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Egyptians Dislike The US, Want Sharia Law

From the Washington Post:

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Poll: Egyptians have unfavorable view of U.S., are divided on fundamentalists

By Michael Birnbaum, Monday, April 25, 2011

CAIRO — Egyptians are deeply skeptical about the United States and its role in their country, but they are also divided in their attitudes about Islamic fundamentalists, according a poll released Monday by the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Most Egyptians distrust the United States and want to renegotiate their peace treaty with Israel, the poll found. But only 31 percent say they sympathize with fundamentalists, while 30 percent say they sympathize with those who disagree with fundamentalists. An additional 26 percent said they had mixed views

Read on to see how "divided" Egyptians are on Muslim fundamentalism. (Hint: most Egyptians want Sharia Law.)

Although 75 percent were positive about the Muslim Brotherhood, which was officially banned under Mubarak and is now the strongest political organization in the country, almost as many — 70 percent — felt positively about the youth-based April 6 movement that was mostly secular and was one of the key organizers of the protests.

Even if this were true, how long will Egypt remain secular?

The poll found that 39 percent of Egyptians believe the U.S. response to the upheaval in Egypt was negative, almost double the 22 percent who said it was positive. But many Egyptians — 35 percent — said that the U.S. impact on what happened in Egypt was neither positive nor negative, suggesting that, to them, the United States might not have had much to do with the situation either way

Which must be quite a blow to Mr. Obama’s ego.

Egyptian attitudes toward the United States more generally stayed about the same between 2010 and 2011 — with just 20 percent holding a favorable opinion of the United States this year, an increase of three percentage points from 2010, and 79 percent holding an unfavorable opinion, a decrease of three percentage points.

And yet we send them billions a year. Why?

More Egyptians — 64 percent — said they had low or no confidence in President Obama in 2011 than they did last year, up five percentage points.

They have gotten to know him. They discovered his famous ‘Cairo Address’ was just words.

And 54 percent want to annul the peace treaty with Israel, compared with 36 percent who want to maintain it

But we had to force Mubarak to resign at once.

A majority of the country wants Egypt’s laws to strictly follow the Koran — 62 percent — and even among those who disagree with Islamic fundamentalists, the number only drops to 47 percent

So where is the "divide" over fundamentalism that the author keeps talking about?

[O]nly 41 percent of those surveyed felt that free and fair elections were very likely, as compared with 59 percent who thought they were only somewhat likely or unlikely…

What was this uprising all about again?

Again, what is all this talk about how Egyptians are "divided on fundamentals"? The Associated Press reports about the same poll with a slightly different take:

Poll: Most Egyptians want Quran as source of laws

By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
April 26, 2011

CAIRO – A majority of Egyptians believe laws in their country should observe the teachings of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, according to the results of an opinion poll by a U.S.-based research center.

The results also show that Egyptians, who have shifted toward religious conservatism over the past 40 or so years, are open to the inclusion of religious parties in future governments. Only a minority, however, sympathize with fundamentalist religious parties, according to the results.

Overall, the results of the poll paint a picture of Egyptians as a people who prefer religious moderation over extremism and prize democratic values even if they come at the risk of some political instability

You see, having your legal system based on Sharia Law is now considered to be "religious moderation." But what exactly would "extremism" be?

Islamic parties are expected to make a significant showing in the crucial vote, with 50 percent of people saying it was "very important" for religious parties to be part of a future government and as much 37 percent have a "very favorable" view of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest and best organized Islamic group

Another 62 percent of Egyptians believe laws in their country should strictly follow the teachings of the Quran

In a result that doesn’t bode well for the country’s lingering sectarian issues, the poll showed that only 36 percent of those questioned believe it is "very important" for Christians and other minorities to freely practice their religions, suggesting the influence of these militant groups, who have incited hatred of the country’s 10 percent Christian minority

The poll results also showed that more than half of all Egyptians would like to see the 1979 peace agreement with Israel annulled, highlighting the deep unpopularity of the treaty, which is central to U.S. policy in the region and was scrupulously adhered to by Mubarak

How come everyone saw this coming except for our leaders and our news media?

Remember, Egypt is still pointed to as the model revolution of the ‘Arab Spring.’ Allah help us.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Egyptians Dislike The US, Want Sharia Law”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Stunning development. I hardly know what to say.

    So, beer and pulled pork sandwiches at my place, everybody. Let’s celebrate this gobsmacked announcement.

  2. heykev says:

    Maybe Congress should start thinking about enacting legislation that denies gobmint monies to any country that uses Sharia law.

    For that matter, it should make it illegal for banks doing business in the USA to set up Sharia compliant parts of their businesses.

    • JohnMG says:

      Ya’ know what? I’m tired of islam in all of its iterations. If congress didn’t already adhere to its own form of Sharia law, maybe some good would come from it.

      Think of it! What could be more consistent with all that Sharia sewage as the politically-correct posturing of our elected goverrnment officials. Anyone daring to speak the truth is pounced upon and figuratively beheaded by those wishing to silence their opposition. Through the use of threats and intimidation the press and power brokers in government effectively silence and quell freedom of speech. And it starts in the White House with that “they bring a knife, we bring a gun….they send one of ours to the hospital, we send one of theirs to the morgue” rhetoric from our Thug-in-Chief. A clearer danger to our Republic cannot be found.

      So yeah, Kev, but don’t stop with the banks. Extend it to the mosques and madrassas. Extend it to the very legislature itself. Remove Keith Ellison from Congress. Better yet, remove his head. Whatever we do, make it unmistakably clear that if it even hints of Sharia it won’t be tolerated.

  3. proreason says:

    Where is that Google guy who symbolized the Egyptian people’s deep craving for obamy-style thugocracy. As far as I know, even obamy doesn’t favor putting women in burlap bags.

  4. Right of the People says:

    “Egyptians Dislike The US”

    To quote C3PO: “I don’t like you either.”

  5. righthook38 says:

    No shockers here….

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