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February 15, 2011

Egypt: Too Early to Celebrate

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Last Friday, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.  And almost everyone I know — whether talking heads on the news or friends on the telephone — was in high celebration mode.  But I couldn’t join them.  I still can’t.

What exactly is everyone celebrating?

Yes, Mubarak was a despot who denied his countrymen democracy for the last 30 years.  But until last month he was among our closest and most important allies in the Middle East.   Have we been pursuing an immoral policy for three decades?  If yes, where are the mea culpa’s from those who were so chummy with Mubarak until so recently?  How is it that President Obama is as sanctimonious today as he was when he called our Iraq war — to depose a far worse tyrant — “stupid.” 

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, shown last week in his presidential palace. Amr Nabil / AP

Yes, all people deserve democracy.  Yet I’ve been lectured over and over on the fact that democracy is a long process.  It takes time to develop democratic institutions.  George Bush was foolish, I am told, to try to impose democracy on the Middle East too quickly.  Where are all of these pragmatic critics now?  It seems that they are out celebrating the birth of instant democracy in Egypt ….

What’s important is not who wins the battle today.  What truly matters is who ultimately emerges with power in Egypt.  And as of today we have absolutely no idea who this will be.  Will our Google hero Wael Ghonim and his friends emerge as the leaders of a brave new democracy?  Or will they be among the first executed by the new despots who ultimately seize power?

We have seen this movie before.  After a similar middle class revolt in Iran in 1979, the fanatics who ultimately seized power arrested, exiled and executed those democratic souls who had opened the door to them.  In the 2006 Palestinian elections, Hamas emerged victorious and eventually carried out a violent coup to seize power in Gaza.   Those who opposed Hamas were not just thrown from power.  They were thrown from the roofs of tall buildings.

The Muslim Brotherhood remains the only organized political opposition in Egypt.  During the recent upheaval, the Brotherhood has gone to great lengths to project a new image by hiding both its role and its aspirations.  And this effort has worked wonders among the amnesiacs who make our policy and report our news.  Our Director of National Intelligence has gone so far as to call the Muslim Brotherhood a “secular” organization.  Many talking heads demonstrate only a slightly better grip on reality by calling the Brotherhood a “moderate” group.  But for those who bother to look beyond its current pose, the Brotherhood’s ideological roots and ultimate goals are as clear as they are troubling.  The Muslim Brotherhood is a close relative and ideological forebear of both Al Qaeda and Hamas.  Their goal of promoting Sharia law in Egypt can only be achieved if they take power.  Everything else is a tactic.

I pray that true democrats willing to respect the will of the Egyptian people and live in peace with Israel emerge victorious in the power struggle now underway in Egypt.   But I cannot celebrate so long as this remains so unlikely an outcome.  We know not where the whirlwind now unleashed will lead.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Thanks Dave for your concise and thoughtful summary that seems so beyond the understanding of most in the US. I pray the the Christian church will continue to grow in wisdom and understanding and that our support for Israel will flourish in the midst of adversity.

    Comment by John Henry — February 15, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  2. Thank you for your summary as I, along with many others, share your insight. We must pray that God will prevail as is our duty as Christian brothers and sisters to Israel.

    Comment by Tricia Creighton — February 15, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  3. This is the best analysis I’ve read about post-Mubarak Egypt so far. The willful blindness of most of the news media regarding the Muslim Brotherhood is both breathtaking, and very disturbing. I pray Egypt doesn’t go the way or Iran or Gaza: it would be the worst possible scenario for Israel. Thank you for saying what others are afraid to say, Mr. Brog!

    Comment by Patricia Finnegan — February 15, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  4. David,

    You seem to paint anyone who is not pro-Israel with the same ideological brush, namely, “terrorist.”

    Comment by Arthur Preisinger — February 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  5. I was stunned when Mr. Clapper said that the Muslim Brotherhood was a Secular Organization. The danger for the United States is that the Obama administration downplays the threat of the Brotherhood, or other Radical Regimes, they seem to be stuck in a Pre-911 Mentality. Mubarak at least allied with Israel in trying to stop the Weapons flow from Iran across the borders, and was a stable ally for Israel. Now it will be hard to have a so-called Democratic election with the Muslim Brotherhood’s input on all matters, including the Constitution of Egypt.

