Democracy is Bad (in Egypt)

by Ben Johnson

President Obama’s role in pressuring Egypt is dangerous and, according to some, possibly impeachable. His demand that “orderly transition…must begin now” will only destabilize a key ally and help move the Muslim Brotherhood closer to power. Obama’s solution — “free” elections that must include the Brotherhood — will replace a secular, pro-Western regime with a less friendly government on a slippery slope toward religious fundamentalism.

Whether the Brotherhood carries the day as the chief organized opposition group or not, the results of an election that reflects the majority sentiment of Egyptians will be bad for the United States. How bad? Pat Buchanan writes in his column today:

  • Twice as many Egyptians identify themselves as Muslim fundamentalists as identify themselves as “modernizers.”
  • By 95 to 2, Egyptians believe Islam should play a large role in Egyptian politics.
  • While 48 percent of Egyptians say suicide bombings are never justified, 32 percent say “rarely,” 12 percent say “sometimes,” and 8 percent say suicide bombings are “often” justified. Half the people of Egypt believe there are times a suicide bomb is the right answer.
  • Half of all Egyptians have a favorable view of Hamas, and one in five has a favorable view of al-Qaida.
  • Three in four Egyptians believe cutting off the hand of a thief is proper punishment. Four in five favor stoning adulterers to death. And 84 percent favor executing Muslim converts to Christianity.
  • Eighty-two percent of Egyptians regard the United States unfavorably, and 48 percent rate America “very unfavorably.”
  • In a Zogby poll in 2010, 90 percent of Egyptians named the United States and Israel as threats, 86 percent said Iran had a right to pursue nuclear weapons, and 77 percent thought it would be a good thing if Tehran got the bomb.

Whatever government such an electorate ushers into power will be more hostile to the United States and its own Christian minority.

Egypt is the prime cultural influence in the Arabic world, supplying most Arabic-language cinema. (The Egyptian film industry is the world’s third largest, behind Hollywood and India.) A new government could institute new content codes that give extremism an even louder megaphone.

Although the poll numbers do not suggest it, Egypt is also one of the most moderate, Muslim-majority nations. If things are this bad in Cairo, imagine Muscat or Riyadh. For that matter, imagine conditions in Khartoum, the capital of northern Sudan, which was recently established as a Shari’a state; despite its record in Darfur, Obama is considering removing Sudan from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

That is why Obama’s single-minded, simple-minded push for a national vote, scheduled as soon as possible, and which must include the Muslim Brotherhood, is a tragedy in search of victims. Egypt’s first victims will be its own, long-suffering Coptic Christians, some ten percent of the population already under assault despite Mubarak’s police state repression of extremists.

The fact is, in virtually every nation of the Islamic crescent, from Tunisia to Pakistan, the government is less inclined to wage jihad than its populace. The Saudi playboys maintain their lease on life by feeding Wahhabi fundamentalism, but not enough to satisfy the true believers. The result was al-Qaeda. As the demonstrations following 9/11 proved, the voice of bin Laden is often the vox populi. Patriots who believe in peace and stability have every incentive to assure that voice remains silent.

Is democracy impossible? It has never been the norm in Egypt, one of history’s oldest civilizations. There is no guarantee the democratic experiment in Iraq will survive. If Egyptians demand elections in the fall, the United States should at least give back-door approval for the government to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood before the contest. Things will be bad enough without MB members casting a vote.

Then again, I think too many people are voting in America. And relatively few of those people want to see Americans killed.

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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16 Responses to Democracy is Bad (in Egypt)

  1. Donnamohler says:

    We should keep our nose out of it! The people of Egypt should have the right to vote for that country's leaders. (at least they have the nerve to protest an out of control gov't!)

    • dvdrf says:

      What will you do if and when that climate emerges here? Islam is on the rise in the USA based not only on the Islamic friendly POTUS but the newly found assertiveness of Muslims in the government, military, legal system at every level. As this "voice" is heard in remote locations of the globe, these here at home are beginning to find theirs. Compared to their voice; ours is little match when more have their heads in the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series than have any idea of their own history or the foundation of their own culture. The "lights are going out all over Europe"; they shine none too brightly here. If they go out here; where do we go???

  2. hijinx60 says:

    It is their country and their vote, but the loss of Mubarak means the loss of a chief ally in that part of the country. Surely he was an ally because of the bribes…er, foriegn aid which have made him worth some $70 billion, but this was used as leverage in the United States favor. With the Muslim Brotherhood in control, there will only be animosity where we are concerned.

  3. AmericanVetMom says:

    Obama's stating that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction that may "come t the table" as a viable voice in Egyptian politics has only added credence to their cause. Like all subversive groups, the Brotherhood uses stressful situations and desperate people to their advantage. (Much like Obama uses lifelong Welfare recipients and basic "ne'er do wells" who are always looking for a handout to rally support fo his ulterior motives.) A MAN WHO HAS NOTHING TO LOSE HAS NOTHING TO FEAR! If he gains ANYTHING, he's ahead. Right? What happens to Isreal if the Brotherhood suceeds? One word-BOOM!

