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KNAPPer
Senior Contributor

So Conservatives...a question...

If Osama Bin Ladin and his methods of using weapons of mass destruction, terrorist tactics and attempting to undermine the financial stability of nations through terrorism represents radical Islam's method of change, what do the methods of the Egyptian people represent?


Just a valid questiont.....

7 Replies
BA Deere
Senior Contributor

Re: So Conservatives...a question...

Hey Knapper, it`s too early to see what the results will be, if the muslim brotherhood, communist or Democracy fills the vacuum. Democracy might stand a better than average chance since the revolution came from the people themselves and not "nation building". At any rate it`s too early to open the Champagne bottle.

KNAPPer
Senior Contributor

Re: So Conservatives...a question...

That's a reasonable view. We can all hope for the best. Egypt has had a lot of exposure to Western and European ideas through tourism. Hopefully it will have an influence or rather a moderating effect. They say the Muslim brotherhood is a small party, but highly organized.

Canuck_2
Veteran Advisor

Re: So Conservatives...a question...

What you said is correct BA but I think you missed the question and I think it is a good question but no I do not have an answer for it yet.

The question was, (hope I get it correct Knapper) Bin Ladins way is called violence so what do you call the Egyptian way of change?

Red Steele
Senior Contributor

the deeper question

and this is one that is not of my thoughts, but I stole it from someone else...

 

When will Islam find it's own version of Jesus Christ? The religion cries out for a reformer, much as the Jewish religion needed the good news of the New Testament to do away with the abuses of the Old.

 

The reason Egypt comes to mind, is from an article that the New Yorker did a number of years ago on this very topic, and the muslim clerics that have been executed that have tried to soften the extreme views of the Muslims. Just like Jesus Christ was when He taught a new version of what goodness and God's message was.

 

The muslims need to be led away from their roots of violence, polygamy, and repression of one half of their population. People are people, there is nothing intrisically good or bad about a "Muslim" or a "Christian", per se, but an honest look at where we are versus where they are, should make all but the most obtuse realize that their religion needs reformation.

BA Deere
Senior Contributor

Re: the deeper question

Hey Red, I don`t hold out much hope for the religion of Islam, because Jesus is the only true way.  The only way for Muslims to become peacefull in a meaningfull way is to convert to Christianity. I understand I`m driving a few non-believers up a wall with those statements, they will bring up "Bush, Bush, Bush and oh yeah Bush!!" what they need to understand is Bush`s Democrat supported wars were more secular than Scriptural.  There is a time when a Christian is commanded to "pound plowshares into swords" the lastest wars didn`t meet that criteria. 

Samnospam
Advisor

Re: So Conservatives...a question...

It's the difference in remodeling your house and you neighbor waking to find you've remodeled his.
dagwud
Senior Contributor

Re: So Conservatives...a question...

The Egyptian people followed the example of MLK and Gandhi by bringing about change through non-violent demonstrations for the most part.  Yes there was some rock and Molotov cocktail throwing but most was done or instigated by pro Mubarak supporters and his goon squads.  I have to tip my hat to the Egyptian people for their courage and perseverance to bring about a relatively peaceful revolution.

 

From most accounts I saw and read about the Egyptian people have mostly rejected the Muslim Brotherhood with several going on camera saying they would not allow them to take control of their country or government.  I was surprised and glad to see few signs at the demonstrations condemning the evil U.S. which I'm sure the Muslim Brotherhood would liked to have promoted.

 

As others have said it will take time to see how things settle out in Egypt but as of now I still maintain hope that things will turn out for the best.  Egypt relies heavily on the income provided by foreign tourists and they have to know that having a more radical anti-western group like the Muslim Brotherhood in a strong position of power would greatly curtail their tourism trade.