    Comment by Deborah — February 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  6. I shear the same view & think other nations will soon fall too, I look for the war of Eze. 38 – 39 be for the 2012 election, hold on it’s going to be a ride.

    Comment by James — February 15, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  7. It’s nice to see some actual critical thinking going on instead of the typical what you see on the news is what really is. Thank you for your perspective and critical view. We must continue to pray for wisdom and direction for Israel (God’s elect).

    Comment by Harley Lowe — February 15, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  8. It is beyond my comprehension that people will not see what is really happening in the middle east and not just in Egypt. Thank you for your cognizant analysis.

    Comment by Carol Flores — February 15, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  9. Thank you for your insight. I have this uneasy feeling of sadness for those in Egypt who want true democracy. It just doesn’t seem as though this is possible in the Middle East. There are too many behind the scenes who are waiting to accomplish their own selfish and destructive power trips. We all need to pray for the Peace of Israel as the bible commands us because true peace will only come when Christ returns.

    Comment by Margaret — February 15, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  10. Im alias baffled at the ironic hypocrisy in which most americans perceive democracy….let’s just hand everything over to the fanatics seems to be their answer, until it comes back and bites us in the butt!!

    Comment by bcastro — February 15, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  11. I am a bit puzzled; help me out. I thought it was George Bush who called the Iraq war. Get your facts right. You have made a good analysis. The west is always ready to support tyrants when it suits them economically.

    Comment by dzigbodi — February 15, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  12. What you have written is very true. As supporters of Israel it is evident what is taking place, but many are turning a blind eye. Can Americans really believe that we will not be affected by global upheavel. How could leaders in the U.S. encourage the Violence with words of support for a “democratic” Egypt. What has taken place in Egype is not democracy, but continuing civil unrest. Is there a chance that some are aware the “brotherhood” may gain control?? How many more countries will follow suit before the anti- will come to “fix-it” w/promised peace? Our only peace comes from knowing that our God is in control and we Can trust Him and only Him. Blessings

    Comment by Kathy Anna — February 15, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  13. its a shame that ignorant people like Arthur will not listen and see the whole picture. You just gave him info of what happened before. These people are the ones that don’t KNOW HISTORY, so will REPEAT HISTORY.
    I hope and pray that you and Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are wrong, but I am scared you are right on the money.
    Maybe it is good I am not president as I would take out all these areas that want Israel and the U.S. dead or in ruins. We should stop being wimps and helping who we take out. Let them live in their ruins for who they are…terrorists….and that included EVERY single muslim. They want us ALL dead.
    When the rest of the enlightened nations see these for who they are, we will be better off. The thing is, it MAY be too late by then. We have a muslim president or in the least he is leaning toward it. But I have a video where he talks about his muslim beliefs. I will never give muslim a capital letter. They are a sick cult at BEST. Wake up people…stop putting your heads in the sand..

    Comment by Adelle — February 15, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  14. I was reading an article that put it succinctly. Not every revolution caused a democratic country. To name a few: France’s revolution with Robespierre and the guillotine; Germany’s revolution and Hitler’s Nazism; Russia’s revolution with Stalin and a communist government are just a few of the instances. And if you looked throughout history, there are many more.

    Comment by Paula — February 15, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

  15. i see this as just like Iran. now we the world will be in greater danger of promoting no freedom for Egypt. stupid sheep following the leader so to speak. as least with Mubarak he kept the lid on for the most part. i walked in peace there, but like iran and south africe and germany, the devil is now free to roam where he pleases. the uneducated, simple minded , masses will be lead i am afraid to the slaughter. i sincerely hope no sane persons go to visit egypy ever again. their safety is none existant. no egyptian history is worth the trip anymore and not for years to come if ever again. looks good on the insane people who insighted the masses. look at the news footage did you see one person standing when prayer time came around. i did not see one in the sea of people kissing the ground, worshiping a man of violence. mohammad would kill anyone who did not agree with him and now his form of rule will continue in egypt i am afraid.

