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  • Egypt: Forget Denial, The Totalitarians Won, Get Used to It

    12/07/2011 12:21:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/07/2011 | Barry Rubin
    “Why such inaction in the Senate? Why do the Senators sit and pass no laws? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today. What laws can the Senators pass any more? When the barbarians come they will make the laws…. Why don’t the worthy orators come as always to make their speeches, to have their say? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today; and they get bored with eloquence and orations.” – -Constantine P. Cavafy, “Waiting for the Barbarians.” (1904) Who better to sum up the situation than the great Greek poet of Egypt who wrote of the Christian decline there....
  • The Majdalani Effect, The Zawahiri Strategy and the Curse on the Middle East

    12/05/2011 4:29:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Rubin Reports | 01/06/2012 | Barry Rubin
    In a rare glimpse behind the curtain, a Palestinian scandal sheds a lot of light on the Palestinian Authority, Arab politics, and Western illusions. Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Labor Ahmed Majdalani was being interviewed by a radio station when, not realizing that his microphone was on, he referred to Palestinian workers as “brothers of whores.” Hundreds of callers complained. Majdalani’s answer? He claimed he was talking about Israelis, not Palestinians! What does this tell us? First, that Arab and Muslim-majority society ie still, in 2011, extremely traditional. Despite all the rhetoric of popular struggle, leftism, anti-imperialism, and so on,...
  • Obama’s Middle East Policy: A Unified Field Theory

    12/04/2011 8:22:30 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/05/2011 | Barry Rubin
    In the history of physics, the “unified field theory” was an attempt to bring together an understanding of all forms of energy in a single explanation. Albert Einstein tried and failed to discover this. I don’t know much about physics but I know about Middle East policy. So here’s an effort to bring together all of Obama’s regional policy into a single analysis and explaining everything in 1100 words. The first point is that the Obama Administration’s behavior must be divided into two phases. They overlap and feature the same kind of thinking but they are also quite separate. Phase...
  • Secretary of Defense Panetta shows how the Obama Administration is Selling Out Israel...and US

    12/03/2011 3:38:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/03/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Charlie:: “You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.” Terry: “It wasn’t him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, `Kid, this ain’t your night. We’re going for the price on Wilson.’….I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda...
  • The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone (Barry Rubin On US ME Policy Unrealism Alert)

    12/02/2011 4:46:07 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone: Four Examples You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling By Barry Rubin Ah, the gap between Middle East reality and official U.S. government-approved reality. Here are four examples: –“Here is the next challenge for the citizen movements that are advancing from Tunisia to Syria — and eventually, surely, to repressive non-Arab states such as Iran and China. Once they...
  • Hope and Change in Egypt... (Western Mass Media Apologists For Islamist Totalitarianism Alert)

    12/01/2011 5:20:45 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Much of the mass media seems to be saying, to paraphrase John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “All we are saying is give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance.” There are three arguments supporting this policy that are worth discussing in large part because the Muslim Brotherhood’s advocates don’t have any others. The first, which one hears everywhere, is that the Muslim Brotherhood is full of factions that are moderate and hip young people who want real democracy. If this were true it should be easy to prove. Here are some of the ways to do that: Who are the leaders of...
  • Flash: What, Me Pessimistic? Egyptian Election Outcome is Worse... (Barry Rubin The Prophet)

    11/30/2011 7:06:33 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/01/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Since last February I have predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections in Egypt. People have thought me very pessimistic. Now the votes are starting to come in and…it’s much worse than I thought. But my prediction that the Brotherhood and the other Islamists would gain a slight majority seems to have been fulfilled and then some. According to most reports the Brotherhood is scoring at just below 40 percent all by itself. Why worse? For two reasons: First, the votes we now have come from the most urban areas of the country. If there are Facebook sophisticates they’re...
  • When Romanticism Trumps Reason, You Get Radical Chic Catastrophes (Radicalism Is Chic Alert)

    11/29/2011 3:51:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Rubin Reports | 11/29/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The radical is always the more glamorous. People wear Che Guevara tee-shirts. They don’t wear Samuel Gompers, A. Phillip Randolph, Edouard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky, or Jean Jaures tee-shirts, yet those largely forgotten social democratic and labor heroes achieved far more benefit for reform and workers without murdering a lot of people. Rosa Luxembourg, the nastiest rich spoiled brat in Zamosc, is fondly remembered though her career was a disaster and helped create the conditions that eventually brought about Nazism. Who knows about Frances Perkins, who did far more to help workers and was the first woman ever to be in...
  • How To Tell Who Is A "Moderate" Islamist? An Exam (Dr. Rubin Will Grade You Today!

