First things First…
I'm not a foreign diplomat.
I'm not an expert on the region of Egypt.
I'm an amateur when it comes to Islamic Analysis.
I am simply a faith journeyman trying to understand the geo-political/religiosity that under-girths much of society around the world.
Whether it's the Christians in American politics, or the Muslims of Iran; there's a faith component to be examined, and without careful understanding this thing can get ugly…for all of us.
The best line on the Egyptian crisis I've heard yet, "The Western Media needs to settle down and admit they know NOTHING about what's going on." – Neil Cavuto Fox News 2-5-2011 –
So with all that said…What's really going on?
We see the protesters on the streets
We hear the history of another dictatorial leader in the Middle East
We know the Suez Canal is a part of this discussion
We know Israel is in the mix
And I heard John Bolton try to explain "Reagan-esque" foreign policy today making comments like "America should be strong arming the middle east diplomats to steer clear of Saudi Arabia."
I did a little research on the Muslim Brotherhood, and they don't seem nearly as extremist as Hannity or Beck would want you to think. But Anderson Cooper did take a couple of blows to the head this week as he tried to report on the ground amid angry protesters.
So as I watch this dibacle on television, 10000 miles away…I'm wondering….anyone want to play into telling the readers here what's going down?
I've been to the Middle East.
I've eaten with Muslim families.
I've talked Quran with Imams.
I've also seen what dyer poverty does as it causes uprisings around the world.
But Egypt seems to be different.
I can't put my finger on it.
Are there protesters interested in Freedom?
Or is this just another extremist poly to mix up the bag of Middle East Politics?
I know there are several State Department employees reading this blog. Come on…Chime in and help us understand.
We know Muslim families are just like families here. Priorities of education, family values, and just making a living are at the top of the list. We know terrorism is a plague among the few. So let us in on the mix.
How can a country with thousands of years of history be in such turmoil?
Anybody want to help?