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Egyptian Military Backed Out Of Prisoner-Release Deal That Could Have Averted Killings: Sources

Egyptian Military Backed Out Of Prisoner-Release Deal That Could Have Averted Killings: Sources

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 09:44:27 in World

“The western media, as well as American and European politicians and heads of states, like to pontificate about the situation in Egypt without really understanding what is happening.

How would Americans react if a group of Muslim fanatics had a 60-day barricaded sit in in 5th Ave in NY and in Wall Street paralyzing the city. How would they feel if they burnt 52 churches in your country. I am a Copt (Orthodox Christian) and I have little sympathy for fanatics from any religion.

A couple of historical facts:
1. Remember the anti-Vietnmam War protesters in the 60's and 70's; remember KENT STATE students being attacked and killed by state troopers. 

2. n the 26th of January 1952 a similar crowd of fanatical Moslems burnt the city of Cairo destroying such institutions as the SHEPEARDS HOTEL, the English Turf Club, Jewish and foreign department stores, cinemas, elegant restaurants ... etc. King Farouk was reluctant to send the army and the result was the July 23rd Revolution and 60 years of dictatorship where all the institutions of the country were destroyed.

Butros HANNA
Lafrancaise, FRANCE
Naples, FL”

dkelmstra on Aug 16, 2013 at 13:04:35

“I personally have NO problem taking out protestors of any type -- we saw them here in USA with OWS and these liberal animals protesting in our capitol buildings. Its time to wipe these people out once and for all. We do not need this radical liberal thinking in our great country. Let them go to middleeast and join the others.”

USS Elliot DD967 on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:27:25

“How would Americans react if a group of Muslim fanatics had a 60-day barricaded sit in in 5th Ave in NY and in Wall Street paralyzing the city....

Like they did during Occupy Wall Street?”

chrysostomos on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:35:45

“Well said! This was a deal that the Army would be ill advised to have even considered: it was essentially an attempt to extort the government into lending the MB the political currency/legitimacy that it had lost after Morsi began dismantling the secular infrastructure of the state. The MB showed in its rapid and ill advised rush to institute its religious ideology, that despite gaining power through legitimate democratic means it was never going to defend that very same process. The Muslim Brotherhood's tactics resembled those used by the Nazis to take control of the reigns of power. The question to be asked is: was their brief control of the state the equivalent of the defeat of the Nazi state or was it more like the failed Munich Putsch, a setback on the way to an eventual resurgence? Much depends on the actions of outside interested parties- do they adopt the Neville Chamberlain approach and demand that the State negotiate in good faith with an organization who will only negotiate in bad faith. Or do they provide the type of hard nosed support of a Churchill who understands the threat posed by these types of groups?”
John Barrasso On Fiscal Cliff: Obama Wants To Go Over The Edge (VIDEO)

John Barrasso On Fiscal Cliff: Obama Wants To Go Over The Edge (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 13:46:20 in Politics

“Mr. Boehner keeps insisting that an increase for the billionaires would hurt the economy because of its impact on small businesses. Maybe he has a point. To me the obvious solution would be to divide the billionaires into two categories:
THE NON-PRODUCTIVE BILLIONAIRES: To include people like George W, Mitt R, and the hundreds bankers and financiers who will receive multi-million bonuses and who tend to park their monies in exotic islands. These, I think, should pay their fair share of taxes.
THE PRODUCTIVE BILLIONAIRES: Those who own and have created small businesses and who deserve tax advantages.
Butros Hanna
St Maurice, FRANCE
Naples, FL
www.butroshanna.com

wolvespj on Dec 23, 2012 at 13:51:45

“so what is their "fair" share???”
Yet Another Instance of Islamic Exceptionalism?

Yet Another Instance of Islamic Exceptionalism?

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 03:38:06 in World

“For the first time since I left Egypt over forty years ago, I AM PROUD TO BE AN EGYPTIAN. The new generations of Egypt, in spite of having lived under the yoke of military dictatorships since 1952, have shown the world how people power can change a corrupt, incompetent and fanatical government.

