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Egypt's Military Uses Force
The Daily Beast ^ | 2/27/11 | Ursula Lindsey

Posted on 02/27/2011 11:26:43 AM PST by Nachum

After joyously toppling a dictator, protesters trusted the army to hold power until elections—but a vicious show of force this week has soured their faith. Ursula Lindsey reports from Cairo.

The warm relations between Egyptians protesters and their army are over. Military police and, reportedly, masked special forces violently broke up protests in downtown Cairo late Friday night. The attack—and ongoing reports of "disappearances" and abuse—has soured the once hopeful relations between the military and pro-democracy forces here.

The film director Ahmad Abdalla was in a group of several hundred protesters standing and chanting in front of the Egyptian parliament late Friday night. Military officers told the group it had to leave. "But we said no, we are here protesting peacefully," says Abdalla. Then, sometime after 2 a.m., "out of the blue they came, pushing us with machine guns. And they were shocking people with tasers. We started running and they kept running after us. Many people were kidnapped and beaten."

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1 posted on 02/27/2011 11:26:46 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Be careful what you wish for...


2 posted on 02/27/2011 11:29:58 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Nachum

This story does not appear to be over by a long shot. Unfortunately, its difficult to predict any happy endings.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 11:30:21 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Nachum

Could anyone act shocked?


4 posted on 02/27/2011 11:31:12 AM PST by dforest
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To: Nachum
"people were kidnapped and beaten"

Let's take that heresay with a pinch of salt, for now.

Egypt's military may be Egypt's best hope for a non-totalitarian future.

If Egypt falls to these "protestors" they are guaranteed to get an islamic dictatorship.

Thoughts for the day
  • Republicans win in 2012. They are going to try very hard to force an insider candidate like Gingrich or Romney on us.
  • Conservatives are kept too busy. Downsize some, and give a day a week to joining/starting Tea Party action groups if you really want things to change.
  • Get rid of the TV. Even the most aware people are swallowing subtle propaganda through the TV.
  • Muslim atrocities in the USA are sure to punctuate the next few years. When they occur, try to open the public debate about muslim immigration. With each new muslim atrocity, the level of public discussion about the issue deserves to increase.

5 posted on 02/27/2011 11:31:50 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Nachum

The Daily Beast, liberal right? If so the comment section should be interesting read.


6 posted on 02/27/2011 11:32:31 AM PST by ColdOne (AZamericonnie took my tagline & won't give it back!":))
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To: Nachum

Ambivalent about this. Looks like the Muslim Brotherhood aren’t going to find it as easy to take over Eygpt as they might have thought.


7 posted on 02/27/2011 11:33:32 AM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: agere_contra
Looks like the Muslim Brotherhood aren’t going to find it as easy to take over Eygpt as they might have thought.

The Muslim Brotherhood taking over any country is a worst case scenario.
8 posted on 02/27/2011 11:37:19 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Nachum

The protesters in Egypt are about to find out what “useful Idiot” means. The second casualty in any cultural revolution are the protagonists themselves.


9 posted on 02/27/2011 11:38:16 AM PST by csense
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To: Nachum

Quelle surprise. Lie down with a dog, get up with fleas.


10 posted on 02/27/2011 11:44:00 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Army Air Corps

Well I know one country the MB took over in late 2008. Thanks to drooling idiots who watch TV.

The Egyptian Army was pretty fair during the protests. I think their army may try to keep Egypt from turning into Iran.


11 posted on 02/27/2011 11:45:50 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Nachum
Just to damn dumb to see that coming, that little a hole from google goes there again he will be missing and swimming with the fish.
12 posted on 02/27/2011 11:47:49 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Frantzie
This really turning out great, the MB has failed now all of the countries in the middle east will start hunting them like animals. The pit bull turning on his master, they tolerated the MB, the will no longer.
15 posted on 02/27/2011 11:57:02 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Nachum
Pay attention, America.

No compromise, no bi-partisanship, no hands across the aisle.

We take it back or give it away.

16 posted on 02/27/2011 12:11:21 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Nachum

Good. I was afraid that the military were showing weakness, which would lead to a Muslim Brotherhood takeover. Maybe they just decided to hold off for a while, instead of breaking up the protestors right away, as many expected them to do.

If the Muslim radicals take over, the military families who have run the country for decades will be deposed, and many of them executed. That’s what happened in Iran, and has also happened to a degree in Turkey after the Muslims took power there.

If the military kill a few thousand rioters and provocateurs, that will be far fewer than those who will die if the extremists take over. Again, Iran is a pretty good lesson. Or almost any of the Communist nations.

Instead of thousands of dead, of the MB takes over, there will be millions. And that’s even before the wars start.


17 posted on 02/27/2011 12:12:54 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum; Uncle Ike; HollyB; mewzilla; Ernest_at_the_Beach; no-to-illegals; Pan_Yan; paulycy; ...

Just in case you were getting nostalgic for Cairo, ping!


18 posted on 02/27/2011 12:16:14 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Nachum

It’s sad, but I do have to chuckle at this!

I wonder how all of the wonderkid bloggers, Facebook jockeys and Tweeters that the MSM keeps highlighting are going to stop a bullet with 180 characters or less?

Toppling an 80 year old dictator is easy, and may have come across as fun to them.

Fun time is apparently over.


19 posted on 02/27/2011 12:17:33 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Nachum

The clock strikes midnight for the cinderella revolution. What a surprise? /sarc


20 posted on 02/27/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Cicero
Good. I was afraid that the military were showing weakness, which would lead to a Muslim Brotherhood takeover.

I was thinking the opposite. The Iranian military of 1979 let the Shah down, and their senior leaders paid a heavy price for it when Khomeini and the mullahs got control. I don't think the Egyptian military was ever going to let things get that far out of control. They wanted Mubarak & his family out. So did the demonstrators. Once this was accomplished the military was bound to turn on the demonstrators.

21 posted on 02/27/2011 12:33:28 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Cicero

Do we know if the military, or parts of it, are not with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Are we sure who is with who in Egypt? Remeber, Iran just went through the Suez Canal. Would the military have allowed that?


22 posted on 02/27/2011 12:40:30 PM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy
I will try to offer an opinion....

Answer to first question is No.
Answer to second question No.
Answer to third question .. maybe

Hold on to your seat, this is far from over.

23 posted on 02/27/2011 1:53:37 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: SE Mom

Thanks, I think, or could I revise that to Thanks ... maybe.


24 posted on 02/27/2011 1:56:12 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Bless and Protect Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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