    Comment by pam snodgrass — February 15, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

  16. Thank you for the very insightful article.
    What caught my attention was the “Muslim Brotherhood” The “New Image” that they portray is a mask. It is permissible for a Muslim to lie in order to accomplish their ultimate goal to make the whole world come under Sharia Law. That is a written in their “holy book” They accomplished this in the UK! Will North America be caught napping?
    My Prayer for Israel is that they will live in peace. They have given up so much! may the peace of God rule over Jerusalem. may the Prince of Peace reign!

    Comment by Inpam Moses — February 15, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  17. I am thinking Arthur does not know that these people treat woman worse than they treat dogs. Plus does he not know that they worship the “moon god”, Alluah???? That is sick!!!!!

    Comment by Adelle — February 15, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  18. DAVID – EXCELLENT ARTICLE – Thank you…
    Obama needs to explain why he invited the Muslim Brotherhood to his Cairo speech. He also needs to stop hallucinating. Obama thinks he owns Egypt,as he states,”that all factions must be included in the new government of Egypt.” He, of course, means The Muslim Brotherhood who founded Hamas and al Quaida. The protests in Egypt were stirred up by the MB. I believe that MB can be discredited with the protests in other Arab countries.
    Delores Smith

    Comment by Delores Smith — February 15, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  19. afraid democracy and Islam don’t mix. ever. when will people ever wake up? it’s the CULTURE, STUPID! None of us Westerners seem to understand this. Islam EMBRACES Death! It’s the CULTURE, taught from infancy! Compounded in every aspect of life. Completely demonic, it’s desire is to wipe out everyone who does not embrace Islam; when that’s done, they will kill off each other until no one is left. The “Perfect” “Religion” for the Enemy of God; wipe out that precious Creation that He has Redeemed before they can realize it and take hold of it. Some numbers for the “number” people: 59% of Egyptian public favors Radical Islamism, compared to 27% favoring “Modernizers”. Half of Egyptians favor HAMAS, 30% Hezballah, 20% al-Qaida. Numbers from Pew Research; there’s your democracy at work! Also 84% of Muslims favor death penalty for any muslim changing religion. 82% favor stoning punishment for adultery. This is the “Public” that Mubarak has been so “Tyranical” with. How would any of you deal with such a populace? I daresay, we may not view him as quite such a dictator were we to walk awhile in his shoes. While I’m not saying he’s an angel or the epitome of righteousness, most folks i talk to don’t have a clue about the reality of the situation or what is at stake with this whole situation. BTW, anyone read Isaiah 19:2, “Egyptian fighting Egyptian”? Exact phrase was used in the News; v.4 God will then “deliver Egyptians into the hands of harsh masters”. We’re not even close to the end of the “excitement” in Egypt. Pray guys! There’s more to come, I suspect even to our shores…

    Comment by aj — February 15, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  20. OBAMA,
    God Bless Israel. Obama, you attempted to throw Israel under the bus, but you will not succeed. Americans are not stupid. You are so “transparent.”
    Delores Smith

    Comment by Delores Smith — February 15, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  21. We as Christians cannot play as two edge swords. In one word we support democracy, free speech etc but only on condition the we are the only ones accorded that. Regardless of who comeson top and runs Egypt, it is the course the people have chosen. I keep reading about references to Iran’s uprising, could it be that we have lost credibility as a nation when we say one thing and practice another? We jump to label those that don’t agree with us or our doctrine as terrorist or some other name we can sell the American public. Other than the WWII, every war America has been involved has been misguided and ill conceived. Unfortunately, the garbage, the government sells the the people can no longer hold because of the internet. People who choose to are finding out the truth about our government activities abroad. It is time to stand up for biblical principles no matter the circumstances. I will not blame a crime committed by a believer on a non beliver simply because I want the beliver to win. Yet that’s what we have done as a nation. The reason they hate America’s government is that we have our hands in every dirty pie in other people’s country and business. It’s time to stop the nonsense and mind our business here at home. Charity begins at home. “Remove the log from your eyes, before you remove the mote from your neighbor’s eye”.

