Mubarak: Radical Islam will be result of U.S. push for democracy


Hosni Mubarak had harsh words for the United States and what he described as its misguided quest for democracy in the Middle East in a telephone call with an Israeli lawmaker a day before he quit as Egypt’s president.

The legislator, former cabinet minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, said on TV Friday that he came away from the 20-minute conversation on Thursday with the feeling the 82-year-old leader realized “it was the end of the Mubarak era”.

“He had very tough things to say about the United States,” said Ben-Eliezer, a member of the Labor Party who has held talks with Mubarak on numerous occasions while serving in various Israeli coalition governments.

“He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: ‘We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East,'” Ben-Eliezer said.

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One of the liberal commentators on CNN was describing ”democracy” in Islamic countries as mostly, ”one man, one vote, one time.”

Except she is right.

Odd that Mubarak felt more comfortable unburdening himself to an Israeli than to, say, an Arab leader or press person.

oh boy the US is in deep trouble. just kick back and cry i guess. better be praying hard.