Hosni Mubarak EGYPT PROTEST P.2 Jon Stewart Colbert Show, Islam-ophobia 4 Dummies

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Welcome to Islamophobia for Dummies.
The step by step guide to seeing how ridiculous Islamophobia really is.
(In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful)
In part 1, we examined the first few days of the Egyptian Revolution.
We highlighted the U.S. government and media hypocrisy of supporting brutal dictatorships
through fear mongering conspiracy theories against Muslims for decades.
The peaceful protests by millions of Egyptian Muslims against Hosni Mubarak
are considered "the best jihad" in Islam: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said
"the best jihad is that of speaking a word of truth to an unjust ruler".
And the U.S.'s "friend" Hosni Mubarak
responded with increasingly violent crackdowns by his security forces,
which led to increasing outrage by the Egyptian people.
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show - Hosni.
You've been Egypt's dictator for 30 years now.
Now the people have issued a, let's say, last call.
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.
In fact, you probably shouldn't go to your home,
they're probably thinking of lighting it on fire, so now,
you don't know what to do.
Bubby it's time.
You gotta get out!
Let's look at your options, well,
with its vibrant dictator tourism industry,
France has attracted an eclectic expat community,
from Central African Republic's Jean-Bédel Bokassa,
nicknamed the cannibal emperor,
to Tunisia's recently ousted President Ben Ali.
The French may have guillotined their own tyrants,
but everyone else's are invited to have cake.
But perhaps France is too Western and too close to the Hague for your taste.
You're thinking, I love the French language it's beautiful,
but I also love the oppressive heat of the Arabian Peninsula.
You can pitch a tent in Senegal,
where you can celebrate Ramadan with Chad's former dictator Hissène Habré,
while basking in a pool of your own sweat,
yes, Senegal, where the national language is French,
and the national disease is yellow fever with a touch of mosquito-borne leprosy.
And who says you can't go home again? Other than, obviously, the
people of Egypt that kicked you out.
Head to Dubai's man-made "World" Islands archipelago,
find out whose currently renting the Egypt-shaped island,
and stage your own mini-coup.
You see Mr. soon-to-be Ex-President, lots of good things await you
in this new chapter of your life, so pack your bags and...
(peaceful, peaceful)
(leave now, leave now)
You know what, forget it, you don't have time to pack, just go!
Whatever you need you can buy there. Go, go!
>> There must be something the U.S. could have done to help end this turmoil.
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report - Tonight,
Egypt in crisis.
We must break our dependency on foreign turmoil.
At times like these, I always go to the experts.
There will be a new leadership in Egypt. We don't know what it is.
It looks like it's gonna escalate, we just don't know to what.
We don't know really what is coming next.
We don't know what's gonna happen politically.
We don't know where this is all going to end up.
We don't know who is gonna end up in power.
That is a pile of jack-squat.
>> Well, one thing's for sure,
the U.S. government wanted Mubarak to stay, as did the right wing media.
It's easy to say, "Hey, the dictator's out, that's great",
but Sean Hannity and I know (joking) that this won't necessarily end in democracy.
The only democracy that has emerged when you see uprising like this is in Iraq.
Name me one other example, I can't think of one in history, can you?
I mean besides the Czech Republic
East Germany,
and I feel like I'm forgetting one,
oh yeah, the United States.
But that's 6 and he said name 1,
I'd say Sean wins this round.
>> But the only thing that really mattered is what the Egyptian people wanted.
The streets of Cairo have been filled with protestors
in what some are calling economic revolution,
others (fear mongers) are calling Islamic uprising,
and what the local media calls
(joking) falcon, eye, scarab
fair and balanced.
So, President Mubarak has lost the support of his people
>> (not that "president" Mubarak ever had it to begin with)
He has lost the support of his people's pets.
Mr. Pickles,
how could you turn on Hosni Mubarak?
>> And then came Hosni Mubarak's first speech in response to the protests against him.
I have taken the side and will always be taking the side of the poor people of Egypt
I have requested the government to step down today
and I will designate a new government as of tomorrow to shoulder new duties
and to account for the priorities of the upcoming era.
"Message received."
Hosni Mubarak has heard you and said
"I fired those jagoffs."
"Hey, I never liked them to begin with"
"I wanted to get rid of them for years, I only kept them cuz I thought YOU liked 'em"
"So, we're good now, you'll take the signs off the cats, hmm?"
>> And what was the U.S. government's reaction to millions of Egyptians
insisting on Mubarak's immediate resignation?
Here's Hillary Clinton pre and post weekend:
Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is, uh, stable, and is, uh,
looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.
(Leave Now, Leave Now)
A lot of the people here on the streets are telling us that they're angry.
They think the U.S. is hedging its bets.
I just want to reiterate what both President Obama and I have been saying.
We believe that democracy, human rights, economic reform
are in the best interest of the Egyptian people.
We want to see an orderly transition to a democratic government, to economic reforms,
exactly what the protestors are seeking.
"Did I say stable and responsive, I meant, uh..."
Holy (bleep)....making the U.S. look like a Mets fan at a Phillie game
"Go Mets,
...I mean Phillies"
>> But Mubarak's speech and the U.S. attempts
to have him lead any type of "transition" just made things worse:
2 million people poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square to go
(joking) to Hardee's.
It's quite a draw there.
To them, the curly fries (joking) are like alphabet soup.
