Arab Fall, Egypt’s New Pharoah, Hillary’s Help

So we had a push for “Peace In The Middle East” – Yet Another Shiny Thing that keeps attracting U.S. Presidents to “Dream, the Impossible Dream!”… Hillary and her staff assuring that “This time for sure!”…

JERUSALEM (CNN) — A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza will hold only if Hamas ends weapons smuggling into Gaza and halts rocket fire into Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the top U.S. envoy to the Middle East on Wednesday, Israeli media reported.

Israel reserved the right to respond if those conditions were violated, Olmert told George Mitchell, President Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Middle East, according to Haaretz.

Israel acted on that promise Wednesday evening by responding to a Qassam rocket strike into southern Israel with an attack on what it said was a weapons manufacturing facility in Rafah City, Israel Defense Forces said.

“As the sole authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility of all terror originating from within its area of control,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF will respond to any terror attacks in accordance with decisions made by the Israeli government.”

The exchange followed a day of meetings in Jerusalem between Mitchell and Israeli leaders as part of the new U.S. administration’s efforts to help foster peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Mitchell’s stop in Israel is part of an eight-day tour of the region, which includes visits to Egypt, the West Bank, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the State Department said.

Mitchell met with privately with President Shimon Peres, who said he looked forward to working with the special envoy to achieve common goals.

In related news, The Arabs Are Revolting (again) in Egypt. Seems that it’s a case of “Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss!” as we have Morsi announcing himself (anointing himself?) Supreme Leader with no review of his authority…

by John J. Xenakis
23 Nov 2012, 6:25 AM PDT

Egypt’s Morsi ‘appoints himself Pharaoh’ usurping all state powers

Many Egyptians were shocked on Thursday by the announcement, accompanied by nationalistic music, of a new decree by president Mohamed Morsi granting himself extensive additional powers. Any decisions that he took since taking office in June, and any decisions he takes in the future, are final and not subject to review by the courts or appeal. According to the announcement,

“The President may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution.”

In an attempt to be a crowd-pleaser, Morsi said that the police officers who were acquitted last year for killing protesters will be retried.

According to opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei:

“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”

The surprise announcement triggered competing demonstrations in Cairo by supporters and opponents of Morsi. Washington Post

I’m sure that the Obama / Hillary admin brokered peace deal has nothing to do with this ‘reprise’ of the ‘Old Deal’ with a strongman in Egypt bought off with U.S. “aid” money. Couldn’t be. After all, this administration has exactly opposite goals from Bush. Then again, Morsi is the Muslim Brotherhood ‘go to guy’ for Egypt… I’m sure it’s all just a giant co-incidence… /sarcoff>;

Right when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger, or any worse…

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15 Responses to Arab Fall, Egypt’s New Pharoah, Hillary’s Help

  1. Sera says:

    Just wait until we teach them about the ‘two party only’ system- then they will be fighting themselves and sending us money. Seriously, I heard that the demonstrators were burning the offices of the muslim brotherhood…

  2. R. de Haan says:

    Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 3:11 PM (GMT+02:00) Tags: Barack Obama Binyamin Netanyahu Sinai smuggling US special forces Gaza

