I was just reading a very insightful article in the New York Times entitled “Israel Shaken as Turbulence Rocks an Ally“. It concerns how what is currently happening with the nationwide protests in Egypt, could eventually have a profound effect on the entire Middle Eastern situation, particularly as it concerns the state of Israel.
For example, if the current dictator, Hosni Mubarak, falls from power — as he most definitely should — and the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in one form or another, Israel will once again be surrounded by her Muslim enemies on all sides, as has not happened in more than thirty years since Egypt signed a peace accord with Israel, followed by Jordan doing the same thing some years later. I discuss these issues somewhere in my articles concerning the Middle East.
However, I don’t believe that we should fully trust what the mass media is currently stating. Should we ever? I have this suspicion that, being the thug that he is, Hosni Mubarak may yet have some very dirty tactics up his sleeve, in order to try to preserve his grip on power. Why else would he be cutting off Egypt’s communication with the outside world, such as with the Internet? Does he intend to undertake a bloody slaughter in order to eliminate his enemies? Is the Egyptian military simply bluffing while the world is watching, when in fact they have other more sinister intentions once the country is sealed off and the news contained?
I honestly don’t know, but I sincerely hope that I am wrong, and that the Egyptian Army really is siding with the protesters as they stated on national Egyptian television, and that they will truly drive Mubarak and his ilk out of the country, and not simply replace one thug — Mubarak — with another thug from within the military ranks.
On the other hand, it may very well be that having a new leader arise from the Egyptian Army may be a better option for the Egyptian people, than allowing an Islamic, Israel-hating leader arise from the Muslim Brotherhood. As the article points out, not all Egyptians are sympathetic to the causes and agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood, which more than likely would attempt to convert Egypt into another Islamic state like Iran, were they to come to power.
Time will certainly tell.