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Thomas Friedman of the NY Slimes has a new piece out today where he essentially says that if democracy doesn’t take hold in Egypt it is all Israel’s fault. If it does take hold, it’s in spite of Israel. And if Israel doesn’t embrace the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel will deserve whatever hell is unleashed on Her by Egypt.
Friedman has been writing about the Middle East for decades, and yet he has never been right about anything he has ever said. The man is incapable of objectivity, and is blinded by his Leftist ideology.
The article is so incoherent and idiotic that it would take too long to refute every moronic thing he writes, but that is typical for Friedman. Just spray the page with crap and walk away.
Here is how it opens:
For anyone who spent time in Tahrir Square these last three weeks, one thing was very obvious: Israel was not part of this story at all. This was about Egypt and about the longing of Egyptians for the most basic human rights, which were described to me by opposition Egyptian newspaper editor Ibrahim Essa as “freedom, dignity and justice.’’ It doesn’t get any more primal than that. And when young Egyptians looked around the region and asked: Who is with us in this quest and who is not?, the two big countries they knew were against them were Israel and Saudi Arabia. Sad. The children of Egypt were having their liberation moment and the children of Israel decided to side with Pharaoh – right to the very end.
It is so ironic, because one of the signs that was hanging in Tahrir Square all this past week was: “If Mubarak is Pharaoh, we are all Moses.’’
Yes, he makes the big bucks for this bilge.
Hey, Tom, not about Israel? Not at all? Really?
Isn’t it a little early to declare freedom and liberty? So far, all we know for sure is that one military dictatorship has been swapped for another. That’s it.
Egypt has over 80 million people. A fraction of one percent of Egypt was in the streets. The much quoted Pew poll shows that the vast majority of Egyptians want sharia law and hate America, Jews, and Israel.
• 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”
• 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.
• 82% support stoning adulterers.
• 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.
• 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.
• 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.
• Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas.
• 30% have a favorable opinion of Hezbollah.
• 20% maintain positive views of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
• 82% of Egyptians dislike the U.S. — the highest unfavorable rating among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed.
I am more worried today about Israel’s future than I have ever been, because I think that at time of great change in this region – and we have just seen the beginnings of it – Israel today has the most out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven cabinet it has ever had.
“Out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven”: that describes the NY Times!
Friedman has never truly been “worried…about Israel’s future”. If he had been, he wouldn’t have been such a staunch and unrepentant supporter of the ruinous Oslo Accords which led to the death or maiming of thousands of Israeli citizens.
Friedman detests every Israeli government in the end because no Israel government – Left, Right, or Center, and Israelis have tried them all in their search for peace – ever lives up to his delusional expectations.
But, from beginning to end, he especially despises those governments that are center-right.
Friedman’s opinions are never based on truth or facts, but always and only on the blathering of his own ego. He’s a Leftist, and if you’re not, then you must, by definition, be ‘out-of-touch’.
Just after admitting that Egypt is a country “where 40 percent of the population is living on $2 a day and 35 percent are still illiterate,” he says this:
Israel has one of the most dynamic high-tech sectors in the world. Israelis should understand better than anyone that stability is totally 20th century. In a flat world, it is all about dynamism now and how you manage constant change. Or as a Lebanese analyst here said to me, the right business model in today’s world is: “If it ain’t broke, break it – before your competition does.’’
NYT's stock chart: "Break it"
This is what passes for deep thinking at the NY Slimes, and why Liberals consider Friedman a philosopher and intellectual of the first order.
“Stability is totally 20th century”? Dude, are you really going to sit there and explain the meaning of 20th century stability to Israel?
The 20th century hasn’t known a minute of stability, especially when it comes to the Middle East. Israel has had to fight seven wars in sixty-two years, as well as relentless terrorism. Call that stable?
Yet, Friedman is calling for even more instability. Like all Leftists, he craves radical change at any price.