    Comment by JoeyTx — February 15, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  22. REPLY TO: aj
    What you are saying is true, but my God is greater than their God.
    Delores Smith

    Comment by Delores Smith — February 15, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  23. Our prior policy was not so much immoral as a recognition of the limits of our ability to tell other people how to run their country. Given the constraints we had, the peace between Israel and Egypt for the past twenty years was a huge achievement on the part of the United States, and separately on the part of Mubarak, for which we should be thankful.

    We never had the option of waving a magic wand over Egypt and obtaining an American-style economy and republic. What we did do is spend copious amounts of money raising up their military and training them in, among other things, our own governmental principles. After all these years, we have a significant group of people who know how we do things, and why.

    It was both gratifying and surprising for me to see how the protesters trusted their military. They gambled on them with their lives. There is great, justified anger against the police, however, who have been locally trained, and have not lived up to our standards.

    I am very disappointed by the way this US administration has represented us in this matter. Our President made it painfully clear that his administration runs on prejudice and academic theory untainted by fact, rather than the rather mundane activities of, for example, preparation for meetings and careful reading of both the Hamas Covenant and the Egyptian Constitution.

    He could have been a hero to all sides, if he had publicly shown respect to Mubarak for keeping the peace, and respect to the demonstrators for their legitimate demands, voiced our concerns about the future, and offered the benefit of our experience in Iraq gathering a consensus of the people with respect to the government they wanted.

    The people in Tahrir square were hanging on every word that came out of Washington, and by the time Obama got around to making his nice speech, they, Mubarak, and the regime were done with listening to him, because they knew he had no idea what the issues were.

    Comment by valerie — February 15, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

  24. Dear friends,
    I read with dismay the total agreement with Brog here. Critical thinking does not take what the media [NBC or CNN or Fox News, Hannity or G. Beck] at face value, but always listens, discerns, thinks for themselves. Yes, great uncertainty lies ahead. I am as Pro-Israel as anyone, but I am also pro-justice. The protests in Egypt were fueled by the death of a young man, beaten without conscience by the police enforced by the Mubarak regime, which helped serve our interests for a time, but then became corrupt. I am stirred by the many Egyptians who died for their freedom, by the 1 of 4 Egyptian Christians {Coptic, many of whom are evangelical} who also fought for their freedom. Let us not lose sight of the fact that change comes to every country and regime and we must adapt. I do not underestimate at all the inherent challenge of Islam in its professed belief…but let us always reach out our hands to help those who are fighting for justice, freedom and hope, and resist those who want to bring tyranny at the point of a sword or bomb or bullet or fist.

    Comment by Frank Guter — February 15, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  25. I wish my e-mail could get across.Islam is 666.The united state make some mistakes by trading with Enemies of the West(THE ARABS)In the Holy Bible, King Solomon the most intelligent person,lost his mind by rejecting the laws of God (Marrying Foreign women)In the first instance, united states by allowing any MOSQUE to be built.. have invited Terrorist, Murderers and fake regions like the time of then Israel King Solomon.I Pray for Israel,JACOB will survive.I STAND FOR ISRAEL

    Comment by Eboh — February 15, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  26. This is all playing out exactly as it was prophesied in the Old Testament and in the book of revelations. Jesus gave us signs to look for, and any Christian who is oblivious to the apparant, and the pseudo peace proposed in the middle east has their head in the sand. America needs to support Israel, no matter what, no matter who is in power in any of the other countries. If we don’t we, ourselves will be cursed by God. Many of us Christians have not just been “grafted” onto the vine. Many of us, generations ago, came from the Chosen People of God. My family included. I have always loved the Jewish people, even before I knew Jeshua in a personal relationship. I know prayer can stop things, but the whole nation needs to stop, repent, pray and trust God. We know who wins in the end. What god promised to the Jewish people is an eternal inheritance, and no matter what violence takes place, who is in power, still Messiah will come and restore that which man has destroyed, and for that truth, I keep my faith, my love and prayers for israel. History shows that there has never been peace in that area of the globe, and until the end, there never will be.
    God keep and care for those He has chosen as His, and those who love and pray for His people!

