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Egypt Considering Response To Gaza Terror Attack

Hmm. Egypt not to impressed with terrorism, it seems. Had you heard about this?

Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.

Two attacks on Friday in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip killed at least 33 security personnel in some of the worst anti-state violence since former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.

Sisi, who became president in June, said the military would respond by taking “many measures” in the border area where a buffer zone is likely to be expanded in order to pursue militants and destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons and fighters.

Watch out Egypt. The US and the UN and Europe will come after you if you are mean to the poor, helpless terrorists. Show restraint.

– Aggie

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Good News, Bad News

It’s all the same news, and I’m not sure which is the good and which is the bad:

A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in the latest mass trial that included the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, defense lawyers said.

But in a surprise reversal, the same judge also reduced most of the death sentences handed to 529 defendants in a similar case in March, commuting the majority of them on Monday to life imprisonment.

Among the condemned was a real Badie:

Among those convicted and sentenced to death on Monday was Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide. If his sentence is confirmed, it would make him the most senior Brotherhood figure sentenced to death since one of the group’s leading ideologues, Sayed Qutb, was executed in 1966.

Ah yes, Sayed Qutb, the perv who famously got skeeved out at sock hop in Greeley, CO:

What was so awful about Sayyid Qutb’s experience in America that led him to regard modernity as an abomination? Well, he went to a dance in Greeley, Colorado: “The room convulsed with the feverish music from the gramophone. Dancing naked legs filled the hall, arms draped around the waists, chests met chests, lips met lips…”

In 1949, Greeley, Colorado was dry. The dance was a church social. The feverish music was Frank Loesser’s charm song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. But it was enough to start a chain that led from Qutb to Zawahiri in Egypt to bin Laden in Saudi Arabia to the mullahs in Iran… And it’s a useful reminder of how much we could give up and still be found decadent and disgusting by the Islamists. A world without “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” will be very cold indeed.

Courtesy of Mark Steyn.

Look, I hope the MoBros don’t get lined up and shot, most of them anyway. Life in prison is punishment enough for me. But Egypt (and the rest of us) have had quite enough of their nonsense.

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Snap Quiz

Quick question: who’s the US Ambassador to Egypt?

Wait, wait, don’t tell me…oh, I know this! Dude with the glasses and the gray suit. Gave heap big wampum (as Elizabeth Warren would say) to the Obama campaign.

Sigh. Okay, I give up. Tell me.

NOT FAIR!

This absence of a US ambassador in Cairo for the last eight months could be for several reasons. First, it could be strong evidence of tension between the two countries and hesitation by the US administration on what it should do about developments in Egypt. Second, it could confirm the reliance on defence relations as the basis of bilateral relations; there have been more than 30 phone calls between US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his former counterpart Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, or one call every six days.

Third, it could be Washington’s desire not to be directly present inside Egypt, especially after the bad experience of Ambassador Anne Patterson that ended with her returning home in August to become US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

Oh yeah. Seems we read about it at the time:

Patterson was heavily criticised last summer before and after protests following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. Some Egyptian newspapers printed headlines describing her as “Ambassador from Hell” and “The US High Commissioner to Egypt” along with “Shameless Patterson” and “White Beetle Patterson” and dozens of other inappropriate headlines. Thus, some people believe that senior US diplomats are hesitant to serve in Cairo right now.

That pitch!

Buncha sexist bastards, the Egyptians.

But why the hostility?

I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I’m grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. And I’m also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaamu alaykum. (Applause.)

They’re not applauding anymore.

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When No Means Yes

Have you ever heard a less convincing denial?

Hamas denied on Sunday news over the arrest of three of its members by Egyptian authorities on charges of planning to assassinate the presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Abu Zuhri added that publishing such news is an offense to Egypt, as it shows that its army and security services are fragile and unable to preserve its security nor protect its borders.

He also added that such news “offends” the Palestinian resistance.

Awww…

The Kuwaiti newspaper posted news on Sunday claiming that Egyptian security services have arrested three Hamas elements allegedly planning to assassinate Sisi.

The elements, according to Al-Rai, sneaked through tunnels from Gaza to Sinai. Egyptian security claimed that they were caught with a message to assassinate Sisi.

I have to admit the last part sounds suspicious. Aren’t elite assassins trained to swallow such incriminating evidence? Or it’s supposed to self-destruct in five seconds? The rest of it, however—the tunnels, the conspiracy to commit murder, the lies—that’s Hamass all over.

And this is their supporters all over:

British MP George Galloway, who is known for his hatred towards Israel and his backing of the Hamas terrorist group, has come up with an interesting theory regarding the unrest in Ukraine.

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

In August last year he accused Israel of giving Al-Qaeda chemical weapons to use against civilians in Syria.

Later, when confronted by another British parliamentarian about his remarks which were made on the same Press TV show, Galloway blatantly lied and claimed, “I said no such thing.”

Britain lives in fear of Mad Cow Disease. Now you know why.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

You can’t starve the Arabs in Gaza—that’s our job!

Scores of patients and disabled Palestinians on Saturday staged a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in the Gaza Strip to call for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt.

