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AP: Egyptians Voting To End Autocratic Rule

From a fact free Associated Press:

Egyptians vote to rid nation of autocratic rule

May 23, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Determined to end decades of authoritarian rule, millions of Egyptians waited patiently in long lines outside polling stations across the nation on Wednesday to freely choose their first president since last year’s ouster of longtime ruler and close U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.

What a hilarious headline. The Egyptians cannot wait to impose an Islamist ruler who will give them strict Sharia Law, which is more autocratic that Mr. Mubarak ever was.

But, of course, this new leader will hate the US, which is the important part here.

"I can die in a matter of months, so I came for my children, so they can live," a tearful Medhat Ibrahim, 58, who suffers from cancer, said as he waited to vote in a poor district south of Cairo. "We want to live better, like human beings." …

Like they do in Iran.

"It’s a miracle," said Selwa Abdel-Malik, a 60-year-old Christian from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria as she was about to vote. "And it’s a beautiful feeling too." …

They quote a Christian? What a laugh. Ms. Abdel-Malik will probably be driven out of the country in a few short years. Or killed.

Many of the candidates in the race have called for amendments in Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which most Egyptians continue to view as their nation’s number one enemy. Though none will likely to dump the pact

This is simply untrue. They are very likely to dump their treaty with Israel. And they have all promised to do so.

The [Egyptian] military are widely thought to be favoring Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and Mubarak’s last prime minister…

Other front-runners are Mubarak’s foreign minister of 10 years Amr Moussa, Mohammed Morsi of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a moderate Islamist whose inclusive platform has won him the support of some liberals, leftists and minority Christians

Oh, yes, that Mr. Abolfotoh is a "moderate" and so "inclusive."

From the Washington Times:

9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race

By Ben Birnbaum
Monday, May 21, 2012

An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt’s presidential race, a new poll shows.

Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, led the field of 13 candidates with 32 percent of the vote in a survey released Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Mr. Abolfotoh expressed his views on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an interview last year with Egypt scholar Eric Trager:

"It was too big an operation …. They [the United States] didn’t bring this crime before the U.S. justice system until now. Why? Because it’s part of a conspiracy."

The 61-year-old Mr. Abolfotoh, who left the Brotherhood last year, has been dubbed a "liberal Islamist" by some reporters partly because he said he believes that a Christian should be able to run for president – a view that put him at odds with the Brotherhood’s leadership.

In a recent Egyptian television interview, Mr. Abolfotoh qualified that position. He said that, while parties are free to nominate whomever they want, Egypt "cannot have a president who does not have an Islamist orientation."

The Washington Institute’s Mr. Trager said that "the notion that Abolfotoh is some kind of progressive is farcical."

"He is a longtime Muslim Brother, a founder of the Islamist student movements of the 1970s, and somebody who still calls for implementing the Shariah," he said. "His falling out with the Brotherhood was over differences regarding strategy and internal administration, not ideology."

Mr. Abolfotoh has been endorsed by al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, a jihadist group the State Department designated as a terrorist organization.

"Given that he was endorsed by a terrorist organization and has called the peace treaty with Israel a national-security threat, it is highly unlikely that Egypt’s foreign-policy will remain friendly to U.S. interests if he’s elected," Mr. Trager added

Which is probably why the Associated Press loves him so.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Egyptians Voting To End Autocratic Rule”

  1. artboyusa says:

    Gee, who will win? The National Islamist Party? The Islamist National Party? The National Party of Islam? The Islamist Party of the Nation? Probably not much hope for the Rainbow Coalition though…and wait till we see the joyous locals celebrating in traditional fashion: dancing around bonfires, shooting guns in the air, dragging female journalists into a dark corner and raping them. Yes, its a great day for Iran, I mean Egypt…

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And the blame for all of this lay squarely on the shoulders of the democrat party which cannot understand the errors of their ways. Or, maybe they do and this is the intended consequence because, after all, “all religions are basically the same, except Judaism and Christianity, which are obviously evil, allowing people to walk around they way they do, talking about gays and blacks like that”.

    So they bring about great world change where the middle east turns their wayback machine to 1700 or so and is financed with US petro-dollars. If we simply suck our own oil out of the ground, the financial loss to that are would be staggering, until China, India and the USSR filled the void. But in my idea of the world, they all deserve each other anyway.

    The two cultures historically not only clash but collide. There is no “happy place” between them and us but Hitlery and D’oh-bama seem to either be so arrogantly ignorant or intentionally trying to bring about a world war they cannot see that they are largely succeeding. Or, again, maybe they do.

    But what’s really happening is, not “nation-building” but a very old thing called organized crime that runs an entire part of the world. In three very short years, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt and Libya will collude to (try to) destroy the West. Yes, they’re that stupid and the saddest part of all is that our “leaders” cannot seem to identify that their actions have led to “the rise of the sand-people”.

    Again, though, suppose that they do. To what end and how is all this a “good thing” by creating more enemies to the US? Or is it that they don’t see them as enemies but fellow travelers. How is this so with the left wing all wrapped up in Gay-i-tivity and women’s rights and so on? Do they not see the dichotomy? I’m guessing not. But since hypocrisy is the framework of the left, it’s not surprising.

    Meanwhile though, our same, said leaders are busy at work gutting the military, rerouting funding that’s supposed to pay for military hardware to “green” companies and all for the sake of buying more votes from the lazy-asses. Their desires to turn this nation into a third-world cesspool are obvious. But how is that a good thing for them? To preside over a dump? “Yay….look at me! I am the king of nothing!”.

    It angers me and were it not for my military service and the fact that I think this country can get it together, I would be deeply depressed about it. But one thing is for sure, I do not entertain conversations with left-wing idiots nor do I give anything they say any validity at all. They are stupid and evil both. Their ignorant selfishness has brought about nothing but problems in this nation and the rest of the world.

    Remodel education? Look how that worked out.
    EPA? Behold the vanishing lightbulb and I can’t buy lacquer paint anymore.
    DoD? Gutted, infused with career-officer/politicians who are more than happy to hitch their star to a democrat pant-cuff.
    Healthcare? What healthcare? Just another tax scheme that will control everybody. Even in their wildest dreams though, they couldn’t manage it to any degree of efficiency.

    The wheels are starting to come off here. The brakes have already failed.

    I see war. Not a big, ugly nasty world war but constant skirmishes and “police actions” that will be totally political in nature. Much like late Rome. Not enough money to go fight them anyway and military members going AWOL because they refuse to be the pawns of some a**holes next election bid.

    I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s always easy to make a mess. And make a mess they have. All under the lie of “fairness and equality”. Phagh! Give me a break. The cleaning up of the mess will take a century.

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