    Comment by Margaret Waggoner — February 15, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  27. I would love for the United States to be there for Israel when she needs us. However, we will not. As to three decades of sleeping with the enemy. Every country in the world has to do that. Does everyone in the USA love Israel? Does everyone in Israel love the USA. Heavens ‘No’! That’s why we, as sons and daughters of the One True Living God, must pray for our leaders. Our Leaders our humans. Humans falter. In the USA, we have two major political parties. Both are in need of God. There are good men at our helm but there also are many who need God. Israel has the same type leaders as do every other country in our world. Let’s not believe that we can fix this world. We can’t! We never will but we must try. Again, that’s why we pray for our Countries’ Leaders. This is not restricted in anyway to our Countries’ Leaders but to our Religious Leaders as well. God Bless both Israel and the USA! Pray Hard! Pray from the Heart!

    Comment by ROBERT SWARTZ — February 15, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

  28. David,
    Unfortunately, I agree with eyerything you say in your article. And I also agree with everything Adelle wrote in hers.
    We are living in perilous times. But it is a sad indictment against “My Country Tis of Thee,” WHEN voters steep themselves in such deep, dark complacency as to elect a muslim as head of state. It’s very clear as the nose on ones face thaT THE USURPER’S POLICIES ALL COMPLEMENT AND SUPPORT MUSLIMS AND ALLAH!!! iT IS INDEED A DARK DAY IN AMERICA. GOD BLESS ISRAEL!!! GOD SAVE AMERICA IF IT’S NOT TOO LATE…

    Comment by jim tabER — February 15, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

  29. It should be pointed out that if the majority of people surrounding Israel(or even the majority of people within Israel)do want that State to be removed they do not have the last word. God created and owns the universe ,therefore the earth and also Israel. He will, in the person of His Son, reign overtly in all these places, not covertly as at present. No doubt the majority on earth at the time of His return will oppose it. Such a democratic majority will not have any authority and should not have. It is easy to make an idol of any dictator or even ‘the people’.
    The Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah and God’s Final Word whatever any individual (Obama, Mubarak and any etc.)or group of people(the Muslim Brotherhood,Hamas,the Knesset and any etc.)may say.
    Sin is rebellion against our Creator with all the attendant consequences following for any individual or group of people.

    Comment by ah — February 15, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  30. Thanks David for the article,
    I really believe it is time to pray for Israel. Because all this is prophecy of the Psalms 83 war and eventually the Ezekiel war. I love Isarel because my Savior Jesus Christ is the King of Israel and the King of the Jews. I know many Jewish people do not accept him. He was born in Bethlehem and from the Tribe of Judah. Satan is trying to destryo Israel because the Messiah is goign to return and rule from Jerusalem. Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. He will come back and all Israel will see him as it states in Zechariah 9 or 10. Unfortunately there will be so much bloodshed. Jesus commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I do that. I pray that our Jewish friends will open their eyes to know Yeshua or Jesus as the Lord. The New Testament was written by Jews excpet for Luke. The Jewish people gave us the bible – the word of God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacab shall not allow Israel to fall. The enemy is trying to destory the Jews so that God will not return and reign the way he promisd in His word. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacab keeps his promises.
    I am not deceived by what is going on in Egypt. It is America that is deceived. Our nation is turning its back on the Lord and even Israel. We must pray for Israel and for Jerusalem.

    Maranatha! May the Lord Jesus return quickly. Come Quickly Lord come Quickly.

    Comment by Dennis Russell — February 15, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  31. David,
    You are so right. What we see taking place as someone has said earlier is Prophecy. This is like the Trojan Horse effect the Muslim Brother Hood will offer a supposedly great present as Democracy but what will really come from their Leadership will be a total sham. Why our government can’t see that is “Men love darkness rather than Light because Their Deeds are Evil” We had better not turn against Israel if we would like to continue to EXIST!! GOD is not SLACK concerning his PROMISES!!!!!

