Friday, July 12, 2013

Morsi - Legacy and Fiats

Morsi's Tenure and Legacy
Mohamed Mursi was removed from the office of President of The Arab Republic of Egypt on 3 July 2013. With just over fifty-one percent of the votes cast in his favor, the fifty-one percent of eligible voters who decided to participate in the ballot elected Morsi on 24 June 2012 in the first democratic election for president Egypt has held. After one year of divisive politics and dwindling resources protests were organized to demand he step down from office which resulted in the Egyptian Armed Forces seizing control and establishing an interim authority on 3 July 2013.
The transition authority
Adly Mansour, the interim President of Egypt appointed by the Egyptian Armed Forces, is the administrative head of government. Hazem El-Beblawi has been declared acting premier of the transitional legislative cabinet. The third entity of a truly Republican democracy is the judicial branch which was weakened and gutted by legislative decree during the Morsi term as president. 
What concerns me is the talk of "peaceful" protests leading to deaths and injuries. According to the African Arguments website article I was reading this morning, "Unlike Tunisia, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood failed to involve their competitors in the democratic process. This  made it easy for their opponents to unite against them, to mobilize the streets, and thus, gave an alibi to the army in its intervention."
There is a cash reserves crisis, dwindling food security, and fuel supplies shortage in Egypt. The United Arab Emirates have floated a three billion aid package to Egypt, and the Sa'udi are planning on five billion dollars; in the form of bank deposits, cash, and fuel supplies. It is to be hoped that this will help the interim authority avert a national meltdown in Egypt while the transition from military control takes place.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood - Power

Muslim Brotherhood
Sharing Power and Opting Out
The Musl'im Brotherhood in Egypt is not practising what it imams (preaches).  When Morsi (Mursi, et cetera) was the Egyptian President, the "Bros" were only to happy to dictate how power was/is shared at the national level with other parties. As long as the voting majority in both sections of the legislative branch was dominated by pro-bro parties there was not a problem. Over the past months the bros realized that there are little things involved with running a country: the economy, foreign exchange stability, international perceptions, and Ethiopian dams that pertain to a country's function. The bros learned that borrowing money and praying five times a day do not "put food on the table" so to speak. Cash reserves are all but spent. The Egyptians are running out of money to buy food. No one is willing to tour the ancient historical sites because of the fear of extremist criminals as actors in the legitimate government.  Islamists run wild in the Sinai, and control rural areas (the rule of written law being absent). Crime is increasing exponentially. Therefore the silent majority of law-abiding Egyptian citizens took to the streets in order to alter the downward spiral of events. President Mursy went into hiding and then protective custody, and the military took control. Now, the bros have decided not to participate at all in Egyptian politics, opting to protect peace... even if they have to fight to the death.
The results of this last week's events has caused the "bros" to be placed on an equal footing with everyone else. That is basically the situation as I see it. Yet, they have decided in the last two to three days not to participate in their own government. The people of Egypt could oust Mubarak, but Morsy cannot be relieved of his duties because of his failures... and the curtailing of freedom. This hypocrisy is then followed by more hypocrisy: the Muslim Brotherhood will protect peace (their own control of the power apparatus) ... even if they have to fight to the death. This statement simply amazes me.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Using the word Islamist

Using Islamist
The word Islamist when used as an adjective: supporting and advocating the fundamentals of Islam.
Using this definition as a guide, I submit that every Musl'im is an Islamist. Extrapolating, if a Musl'im did not support Islam, would said Islamist actually be a Musl'im if they did not advocate their religion? Using this definition to convey the image of an off-shoot branch of Islam is blurry when the use of the word Islamist is used to describe an extreme fanatic. Use of the term Islamist gives legitimacy to people whom advocate an ignorant misinterpretation of a belief system.
The description of a fanatical Musl'im should utilize the term "rabid".
Rabid Musl'im would describe the behavior properly instead of using an intentionally misleading adjective such as Islamist (the same could be said of a label: either a Christist or a Christianist). It does not convey the true composition of the character of a religious person who is willing to break societal laws to force their false beliefs upon unwilling people by ways of intimidation, fear, and violence.
The correct term is rabid. The synonyms of rabid include:
1. Irrational: not using either sound reason or coherent thought (an irrational Musl'im).
2. Bigoted: one's intolerance of another's system of values (a bigoted Musl'im).
3. Intolerant: unwilling to accept the value systems of other people (an intolerant Musl'im).
4. Maniacal: very simple definition here... "mania" (a manic Musl'im).
In conclusion, a Musl'im (follower of a prophet) that is twisted, racist, xenophobic, and warped mentally does not mean that all Musl'ims are narrowminded. The use of the word Islamist by the press hides the true character of a group of criminals and is quite offensive to my intelligence.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Arab Spring