Democracy is a wonderful institution but sometimes people err in their choices (Hiltler in Germany, G.W. Bush in the US, and Hollande in France are examples). It is wonderful to see how the will of the people can quickly rectify that error.”

sbish on Jul 9, 2013 at 07:29:17

“You are lumping Bush with Hitler? I think you are being a little unfair to Hitler, no? Seriously, though, Bush was elected twice, which goes against the theory that the will of the people quickly rectified their error all of the time. We have done the same thing with Obama last winter.”
Revolution 2.0 -- How One Google Exec + Facebook Sparked An Uprising in Egypt

Revolution 2.0 -- How One Google Exec + Facebook Sparked An Uprising in Egypt

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 12:40:15 in World

“The most shocking thing is the lack of reaction from the US government. They seem to want to meddle everywhere (e.g. spying on allies) except where it really matters like in Egypt and Syria.

What many American politicians do not understand is the importance of Egypt as an ally. Egypt is the cultural center of the Middle East and if the country falls into the control of fanatic groups, it could have a negative impact on the whole region.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Honor of Muslims

Commented May 26, 2013 at 12:40:32 in World

“Thank you Mr Lévy for this insightful article.

Please allow me to add HODA SHAARAWY the daughter of SHAARAWI PASHA a rich Muslim landowner and prime minister, was returning from Paris in 1923 with a delegation of 12 women where they attended an international conference. They were met at the Bab El-Hadid Railway Station by reporters from all the local Arabic, English, French, and Greek newspapers.

HODA SHARAAWI, in a gesture of defiance, removed the veil that covered her hair only; her companions quickly joined her and removed theirs.”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 24, 2012 at 07:47:13 in World

“CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT:
The Coptic Orthodox Church was established during the first century by St. Mark the Apostle. The country was part of the Roman Empire. In the year 641 A.D. Egypt was invaded by the Arabs and converted to Islam except for a minority that remained Coptic.

MIRACLE IN ZEITUN:
In a small Coptic church, dedicated to St. Mary which was built in 1920 in a busy intersection in the center of Zeitun. On Tuesday night, the 2nd of April 1968 at 8:30 in the evening, workmen were assembled at the gate of a garage for the daily shift change. A group of women crossing the street. All of a sudden at the top of the dome a young woman dressed in white appeared kneeling by the cross. This apparition attracted the attention of the women and two of the garage employees. One of the workers thought it was a girl trying to commit suicide and started to scream at her:
“Lady, do not jump.”
The lady stood up and they all saw her dressed in a bright gown of light.
One of the women started to scream:
“It’s our lady Mary.”
The workmen called the police and all of a sudden the lady disappeared. Hundreds of people congregated in front of the church every night.

These events are described in Max Rodenbeck’s book CAIRO, THE CITY VICTORIOUS.

Butros Hanna
St Maurice, FRANCE
Naples, FL
www.butroshanna.com
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 08:31:18 in World

“Sadly we live in a world today that is becoming so full of voilence, guns, greed, sex, crudity of language fanaticism ...etc and so lacking in kindness, politeness, and tolerence. I find solace in the fact that I retired in a small village in the depth of rural SW France.
I am reminded of my childhood in Egypt, an Egypt that no longer exists. I still remember walking in the center of Cairo back in the fifties and sixties when one was as likely to hear English, French, Greek, Hebrew or Italian as one was to hear Arabic. Most corner grocers and café and restaurant waiters were Greeks, mechanics Italian, pharmacists English. The hotels and elegant cafés were mostly owned by Swiss and the big department stores by Jews. Each of these communities had their place of worship, cultural centers, hospitals, and retirement homes. Members of the different communities and religions lived together in harmony; they attended the same schools, went to each other’s weddings and funerals, and had the same social activities. The only exception was that intermarriage was rare. Tuning to “Radio Cairo” you could listen to English, French, Greek and Italian programs in addition to the regular Arabic radio programs. One of the most popular radio programs among the teen-age children of upper-class Egyptians and foreigners in Egypt was “At your request” presented in English by Gamal Faris, the son of the famous movie actor Abbas Faris and his English wife.”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 01:49:33 in World

“The problem, Doug, is that many women in Egypt today wear the veil because of peer pressure. Those who don't are harassed in the streets and workplace.

I left Egypt in the early seventies and then not a single woman, Copt or Muslim, wore a veil.

What worries me the most,as I have mentioned in a previous note, is the influence of external Wahaby (Saudi Arabian) gold on women today.”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 14:57:21 in World

“Please read your history.