    Comment by Gregory Amey — February 15, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  32. Barak Obama has clearly shown in these last days, that it his actions and words are not based on principles and morals but on public opinion and biased assessments of what might be best for him and the US interests in the world.
    Re. Egypt, he was very careful and progressive in his statements because of the ‘invested interest and money’in their army, etc.
    Re. Yemen, he is questionable because of involvement with ‘antiterrorist intelligence’, etc.
    Re. Iran, which really has no US sympathy, officially, he’s all for the common people to riot and demonstrate, for change and revolution.
    Does he think we’re all stupid?

    Comment by Rolf G.C. Leben — February 15, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  33. “(Christian Zionists). . . . have a zeal for God, But it is not enlightened.” Romans 10:2.

    Comment by Arthur Preisinger — February 15, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  34. The U. S. will now be giving money to help those in Egypt who hate us
    as much as they do Israel. It is beyond me why President Obama has
    such sympathy for extremists. I am so glad that God is in control,
    and not Obama. I began praying for the Believers in Egypt as soon as
    all this started. They will need all our prayers.

    Comment by Margo D. — February 15, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  35. The “west” speaks arrogantly against the ideologies of other regions because they have been so powerful for so long. I long for Peace and am fearful of the wars and rumors of wars that have happened in our time. But hateful comments such as the ones above painting Islamic people as a whole as evil denies the viral intimacy that Jesus brought when the veil was “rent”. Are we so arrogant as to think that democracy will be the solution that solves all our problems? Perhaps the real problem is that we are to scared to leave our wealth and go show these people what true love is all about. Sure you’ll say you financially support organizations that stand for your ideals but when is the last time you went and got your hands dirty? When did you last show unconditional love to an Islamic person or family? Wiping out a country culture or as mentioned above “taking them all out” is to arrogantly turn a blind eye to our own transgressions. We are so hateful and bully other countries around so much that it’s not too hard to figure out why some of them would hate us. Have we not learned from the Great men of peace that walked among us such as Martin Luther King Jr. Was he not all about a peaceful solution despite the violence that was turned against him? How about Gandi or Mandela?
    What will we do when the Chinese economy becomes larger than that of the USA as predicted to be the case by 2020? Will the new super power remember the USA fondly as a friend or as a bully that wanted to control the outcome of every major event in the world? So arrogant..
    Democratic or not may God show his face to those in desperate need of it in Egypt.

    Comment by Jon — February 15, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

  36. If you are going to Bash Barack, don’t bring up Bush. 15 Saudi Arabian nationals did in the trade towers. Name one Iraqi. Giving a victory speech aboard an aircraft carrier did not help Israel.Sabotaging our balance sheet didn’t help US. Now to the present.
    Jerusalem will be the undivided sole capitol of Israel. The LORD will have compasion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own Land, and aliens will join them and cleave to the house of Jacob.’ Is: 14;1 Isaiah 11 is just around the corner.

    Comment by Glenn L. — February 16, 2011 @ 12:19 am

  37. Lets keep Egypt in our prayers. What happens in the future will affect world politics. May Gods will be done.

    Comment by Jim — February 16, 2011 @ 12:21 am

  38. Great article and so true. I am afraid that people don’t want to see that Islam and democracy don’t mix because then they would have to do something about it. I see people that think, “It doesn’t affect me or mine so it is ok”. Is does in the long run. I for one am concerned about what my children and granchildren will face in the future. I pray for Israel. Peace? Only when Christ returns. Keep up the good work and God bless you.

    Comment by Linda — February 16, 2011 @ 1:10 am

  39. We must all pray that the brotherhood does not gain control. Our President is not a help. He is and does what he can for the Muslims. We the people have to do what we can to protect ourselves & Israel. Let us not forget that Israel is the Gateway to the Middle East. Pray for us & Israel.

