Egypt’s New and Improved Pharaoh

Protesters run from riot police during clashes at Tahrir square in Cairo, 23 November, 2012. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Seraphic Secret is fascinated by the internal contradictions which characterize the Muslim Brotherhood’s current power grab in Egypt, and America’s sudden lack of interest in the so-called Arab Spring.

It was not too long ago that Hosni Mubarak was scorned as a new Egyptian Pharaoh. He was deposed by an uneasy alliance of naive students, secular Marxist/Socialists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Barack Hussein Obama’s acquiescence. The New York Times assured its oh-so-sophisticated readers that this was the dawn of a new Arab democracy movement, with Thomas Friedman singing the praises of Egyptian cell phone and Facebook users. As if going digital were a sign of Jeffersonian enlightenment.

Those of us who actually have some experience with the Arab Muslim world warned that the so-called Arab Spring was, in fact, a Jihadist triumph. But we were called anti-democratic because the Egyptian people voted, and how can one argue with a majority?

Of course, a lynch mob is also a majority, but it’s still a lynch mob.

Meanwhile, Barack Hussein Obama decided to throw Mubarak to the dogs, and back the Muslim Brotherhood’s consolidation of Islamist rule.

Obama then called upon Morsi/Egypt/Muslim Brotherhood to serve as the nerve center for a Gaza-Israeli cease fire. In effect, Obama appointed the Muslim Brotherhood, a Jew-hating, genocidal organization, to be the watchdog of Hamas, a Jew-hating, genocidal organization.

This, I suppose, is an example of Obama’s smart power in action.

Then, a funny thing happened. As soon as Obama invested Morsi with unprecedented power and status, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood made a power grab that makes Mubarak look like George McGovern.

Now, we have Egyptian riots and counter-riots.

The Facebook and Twitter kids, so beloved by the NY Times, are once again Facebooking and Tweeting.


Or maybe not so much this time around.

And — what a shock — women are being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square by Egyptian rioters.

Pop quiz:

1) Is this another Arab Spring?

2) Is Obama going to abandon Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood?

3) If not, why is this Arab Spring different from all previous Arab Springs?

4) Why does the American tax payer continue to pour one billion dollars a year into the utterly corrupt and dysfunctional Egyptian economy?

5) Finally, why is Barack Hussein Obama silent in the face of the Egyptian people’s rise against a new pharaoh whose next move will be to institute shariah law?

It’s true: Mubarak was a son of a bitch. But he was our son of a bitch.

Mohammed Morsi is the MB’s son of a bitch.

And at this very moment, Mohammed Morsi is in the process of making Obama and the American people his bitch.

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  1. Earl
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    When I read about Morsi getting the ceasefire deal together, I thought “What’s the angle he’s playing?”
    Barely drawing a breath, he’s aiming to wipe out the Egyptian judiciary.  And why not, it’s based upon English law.  Secular protestors re-appear.
    But Morsi brought peace to the Middle East!  And breathing space for Hamas.

    And given that Islamists aren’t overfond of dancing, music and fun, here’s a 1974 Stevie Wonder show –
    Dance and laugh, it’s as much a part of our culture as geometry and free speech.

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  2. Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, you’re right that there’s nothing specifically Arab/Muslim about rioting mobs harbouring rapists but the standards set by shariah for proving rape are impossibly steep. And the woman who complains about being raped but cannot prove it is often indicted for adultery – the punishment for which is death by stoning. Put bluntly, a healthy culture will have a horror of rape and a strong reaction against it; executing the victim would not be part of that.

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    • Barry
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink


      Of course you are correct in your amplification of Miranda’s central thesis but there is no reason for her comment or comments to be dismissed. Nor mine in her support as she is also clearly correct. We need smart people who can see danger and misery minus a parochial or political point of view.  If we begin identifying one rape or crime of violence as more severe due to context than others are we no better than the everything is relative crowd…?  You know what I mean. The so-called liberals.

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  3. Barry
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I like the things Miranda has observed and posted on this thread.

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  4. Johnny
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Robert, I too was worried about Morsi and the MB.  But then I caught the panel discussion on ABC yesterday and I think I heard Joe Klein say that Hamas has to decide whether to side with the radicals shooting rockets at Israel or the moderate MB and Morsi. I assume he then praised Obama for putting Hamas in this position where they have to make such a difficult decision but I had passed out from laughter and missed the rest of the show.

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  5. kishke
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    As with the conflict in Syria, and the tribal warfare in Libya, the unrest in Egypt is something that I hope will continue for a very long time.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink


      One of the valuable by-products of Arab internecine warfare is how it puts the Arab-Israeli conflict in perspective. By which I mean that this war against the Jews is a side-show, a sleight of hand designed to distract from the fundamental dysfunctuon of Arab Muslim culture.

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  6. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the NYT, et al are going  to question Obama’s Middle East policy – on the “Arab Spring” some saw what they wanted to see.

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    • Miranda Rose Smith
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Don’t hold your breath.

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    • Johnny
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink


      The NYT will begin questioning Obama’s policies right after they finish the wording on their press release apologizing for Walter Duranty.

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  7. Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    “making Obama and the American people his bitch?”   I thought you had a no profanity rule here…
    Sorry.  But sometimes your sardonic and rather twisted expressiveness does, indeed, crack me up…

    Dear Robert,

    Last week’s parsha, Vayeitzei, has Lavan saying to Yaakov: “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my grandchildren, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine!”
    Now, this is after G-d said to Lavan – tell Yaakov neither good nor bad.  In other words, G-d directly told Lavan to not say Anything that might rile up Yaakov.  Furthermore, Yaakov has already told Lavan the bare bones absolute truth – several times and in different ways, that Lavan has spent the last 20 years cheating and lying and stealing from Yaakov while Yaakov had worked very hard with extreme meticulous labor to amass the wealth and family that G-d had given to him.
    Nonetheless, disregarding all sense of reality and direct instructions from G-d, Lavan tells Yaakov – 
    “What you talkin’ about?  Everything you have is MINE!  Mine.  You make think that you somehow “earned” it.  But no!  It’s all mine.  You stole it from me!  And, no matter what you or G-d says; no matter what agreements we make – Everything you STOLE is MINE!”

    Four thousand years later, Lavan’s descendants tell Jews in the Land of Israel that Everything the State of Israel has made is THEIRS!  The Land is theirs; the produce is theirs; everything is theirs.  It doesn’t matter what G-d has said or what the Israelis have built, it’s all THEIRS and the Jews have stolen it from them.
    The classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Thus, according to the Torah and history, it is we Jews who are insane.  
    As we build communities; lives; works; and great contributions to mankind, whether in the Land of Israel or outside the Land of Israel, the children of Lavan; and Esav; and Yishmael…  all claim that everything the Jews have built is theirs!
    Based on the simple historical record, this is an “absolute” paradigm which G-d has apparently fixed for all mankind.
    To expect mankind to change their perception of this false reality, does not seem to be in the works… 

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    • Miranda Rose Smith
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      “making Obama and the American people his bitch?”  

      What’s profane about a female dog?

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  8. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Dear Robert: Just ofr the record, there is nothing uniquely Arab about women being raped by rioters. A mob is a mob. Ever read Barnaby Rudge?

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    • Miranda Rose Smith
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Just for the record,

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