Friday, February 4

Caliphate-o-Phobia vs the Power of Hope

This weeks dramatic story in Egypt has riveted the world, with amazing images of courage and brutality, such as this one here where Christians lock hands to protect Muslims in Tahrir square during their morning prayers.

The facts are clear, but despite that Mubarak Regime has attempted to weave a completely alternative scenario as to what is actually happening claiming that "outside interests" and foreigners have instigated these protests and attempting to destabilize the country.

Regime Change is never a easy thing, and we've seen some amazing things in Egypt.

Peaceful demonstrators who simply want a better life or greater liberty have been viciously attacked by thugs, many of whom with police ID or being paid with promise of 50 pounds and a viagra pill. The U.S. State Dept has finally come out to condemn the violence, particularly the attack on journalists sponsored by the Egyptian government.

Journalist from Christianne Amanpour to Katie Couric have been attacked.

The truth is being told by those on the ground such as Egyptian Blogger Sandmonkey.

Egypt, right now!

I don't know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one's friend house to another friend's house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least.

It didn't start out that way. On Tuesday Jan 25 it all started peacefully, and against all odds, we succeeded to gather hundreds of thousands and get them into Tahrir Square, despite being attacked by Anti-Riot Police who are using sticks, tear gas and rubber bullets against us. We managed to break all of their barricades and situated ourselves in Tahrir. The government responded by shutting down all cell communication in Tahrir square, a move which purpose was understood later when after midnight they went in with all of their might and attacked the protesters and evacuated the Square. The next day we were back at it again, and the day after. Then came Friday and we braved their communication blackout, their thugs, their tear gas and their bullets and we retook the square. We have been fighting to keep it ever since.

That night the government announced a military curfew, which kept getting shorter by the day, until it became from 8 am to 3 pm. People couldn't go to work, gas was running out quickly and so were essential goods and money, since the banks were not allowed to operate and people were not able to collect their salary. The internet continued to be blocked, which affected all businesses in Egypt and will cause an economic meltdown the moment they allow the banks to operate again. We were being collectively punished for daring to say that we deserve democracy and rights, and to keep it up, they withdrew the police, and then sent them out dressed as civilians to terrorize our neighborhoods. I was shot at twice that day, one of which with a semi-automatic by a dude in a car that we the people took joy in pummeling. The government announced that all prisons were breached, and that the prisoners somehow managed to get weapons and do nothing but randomly attack people. One day we had organized thugs in uniforms firing at us and the next day they disappeared and were replaced by organized thugs without uniforms firing at us. Somehow the people never made the connection.

Despite it all, we braved it. We believed we are doing what's right and were encouraged by all those around us who couldn't believe what was happening to their country. What he did galvanized the people, and on Tuesday, despite shutting down all major roads leading into Cairo, we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak's departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime's ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn't nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today.


Now, just in case this isn't clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it's one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won't say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay "because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people". This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can't allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn't over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak's gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

Yesterday Sandmonkey was arrested, but is apparently now free again and tweeting.

The world is watching, and the world has seen - but not all of the world has understood. Certainly not the world of Fox. In Fox Land the Demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and now Jordan are the beginning is of Global Caliphate backed by Radical Communist and Marxist on the Left.

Beck: I want the left to know I plant my flag in this soil, groups from the hard core socialist and communist left and extreme Islam will work together because they are both a common enemy of Israel of the Jew. The will work together and de-stabalize because they both want chaos.

Via Mediamatters.

Tuesday's episode of Glenn Beck built on Beck's theory that the protests in Egypt are being "orchestrated by the Marxist communists" and the Muslim Brotherhood. It veered into the territory of New World Order conspiracy theories and stopped along the way to take a nonsensical swipe at President Obama, but as usual, his story rested on a series of contradictions and poorly supported accusations.

For instance, Beck claimed that connections exist between the Muslim Brotherhood and over two dozen Muslim organizations in the United States, calling them "organizations and friends" of the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Beck is blaming the violence and chaos on the "Radical Left" there actually might be a glimmer of truth to his view, Obama - in a way - may have indeed inspired the Egyptian movement as shown by this sign.

In some ways this really is the Uprising of the Unemployed and Disenfranchised called for by Francis Fox Piven, only it hasn't happened in America yet- it's happened in Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt.

Although it's easy to dismiss Beck, you also have people such as John McCain and Newt Gingrich claiming that El Baradei, former head of the IAEA, is in league with the Muslim Brotherhood who want to bring about Sharia Law in Egypt.

Fact is, Conservatives don't really know what to make of Egypt - other than to revert to their default position and try and find a way to Blame Obama for it all. Many have argued about whether what we're seeing is a replay of Tienamen or the protests in Iran (both of which failed to dislodged their regimes) but I rather think what we're seeing here is closer to what we in America experienced in Selma and Montgomery.

It also means that Beck, Hannity, McCain, Rove and Gaffney by smearing the protestors as radical Islamacists and/or socialists have planted their flag on the same side of this conflict the lies, propaganda and violence of Mubarak, their on the same side as was Bull Connor so many decades ago. Their rush to profile and defame these freedom fighters is even more pathetic when you consider how much cover they've given the bigoted, fear-filled and tragically misinformed Tea Party.

These protestors in Egypt are not anarchists, these are not religious or ideological radicals, these are regular people banding together - drawing strength in numbers - to help improve their lives and improve their country.

Instead of backing down, instead of being intimidated, instead of being cowed by smears and lies - this is how the people of Egypt have responded today to the Mubarak Thug Squads.

Yes, I think they can too.


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