Mohamed al-Kahlout, a spokesman for the demonstrators, described as “choking” the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the closure of the Rafah crossing.

“The closure of the crossing is creating a human tragedy in Gaza,” al-Kahlout told Anadolu Agency.

“We just want to lead a dignified life like all other human beings,” he added.

Oh please. Isn’t it a little late for that now?


Ahmed, isn’t that last night’s dinner?

The Gaza Strip has been suffering an Israel-imposed blockade since 2006. Palestinians say the blockade has deprived the Palestinian enclave’s 1.8 million residents of their most essential needs.

An all-out Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza has also come to add insult to the injury of the Palestinians.

How’s that “Israel-imposed blockade” working out?

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza will be re-opened as of Sunday, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had accepted a recommendation by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Yoav Mordechai, and ordered that the crossing be re-opened, the report said.

Half a million liters of diesel and gasoline to the private sector, 160 tons of cooking gas, and a quarter of a million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza will enter through Kerem Shalom once it is opened, according to Kol Yisrael.

The border crossing was closed on Wednesday, at Ya’alon’s orders, after terrorists fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at southern Israel.

The Arabs in Gaza seem incapable of learning that terrorism is all fun and games until someone gets hurt:

A three-year-old child died on Thursday after he was unable to receive medical care abroad due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, an activist group said.

Spokesman for the National Committee to Break the Siege Adham Abu Salmieh said that Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl was suffering from an enlarged heart and liver and had been planning to go to Turkey via Egypt for treatment.

However, the young child died Thursday while waiting for the crossing to open.

Tragic. Let’s end on a happier note:

Egypt’s most active militant group says that one of its founding leaders was killed when a bomb he was carrying was set off by a car accident.

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The statement posted early Saturday on militant websites by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem, said Tawfiq Mohammed Freij was killed Tuesday. It did not where the accident took place.

It said he was the “field commander” of an August 2011 cross-border attack into Israel that killed eight people.

Wear your seat belts!

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Quieten Your Rodent, Mr. President!

Remember when Obama went to Egypt and spoke about…? Whatever? Himself, probably?

We don’t remember either, and it would seem neither do the Egyptians:

MEMRI’s translation is helpful, but I wonder of they heard what we heard.

This video came out, what, a week ago, and already:

You know what comes next, right?

Shut up your mouse, Obama—the remix!

On most days I think humanity has earned every pox and plague visited upon it by a profoundly disappointed God. But then I see this—Egyptians cursing Obama, leading Photoshop, t-shirts, and dance tapes—and I fall in love all over again with our terminally flawed species.

PS: Did I say Photoshop?

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More Wins For The Obama Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization

Saudi Arabia has come out in support of Bashar Assad.

Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry.

The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, as terrorist organizations.

Last year, the Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and formally listed the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.

Interesting in so many ways. I thought that US policy was to support “the rebels” and take down Bashar Assad? And I thought the Saudis were our “allies”? Also that Syria was a satellite nation to Iran, an enemy of Saudi Arabia? Does this mean that Barack Obama and John Kerry have succeeded in uniting Saudi Arabia with Iran, under the rubric of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”?

It is also interesting that Egypt suffers one little bombing and they take a nutty. Show restraint, guys, show restraint.

PS – More and more I believe that House of Cards is a documentary.

– Aggie

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Who does an activist have to [bleep] to get into Gaza? [You sure about "into"? Not "the hell out of"?]

A number of French activists left Cairo International Airport to other world capitals after Egyptian authorities denied on Thursday their entry to Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

The activists protested the authorities’ decision not to allow them entrance by lying on the floor in the airport imitating dead bodies while draping Palestinian flags on their bodies.

Imitating dead bodies? Teases.

A source at the Cairo airport said the French consul to Cairo apologized for the lack of cooperation by activists with the airport authorities.

How much of an a-hole are you if your consul has to apologize to Egyptian authorities for your behavior? They shoot Sudanese undocumented workers seeking refuge in Israel in the back over there.

Here’s a two-fer:

Egyptian security services have started to collect information about thousands of Hamas members who were granted Egyptian citizenship during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, according to Egyptian media.

Egypt’s Day Seven news website reported that Egyptian authorities plan revoke the citizenship of 13,757 Hamas members for being “affiliated to an offshoot of the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Egyptian authorities are investigating whether Hamas members have been involved in what they describe as “terrorist attacks,” adding that the prime minister has the right to revoke the citizenship of Hamas members without a court ruling if it is deemed that they endanger public security.

On Tuesday, an Egyptian court banned the activities of Hamas and ordered its assets seized.

Egypt won’t let people into Gaza or out of Gaza. That sounds like a siege to me. Good for them.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Another day, another humiliation:

Egypt on Wednesday detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and anti-Israel activist Mairead Maguire and held up others who had been planning to go to neighboring Gaza, AFP reported.

Maguire had intended to join a delegation of women activists going to Gaza, activists and officials told the news agency. On Tuesday, airport police had already detained and deported American activist Medea Benjamin, also part of the delegation, who told AFP police broke her arm.

Come on, Medea, you’ve had that and worse coming for a long, long time.