    Obama on the phone to Netanyahu with key pledge
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, DEBKAfile reports. The conversation, which finally tipped the scales for a ceasefire, took place on a secure line Wednesday morning, just hours before it was announced in Cairo. The US and Israeli leaders spoke at around the time that a terrorist was blowing up a Tel Aviv bus, injuring 27 people.
    Obama’s pledge addressed Israel’s most pressing demand in every negotiating forum on Gaza: Operation Pillar of Cloud’s main goal was a total stoppage of the flow of Iranian arms and missiles to the Gaza Strip. They were smuggled in from Sudan and Libya through southern Egypt and Sinai. Hostilities would continue, said the prime minister, until this object was achieved.
    Earlier, US officials tried unsuccessfully to persuade Israel to accept Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s personal guarantee to start launching effective operations against the smugglers before the end of the month. The trio running Israel’s Gaza campaign, Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, were willing to take Morsi at his word, except that Israeli security and intelligence chiefs assured them that Egypt has nothing near the security and intelligence capabilities necessary for conducting such operations.
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Jerusalem from Bangkok Tuesday, she tried assuring Netanyahu that President Obama had decided to accelerate the construction of an elaborate US system of electronic security fences along the Suez Canal and northern Sinai. It would also cork up the Philadelphi route through which arms are smuggled into the Gaza Strip. (The US Sinai fence project was first disclosed exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 564 on Nov. 9).
    US security and civilian units will need to be deployed in Egyptian Sinai to man the fence system and operate it as an active counter-measure for obstructing the smuggling of Iranian weapons supplies.
    The prime minister said he welcomed the president’s proposal to expedite the fence project, but it would take months to obtain Egyptian clearance. Meanwhile, the Palestinians would have plenty of time to replenish their weapons stocks after Israel’s Gaza campaign. It was therefore too soon to stop the campaign at this point or hold back a ground incursion.
    Clinton was sympathetic to this argument. Soon after, President Obama was on the phone to Netanyahu with an assurance that US troops would be in place in Sinai next week, after he had obtained President Morsi’s consent for them to go into immediate action against Iranian smuggling networks.
    Netanyahu responded by agreeing to a ceasefire being announced in Cairo that night by Clinton and the Egyptian foreign minister, and to holding back the thousands of Israeli reservists on standby on the Gaza border.
    DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the first air transports carrying US special forces are due to land at Sharm el Sheikh military airfield in southern Sinai in the next 48 hours and go into action against the arms smugglers without delay.
    This development is strategically significant for three reasons:
    1. Once the missile and arms consignments depart Iranian ports or Libyan arms bazaars, Tehran has no direct control of their transit from point to point through Egypt until they reach Sinai and their Gaza destination. All the same, a US special forces operation against the Sinai segment of the Iranian smuggling route would count as the first overt American military strike against an Iranian military interest.
    Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman are impressed by the change the Obama administration has undergone since the president’s reelection. Until then, he refused to hear of any military action against Iran and insisted that Tehran could only be confronted on the diplomatic plane.
    2. President Morsi, by opening the Sinai door to an American troop deployment for Israel’s defense, recognizes that the US force also insures Israel against Cairo revoking or failing to honor the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979.
    3. In the face of this US-Israel-Egyptian understanding, Hamas cannot credibly claim to have won its latest passage of arms with Israel or that it obtained guarantees to force Israel to end the Gaza blockade.
    Indeed, Gaza’s Hamas rulers will be forced to watch as US troops in Sinai, just across its border, break up the smuggling rings filling their arsenals and most likely laying hands on the reserve stocks they maintain under the smugglers’ guard in northern Sinai, out of reach of the Israel army. This means that the blockade on Gaza has been extended and the focus of combat has switched from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula.
    End of article.

    So now we have US troops as a happy hooker target for a flase flag attack, palestinian suicide bombers and the fll out of a failed Arab Spring in Egypt. WWIII anyone?

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    Sending a few hundred Americans into the middle of a Muslim Brotherhood/Iranian trap! Reminds me of a place in Viet Nam. Bait for a larger trap. It was damn tough on the bait. WWIII is going to get serious now. Hamas/Iran is moving fighters into position across all western Syria. Turkey is asking American for missile defense batteries for its’ Syrian border.

    Interesting “vision” I had a few years ago, The Dome of the Rock was destroyed by Muslim action. A blow from above. pg

  4. DirkH says:

    p.g.sharrow says:
    24 November 2012 at 5:58 pm
    “Hamas/Iran is moving fighters into position across all western Syria. ”

    No, that’s Hesbollah. Hamas is currently decoupling from Shia Iran and allying with Sunni. They got money from Sunni Qatar, they’ll be the MB thugs from now on. As they’re Sunni themselves, they never particularly liked being Iran’s thugs.

  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Sunni princes will fight to the death of the last Palestinian. A hundred years ago they got the British to give them many of the jewels of the Ottoman Empire. How they hope to get control of all of it. The Shia also want the same prize. Only the Americans stand in their way and at present the Americans are being lead by Sunni Muslim sympathizers. Muslims are NO Ones Friends. The Game Of Thrones has many players and the followers of Mohammed are but one group. There many that think They will be the winners, but GOD is the chief conspirator. pg

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ll wait for some evidence of U.S. deployment to the Sinai before jumping on the belief we’ve been invited to occupy part of Egypt by the M.Brotherhood…

    If we do go, we’re going as a “U.N. Blue Helmets” stupid target force (but one that can shoot back as we don’t have the blue helmets).

    I suppose this is also an appropriate time to remind folks of the Muslim history of “cease fires” or “truce”:

    There was a very famous battle where Muslims were losing badly, so accepted a cease fire; which was used to rest and re-arm. They then proceeded to win the battle once resupplied. This is now taught as a valid reason (perhaps the only valid reason?) for a ‘cease fire’ or ‘truce’. If things are going badly for your side, you ask for a ‘peace agreement’ so you can get more troops and weapons in place, fix your tactics, and generally get better ‘field position’; then call off the cease fire when you have a better chance of winning and domination.

