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Gorbachev doesn't see Egyptian Islam as destructive force
interfax-religion.com ^ | February 14, 2011

Posted on 02/14/2011 7:52:26 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Moscow, February 14, Interfax - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said he is not confident that the Islamic forces in Egypt will definitely have a negative effect on the country's development.

"Representatives of Islamic movements are currently rather reserved in Egypt. Irresponsible and instigating statements are made outside the republic. Nevertheless, I am confident that it would be a mistake to see a destructive force in Islam," Gorbachev said in his article in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Gorbachev pointed out that "there are whole epochs in the history of Islamic culture in which it led the development of the civilized world" and "its contribution to science, education, and literature is indisputable."

"Islam has a powerful potential of aspiration to social justice and peace. Islam, which defends these values above all, can have big prospects. Democratic processes and socio-economic achievements in countries such as Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia have become a reality and these examples give us reasons to become optimistic," Gorbachev said.

The "equation" that Egypt and the other countries of the Arabian East have to solve has many unknowns and "the role of the Islam factor is the most difficult to predict," he said.

"Everyone who is involved in these events now needs to be highly responsible and balanced in their judgments and actions. Everyone has to draw conclusions from the events that are now taking place. These conclusions will apply not only to the Arab world," Gorbachev said.


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A "Berlin Wall" moment?
1 posted on 02/14/2011 7:52:28 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Has anyone asked Huge-O Chavez, Kim Jung Il, Fidel “I’m not dead” Castro or Cindy Sheehan what they think?


2 posted on 02/14/2011 7:57:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Lincoln)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

No surprise. Gorby is one of the most evil men on the planet.

Just my opinion of course.


3 posted on 02/14/2011 7:57:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gorbachev. Just another career politician. I personally feel I would get more credible information out of a pomegranate than from most politicians.


4 posted on 02/14/2011 7:58:11 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Gorbachev pointed out that "there are whole epochs in the history of Islamic culture in which it led the development of the civilized world"

First of all, BS. Revisionist history; political correctness.

Secondly, the "epochs" to which Gorby refers were around 1000 years ago -- completely irrelevant to the current problem.

5 posted on 02/14/2011 7:58:18 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What’s Gorby doing these days? Obviously, it doesn’t involve very much deep thinking.


6 posted on 02/14/2011 8:05:08 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ah...he’s a COMMUNIST...hello.


7 posted on 02/14/2011 8:06:11 PM PST by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Not only that, but Islam reached its “heights” by conquering several great civilizatios and drawing upon their accomplishments. But they soon enough drove them all into the mud.


8 posted on 02/14/2011 8:06:30 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Jimmy Carter of Russia speaks.


9 posted on 02/14/2011 8:15:25 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
And what, I might ask, does Gorby know about Egypt...exactly?

Next to nothing? Or just nothing?

10 posted on 02/14/2011 8:15:29 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Cicero

Crazy old fart. His own country is under Mohammedan threat.

Dude is in de Nile.


11 posted on 02/14/2011 8:16:00 PM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: FlingWingFlyer

He’s like Kissinger, Greenspan, and a bunch of others you think have disappeared from the scene. They and all those other Bilderberg Group guys are still pulling all the strings.


12 posted on 02/14/2011 8:16:19 PM PST by Strk321
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gorby never saw Communism as a destructive force, either. The man is an idiot.


13 posted on 02/14/2011 8:38:22 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Jammah Cahtah thought the Ayatollah Khomeini would be just peachy back in 1978 - 79.


14 posted on 02/14/2011 8:44:27 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Mikhail Gorbachev - On the wrong side of history again...


15 posted on 02/14/2011 9:39:06 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gorbachev isn’t someone I would look to for advice on foreign policy issues!


16 posted on 02/14/2011 9:42:57 PM PST by Triton42
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I guess his exact words were on the line of “Come on, how worse can it get?”. Still mistaken.


17 posted on 02/14/2011 10:47:58 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yes and Russia sees nothing wrong with Iran obtaining nuclear weapons too. Gorbachev is a manipulative bastard.


18 posted on 02/14/2011 10:55:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Gorby wants payback.


19 posted on 02/14/2011 11:35:38 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Says the guy of the nation that has airport bombings every few years.


20 posted on 02/15/2011 12:53:36 AM PST by NoLibZone (Obama must be impeached and tried for treason.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Russia has its own little moose limb problem.
Heh heh.


21 posted on 02/15/2011 6:53:08 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: BenLurkin

I think I’ll also pass on taking Gorbo’s opinon on this subject.


22 posted on 02/15/2011 7:07:56 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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