more powerful arm. Hamas is related to the Muslim Brotherhood that challenges the Mubarak government. Yet, Egypt chooses not to clamp down on the smuggling routes.
A proposal to introduce a UN force to supervise the tunnels has also been rejected by Egypt. For years, the Egyptians have been trying to reduce the size of the UN force in Sinai against the strong objections of Israel. Against this background the Egyptians cannot allow themselves to do an about face and approve an increase to the international force on its territory.
The Germans, who have developed equipment to detect tunneling activity, have offered their assistance to the Egyptians.
It is a fundamental condition of Israel that the IDF will not withdraw from Gaza until a guaranteed formula is found to prevent Hamas from acquiring and reinforcing their armament in the future.
One consideration is that the IDF will patrol and supervise the weapon tunnel area along what is known as the Philadelphi Route if all other diplomatic efforts fail.
The military pressure on Hamas will continue until politicians can reach a formula acceptable to Israel.
My opinion was formed from living in Israel, witnessing the horror of terror, reading the misinformation and downright lies perpetrated by the Western media, seen the incompetence of Israeli leaders to project the facts. My website comes from a particularly personal perspective. The articles may be controversial and provocative. For whatever strikes Israel today will surely visit you tomorrow.
Barry is the author of ISRAEL - RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE which is available at Israelnarrative.com or at Amazon Kindle.
Barry can be reached at: theviewfromisrael@gmail.com
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Also See:
Revolution in Egypt!
03 February 2011
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