    Comment by Ellen Larkin — February 16, 2011 @ 1:27 am

  40. I will stand for Israel

    Mercy, Ethiopia

    Comment by Mercy — February 16, 2011 @ 7:06 am

  41. Dear sir,God of abraham made a covenant with him and people of Israel come under the ambit of god of the living for protection and the bible has ample incidences.God would protect israel whether mobrack is there or not.His word is final and worldly power would be subordinated to his only dont worry

    Comment by THOMAS PRABHAKARAN — February 16, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  42. I am so thankful that God is a God that can use ALL things for His glory. I’m sure if we got to write the Bible we would have many instances when we would disagree with how God brought his plan to fruition. So many critics and so few who truly Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

    7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the LORD and shun evil.

    I am not ok with evil, no matter what party or person someone wants to label it with! Satan uses God’s children too if we are not prayerful and fail to submit only to God the Father. May the Lord’s will be done.

    Comment by Alice — February 16, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

  43. I appreciate your concern, it gives insight. Martin luther once said that islam is Gods whip for any unfruitful christian generation. So, its about the church failure to take its position having been given all authority. God answers when we cry to him, have we been crying earnestly? Have we fulfilled our mandate as christ comanded us? Am in Libya now n we’ve witnessed demonstrations in smaller towns like sebha n murzg today, towards what happened in Egypt, some pro others anti. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds. Let true believers call and wait upon God without ceasing for Israel n christs body the world over because its worse than you think.

    Comment by Sarah k — February 16, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  44. David, the only thing that should worry us more than the Muslim Brotherhood is the totally unexplored state of mind of James Clapper, the DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, no less. Probably unexplored even by him. This is a man who came from nowhere to head an intelligence organization, someone who by the way he sounds also could easily have been an additional character in that movie with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, (forgot the name). STUPIDITY REIGNS THROUGHOUT !!!

    Comment by MANNY — February 16, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  45. I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who watched the great celebration of the people of Egypt with a great feeling of sadness in my heart. Knowing that the ones who really long for freedom and democracy in their land will very soon realize that they have been deceived. I agree with many of the other comments but I know that the only hope we have as Christians is to pray, pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the United States. We must also take our stand, but remembering that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers and rulers in high places. Only after we have sought the Lord our God and the God of Israel will we know what we need to do in the physical realm.
    We must remember that Jesus came to save the world, and that includes the muslim people who have been deceived. We must also pray for them that the blinders will be removed. Name calling will not accomplish that, but prayer and reaching out in love to our muslim neighbors in this land can.

    Comment by Norma — February 16, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  46. dzigbodi. Get YOUR facts right and read the sentence properly. Obama called the war…’stupid’. No one said he ‘called’ the war as in started it.
    in light

    Comment by john hurren — February 16, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  47. The director of national “intelligence” here in the United States calls the Muslim Brotherhood a secular organization. Since they are most certainly not a “secular organization” and anyone who cares to read their printed material can ascertain their true goal, which is judge everyone on the whole earth according to Muslim law, then the DNI is one of two things. Either he is a total idiot who cannot even read, or he is a liar. Either choice leaves us with a very unsettling feeling about who really is in power in the United States of America. I stand with Israel.

    Comment by Marcus Fitts — February 17, 2011 @ 2:02 am

  48. This situation reminds me of a poker gsame. The losers picture what they WANT TO BELIEVE rather than reality. What is most likely to happen? YThje winners focus on what is the most probable conclusion? Perhpas this is the time to fold — or to bluff.
    In this case, based on past experience, probability tells us that there will be a void. Who will fill it? Those best organized to take command — such as what happened in Iran and the Gaza Strip. Before that happens, this is the time for peace-loving nations to work together to best resolve the situation. The UN? But the UN is worthless; what and how does it contribute to resolving this situatioon? Nothing! Long overdue that we stopped supporting that organization; it does more harm than good for the free world.
    Long term: We must stop allowing hatred of non-believers (those who are not Muslims)to be taught in the Arab/Muslim schools. What ever happened to separation of church and state?

    Comment by George Epstein — February 27, 2011 @ 1:43 am

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