  4. Raymond says:

    Husband store
    Recently a "Husband Store" opened where women could go to choose a husband from among many men. It was laid out in five floors.

    The only rule was, once you opened the door to any floor, you HAD to choose a man from that floor; if you went up a floor, you couldn't go back down except to leave the place, never to return. A couple of girlfriends went to the shopping center to find some husbands…

    First floor
    The door had a sign saying, "These men have jobs and love kids." The women read the sign and said, "Well, that's better than not having a job or not loving kids, but I wonder what's further up?" So up they went.

    Second floor
    The sign read, "These men have high paying jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking." "Hmmm," said the ladies, "But, I wonder what's further up?"

    Third floor
    This sign read, "These men have high paying jobs, are extremely good looking, love kids and help with the housework."
    "Wow," said the women, "Very tempting." But there was another floor, so further up they went.

    Fourth floor
    This door had a sign saying "These men have high paying jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak."
    "Oh, mercy me," they cried, "Just think what must be awaiting us further on! So up to the fifth floor they went.

    Fifth floor
    The sign on that door said, "This floor is empty and exists only to prove that women are impossible to please. The exit is to your left."

  5. donjusko says:

    If Obama was on our side, which he isn't, he would denounce Egypt's muslims like England is starting to do. When are we going to impeach him, the time is over due.

    • interessant0 says:

      Donjusko has the right spin. It's been crystal clear that BO has not done one little thing to jeopardize his good standing with the Muslim world. To say that he is a true Christian is somewhere between stretching the truth and a bald-faced lie.

      We must remember that within the Muslim faith: 1- It is approved to lie if it favors Islam; and 2- A Muslim shall NEVER criticize another Muslim. I have watched BO on TV and in the news: He has never disobeyed those two Muslim mandates. This tells me that he is keeping in good faith with his Muslim standing. This is not a good thing in our present situations such as Afghanistan and now Egypt. And look at the devastation he has already caused with our financial systems and our industries. How does one distinguish this from terrorism? It is one and the same thing.

      Now BO disregards the subsequent threat of a "changed" Egypt to the USA. Muslim Extremists, Muslims in good standing with Islam, have often said it is their express intent to kill all Jews and Christians. Is this not threat of murder, or slander, or whatever is the English legal name for it?

      Egypt stands EXACTLY where Iran stood forty-odd years ago. [The Shah then, or ally in the same vein as just has been Mubarak, was ousted. The regime that took his place was called then "Fundamentalist", at first implied to be just fundamentalist religious, but what we now know as being under Shariah law, and of the persuasion to convert their entire society to be Muslim, and to embark on a world quest to to the same thing.] As goes Iran today shall also go Egypt; and it won't take 40 yrars this time…. less than five in my opinion if we let it be so. BO knows this, and secretly wants it to go as planned. To pose this question to him is to no avail, as Mandate 1 (lie) takes over.

      I don't think that we want that. Our support of Mubarak has been to avoid that for decades. BO has cast this very weak link in our foreign policy, knowing it full well, and determined to go that way without restraint.

      The most prudent alternative is to initiate Impeachment proceeding against him. The rest of the world wonders along with me as to why this is not already under way. The alternaive – to allow his rein to crash on its own is very dangerous.

    • Raymond says:

      Obama is a Jew hating, America hating muslim.

  6. LibertarianProf says:

    Why is democracy OK for labor unions, but not for Egypt? Likewise why is democracy only OK when they elect someone we like? Egypt is not the 51st state. We have no business meddlng in their elections, just as they have no business meddling in ours. It's their country, not ours. If they elect someone we don't like, let them live with the consequences.

  7. dvdrf says:

    Aside from the BC issue, Obama has abundantly shown that he is Islamic by birth, inclination, formative education (going to grade school in Indonesia), has a great deal of money behind him from many different sources, and has ample reason to cloak his background behind the veneer of show and his half race.
    Had he existed in the early days of our country, he would not have made dog catcher; as it is with the dumbing down of the average American, their ignorance and apathy toward a government requiring their knowledgeable participation IMO it will take both a Miracle and the principled, astute, sacrificial, effort of every citizen who cares about the future for themselves and their progeny. Baring this, that which we fail to appreciate, drooling, salivating mobs will obliterate all in the name of Allah.

  8. dvdrf says:

    Aside from the BC issue, Obama has abundantly shown that he is Islamic by birth, inclination, formative education (going to grade school in Indonesia), has a great deal of money behind him from many different sources, and has ample reason to cloak his background behind the veneer of show and his half race.

  9. Raymond says:

    Chili’s — supports the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which he says promotes polyamory, the practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time.

    “[That group] holds an annual ‘Creating Change’ seminar with some of the most deviant workshops you’ve ever seen,” says LaBarbera. “They promote so-called ’sexual freedom,’ which basically wants to do away with all sex-oriented laws in the United States such as limiting adult industries near neighborhoods.”

    According to the family advocate, NGLTF is a left-wing organization — and Chili’s supports it.

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