Saturday, February 12, 2011

What do you do now, Egyptians?

OK, Mubarak the Ogre is gone. Celebrate today, Egyptians, as this greedy tyrant has been siphoning off Egypt's lifeblood for his own enrichment for 30 years now. Living on $2 a day for the average Egyptian had to be getting old, and new days are ahead now that the main impediment to Egypt's economic development has fled the country.
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Now what? Instant wealth for everyone? Sorry, Egyptians, that's not how it works. Some inner soul searching is now called for, in light of the new day.
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The majority of Egyptians still have Islamic cultural leanings that will hinder any progress that is possible under a free market system. Most Egyptians believe that cutting off a hand for a minor transgression is justice. Most Egyptians believe that women should be covered and in the presence of male family members when they are in public. Most Egyptians believe that women should not drive, or vote, or have any say at all in the public discussion as to how best to allocate scare national resources.
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With these widespread beliefs held by most Egyptians, no possible gains can be made in their economy. A vibrant economy is only possible under a government that enforces contracts and holds property rights sacred. A free market economic system also requires freedom of speech and the freedom for each of its citizens, including women, to pursue basic human rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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There can be no such freedoms when half the population (women) is considered mere chattel and treated like slaves.
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Where Egypt will go from this point forward is hard to predict. But it is not difficult to see what will happen to Egypt's future if they continue to cling to these brutal and inhumane cultural choices that have shown over the centuries to give rise to dictators.
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Much like the one they just booted out of the country.

10 comments:

The_Kid said...

It is sad to see so many people enslaved and tortured by such a 'beautiful religion'.

The less real it is the more hype needed. Certainly applies to the dems and obama in particular.

Fredd said...

Some say that Islam is not so much of a religion, but a cult.

I am not sure why it is that so many women in the Middle East support Islam: it clearly does not support them.

David said...

Fredd I believe that Islam and Freedom cannot exist in the same vacuum. The Middle East cannot be free until Islam as it is known ceases to be practiced as it is. Just my opinion.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

For about over 4,000 years ± now Egypt has known no other kind of government be it Pharaohs or some other type od dictator, they know no other and this will not turn out good.

As to Kids' comment and your response to it Fredd;

It is not a religion let alone a beautiful one but rather as you point out a cult. I so wish people would read 'Satanic Verses' by Salman Rushdie but for a quick synopsis please see the following link as it will open your eyes to their cult nature,,,

http://www.answering-islam.org/Hahn/satanicverses.htm

Fredd said...

Christopher:

Islam may indeed more resemble a cult rather than a true religion, but coming to this conclusion based on the inconsistency noted in Salman Rushie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ is problematic.

The basic tenet of Rushdie is that the Koran is inconsistent as far as women are concerned in the hierarchy of Allah’s kingdom, and that Muslim clerics are silent when confronted with these inconvenient passages. According to Rushdie, on the one hand, three women are held up high and worthy of deification, and yet later on in the Koran these same women are diminished in the eyes of Allah. Since Allah is truth, as some non Muslim theologians would argue, it is impossible for Allah to at one point in time take one position, and then as time passes reverse himself. This hypocrisy can’t happen with an all knowing God, and so the conclusion would be that Islam must therefore be contrived by man, and not Allah (or God).

To argue this would expose Christianity to the same standard. The old ‘eye for an eye’ and ‘turn the other cheek’ argument would be thrown back in the Christian face if they insisted upon calling the Koran tenets hypocritical. In the Old Testament book of Exodus 21, verses 23 – 25, “life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” calls for vengeance upon being wronged. On the other hand, in Luke 6, verse 29, this New Testament Scripture would call for one who is struck to do the following: “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.”

The Muslim theologian would ask why would an all knowing, all seeing, omnipotent God at one point call for vengeance, and in the very next breath call for tolerance and forgiveness?

Based on the same logic used by Salman Rushdie, would it be reasonable for the Muslim theologian to conclude that Christianity is merely a cult, contrived by man and not God?

Fredd said...

David:

You are exactly right. Can you imagine how our U.S. economy could flourish if women were excluded from the process? Or if property rights were not enforced? Or contracts?

It would be chaos. And Egyptians have some hard choices ahead, of which unfortunately they may be hard wired culturally and spiritually to bungle.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Fredd,

While I accept the arguments(s) they are answerable and consistent when taken into context within the Holy Scripture's.

Right now I am drawing a blank as to the term that applies to the Quar'an but it basically boils down to newer text superseding the older meaning their "god" if there is one is fallible and or it is all made up as "shit happens" by the author, hence a cult.

Conversely, the Holy Scriptures (and that obviously includes the Torah) whether or not you accept them of the Word's of God or that of humans are completely consistent, again when taken into context and therefore one can never supersede the other.

Simply put; The Bible, both Old and New Testaments have never changed as a moral code with which to live by while the Quar'an was written in evolutionary terms suiting the needs of the human writer (Muhammad) at the time, and once again can only be described as a cult.

WomanHonorThyself said...

if the MB gains power Heaven help us all Fredd...HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! xxoo

Silverfiddle said...

They seem pretty adept at raping and beating reporters.

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Freddo, the truth about Egypt is a hard pill for many to swallow. Good for you for shining your light on it. The country is in serious danger of going the way of Iran.