He quotes the pontificating of some unnamed Lebanese “analyst” as telling him that “the right business model” in today’s world is: “If it ain’t broke, break it – before your competition does.’’
(That is particularly rich considering the financial state of the NY Times, whose stock is down some 80% since 2000.)
Uh-huh, well, once-democratic Lebanon has been ‘broken’ for over 30 years. How’s that working out for them? Liberals think statements like that are edgy and wise, when they are really just gibberish. Was this Lebanese “analyst” a businessman? Friedman doesn’t say. Most likely he was just another Left-wing journalist like himself, a guy he had some drinks with at the 5 start hotel he was camped out in.
35% of Egyptians are illiterate and haven’t a clue what the meaning of democracy is, but Friedman thinks Egypt is about to become a high-tech superpower like Israel – the land of the people of the Book, the country with the highest number of engineers, scientists and Ph.D’s per capita in the world.
Democracy is hard in any society. As Winston Churchill said: “It is said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others that have been tried.”
It requires an informed electorate and constant vigilance. Get outside of the big cities, and most of Egypt looks the same as it did a hundred years ago. Egypt faces high unemployment, spiraling inflation, shortages of all kinds, and a barnyard full of radical Islamic extremists. Hardly the basis for a healthy democracy. Yet, for Friedman, the more chaos the better.
And, as we sit here today, the popular trend is not with the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, what makes the uprising here so impressive – and in that sense so dangerous to other autocracies in the region – is precisely the fact that it is not owned by, and was not inspired by, the Muslim Brotherhood.
This shows how ignorant the NY Slimes oracle truly is. He thinks the revolution was some spontaneous whim of 80 million hip Egyptians checking their Facebook page. He completely ignores the influence of Leftist community organizers who have been at work there.
Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood is the most organized groups outside the government. If he thinks they played no part then he is more deluded than we already know him to be.
And even if the Muslim Brotherhood is somehow kept in check, there are plenty of other lunatics who share similar opinions. We learn today that, ‘Ayman Nour, a leading Egyptian opposition figure who is expected to run for President – and someone who is a darling of the West – has called for the 1979 Peace Treaty with Israel to be reassessed.’ (h/t Legalinsurrection)
Friedman concludes with this:
Israel has very little to contribute to democracy-building in Egypt. Egyptians don’t want Israel’s help. But the Egyptian people will remember its hindrance.
So…Israel, a proven democracy with a peace treaty with Egypt, and a neighbor with a 21st century economy has nothing to contribute, and Egyptians don’t want Israel’s help anyway?
Why? Well, Friedman won’t say, but centuries of stubborn, in-bred Jew-hatred might be one reason.
Yet, he says, Egyptians “will remember Israel’s hindrance.”
Israel didn’t do a damn thing. Friedman is just providing Egypt with a scapegoat. Israel was not on the people’s side, he says, and therefore, Egyptians will have every right to continue to despise the ‘Zionist entitiy’.
If that dynamic democratic Egypt does come into being one day, Israel will have no choice but to make peace with 80 million Egyptians – instead of with just one man.
That’s a whole lot of dumb for one sentence.
“If“? And if your idea of a dynamic democracy doesn’t come into being? If it turns into another Iran, what then, genius?
Israel “will have no choice but to make peace with 80 million Egyptians”? Israel would love nothing more, but do Egyptians want peace with Israel? Is there any evidence of that in a country where Mein Kampf and Protocols of the Elders of Zion are perennial best-sellers?
Ayman Nour sure doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of peace. Who are you kidding! Most Egyptians think the Camp David Accords and peace treaty with Israel was a huge mistake, second only to the Jewish State’s birth. Sadat was assassinated because of it.
Face it, there is nothing Israel can say or do that will not be twisted to be used against Her by detractors like Friedman. Any offer of assistance will appear as meddling. To do or say nothing, is to be accused of not boarding the democracy fetish train.
Hopefully, Israel will prepare for the worst and ignore useless hack pundits like Thomas Friedman.