BLOG: Our expert on Egypt checks in

Tom Jackson
Feb 11, 2011

 

Rasha Aly, the Sandusky Register's education reporter from September 2004 to June 2006, is an American from Columbus.   Both of her parents, however, are from Egypt, and she has relatives who live there. She's been following the events in that country closely and posting comments on Facebook.   I asked Rasha if she would share some observations for this blog, and she obliged:   "I'm happy Egyptians are finally taking a stand against Mubarak. Thirty years is a long time to stay a leader of any country. During his time there, unemployment has risen and education has become worse -- at least from what my relatives have told me. The unemployment is especially hard on the younger generation, who need jobs to help start families. I've known of many Egyptians who travel abroad in hopes of making money and sending it back to their families.

"I hope this move would bring democracy to the country. Egyptians need to have a voice in their government. There is no more need for rigged elections which elect the same person to lead. Equal opportunity is also needed for all Egyptians.

"My aunt and her family as well as my grandparents (my mom's sister and parents) are in Egypt. They are staying at their homes, away from the chaos in the streets, in hopes of feeling safe. Fortunately, they are still able to get food and the money they need. Like me, they are though anxious about what the future brings.

"Although I am worried about my relatives in Egypt, I am excited to see Egyptians fight for their rights. To see them in action, walking in the streets, holding up signs, speaking out loud makes me proud to call myself an Egyptian as well as an American."

Comments

brutus smith

 This is a perfect example of what happens when all the wealth is concentrated at the top.

Man of the Republic

The top of what Brutus? What perfectly vague comment to make

Mr. Info

He means 10 percent of the country owns nearly 75 percent of all the wealth in US. Egypt is even worse.

brutus smith

 Correct Mr. Info

Man of the Republic

wait, so wealth is concentrated on the wealthy? that just seems redundant, does it not?

Captain Gutz

How bad is Egypt?  What percent of the population owns what percent of the wealth? Ahh, for the good old days of King Farouk.

brutus smith

 Why don't you look it up for yourself. Maybe you will retain it.

YAWWNN

Yes, but unlike Egypt the top 10% in the US pay 71% of  the taxes, and the bottom 10% get a large portion of those taxes redistributed to them.  Seems the US is closer to socialism than Egypt..  In the US we have the richest poor in the world thanks to the fact that we punish success and reward laziness.

goofus
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February 2, 2011 Posted by Scott at 6:28 AM

I haven't seen it noted much, but the Los Angeles Times reported the position of the Obama administration this past Monday on the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in a future Egyptian government:

The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government.

The organization must reject violence and recognize democratic goals if the U.S. is to be comfortable with it taking part in the government, the White House said. But by even setting conditions for the involvement of such nonsecular groups, the administration took a surprise step in the midst of the crisis that has enveloped Egypt for the last week.

The New York Times adds that White House staff members have "made clear that they did not rule out engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood as part of an orderly process" of transition to a new government after the departure of Mubarak. The Times helpfully explains that the Muslim Brotherhood "renounced violence years ago." Funny that the Brotherood's Hamas branch (i.e., "one of the the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine") hasn't gotten the word.

If you want to get a fix on the Muslim Brotherhood that will take you beyond the useful idiocy of the Times (and the Obama administration), you can check out the Hamas charter, or Andrew McCarthy's "Fear the Muslim Brotherhood."

UPDATE: Dore Gold has more on the Muslim Brotherhood,as does Neo-Neocon.


kURT

Goofus you & Mubarak are similar - both your stuff is too long.

goofus

It's only too long if you don't care, Jimmy Carter lost Iran to the muslims and the lawless obama regime is doing the same with egypt. Even more so now that the DNC"s sugar daddy has opined.

brutus smith

 I didn't know we owned Iran or Egypt. When did they become states? I must have missed it.

