Congratulations are in order
In connection with the recently concluded revolution in Egypt, Ezra Levant hands out some congratulations
(Hat Tip: Instapundit
via Ed Driscoll
Congratulations to U.S. President Barack Obama. Shortly after his election, he flew to Cairo to make his keynote speech to the Muslim world. In 6,000 rambling words, he barely mentioned freedom or democracy. But he did mention them. He told Egypt that "freedom" meant the freedom for women to wear a religious veil, and that "democracy" was up to each country to interpret "in its own way." Read it all
So he must have been pleased these past weeks to see most of the women in Egypt's protests were wearing the Muslim Brotherhood-approved veil. And as a sensitive multiculturalist, Obama surely approves of the newfangled idea of "military democracy." Perhaps the phrase sounds better in Arabic.
But most of all, congratulations to the journalists of the mainstream media. As always, this revolution was about them — just ask them. More media attention was given to the fact that CNN's dreamy anchor, Anderson Cooper, was roughed up by protesters than was given to investigating the anti-women, anti-secular, anti-Semitic, anti-western ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, though they're the likely victors of any "election" that might be held in coming months.
Most of today's journalists are too young to have covered the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, so this was their moment. So they are weepy cheerleaders, not reporters. And they are only too happy to say "ditto" to whatever Al Jazeera tells them is happening.
The fact that some of Egypt's protesters use Internet sites like Facebook and Twitter is so flattering because journalists love those too. Of course, the Muslim Brotherhood also uses Twitter and blogs, just as Iran's Ayatollah Khomeinei used audio cassettes in 1979 to spread his Islamic revolution.
. He's spot on.
Labels: al-Jazeera, Anderson Cooper, Egyptian regime change, Facebook, Muslim Brotherhood, Twitter