A few days ago, when the mobs were gathering in Tahrir Square and the talking heads were all agog about another Arab Spring, I turned to Karen and said, “How long before these—ahem—freedom fighters, start raping women?”
Karen shrugged, rolled her eyes.
“How long before the Egyptians blame everything on the evil Jews?” I persisted.
Karen examined a split end.
Mind you, I was not expecting Karen to answer these questions. It’s just that every once in a while we feel that some measure of irony is necessary in the face of a 24/7 news cycle that is relentlessly depressing.
Look, for the past 6,000 years, Egypt has been ruled by pharaohs, caesars, kings, queens, regents, emirs, pashas, military dictatorships, secular dictatorships, cruel strongmen, stupid strongmen, degenerate strongmen, tyrants, demagogues, and Islamic fascists.
The best that can be said of Egyptian politics since time immemorial is that some regimes are less monstrous than others.
But they all had one thing in common. From the time the Children of Israel were enslaved by the Egyptians, all Egyptian leaders were and are Jew-haters of varying degrees.
Today, as Egyptians of too many political and religious ideologies to list (who’s on first?) hover on the edge of civil war, there is only one certainty: the Arab Muslims will blame everything on the Jews; for without Israel/Jews as a scapegoat, Muslims, from Egypt to Indonesia, would be forced to confront, and take responsibility for, their pathologically failed and corrupt societies.
And that is not going to happen. At least not in the next hundred years.
From the Jerusalem Post:
The Muslim Brotherhood claimed in a post on its official website that Egypt’s new interim president Adli Mansour is Jewish, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The article on IkhwanOnline was subsequently removed.
Mansour, who previously served as the constitutional court’s chief justice was sworn in as interim president on Thursdayafter the army removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power.
According to the Post, the article falsely stated that Mansour is “considered to be a Seventh Day Adventist, which is a Jewish sect.”
The authors also claimed that the Pope of Egypt’s Coptic church had refused to convert Mansour to Christianity.
The article on IkhwanOnline, according to the Post, posited that Mansour’s appointment was backed by Israel and the US as part of a plan to eventually install leading opposition figure and former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei as president.