    Basically, when dealing with any Islamic force, be prepared to any truce, cease fire, peace treaty, whatever to be accepted when they are losing, used to re-equip, and broken when to their advantage. That’s a fundamental part of their ‘play book’ and enshrined in their ‘holy doctrine’…

    So Hamas was likely running low on missiles, and had Israel on the border with tanks and all. “Hey guys! How about a cease fire? We don’t really want to be fighting well prepared ground troops and tanks with sticks and rifles. Don’t worry, in a few months when y’all have gone home and we’ve got a new batch of rockets, we’ll start up again then.”

    One exposition of this (though not the best I’ve seen, that I can’t find now – a less biased and more scholarly treatment seen years ago) is this one:

    War is eternal

    The fact that Islam legitimises deceit during war cannot be all that surprising; strategist Sun Tzu (c. 722-221 BC), Italian political philosopher Machiavelli (1469-1527) and English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) all justified deceit in war.

    However, according to all four recognised schools of Sunni jurisprudence, war against the infidel goes on in perpetuity,
    until “all chaos ceases, and all religion belongs to Allah” (Quran 8:39). According to the definitive Encyclopaedia of Islam (Brill Online edition): “The duty of the jihad exists as long as the universal domination of Islam has not been attained. Peace with non-Muslim nations is, therefore, a provisional state of affairs only; the chance of circumstances alone can justify it temporarily. Furthermore there can be no question of genuine peace treaties with these nations; only truces, whose duration ought not, in principle, to exceed ten years, are authorised. But even such truces are precarious, inasmuch as they can, before they expire, be repudiated unilaterally should it appear more profitable for Islam to resume the conflict.”

    The concept of obligatory jihad is best expressed by Islam’s dichotomised worldview that pits Dar al Islam (House of Islam) against Dar al Harb (House of War or non-Muslims) until the former subsumes the latter. Muslim historian and philosopher, Ibn Khaldun (1332- 1406), articulated this division by saying: “In the Muslim community, holy war [jihad] is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty for them, save only for purposes of defence. But Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.”

    This concept is highlighted by the fact that, based on the ten-year treaty of Hudaibiya , ratified between Muhammad and his Quraish opponents in Mecca (628), ten years is theoretically the maximum amount of time Muslims can be at peace with infidels
    (as indicated earlier by the Encyclopaedia of Islam). Based on Muhammad’s example of breaking the treaty after two years, by citing a Quraish infraction, the sole function of the “peace-treaty” (hudna) is to buy weakened Muslims time to regroup for a renewed offensive. Muhammad is quoted in the Hadith saying: “If I take an oath and later find something else better, I do what is better and break my oath (see Sahih Bukhari V7B67N427).”

    This might be what former PLO leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Yasser Arafat meant when, after negotiating a peace treaty criticised by his opponents as conceding too much to Israel, he said in a mosque: “I see this agreement as being no more than the agreement signed between our Prophet Muhammad and the Quraish in Mecca.”

    It is important to know what kind of “rubber dictionary” is used by ‘the other side’. It is one of the things I find most unacceptable from those who do not ‘keep a tidy mind’. How can you possibly have either trust or shared understanding when things like “peace treaty” means “rest and rearm, I’ll attack you again when to my advantage” (or when “National Socialist” gets redefined to “Right Wing” by Stalin, and now endorsed by many on ‘the left’… that itself is a corrupted term as “right wing” and “left wing” constantly drift over time). So it’s one of my most useful ways to ‘flag’ who is prone to deception and / or stupidity. Do they embrace a ‘rubber ruler’ and ‘rubber dictionary’ world? Are they founded in fundamental truths and meanings, or constantly blown about by wants and ambitions.

    Islam embraces the “rubber dictionary” and is entirely blown about by wants and ambitions.

    That single understanding lets you predict where it will go and what it will do. (Just as it works on socialists who are similarly devoid of truth anchorage….)

    So Israel may recognize this, but the USA is clueless. At best we’re now acting as police to protect Gaza from an Israeli invasion to clean out the place. At worst we’re being set up as patsies (eventually be to be attacked in the desert – but only after new smuggling techniques have loaded Gaza to the gills with new munitions).

    W.W.III? It’s been in progress as a ‘slow war’ for a very long time. The pace may change as ‘treaty’ and ‘truce’ come and go, but that’s about it. We have ‘leaders’ who can’t think past this year and where a “Very long term plan” is bounded by the next election. We are up against an ideology where a 10 year ‘truce’ is a temporary tactic. We’re way out of alignment on what ‘time scale’ to use.

