ironies abound

The ironies abound.Time Magazine cover photo showing Egypt’s first Islamist president was taken by a Jewish Israeli. Time magazine covers as the kiss of death? Time’s person of the year award?….Egypt has never respected the Camp David Sinai peace treaty with Israel, which has been more an exercise in ¬†illusion than reality….

—(Photograph taken in Cairo on Nov. 28 by Nadav Kander for TIME)—

Memory can be a faulty premise from which to assert absolute certainties, but naked restaurants in America, appears as pure fantasy, or wish projection on the part of Morsi, unless he went to a strip club and someone said it was Hooters…

(see link at end)…Morsy, who completed his Ph.D. in materials science at USC in the early 1980s and whose two sons are U.S. citizens, has a complicated relationship with the United States. He told the Times that he “learned a lot” during his time in California, but then quickly clarified that he meant “scientifically.” California’s laid-back attitude about cohabitation, gang problems, and preponderance of “naked restaurants” all made him uneasy. “I don’t admire that,” he told the Times. “But that is the society. They are living their way.” The future Muslim Brotherhood official apparently never really got into the swing of SoCal life. Read More:

Coming to a smuggling tunnel near you. 14.5% transit fee applies. Twisted ideology of turn back the clock to Mohammed’s first great campaign confronting late-to-the-scene Arab Marxism?


(see link at end)…These two imperatives are not mutually exclusive. Yes, Egyptians have doubts about their 1979 peace treaty with Israel: a Pew Research survey in May found that 51 per cent thought it should be annulled. Yet if it came down to it, few Egyptians would want a fresh conflict with their well-armed neighbour. The military also shares some common interests with Israel when it comes to stabilising the border with Gaza. It worries about the risks of violence spilling over into its own Sinai peninsula, where militant groups have become more assertive since the revolution. Western governments will therefore be hoping that the Muslim Brotherhood can be a force for stability now that it faces the realities of government.

Back at home, Morsi is already being criticised by Islamist opponents, including the Salafists, who say he is selling out to the West. The recent protests in Jordan, the only other Arab country that has diplomatic relations with Israel, highlight the risks; they were driven by anger about the cost of living, joblessness and a lack of representation, but violence in Gaza poured fuel on the flames. In Egypt yesterday, Morsi assumed new powers to issue laws unilaterally until a new constitution is written, which has been delayed another two months. The timing will convince his critics that he has had a US green light to take on more power in return for brokering the ceasefire. Read More:

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