Blow By Blow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Downfall in Egypt
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  • wigwag

    “Like the French in 1789 or the Russians in 1917, many Egyptians feel that the conditions of their lives have become unendurable, and they hope and believe that a great change for the better is just a few short political steps away.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Right, and like the French and Russian revolutions, the Egyptian Revolution has almost nothing to do with a yearning for democracy. What Obama’s ignorant liberal internationalists have in common with with nincompoop neocons is the belief that everyone in the world is just like us; that’s why they believe that the Egyptian imbroglio just has to be about different views held by Egyptians about the best way for Egypt to become a democratic nation.

    This view is all wrong. The French Revolution was about impoverished people revolting before they starved to death; so was the Russian Revolution. That is exactly what the Egytian Revolution is about too.

  • Anthony

    French and Russian revolution analogy has degree of consonance – respective citizens believe conditions both unendurable and nothing to lose in constesting state. But Egypt has strong countervailing institutional arrangements that may preclude Western transformative outcomes as intimated in excellent Reuters report. “This is a stand-off. Either we force the military’s head back into their barracks, and they have to be taught a lesson not to pop their head back into the political scene ever again, or we die trying.” Some hopes are delusory and some are suicidal…

  • Andrew Allison

    “Like the French in 1789 or the Russians in 1917, . . .”
    More like the French in 1787 and the Russians in 1916, i.e., pre- rather than post-revolutionary, methinks, and we know how that those turned out.

  • wigwag

    Actually as I was reading the Reuters article that Professor Mead recommended, I couldn’t stop laughing; especially when I read the account of the EU and the dimwitted Dame Ashton trying to mediate between the Muslim Brothers and the Egyptian military.

    The EU can’t even mediate between the Germans and the Greeks. The idea that it might play a positive role mediating between the factions in Egypt is hysterical and pathetic at the same time.

    Do the Europeans have any idea what has beens they are?

    Of course I shouldn’t be too smug; after all, President Obama is working overtime to make sure America joins Europe on history’s trash pile.

    • Anthony

      WigWag, does present Egyptian arrangements threaten geopolitical status quo (Israeli treaty, Sunni regional coalition, Tunnels, Sinai, etc.) and does American interpretation of upheaval as analyzed and written measurably impact contingent outcome.

      • wigwag

        Hi Anthony, its always good to hear from you and read your posts. As it happens, I just drafted a comment that addresses your questions on Professor Mead’s post entitled, “Kerry’s Peace Process: Smart Diplomacy or a Hash of Things.”

        Rather than repeat myself, head over there and take a look.



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