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Testimony on Army / Brotherhood Clashes

By on Jul 9, 2013 in Politics | 6 comments

I’ve just come off the phone, after talking at length with a friend I trust who lives, more or less literally, in the middle of the battle zone, and has been witness to events. I need to write more about this, but I can’t right now. The thrust of it is that the so-called ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood there has been completely terrorizing and destroying the neighborhood, they’ve been destroying shops and ransacking them for food and drink, they’ve been forcing people away from the area, or into their homes, they’ve been forcing themselves into buildings, where they’ve taken over the roofs of at least two buildings there, and using them to fire both gas grenades and bullets at the soldiers during the battles. She saw a one of them get shot while he was standing along, hands raised in the middle of a lull, during which, she insists, the army was not...

This Word You Keep Using…

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Politics | 1 comment

The Muslim Brotherhood lives in a Bizarro World. In their universe, the supreme authority is not the God of Islam, to whom all individuals have access through their hearts and innate moral compass (the fitra) but the Guidance Council. In their universe anybody who is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood is not really a Muslim. In their universe, wisdom comes from Sheikhs who insist that Hindus worship cockroaches, and not from the Quran. In their universe, it is okay to marry for a Muslim man to marry a Christian woman, but not to wish her a merry Christmas. In their universe, it is moral to use electoral fraud to secure political power. In the summer of 2011, during the interminable Tahrir sit-in of July, I took it upon myself to converse with some of the Brotherhood members when they decided to come and invade the square one day while we were there. We were there for a month –...

An Opportunity for Secularism

By on Sep 15, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

For a week or so now, we’ve endured a ridiculous plot-line, acted out throughout several countries of the Middle East, and it’s reached (past tense, I’m being an optimist…) a shameful peak with the murders in Libya. Even in Egypt, where protests have been less violent, it appears that at least one protester may have lost his life. Over a movie trailer. It’s silly on the one hand, and predictable on the other, and I’ve explained why in my previous post ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ – however, this ridiculous chain of events has had serious consequences: The movie has succeeded in it’s main mission of defaming Islam, Muslims,  and Arabs by giving them an excuse to do so themselves. They leapt at the opportunity, and went well and truly berserk. There is absolutely nothing wrong with protesting a movie trailer with blog posts,...

Bonfire of the Vanities

By on Sep 12, 2012 in Media, Politics | 2 comments

Shenanigans. We are witnessing shenanigans, tomfoolery, and much clownish ness. Also, a good deal of buffoonery, poppycock, and a wide whisk of whimsical witlessness all marked as balderdash. Getting the picture? A fantastically bad movie was made. It may have been made so badly for nefarious purposes, or possibly by a creator who really is that bad, that stupid, and that impervious to both taste and reason. Whichever. And yes, Muslims are nuts – but so is everybody else on this planet who chooses to maintain unprovable beliefs. You are all…technically…insane. I mean it; ask a Vulcan. He’ll fill you in. Is it stupid to draw attention to a movie that you think is bad or insulting? No, of course not – on principle it is the only wise choice of action. Is it useful to do so? No. Not at all. The Sex Pistols were made when their song ‘God Save The...

Blame The Brotherhood

By on Jun 9, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

There’s a storm brewing across Egypt. The last scene of the first Act is coming to bear on us, and the actors are mostly in place, and the lines are getting drawn, sharper each day. There’s a storm brewing, and it’s a doozy. On their part, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces henceforth know as ‘SCUM’ (Yes, I know it’s not an acronym, and no, I don’t care…) have got their Mubarak replacement puppet all propped up. Shafiq is own homegrown George W. Bush. He re-writes the very foundations of both semantics and syntax as he speaks, and he is equally dismissive of the great responsibility he claims to be fit to bear. Dutifuly, he is the ultimate anti-revolutionary; he is stupid, he stammers, all he can do is speak, and he speaks badly, he promises stability while around him, his own HQ’s are set to flame, and he is hounded by...

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