    11/26/2011 2:18:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 11/26/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Muslim Brotherhood held a rally at Cairo’s most important mosque. Demonstrators chanted, “One day we shall kill all Jews.” Question 1: How can you tell they are “moderate Islamists?” Answer: They said “one day,” in other words, they aren’t going to do it this week. Question 2: At the rally someone said: “In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything. The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews.” Who was it? Answer: Ahmed al-Tayeb, the “moderate” president of al-Azhar University and arguably the most...
  • Karl Marx Visits Occupy Wall Street (Karl Marx Joins The Tea Party)

    11/21/2011 9:31:43 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 11/22/2011 | Barry Rubin
    November 1989, Moscow During the Polish anti-Communist revolt, spearheaded by the workers, a joke swept through Poland. According to the story, the Communist dictator couldn’t figure out what to do in order to put down the uprising. So he went to Moscow to visit Lenin’s tomb for inspiration and the Soviet authorities closed it down to let him meditate there. “Oh Lenin,” said President Wojciech Jaruzelski, the situation is terrible. Thecountry is in turmoil; the economy is collapsing; counterrevolutionaries are everywhere, the imperialists are subverting Poland, and the church is backing the revolt. What should I do? Suddenly, Lenin, mummified...
  • "Outsmarting" The Terrorists By Being Incredibly Stupid? (Barry Rubin Alert)

    01/06/2010 12:01:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 1,312+ views
    Rubin Reports | 01/06/2010 | Barry Rubin
    Here’s my usual disclaimer: I would love to be able to stop criticizing the Obama Administration but it keeps saying and doing things that shock and surprise me or—if you want to put it this way—live up to my worst expectations. I’m sitting on a U.S. army base briefing officers along with a high-ranking State Department official who works on the Middle East. At one point, he gets a quaver in his voice and starts talking about the Arab-Israeli conflict making quite clear which side he’s on. Sounding scared he says: “While a lot of problems in the world can...
  • Sending Kerry To Iran? A Throughly Bad Idea (Barry Rubin Alert)

    12/27/2009 11:24:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,056+ views
    Barry Rubin Reports | 12/27/2009 | Barry Rubin
    The story of the United States and Iran regarding sanctions and pressures reminds me of Woody Allen's joke in the film "Sleeper" after he awakes following 2000 years asleep: My analyst was a strict Freudian and if I'd been going four times a week all this time I'd be cured by now. The proposal to send Senator John Kerry to Iran is one more signal that the Obama Administration seemingly will do anything to avoid, or at least postpone, increasing sanctions on Iran because of that country's nuclear weapons' drive. Such a move can only be taken by Tehran as...
  • Why I Murdered 13 People At Fort Hood: Nidal Hassan Explains It All To You (Barry Rubin Alert)

    11/14/2009 10:43:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 1,967+ views
    Rubin Reports | 11/14/2009 | Barry Rubin
    How do we know that the attack at Fort Hood was an act of Islamist terrorism? Simple, Major Nidal Hassan told us so. You’ve seen reports of a long list of things he did and said along these lines. But what’s most amazing of all is this: Hassan is the first terrorist in history to give an academic lecture explaining why he was about to attack. Yet that still isn’t enough for too many people—including the president of the United States--to understand that the murderous assault at Fort Hood was a Jihad attack. It was reported that the audience was...
  • Great Moments In "Psychologically Disturbed" Gunmen Committing Mass Murder (SATIRE ALERT)

    11/07/2009 4:22:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 708+ views
    Rubin Reports | 11/07/2009 | Barry Rubin
    Note: This is satire designed to show the ludicrous nature of the media coverage on the Ft. Hood issue. It is not designed to trivialize a terrible event but to make people understand better what happened and how the event is being dangerously distorted.] By Barry Rubin When John Wilkes Booth opened fire on President Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre in April 1865, the media was puzzled. “True, the actor was outspoken in his Confederate sympathies and viewed himself as a Southerner,” said someone who knew him, “but that was no reason he might want Lincoln to be dead.” The...
  • Herman Melville Explains Contemporary US Foreign Policy To Us (Barry Rubin Satire Alert)

    10/31/2009 3:47:27 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 372+ views
    Rubin Reports | 10/31/2009 | Barry Rubin
    And so the captain ordered the entire ship’s company was assembled. Suddenly, Ahab cried out to them, “What do ye do when ye see a Middle East conflict, men?" "We negotiate!" was the rejoinder from a score of the sailors. "Good!" cried the captain, "And what do ye next, men?" “We offer unilateral concessions!” "And what tune is it ye sing as ye give them, men?" "The Peace Process Chanty!" More and more strangely and fiercely glad and approving, grew the countenance of the captain at every shout; while the mariners themselves began to get excited, especially the Conflicts’ Management...
  • A Tale For Our Time (Barry Rubin Adapts Classic Hans Christian Anderson Tale Alert)

    10/10/2009 7:18:40 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 556+ views
    Rubin Reports | 10/10/2009 | Barry Rubin
    Adapted by Barry Rubin from Jean Hersholt's translation of Hans Christian Andersen's story, "Keiserens nye Klćder" Many years ago there was a man who wanted to be Emperor, for according to the peculiar customs of that country of which I speak, the Emperor was elected. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for many others, the man met a couple of political consultants who saw him as the ideal client. Together they would ride to the heights of power. To become Emperor, they explained, required a good image, a fine manner of speaking, and a handsome appearance. But in those days before...
  • Where's America? Where Are The Americans? (Good Read From The Sagacious Barry Rubin)

    09/25/2009 12:29:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 940+ views
    Rubin Reports ^ | 09/25/2009 | Barry Rubin
    My son who is 10 years old is going to the Montgomery County school system in Maryland this year to give him some wider experience after having all of his previous education in either Israeli or Jewish community schools. It certainly is an experience! In some ways, it seems like a parody of multiculturalism. My children are tough, well-informed and have strong characters, largely informed by an Israeli world view. But they also have a very American persona, though one that may be becoming increasingly rare among upper middle class elite counterparts. Here are some highlights of fourth-grade life in...