Chaos in the streets of Egypt again seems to be showing the failure of Third World and Islamic nations to develop. Riots in places like Albania and Jordan also are careening out of control.
But the Egypt unrest is being fomented in part by radical Islamists who oppose Mubarak’s accommodation with Israel and is being “piggybacked on” by communist agitators and by hordes of citizens angry over the poverty of the nation.
Yet at the very same time, al Qaeda terrorists are seeking to attack advanced nations like the United States and Europe.
This all shows a great contrast – that we in the developed West have provided for our citizens through capitalist free markets based on millennia of Western technological advancement while Islam has slid backwards. And our modern technology is the only way for the Third World to develop, not by rioting in the streets.
Look at what has been reported in the internet media about riots in Albania and also in Jordan, which is considered a stable, pro-American nation by Middle Eastern standards: Heraldsun.com.au reported:
‘Tens of thousands of demonstrators have started a silent protest in the Albanian capital Tirana, a week to the day after clashes during an opposition rally killed three.
The demonstrators, headed by the leadership of the opposition Socialists and the families of the victims, started a march on the government buildings. People continued to pour into the downtown area near the government, bringing traffic in central Tirana to a standstill. Many protesters carried flowers.’ (end of excerpt)
‘Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.
In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan‘s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.
The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.
Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”’ (end of excerpt)
Look at those descriptions: ‘The demonstrators, headed by the leadership of the opposition Socialists’ and ‘In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations’.
Translation: ‘Socialists’ refers to radical communists and ‘Jordan‘s main Islamist opposition group’ refers to radical Islamic fundamentalists. Both are also fueling the Egypt uprising.
Yet what are these rioters expecting? What are the policies of communists and Islamists that are going to make things better?
Answer: Those policies have resulted in poverty and misery. These riots are not about improving conditions. They are about seizing power.
Consider Iran. Under the Jimmy Carter administration, Iran was progressing toward capitalist growth and Western freedoms. But Carter and the American left considered Iran oppressed under the pro-American Shah. Carter abandoned the Shah and allowed the Islamic fundamentalists to take power.
Yet these fundamentalists have moved Iran backwards. Except for its nuclear arsenal, that is. And its sponsorship of global terrorism.
Meanwhile the terrorists that Iran supports now wish to destroy the sources of global wealth, technology and stability like the UnitedState and Europe. And replace them with more Islamic radicalism, so that the whole world can look economically like Pakistan or Sudan.
Look at this excerpt from foxnews.com:
‘The sustained and intensifying demonstrations raised serious questions about whether Mubarak can keep his grip on power. Egypt is Washington’s closest Arab ally, but Mubarak may be losing U.S. support. The Obama administration has publicly counseled him to introduce reforms and refrain from using violence against the protesters.
President Barack Obama convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States is “deeply concerned” about the Egyptian government’s violent use of force to quell protests in Cairo and elsewhere, urging both sides to show restraint.
“We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters,” Clinton said. “The Egyptian government needs to understand that violence will not make these grievances go away.”‘ (end of excerpt)
This is Jimmy Carter and the Shah all over again. We should be supporting Mubarak wholeheartedly as a long-time ally.
In 1917, the impoverished Russian people overthrew the czarist Romanov family that had ruled for hundreds of years. They expected democracy under Kerensky but the radical Bolsheviks seized power after a short Kerensky tenure and this is what is going to happen in Egypt and these other nations – the radicals will fill the void, either the Islamists or the communists. In either case, it is very, very bad news.
After the Bolsheviks seized power, conditions deteriorated far beyond what the original Russian protests were about. And today in Iran, the people are far, far worse off than they were under the Shah, who not only was modernizing his nation and making it prosperous, but moving it toward Western-style freedoms.
Yet Iran is cheering the developments in Egypt.
In an editorial about the failures of American interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, nikitas3.com said about Iraq’s Saddam Hussein who was deposed in our wrong-headed war in that nation:
‘But so what if Hussein was a dictator. Many of these Middle Eastern nations, amidst a cauldron of war, terrorism, brutality and instability, need dictators. Hussein kept the nation orderly.‘ (end of excerpt)
And indeed that is the unequivocal truth. Iraq is still precarious and could easily fall once American troops leave.
Whatever shortcomings Mubarak has shown, he has kept the nation stable. The instability that may be coming to Egypt will lead the people to remember Mubarak longingly. America should support Mubarak in every way, but instead seems to be supporting the rioters with the usual pablum about “human rights”. Just like Iran.
And if Egypt descends into chaos and Islamists or communists seize power, the crucial Suez Canal could be threatened, world trade could well be disrupted and the world easily could fall into a depression.
When uprisings occur in communist nations like China, they are ruthlessly suppressed and we hold Olympic Games there. This is utterly shameful. When uprisings occur in places like Iran against Islamic radicalism, we look the other way. Now Egypt in on the brink. And disaster may well be the result.
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