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Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Anyone paying attention?

    I like the idea of a popular uprising shaking off a totalitarian regime.

    But, especially in Egypt, am worried about what could come next.
     
  2. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    "Be careful what you wish for" gets stuck in my head when I read about the upheaval in North Africa.
     
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    Best thing I ever read about al-Qaeda was a New Yorker profile of Ayman Al-Zawahiri. It detailed how he fomented rage from the underbelly of Cairo.

    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2002/09/16/020916fa_fact2

    I do not think that's an area whose destabilization would help us.
     
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    The riots are about jobs and economic opportunity, not necessarily nascent fundamentalist Islam.

    It doesn't mean fundamentalist Islamic groups won't try to take advantage, but they're not driving the train here.
     
  5. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    I'm absolutely fascinated by the situation in Tunisia. As to what I can constructively make of it, though - I don't know.
     
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    This is why I'm optimistic


    This is why I'm worried -- especially in Egypt. Worried for the safety of the Copts too if chaos break out.
     
  7. printdust

    printdust New Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    It's all part of the plan....
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  8. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    Let the adults speak, Printdust, and do some reading on what's going on in these nations.

    Even YF knows this isn't about fundamentalist Islam. But keep beating your drum.
     
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    It's even more than that. Uprisings that could possibly lead to democracies in Muslim majority nations are a threat to fundamentalist Islam. A huge threat.

    Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union collapsed spectacularly and with great speed. Once it caught fire, it was all over. (Sure, Belarus is still a mess, and the Ukraine is struggling, and Russia is not where we want it to be as far as Democracy goes.)

    The same thing could happen in North Africa and the Middle East. I believe it will happen one day. Whether this is the beginning of it, I don't know.
     
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    Bubbler, YF -- would you say that although this is not about Islam at the moment, it is likely to become about Islam if either country falls into chaos? I don't see any more powerful unifying force that would step in.
     
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    That's the fear.

    Supposedly Tunisia is more secular that Egypt, so maybe it's not as big a fear there.

    But in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and/or other radical/fundamentalists groups could be the best organized and best prepared to fill a power vacuum -- even if they did not create it.
     
  12. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Re: Tunisia, Egypt...

    I would like to know how this democracy thing works.
     
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