Words from the founding fathers
Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 8:01 pm
“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.” Federalist Papers, No. 37, Jan. 11, 1788 (James Madison)
Definition of stable – firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as a stable government.
Nothing makes for a more stable government than when its citizens have a voice, where laws chosen by the people give guidance, and people are free to pursue their own lives with little governmental intrusion. Outside of this, the opportunity for stability is less likely. An unstable government is easily shaken or overthrown. They then become prey to those waiting in the wings to come in and take by force, coercion, or deceit.
Egypt is in this situation now. Mubarak has been President since Oct. 14, 1981 following the assassination of Anwar El Sadat. Before that time, he was appointed vice president in 1975. You would think in this amount of time he would have done some amazing things for his country and the region. He has had some good influence, but the bad outweighs the good.
He has been generally supportive of Israel. Under his rule Egypt has been an ally of the United States and a member of the allied coalition in the 1991 Gulf War. He spoke out against the invasion of Iraq, but is against an immediate pull out due to fear of the chaos it would cause.
Even though he has been a good ally to our country, many Egyptians feels has not been a good ally for them. How could that be since he was re-elected for successive terms in 1987, 1993, and 1999?
When others were restricted from running against him, it’s not hard to understand. Then in September 2005 when the election was finally opened to other candidates, it’s not surprising that he still won since he still gained control of the election institutions.
When the other candidate (Ayman Nour) contested the election, he soon found himself on trial where he was eventually convicted of forgery and sentenced to five years of hard labor. This type of corruption has led to imprisonment of young activists and other political leaders, without trials. Being under Emergency Law, censorship is legal, constitutional rights are suspended, and police powers are extended.
Now Mubarak finds himself in an unstable government and unrest in Egypt. With instability comes the opportunity for those who would exploit the situation. Just like in Iran when the corrupt Shah found his government unstable due to unfair treatment of his people, Mubarak has the same problem. So do we in the US. We seem to be following President Carter’s lead. We should have been pushing for democratic elections in Egypt all along. Instead we allowed Mubarak to go along with little pressure. Now we will pay the price. What happens if Egypt falls into the rule of a group like the Muslim Brotherhood? Ever heard of the Suez Canal?
What happens when a group like the Muslim Brotherhood comes to the table? They have been a radical group since its formation in 1928. Since the beginning they have had two goals – to implement shariah law worldwide and re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate).
The Brotherhood’s creed is: “Allah is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” They have taken a “pre-violent” approach to bringing down other countries, especially the West. It seeks to establish relations with and penetrate governments – federal, state, and local levels. Also law enforcement, intelligence, military, prisons, the judicial system, media, schools, and others.
Before we know it, Egypt could soon look like Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood is Sunni and those in control of Iran are Shiite. But they would be willing to come together to see Israel blown off the map and the western culture destroyed.
We have a connection with the Muslim Brotherhood here in the US. They have been active since the 1960 in the US. They have active groups in many states here in the US. amas came from the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as conspirators of 9-11. Egypt shouldn’t negotiate with them and our President shouldn’t meet with them like he did in 2009.
How stable is the USA?
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