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The Egyptian Revolt and Imperial Islamism
The American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | G. Murphy Donovan

Posted on 01/31/2011 3:14:58 AM PST by Scanian

The Arab revolt underway in Egypt may be unique. Previous popular uprisings were underwritten by anti-colonial sentiments. Contemporary revolts, (including unrest in Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, and Jordan) target nationalist or secular governments. The wealthiest Arab states, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, have been financing the ideological struggle against Arab secularism through surrogates like the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood (al Ikwan) for decades. Now the most populous state in the Arab League, Egypt, may fall to the Brotherhood like a ripe pomegranate.

A brief history of previous Arab revolts offers some perspective.

The corrupt Ottoman caliphate in Istanbul was the target for the first Arab revolt (1916-19). The goal of Sherif Hussien bin Ali was a unified Arab nation stretching from the Levant through the Arabian Peninsula. Bin Ali's revolt against the Turks was successful with the help of the British -- and then undermined by colonials with a different agenda. London had little sympathy for Arab nationalism; the English enemy in WWI was the German/Turkish axis.

Thus, the first conflict set the stage for an inevitable second revolt (1936-39) during WWII, against the British and a nascent Zionist Movement. This uprising was limited to Palestine and was less successful than the first. Both revolts were, for the most part, footnotes to larger world wars where Arab interests were subordinated to big power politics.

Nonetheless, the two 20th Century Arab insurrections were part of a historical vector which eventually saw the creation of 22 separate nation states. The vision of Arab unity, however, was savaged by centrifugal tribal and national sentiments. Still, those early revolutions laid the political and military foundation for the so-called Arab/Israeli struggle which has defined war and politics in the Middle-East for the last 60 years. For many Arabs, including Arab Americans like Edward Said and Helen Thomas...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabs; muslimbrotherhood; saudis; secularism

1 posted on 01/31/2011 3:15:01 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

It will fall with the help of Obama. He wants an Islamomarxist State. Allied with world communism.

2 posted on 01/31/2011 3:18:44 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Scanian

Spot on article.

3 posted on 01/31/2011 3:28:39 AM PST by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: Scanian
Electoral alternatives to the status quo in the Arab League are not likely to be enlightened or democratic.
And in Iraq. Where Christians and women have a harder time now than they did under the dictatorship that preceded the current democracy.
4 posted on 01/31/2011 3:31:45 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Scanian

Well, there is one thing for sure, a country can not survive on tourism alone. We need cheap energy, simple tax system and end to corporate welfare to compete (no one is to big to fail) worldwide. Obama and the socialist Dem say one thing while their czars paint a different picture of things to come. Throw the “Elected Elite” out of office. They have done enough damage.

5 posted on 01/31/2011 3:32:05 AM PST by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: screaminsunshine

57 States...

“Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states?”

And at a later stop,

I understand I said there were 57 states today. It’s a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh.” At that point, an aide cut him off and ushered journalists out.

Obama: Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting - you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith, and you’re absolutely right that that has not come at my ...

Matthew 13:13

6 posted on 01/31/2011 3:35:20 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: steveab

Maybe Obama is looking for cheap labor to build his Pyramid. It could be sold as a shovel ready stimulus plan for Egypt. It would be ‘The Greatest Pyramid’.

7 posted on 01/31/2011 3:54:02 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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