  7. DirkH says:

    “We are up against an ideology where a 10 year ‘truce’ is a temporary tactic. We’re way out of alignment on what ‘time scale’ to use.”

    That long term stubborness is not necessarily very helpful during a time close to the technological singularity. Wait 10 years and try something again and see what Iron Dome or it’s 5th generation will do to you.

    We have just seen a fundamental change in the dynamics of aerial warfare.

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    What I’m waiting to see is real-time counter battery fire from overhead drones coupled into the whole package. So as soon as a missile is launched, the done-net starts “doing it’s thing” and not only is the one launched shot down, but the launch site is ‘lit up’ with explosives and an automated scan of any OTHER potential sites for similar launch apparatus is done and they get a ‘present’ too… Whole compute process ought to be done in about 2 seconds so major time element will be slewing the drone cameras from area to area. Figure a couple of minutes total for a decent sized drone fleet.

    Add in some surveillance recording / playback – search and you can track back where the launch guy originated and escaped toward and flatten both of them, too. Same thing for ‘optically similar’ matches on other drones (where they pick up the same video signature of launcher on pad and guy). So before the launched missile even reaches the terminal point, you have “boom stuff” taking out the affiliated network / support locations.

    Won’t stop the ideology, but would at least shift it from a PITA Aw Shit assault into a “stupid human trick” show ;-)

    I still think a maser / laser component would be highly useful. Especially given the fuse method sensitivity to heating. It can’t be that hard to warm one end of a meter or two sized iron rod… After all, it looks like we can heat acres of bitumen:

    “Because it’s electrically based, the technology is scalable, meaning a smaller oil field can be produced,” said Blue.

    The “elegant” form of heating allows for a level of temperature control and depth of penetration not available with steam processes, said Berrier.

    While Harris can’t release details, the economics of the technology look good enough for the consortium to advance to the next stage of testing, said Travis Berrier, head of business development for the project team.

    If we can melt tar a few dozen meters underground, we ought to be able to warm an iron rod in free air…

  9. DirkH says:

    “Add in some surveillance recording / playback ”

    There’s this nice feature of modern cameras where you press the button and a photo sequence from BEFORE the button press is stored.

    Yeah, many opportunities for the programmers.

  10. DirkH says:

    “Won’t stop the ideology, but would at least shift it from a PITA Aw Shit assault into a “stupid human trick” show ;-) ”

    The ideology is unchanged for 1,400 years. About 25% of humans are now Muslims. So how fast was the growth?
    Assuming 1 Muslim 1,400 years ago and 1.7 bn now; and assuming exponential growth over the whole time, there would have to be sqrt(1.7bn) Muslims 700 years ago, let’s see, that would be 41,231 Muslims in the year 1312.

    That’s much too few. So we can say that the growth must have been very fast in the beginning and is relatively slow now. This indicates that civilisations have developed better resistance against Islam. Probably a selection mechanism.

  11. DirkH says:

    I’ve been searching for Maser research because I thought it would be a good way to transfer energy wirelessly to moving electric cars. There seems to be no (unclassified) research with Masers going on. Rather disappointing.

  12. John Robertson says:

    Good description , rubber dictionary. A culture that makes lying to the unbelievers a basis of their personal interactions will always end up lying to each other. Lying is too easy and who can be sure the other is a “good” muslim? Remembering which lies you told to whom, now thats where the fun starts. Makes it hard to coordinate a war when your allies doubt your words.
    Kind of like Canada saying, we will stand behind you, does not mean your rear is well protected.
    The funding to these green, economy destroyers, seems like the sheiks are helping there too.
    Would the attempts to collapse society and economy be considered part of the package?

  13. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith, very good to know that Muslims will tell you when they think they are losing. Anytime that they ask for a truce, renew the attack! Like all bullies they fear a bloody nose and will attack you when your back is turned. Last time that the solders of Mohammed tried to take over the world it took the Christians 400years to learn to Attack! and not merely defend. To this day all Muslims greatly fear that the Christians again turn the sword toward them rather then the other cheek. How does one convince them to abandon the creed of war. The US convinced both the Germans and the Japanese to abandon warfare as a useful tool. It took total unrestricted war against the whole population to do this. A terrible tool indeed. It is said, “This will end when Muslim women love their children more then they hate the Jews.” pg

  14. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G. Does anybody have enough money for another war?

  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    For some, the lust for war is very strong.
    Money is just another tool. pg

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