Skip to comments.The first scene of a five-act play: the Arab Spring as it stands today
Posted on 09/21/2011 2:04:33 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
I was in Paris the day Mubarak fell and I can still remember how my colleagues ran down the stairs and into the streets chanting and dancing in an outburst of joy so spontaneous you might have thought they were all Egyptians.
Then the months passed by and the news from Egypt took on an increasingly somber tone: endless riots, economy dying, Muslim Brotherhood taking over, revenge trial for Mubarak, gunfight with Israel, and, not too long ago, the attempted storming of the Israeli embassy.
...The people must rule, it is true, but the people must rule through an institution which can not only express their will but restrain their moods. Without order there is no authority and without authority, no government and no state. So let me repeat once more that the only authority worth mentioning in Egypt is the army; it is hanging to power by a thread so pray it hold on and the unruly mob go home.
(Excerpt) Read more at communities.washingtontimes.com ...
This “unruly mob” is a herd of cats. For worse or better, to keep it from dominating the country, Egypt needed the strongman of Mubarak, a religious moderate himself.
Call the Viking Kitties!
Mob rules. The shape of things to come.
Heard someone on the radio say there will be protests in Iran on Friday. Not sure what if anything of it - but would be nice to see millions in Iran revolt against their regime especially while their idiot president is in New York yukking it up with the muckity mucks.
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Interesting article. A cauldron of collectives...none of which are championing a “golden rule” OR a limited constitutional republic with maximum individual rights.
It’s a long read, but he has some informed insights about both Syria and Turkey in particular; worthy of reference material to save.
I did not see the author cover too much the issue of how Turkey is “strutting the stage” in its foreign policy in the Mediterranean region lately, in ways that are raising tensions there.
Those actions, of Turkey’s, are not being taken because there is any great threat to Turkey afoot in the region, not being taken in the spirit of any defense of NATO interests, but solely being taken in the spirit of a resurgent Turkish nationalism tinged with the Islamic putsch of Turkey’s new and leading majority, Islamist political party.
Those nationalistic, Islamic-centric moves of Turkey in the Mediterranean region are, contrary to the interests of NATO, heightening tensions in the region, not lessening them.
The rest of NATO’s membership needs to inform Turkey that those moves are threatening to Turkish membership in NATO.
The question NATO must ask itself is: If Turkish actions result in military hostilities between Turkey and Israel, who will have, or be able to take, control of the “NATO” missile shield planted in Turkey and to what ends will those missiles be able to be deployed.
Is NATO helping provide Turkey the means to its own security in a military contest with Israel that Turkish activities help generate? If that is at all possible, NATO should tell Turkey it will plant the missile shield in Greece and not Turkey.
I hope you bookmarked it to your profile page. It reads like an encyclopedia. I also noticed he skimmed over the recent megalomaniac pronouncements from Erdogan and the alarming shift of Turkey away from Europe and the U.S., i.e., NATO. Of course, we have no leadership in the U.S. currently that would work with Turkey to bring them back.