They were also there calling for the immediate resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
>> And instead of stepping down as the protestors demanded,
Mubarak promised exactly what the U.S. government "advised" him to through his 2nd speech:
My top priority and responsibility now is to restore
the security and stability of the nation
to ensure the peaceful transition of power in an atmosphere providing security
and safeguarding the people
to pave the way for this who is to be elected by the people in the coming elections.
>> What else did Mubarak say to convince the Egyptian people to let him stay in power?
Hosni, are you staying or are you going?
And I tell you in absolute veracity, regardless of the current circumstances,
that I did not intend to run for the coming presidency.
I have exhausted my life serving Egypt and its people.
"Egypt, you can't fire me, I quit"
But the take away is, he's leaving.
People have been heard, they can all head back to their lives.
Let the new Mubarak-less cabinet begin the democratic reform process.
And I will continue to follow on the work of the coming government.
You've not seen this movie, have you? This is not the part where you stay,
this is the part where you take a bunch of gold bricks, maybe a priceless artifact,
and hop a plain to Dubai. This is... this is not going to be good.
>> Then Mubarak tried to get the sympathy of the Egyptian people:
The people are aware of the harsh conditions where I shouldered the responsibility,
and what I offered to the nation
I was never ever interested in being a dictator.
he wanted to dance.
But you know how it is, you get out of Juilliard,
you take a dictator's job just to make ends meet,
next thing you know it's been 30 years of rigged elections and human rights violations.
>> Yeah, Mubarak never meant to be a dictator, it was his destiny:
My fate put me under the responsibility of this country
I was never ever interested in being a dictator.
"Uh, I
I just knew as a child I, I
I wanted to oppress people, but I didn't ...
maybe be a mean assistant manager that nobody likes,
an unreasonably strict teacher, but to be here, (bleeping) over you people,
it's a dream come true.
>> And then there was Mubarak's final plea of patriotism, which he gave in the 3rd person:
Hosni Mubarak who is addressing you today
takes pride in the long years he spent serving Egypt and it's people ...
and I will die on the soil of Egypt
>> So to sum up Mubarak's 2nd speech:
President Hosni Mubarak under siege in his own country has announced
he will not seek reelection in September, but he will also not step down,
vowing that he will die in Egypt, to which the protestors responded
"Um, hmm".
>> So did Mubarak's speeches rally the Egyptian people to restore order and the rule of law?
The protests in Egypt continue, and I've been saying all along,
occasionally, that we need to stick by our ally Hosni Mubarak (joking),
and today I was happy to see that the Mubarak supporters have finally taken to the streets
to stand up for the rule of law.
incendiary devices being launched off the top of that building.
That is a very ominous development.
as night fell, we starting hearing heavy gunfire
we started to see hundreds and then thousands of pro-Mubarak protestors
pro-Mubarak forces who were really, uh, stampeding and attacking some of the anti-Mubarak protestors
the demonstrators, those on camel and horseback.
supporters of Hosni Mubarak are whipping anti-government demonstrators
I can't help but notice the pro-Mubarak, uh, "demonstrators" seem to be slightly more organized,
and armed, and ...
have horses.
What a spontaneous eruption of pro-Mubarak sentiment
from everyday Egyptians trained in the art of whip-based crowd control.
An important point, (joking) they are not truncheon-wielding government thugs.
They are pro-Mubarak protestors, who spontaneously bust themselves into Cairo and Alexandria
at the exact same time with weapons
to support Mubarak's safe and stable government by causing violent chaos.
It is an authentic grass-roots movement, at least as authentic as grass in Egypt.
>> And here's what Mubarak's government had to say about these goon squads.
Well yesterday, Egypt's newly appointed Prime Minister
Ahmed Shafiq took action to resolve this crisis.
I apologized through all the media channels.
I apologized through all the TV channels that I spoke with today.
I apologized as a man who accepts responsibility.
I believed that I had to apologize and say that this will not be repeated.
Problem solved. Show's over folks. (joking) Back to your pyramids. Come on.
And really, for a despot, it's such an elegant solution.
If only Pol Pot had said "I apologize for killing 3 million Cambodians"
we could go back to naming our kids Pol Pot again.
Lost opportunity.
In conclusion,
the Egyptian people carried out one of the most peaceful revolutions in history,
even in the face of the brutality and violence of Mubarak's government.
To understand why 70 million Egyptian Muslims behaved peacefully,
even in the face of violent opposition, we will examine 2 Quranic verses.
First, the Quran says:
{Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits...}
So this verse permits Muslims to defend ourselves,
but prohibits escalating violence beyond self defense.
And the 2nd verse that demonstrates that Muslims are peaceful,
is ironically misquoted by Islamophobes to claim that Muslims are violent:
Ibn Kathir explains 8:39 by citing a hadith from Bukhari,
of a man who is trying to convince Ibn Umar to fight in the civil war:
The man said "Allah the Exalted said {and fight them until there is no more fitna...}
Ibn Umar said "We did that during the time of the Messenger of Allah,
when Islam was weak and the man would be tried in religion,
either tormented to death or being imprisoned.
When Islam became stronger and widespread, THERE WAS NO MORE FITNA."
So this verse permits Muslims to fight against ONLY the fitna of religious persecution.
1400 years of Islamic teachings led to these peaceful protests, and not to armed opposition.
The Egyptian Revolution has truly shaken the foundation of Islamophobia,
so you really have to feel bad for Islam haters.