Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mike Huckabee discusses the increasing level of anxiety in Israel

On the second day of his trip to Israel Mike Huckabee stated, "The events of the past few days in Egypt have created a very tenuous situation, not just for Egypt, not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world, and the destabilization of that nation has the potential of cascading across the globe."

WashPost:   Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed that concern when he met with Gemany's Chancellor Angela Merkel for a joint news conference:
"In a state of chaos, an organized Islamic group can take over a country. It has happened. It happened in Iran," Netanyahu said. "A takeover of oppressive regimes of extreme Islam violates human rights, grinds them to dust . . . and in parallel also pose[s] a terrible danger to peace and stability."

JPost:   Huckabee compared the Obama administration reaction to Egypt with it's reaction to Iran's recent uprising:

Unlike Egypt, Huckabee said, Iran is “anti-American, anti- Israel, anti-peace, and it wants to build a nuclear stockpile so it can blow up the world. It would have been a little helpful had [US President Barack] Obama offered some form of support and accommodation for the protesters in Iran a year ago.”

Huckabee said that Americans were torn, on the one hand, between recognizing the desire of the Egyptian protesters for more freedom and democracy, and, on the other hand, being fearful that the end result could be a more authoritarian government than the one being replaced.

“An uprising like this is usually a three-act play,” he said. “The first act is when the citizens take to the streets, and – if successful – they overthrow the government. Act two is when wellintentioned, well-meaning reformers try to form a government and lead. The chances are that they are unprepared and lack an organization and institutional capacity to lead a government. And that leads to act three.”

"The concluding act, he said, is when a well-organized extremist movement – in this case the Muslim Brotherhood – steps in and becomes far worse than what was before. We saw that in Iran, and essentially during the Russian Revolution."

"It is the third act, Huckabee said, that everyone needs to fear in Egypt."

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