The widely respected Sunni Muslim cleric who holds Egyptian and Qatari nationalities, also encouraged Egyptians to keep up peaceful protests, in an interview with Al-Jazeera television. “President Mubarak … I advise you to depart from Egypt … There is no other solution to this problem but for Mubarak to go,” Qaradawi said on Saturday.
This is a fluff article. It represents the ignorance of both the media and the Western governments about reality on the ground.
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Phi Beta Iota: Turkey is making its move. This has been years if not decades in the making, and what we are seeing in an extraordinary coming together of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, and a wide variety of interested parties who see in Israel, the Arab dictators, and the USA’s military presence in the region all they believe to be the Great Satan. The fall of the dictators and the exit of the US from this region are, in our collective view, inevitable. The fate of Israel hangs in the balance–they will be lucky to end up with a small separate state after giving up half the waterfront, the occupied lands, and all presence in and around Gaza. Interestingly, because secular corruption has played so prominent a role in the region, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism is virtually assured, taking “blow-back” to the next level. In this context, the Assisi Peace Summit and the prospects for inter-faith agreement on the need for multinational information-sharing and sense-making take on even more importance.