Man of the Republic

Brutus, your outlook on international relations is rather narrow. The fact isn't that they were our property, states, citizens or the like; rather they were our allies. Unfortunately, the problem with the modern Middle East is that tyranny and oppression are so abundant. It is still easier to manage a secular state than a religious one is the point.

brutus smith

 So we set up dictators just to be our allies? Who knew?

goofus

Be very afraid Brutus, the Egyptian Constitution proclaims socialism to be the official economic doctrine of the nation. If one looks at the numbers of rioters by the total Egyptian population you would realize that it's 3% of the population rioting to change the government for the rest of the 97%.

goofus

We do set up dictators to run countries, just look at your savior the lawless Obama.

Man of the Republic

You act as though we are having a discourse on justice, when, in fact, we are speaking of international relations. You have seen for yourself what happens when "the people" get their turn to run many foreign countries. It ends up whoever has the biggest guns wins. Now that is your interpretation of justice I suppose then?

kURT

There is no bloodless revolution. Goofey you need to go to lyrics.com & read Monster by Steppenwolf.

True then, true now. Obama elected, not selected.

brutus smith

 So man, if our guns are bigger our hand chosen dictator rules?

goofus

Yep Brutus your lawless president does have m1A1's at his disposal.

Bailey

Brutus ALWAYS complains about others having more than he does, it becomes tiring to read his CONSTANT drivel on how everything is so unfair because others have things he doesn’t.  I've NEVER met ANYONE who is so jealous and covetous of so many.

He constantly proclaims that somehow those who worked hard for an education and are making more money than he does is “CONTROL”. Brutus, you have it wrong, they are in control of their lives and maybe you don’t? Instead of complaining that somehow you ‘deserver’ something, why don’t you go to college and advance yourself?  I believe an accurate portrayal of your  socialist agenda is to bring down the status quo and make this nation align itself to ‘the Homeland’ where your political viewpoint is so engrained that they had to build a wall to keep the people in!  Brutus continues to insinuate that Republicans have all the money while if FACT there are more rich Democrats than there are Republicans!  Google it, its not a secret people!  Brutus’s liberal press manipulates the facts and brainwashes the people into the ideology that the Republicans have the vast majority of the money when they do not! They bash the airwaves stating ‘Republicans want the rich to become richer’  while in FACT it’s the DEMOCRATS who have that title!  The two richest OIL TYCOONS IN AMERICA ARE DEMOCRATS, the Koch brothers. The richest MEN IN THE WORLD ARE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS..Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, Larry Ellison, Paul Allen, the Walton family, ALL the Enron and AIG  executives.., but Brutus will NEVER mention these FACTS !

Brutus, its call ‘EARNING a living’ or you could decide to be an immoral politician such as Pelosi,  Kennedy’s, Kerry, or past KKK member Byrd, along with many other Democrat BILLIONAIRES who are in your political corner.   THEY HAVE THE MONEY, so try for once to present TRUTH instead of your constant stirred swill from the bilge. .

BTW, Brutus, jealousy and covetousness is a sin, at least  to those who acknowledge the Scriptures and God as being alive and truthful.

 

Pete

Uhm, the Koch brothers are about as far from left wing as one can get. They are the "Anti-Soros" pair. The rest is on target.

And I agree he is jealous of anyone who makes more than a buck three ninety eight an hour

Bailey

A very shallow and misleading report that lacks real information. The register on this topic is like the blind leading the blind.

This event should concern EVERY American greatly. Egypt was the ONLY alley we had in the Middle East that amounted to anything. Notice how all the other leaders in the region has stated they are stepping down to cater to the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’? This is a DANGEROUS organization whose agenda is Shari law throughout ALL the Middle East, and with it brings terror like you have NEVER seen before! We WILL lose the use of the Suez Canal, and this ‘expert’ Rasha Aly fails to tell you that Islam and democracy can NOT mix! Once again a news agency gets a Muslim to tell us what’s going on instead of doing research themselves. Islam can NOT submit to democracy and be in line with Islam. Islam DEMANDS total control of ones life and leadership, there IS NO VOTE. This may end up worse than the Taliban ever could be because it may spread into the ENTIRE Middle East and spread like fire overnight! The Muslim Brotherhood believes in total subjection to the Koran, which is Shari law. Rasha Aly thinks it’s bad now, wait until they control EVERYTHING, including the killing of her if she walks out without her head covered! This is one more step to create a Muslim legal system inside America and the rest of the world. We will now have to deal with the powers and leaders of those who founded and currently support Bin Laden AND who planned 9-11, where is the mention of this from Rasha Aly? Google Muslim Brotherhood and see for yourself, this report should get a ZERO for real information. Want to know REAL information that will affect your family go here.  http://www.michaelyoussef.com/mi...

