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The Palestinian Tahrir Square

Real life events can often illustrate a point far better and faster than logical discussion. Defenders of the Palestinian cause spin the “struggle” as a noble fight for freedom in the tradition of the French underground and the South African or American rights struggles. It is not so.

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Viva Mubarak! Say what???

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;

Marc Antony in Wm Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2

The bard was wrong for once. Departed leaders are idealized, a custom which probably began before the days of the Pharaohs. After the death of Caesar, it become the custom to deify the Roman emperors. To perpetuate the memory of Augustus, he or his sycophants took care to leave a funerary record of his good works, the Res Gestae Divi Augusti, or “The things done by the Divine Augustus.” The historian Tacitus left a less flattering record.

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The message of the Arab revolts for progressives

There are still a great many things that are unclear about the Arab revolts. Israelis, for example, watch nervously to find out if the new Egyptian government will honor the peace treaty. One message, however, is shouted out loud and clear to “progressive” opponents of Israel in Europe and the USA.  Unbelievably, nobody is talking about it:

The revolts exposed the dirty little secret of most Arab and Islamic regimes. It is a “secret” that almost everyone in the Middle East knows, and it turns  all the dogmatic cant about “Zionist imperialism” and “Apartheid Israel” into ludicrous drivel.

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