Tag Archives: Egypt

The Syrian Background

Once considered the  heartland of the Arab world the Syrian nation was often spoken of as the linchpin of any agreement  between the Western nations and the Arab world. No peace with  Israel was possible unless the Syrians regime agreed…this … Continue reading

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How the Western Media Reinforces Islamist Propaganda

This is a short blog entry. I am focussing on the recent attacks by insurgents or gangs on the Egyptian government checkpoints in the Sinai. Immediately there were  a spate of articles from the pundits and gurus  pontificating that these … Continue reading

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Doctrine: Kowtow to Your Enemies, Kick Your Allies

The latest example of the hapless and sophomoric Obama administration approach to foreign policy is the suspension of military aid to Egypt.  Who is being punished by this move? Who benefits? Well, of course internally, the vastly unpopular Muslim Brotherhood … Continue reading

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Sisi, the New Pharaoh or the New Nasser

While the Syrian fiasco continues and the peace fever overtakes the White House, significant events are happening in Egypt. Egypt still remains the key to the Arab world. It is the cultural center and most powerful despite  its economic woes … Continue reading

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Attack on Syria: The Regional Implications

As the Alice in Wonderland process continues in Washington with clueless  John Kerry insisting to congress that the  Syrian rebels are a bunch of Jeffersonian democrats, and the out-of touch political class seemingly ready to vote for a war no … Continue reading

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A Lesson From Egypt

It has always been a tough argument for me to convince some people that  Political Islamism and Islam are not synonymous. One is a political ideology with carefully selected aspects of Islamic traditions and Qu’ranic attributions to justify almost anything. … Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shi’a

There can be little doubt that the political conflict that convulses the Arab and Islamic world is that of the Shi’a -Sunni conflict. It has superseded the near century of the Arab-Israeli  conflict. While many of the  Western academics and … Continue reading

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The Terrorist and I

It all began one day a fairly short time after beginning work as the Middle East Instructor at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School as the Middle East seminar director. I had joined as the old Foreign … Continue reading

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Assassination of Sadat – continued

as a flight of french made Egyptian jets flew over, most were watching then, but not me. As an artilleryman I was watching the artillery unit pass slowly by. As one dilapidated Russian prime mover came near the reviewing stand, … Continue reading

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Egypt on the way to democracy or Islamist dictatorship?

Transition to democracy? A necessary stage? The surprising ease with which Mohamed Morsi, the newly elected president of Egypt, fired his top military leadership left many puzzled and also worried. There are dozen or more theories as to how and … Continue reading

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