 (ps to Pete, thanks for correcting my post about the Kock brothers, I got carried away)

brutus smith

 I'd correct the rest of your post bailey, but why bother.

Man of the Republic

Brutus, it seems that you are missing the point. America does what is best for America. Lets face it, any of the "hand chosen" dictators, or any secular government in the middle east is going to provide a more free government than will a religious based government. Ahmadinejad's Iran and Hussein's Iraq were all of "the people." And yet they are/were more tyrannical than the Mubaraks of the world. The problem we are facing is that there is no historical evidence that shows this type of revolution will bring anything like a free and prosperous nation. To quote the Hamilton, this will not bring about a government of "reflection and choice" but rather one of "accident and force."

goofus

Because ya can't. Oh wait a minute, I forgot about revisionist history

brutus smith

Did it ever occur to you that all countries don't want to be "just like us". 

goofus

Yes Brutus it's amazing what two years of Obama has accomplished and worse yet, he's still in power.

Man of the Republic

What do you mean just like us? Generally free with our rights protected? Then yes I believe it is the natural state of a human being to want that from their government. The question at hand is what is better, a lack of freedom and liberty in a religious controlled state or a government that has the opportunity to better itself and is still friendly towards us. We are speaking of international affairs here, Im going to assume you haven't studied this in great detail...or if you have you must be a fan of Kant......

brutus smith

 If you had studied it you would know Egypt and Iraq are not religious states.Ask the people of Iraq if they liked their country more before or after we invaded. Oh, they already did, and it was overwhelmingly before. Not everyone wants to be a slave to a Corporation. Yeah, I know, hard to believe huh. And how do you know what they want? You right wingnuts in this country want an Authoritarian as leader. Does that mean the majority wants that? NO! That's why Fox has the viewership it does. 

Bailey

Egypt and Iraq are not religious states? 
 

Care to provide some proof of that Brutus?

brutus smith

 Back in July of 2010 one senator in the Democratic Party evaluated the volatile situation in Egypt with pinpoint accuracy. He used his knowledge to propose a Senate resolution calling on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to move toward more free and fair elections. I urge everyone to read the actual texthttp://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_document... of the resolution. It is not very long, and every word is spot on. My favorite part is when he mentioned that:

 

…authorities in Egypt continue to harass, intimidate, arbitrarily detain, and engage in violence against peaceful demonstrators, journalists, human rights activists, and bloggers…
brutus smith

 The politics of Iraq takes place in a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic. It is a multi-party system whereby the executive power is exercised by the Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers as the head of government, as well as the President of Iraq, and legislative power is vested in the Council of Representatives and the Federation Council.

brutus smith

 The government of Egypt consists of a semi-presidential republic whereby the president is both head of stateand head of government, and of a system dominated by the National Democratic PartyExecutive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the People's Assembly.

 

Anything else you want to know?

goofus

Egypt was a particular concern for Bush.  Early in 2008, Bush told an assembly of the presidential speechwriting staff that the Mubarak regime was his biggest disappointment. Bush had hoped that the country, with its educated, productive populace, might lead the way for democratic reform in the Middle East, but a crusty apparatchik stood in the way. Nothing was likely to change in Egypt, Bush said, until Mubarak was gone.

goofus

Brutus, ya left out Socialism is Egypt's economic dogma, no wonder the riots started out for food.

goofus

Seems like you haven't studied it because you are wrong. Iraq isn't full of mormons.