In the beginning of 1919 a group of Egyptian politicians, headed by Saad Zaghloul Pasha, formed a delegation to meet the British High Commissioner. They requested permission to attend the Peace Conference to present Egypt’s case for independence. The British government refused the request of the delegation and, frustrated, these politicians formed the Wafd Party (wafd means ‘delegation’ in Arabic) to pursue the fight to end the British Occupation of Egypt.
There were major riots in 1919 and the disturbances lasted until 1922. Zaghloul Pasha was arrested and deported to Malta with two of his companions. In 1922 the British unilaterally proclaimed Egypt “an independent sovereign state” with Fouad as King of Egypt. Zaghloul Pasha and his companions returned in triumph from their exile. Nevertheless, the British maintained an army of occupation to protect the communications of the British Empire.

And for thirty years Egypt had a democracy. It wasn't perfect (I don't know of any country that has a perfect one). There were political parties, a parliament, governments that had limited tenures.”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 14:48:54 in World

“The Cairo I knew as a young man had many foreigners living in the city and considering it their own. Walking in the center of Cairo one was as likely to hear English, French, Greek, Hebrew or Italian as one was to hear Arabic. Most corner grocers and café and restaurant waiters were Greeks, mechanics Italian, pharmacists English. The hotels and elegant cafés were mostly owned by Swiss and the big department stores by Jews. Each of these communities had their place of worship, cultural centers, hospitals, and retirement homes. Members of the different communities and religions lived together in harmony; they attended the same schools, went to each other’s weddings and funerals, and had the same social activities. The only exception was that intermarriage was rare. Tuning to “Radio Cairo” you could listen to English, French, Greek and Italian programs in addition to the regular Arabic radio programs. One of the most popular radio programs among the teen-age children of upper-class Egyptians and foreigners in Egypt was “At your request” presented in English by Gamal Faris, the son of the famous movie actor Abbas Faris and his English wife.”

Gingerland on Dec 16, 2012 at 15:42:54

“Thanks for the enlightening post..”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 08:07:38 in World

“The problems in Egypt started in July 1952 when Nasser toppled the monarchy, abolished the parliamentary system and all the institutions of the country. He created a military dictatorship that lasted for 61 years.

The chaos that one sees is normal for a country that has not seen democracy for three generations.”

Butros Hanna on Dec 16, 2012 at 14:57:21

“Please read your history.

In the beginning of 1919 a group of Egyptian politicians, headed by Saad Zaghloul Pasha, formed a delegation to meet the British High Commissioner. They requested permission to attend the Peace Conference to present Egypt’s case for independence. The British government refused the request of the delegation and, frustrated, these politicians formed the Wafd Party (wafd means ‘delegation’ in Arabic) to pursue the fight to end the British Occupation of Egypt.
There were major riots in 1919 and the disturbances lasted until 1922. Zaghloul Pasha was arrested and deported to Malta with two of his companions. In 1922 the British unilaterally proclaimed Egypt “an independent sovereign state” with Fouad as King of Egypt. Zaghloul Pasha and his companions returned in triumph from their exile. Nevertheless, the British maintained an army of occupation to protect the communications of the British Empire.

And for thirty years Egypt had a democracy. It wasn't perfect (I don't know of any country that has a perfect one). There were political parties, a parliament, governments that had limited tenures.”

cmountaindave on Dec 16, 2012 at 14:37:04

“You call living in a Monarchy democracy? They have NEVER had a democracy in Egypt in over 5000 years”
Egypt Votes On Constitution

Egypt Votes On Constitution

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 07:47:14 in World

“o the Editor,

In 1923 HODA SHARAAWI Hanem, the daughter of SHAARAWI PASHA a rich Muslim landowner and prime minister, was returning from Paris with a delegation of 12 women where they attended an international conference. They were met at the Bab El-Hadid Railway Station by reporters from all the local Arabic, English, French, and Greek newspapers.

HODA SHARAAWI, in a gesture of defiance, removed the veil that covered her hair only; her companions quickly joined her and removed theirs.

And now, ninety years later, it is depressing to see the daughters of one of the oldest civilizations emulating the daughters of the bedouins of the Arabian Gulf and cover their faces with nikabs.

Is there Saudi gold that is affecting our Egyptian civilization, our way of life, our culture of tolerance?

Please see my web site:

www.butroshanna.com

Butros Hanna
Naples, FL
Lafrancaise, FRANCE”

catz1515 on Dec 16, 2012 at 13:31:54

“THank you. It is a very sad day indeed to see the oppression of women and children hailed as victory by the MB.”

Gingerland on Dec 16, 2012 at 12:04:21

“Well put...sad that such a rich culture has become dominated by primitive traditions of the nomads of the Arabian peninsula.”