The Arab Spring
Read an article by Harry Sterling posted on edmontonjournal that put the Kurdish People of Syria and the Coptic Christians of Egypt on my mind this morning. The "Arab Spring"? The Syrians of Kurdish descent are not "Arab", so  does the cliche "Arab Spring" actually define what is occurring in the Middle East and North Africa? Then, I remembered that most of the Kurdish people who have lived in Syria for many generations do not actually "have the right" to possess Syrian citizenship. Guess it is an Arab Spring and my thought is ridiculous because the Kurdish are not Arab. The en.wikipedia page that I read stated, "Most of them are Sunni..." So, they should have no problems with their new found freedoms when the minority Shi'a lose power. The Kurdish will not be outcast and marginalized because they are fellow believers in the teachings of Mohamet. Even though they are not either ethnically or culturally Semite.
Which brings me back to the article by Mr. Sterling. There are two small quotes I need to remember from his article because the words clearly define the razor's edge that the people of the Middle East and North Africa stand upon.
Mr. Sterling writes, "For true democracy to flourish, human beings must be prepared to treat fellow human beings as equals and accord them the same rights and dignity they want for themselves."
What Mr. Sterling writes next, "This is especially pertinent in the case of 'true believers' who insist the right course of action is for all people to follow a particular religion or ideology and not question what has been unilaterally declared to be truth..."
Which, in addition, brings me to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The Arabians who celebrate Christ that are Copts in Egypt enjoy a population of between ten to twenty million people. The "Arab Spring" will enhance the dignity and quality of life they enjoy in one of the greatest African civilizations. Yet, the current evidence has proven otherwise. This en-wikipedia link has the time-line of persecution against Coptic Arabs and is worth taking the time to look at every now-and-then. 
In conclusion, there is no sound basis for calling the political, ethnic, and cultural changes in the Middle East and North Africa an "Arab Spring". Arabs will still be and are being treated without dignity. Muslims will still be and are being treated as lower-class citizens in their own country.
The change: one group of oppressors for another.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Update: Palestine And The Arab Spring
Dated: 1 May 2012; below
Read an article in 'Pressure Points', titled Hamas And The Arab Spring, that needs to be kept in  mind while watching Gaza developments. In my opinion, the story, written by Elliott Abrams, is a good place to develop my thoughts on changes. The wikipedia page teaches me about his past foreign policy experience. The Pressure Point Blog describes a shift in the current leadership of Hamas. The shift in power from Damascus to Gaza itself is occurring in response to developments of the Syrian struggles against the Bashar al-Assad regime. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Palestine And The Arab Spring

Palestinian Spring
In my opinion, the Arab Spring is a wonderful opportunity.
Young Arabs as well as young Africans, using social media to vent their frustrations, expressed dissatisfaction with the "old school" regimes that had been oppressing them and their people as the whole. Unemployment, the price of  food out of the reach of many average citizens, the inability to participate in a democratic political process, and oppressive, corrupt, regimes had finally forced actions to remedy their disenfranchisement. Basically, the youths in their respective countries could communicate with each other regardless of the efforts by dictatorial leaders and their armed puppets.
We have seen citizens take back what rightfully belongs to them in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Citizens have motivated many governments to improve political as well as social representation through civil disobedience, also. Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco have new agendas for improvement because their people raised their voices for change. The chapter about Syria has yet to be completed in order to be included in this book titled Arab Spring.
As a follower of The Way, it is my hope and desire to see happiness for everyone. People are all basically the same: we want to have clean and available water, enough good food to eat, a home for our family, peace and safety as we conduct our daily life, education for our children, and the right to earn our freedom to choose. My hope and desire is that Moslem and Christian, White and Black, Male and Female, Young and Old... that they all are able to voice their opinion without fascism - prejudice in relation to any subject specified - in the form of either theocracy or autocracy. Nor in the form of a military dictatorship where civilians will ultimately be treated as soldiers (ex parte Milligan is a good example), and that  
    The Palestinian Authority is in transition. The "old guard"/"old school" is being questioned by the younger generation because the youths can communicate with each other... unimpeded by the power structure. They are asking the seventy-seven year old President, Mahmoud Abbas, questions. The young Palestinian Arabs can see that the sixty-four years of violence by FatahHamas, and other P.L.O. militants has accomplished nothing positive, so they are asking Khalid Misha'al questions. 
    Have been trying to follow, learn, and keep up with the pace of the adversity between Israel and the PLO for years as most of us have tried when we have time. Lately, I have noticed a shift in the tactics the Palestinian Arabs employ to deface Israel.
1. The bid for Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations.
2. The one-sided journalism coming out of the former Egyptian Gaza Strip. There are news sources that try to deal an even hand though (here)
-Even though Israel is obviously the aggressor toward the people of Gaza, how many rockets have been launched into the nation of Israel from the land under the "control" of the Islamic Resistance Movement during 2012, so far?
3. The one-sided journalism coming out of the former Jordanian West Bank. This (here) news source is trying to be well rounded. The Palestinian Telegraph is a news journal that I read sometimes. As an American, it is best to have both sides of a story to decide on an opinion.
4. There is a fuel crisis in Gaza which is effecting all her people because the electricity generation plant runs on diesel. The Gazans have matured of late. Instead of blaming either Egypt or Israel, the citizens ask the government (Hamas) why they are not managing the problem. The Palestinians have been turning inside; asking themselves instead of blaming (here).
This "is" the
Palestinian Spring!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pakistan's Complicity and Osama's Family

Pakistan and Osama
All three of the Mrs.' Osama bin Ladens have traveled safely with the kids to Sa'udi. The youngest Mrs. bin Laden will be travelling further to the paradise that is Yemen in a few more days. Am glad the family is safe and sound because it shows that the "great Satan" does not advocate revenge killings. It is just a shame that the family did not go sight-seeing on the journey home... staying at five-star hotels and eating the best halal the U.S. taxpayers could provide.
More importantly, the question of, "Why was Osama bin Laden undetected by Pakistan's Government?" Retired Lieutenant General Talat_Masood, in the linked article above states, "'The chapter never closes as far as Osama bin Laden is concerned. The legacy he has left behind for Pakistan is far to damaging..." (Not withstanding the American and I.S.A.F. Service Personnel that have given their lives to clean up the mess left behind by Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban). Masood is correct when speaking of the poor reputation Pakistan has upon its shoulders; why trust? 
Opening the two routes for supplies to reach the troopers in Afghanistan would help.