brutus smith

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Man of the Republic

I have never claimed Egypt or Iraq to be religious states. In fact I have been making the point that their is more hope for them as secular states than there is for them as "Islamic Republics." I have also never argued for them to be carbon copies of the US. I have been arguing a few things, none of them you have responded to with any great substance beyond political rhetoric. The first is that in matters of foreign affairs, it can only be expected that ANY country will act in its own interests. Thats life Mr. Smith. Moving on I argue that these types of revolutions only bring more hurt onto a country than they do good. Thirdly, I have stated that religious governments do more to take away the natural rights of a person than they do to secure it. Finally, I have made the argument that all men wish to have these rights granted, unfortunately it seems that passions get in the way of moderation and reflection in times such as these in countries such as Egypt.

brutus smith

 So the American Revolution brought hurt upon our country? Who knew.

brutus smith

 And it is the far right "christians" who want to make our country a "christian nation".

kURT

For you  Reagan fans....

Q. What did Ron Reagan & Adolph Hitler both share?

A. They both ruled by the Zodiac. Reagan's seer was Joan Quimbley.

Isn't the Zodiac of the devil?  That's not Christian.

Man of the Republic

Once again you have failed to have an answer to any of my points, and the American Revolution was very little like this. Please refer back to the quote by Alexander Hamilton regarding "reflection and choice." There seems to be very little reflection happening in Egypt right now. Rather it looks more like "accident and force."

brutus smith

 So because I don't answer your questions the way you'd like me to means I didn't answer your questions? Only in the mind of a right wingnut. 

goofus

Brutus and kURT have to be related

Man of the Republic

Brutus, like many of your liberal counterparts, you beat around the bush of very important issues and then say that you have answered them in your "own way." The fact still remains that "progressive" apologetic politics does very little to give real answers on issues such as these. So, I challenge you, along with anyone that feels that he or she has an answer to this problem, to speak up on the matter in some meaningful way.

brutus smith

 It's an Egyptian problem requiring an Egyptian solution.

FST

This is kind of funny..3 days and 48 comments later and you guys are no farther ahead than you were when the story broke. LOL It`s sort of like watching C-Span. I`m STILL waiting to hear from a REAL expert on Egypt too.

FST

This is kind of funny..3 days and 48 comments later and you guys are no farther ahead than you were when the story broke. LOL It`s sort of like watching C-Span. I`m STILL waiting to hear from a REAL expert on Egypt too.

EZOB

To even begin to understand the problems in Egypt and how this has an affect on the United Staes and Our "MAIN and most Powerful Ally" in the Middle East----Israel you have to go back several years and be brought up to date on several important issues and events!!!!!!!!!

Man of the Republic---Explain if you'd like to take the time.  You and Bailey are probably more knowledgable than most on Middle Eastern affairs and I know that I could have written a better article than the SR.  One has to be very familiar with:

1)  Charlies War

2) Iran Contra

3) Olliver North's under the table deals--He should be in Prison

4) How those that live by Sharia Law want to deal with Infadel and mainly the Israelites

5) How loosing Egypt and the Suez Canal will effect the US and World economy

6) The fact that not only Egypt, but the same trouble is brewing in all North Africa, mainly, Morrocco, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Ivory Cost, Algeria, Ethiopia, and this week Yemen.

Man of the Republic

It is definately true that what happens in Egypt is related to what happens on an overall level in the Middle East. What we have to remember is, losing Egypt as an ally will have disasterous consequences on Middle Eastern relations and trade. If you think the price of gas is high now, think what will happen if the country that controls the Suez Canal is hostile towards the US. So, in my eyes, the only real solution is to put the heat on Mubarak, take the side of the people, and assist in a transfering of power to someone else within his regime of whom the people know little. Establish that government, give him the support of the US, and have that man promise fair and open elections on a consistant basis. That, at least in the short term, solves many of the problems. The worst thing that can happen is a total collapse of government in Egypt.

goofus

Oh Oh, in a page out of Obozo's playbook, Mubarak gave government workers a raise, and half of the demonstrators went home!!!

goofus

I've heard everything now Obozo's, at Northern Michigan Univ. using Egypt for a campaign talking point. Young people desiring a change. What an elitist buffoon.