But why would the lovely Irish colleen want to go to that armpit, Gaza?

This is not the first time she has tried to enter Gaza and failed. In 2010, Maguire took part in the flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

Following the flotilla, Maguire was expelled from Israel for 10 years. She appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but the appeal was rejected. She was subsequently deported from Israel.

Egypt controls the only border crossing with Gaza that bypasses Israel, and is accused of colluding with the Jewish state to blockade the territory ruled by the Hamas terrorist group.

“I think it’s sad, what they’ve done,” Maguire told AFP of the reception she and the other activists received in Egypt.

“It is an example and confirmation of the Egyptian government’s compliance with the blockade of Gaza,” she charged.

She’s sad that Egypt is being mean to Hamass: yet another Jew-hater awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize. When’s Farrakhan’s turn?

These antisemites give Leftism—and peace—a bad name.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People Daily Update

Boy, if Egypt keeps carrying on this way, how long will Obama be able to protect them from “international fallout”?

A Cairo court has banned all activities by Hamas in Egypt, calling the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza a terrorist organization.

Hamas member Izzat Rashq denounced Tuesday’s ruling by the Cairo circuit court as a “political decision aimed to undermine the Palestinian people and their valiant resistance.”

The nation’s military government has been cracking down on Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsy, along with other members of the group, face prison-break charges stemming from a January 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Obama said this to Israel the other day:

“If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time — if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.”

You’ve been warned, Egyptian Arabs. Don’t mess with Gaza Arabs while Obama’s sheriff.

BTW, does Obama understand the word contiguous? How does he envision a “contiguous sovereign Palestinian state” (four lies in four words) between Arab occupied Judea and Samaria and Arab occupied Gaza? They’re adept tunnelers, the Gazans are, but Ramallah’s a long way from Rafah. More Obama ignorance.

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Cure HIV? Ask Me How!

Who said the Muslim world hasn’t contributed to science in centuries (millennia)?

An Egyptian TV channel recently aired a report on an Egyptian military invention of the first device that cures the HIV and hepatitis C viruses.

Anchor: There have been many reactions to the publications in the media that the Egyptian Military Engineering Department has invented a device that produces electro-magnetic waves, which eliminate the hepatitis C virus within 10 days with no side effects. The device has a 100% success rate.

General Dr. Ibrahim ‘Abd Al-‘Aati, head of the team that invented the device: For this device, I was offered two billion dollars. I’m talking dollars! I was offered two billion dollars to forget about it, but I refused. I told them to write “an Arab Muslim Egyptian scientist discovered this.” But they said: “Forget about it. Just take the check, and we will fly you to any country in the world.” I said: “Why should I?” I fled back to Egypt. The Egyptian intelligence agency has protected me here. The intelligence nabbed me and brought me here.

Reporter: In 2010, the Egyptian military successfully invented a device that can identify a hepatitis C virus carrier in a crowd. Today, using the same methods, they have invented a treatment device. The patient’s blood passes through the device, which produces electro-magnetic waves that kill the virus, and turn it into amino acids.

D’oh! Why didn’t we think of that? Heckuva job, Anwar! Now, how about another machine that can turn malignant tumors into lime jello?

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Made in Bethlehem, Shared With Damascus

Snuffed in Alexandria:

Four members of a Christian family of Syrian origin living in Alexandria, Egypt, were stabbed to death Monday. A man was seen walking out of their apartment holding a black plastic bag.

The father of the family, 44, who was employed in one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s hotels, was found stabbed in the stomach, the chest and the shoulder. His 35-year-old wife was stabbed in the neck, and so was the husband’s 43-year-old sister. [Six-year-old among members of a family stabbed to death.] The murderers started a fire in the kitchen, in an apparent attempt to set the entire apartment aflame and destroy evidence.

The large Christian community in Egypt, which numbers about 10 million people, has increasingly been coming under attack from Muslims in the last few years. Many Christians have been murdered and wounded, and over 100 churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians have been attacked, with some being burned down.

The Egyptian regime has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist forces for these attacks.

Sure, why not blame the MoBros?

But it’s getting hard to tell the terrorists without a scorecard.

Security sources have confirmed that the explosion on the Egyptian side of the Taba crossing on Sunday was carried out by a suicide bomber. Four civilians were killed and 15 were injured in the incident. A fifth body, that of the suicide bomber who set off the explosion, was also found in the rubble.

According to investigators, the terrorist set off the bomb when the bus was just a few meters from the crossing into Israel through the Taba gate crossing. The bus was to have continued on to the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat. The driver got off the bus to arrange paperwork with border guards when an unidentified man approached the vehicle and blew himself up, witnesses said.

An Al Qaeda-inspired group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack, and released a statement on Twitter vowing to continue its fight against Egypt’s military-led government.

“We will continue to hurt the leaders in Egypt, the economy, the tourism and the gas,” the statement read.

What happened to “No Blood for Oil”?

Maybe President Obama, being twice burned, is thrice shy about even mentioning the Middle East anymore. Still, you’d think his… let me make sure I get this right… Christian faith would command him to speak on behalf of a persecuted minority.

Guess not.

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