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      Adar 6, 5771, 2/10/2011

      No Joke: Fire & Death on the Streets of Egypt

      by Tamar Yonah

      One man is on fire (lower left of screen) and a few moments later, another man gets shot and falls in the street as he opens his coat and dares the authorites to shoot. 

      Description of video from Youtube poster:

      First watch out for the burning man. But this is not the problem. Close to the end of the video when the boy dared to challenge the police who is firing on them and he opened his chest for them, and people started to cheer him, the police just shot in cold blood.

      I do not believe for an instant that the revolution in Egypt was spontaneous and stemmed from high food prices and spread because of the twitter/facebook/social network revolution.  Getting people out into the streets is a very difficult thing to do, and it must be planned and funded to be successful.  People need to be organized and brought in to the streets.  Otherwise all you get is a handful of people who can easily be arrested and brought in.  

      If you wanted to get people into the streets to protest something in America or Israel or anywhere in the world, and you decided to instant message or text your friends to show up, how many would come?  Even if they agreed with you and were also angry and really upset by an issue, how many would come?

      People are at meetings, at the dentist, have an appointment they waited weeks to get, need to be somewhere, or are at work and can’t leave.  Or, they are just lazy or afraid to get arrested, and let’s face it, getting arrested in Egypt is no trip to Disney Land.  People ‘disappear’ in dictatorships, nabbed from the streets or their homes, never to be seen again.

      Then again, we see in the news, how other ‘Days of Rage’ are being planned all over the Middle East.  Lebanon had theirs already, and just the last several weeks, had their government swallowed by the Hezbollah terrorists, backed by Iran.  Reports are that days of rage are taking place all the month of  February in Yemen,  Syria ,  Algeria ,  Bahrain,  and even Libya.  Tunisia has already been overturned, add to that Lebanon, and the word on the streets is, if Egypt falls, anyone in the Middle East will fall. 

      You need more than a spark to start an explosion.  The Muslim Brotherhood wants to bring in Sharia.  They have branches all over the middle east.  They hold approx. 20% of the seats in Egypt’s government.  They are backed by Iran.  And Iran would like to be the domineering power in the Middle East/world.  With this revolution, the Egyptian people in the streets, are most likely going to be trading a bad government, for an even worse one.  I do believe, that many of the young people out demonstrating really believe they are fighting for democracy and something good, but I also believe they are being used as patsies for the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.  Iran, supporting the Hamas leadership in Gaza, the Hezbollah leadership in Iran, and now possibly the new leadership of Egypt.   Iran has its tentacles everywhere. 

      Voting and Counting Votes in a Democratic Election

      Obtaining power through so called democratic elections is not hard to do.   As they say, it’s not who votes, but who counts the votes.  After gaining leadership, it’s not hard to use intimidation to prevent any other people from running against you.  You just throw in a  small ‘mix’ for cosmetics, and then come away with 90% of the vote.

      There’s the joke about Clinton in the 1990s: Bill Clinton visited Mubarak in Egypt and commented on the President’s popularity in Egypt and how he won re-election so easily again and again. “Mubarak,” Clinton asks, “I’m running for re-election. Can you send your advisors to Washington and have them help me run my campaign?” Mubarak agrees, sends his men to the USA, and they campaign. On Election Day, the votes tallied in were:

      90% in favor of re-electing Hosni Mubarak.

      But the overturning of the Middle East is no joke.  Just wait, and after new elections take place in Egypt, ask the patsies of Egypt’s streets.