You see the headline I've chosen for today's post is not so much a newsworthy headline but a statement of fact. Look around the region and there is tsuris wherever you look: civil unrest in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon, insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, border disputes in Sudan and Pakistan, not to mention a never-mending rift between Sunnis, Shias and all those kaffir who practice false Islam.
And of course, there's the latest hookah bowl to explode in Egypt.
Normally the toppling of a ruthless dictator who has abridged freedom and pilfered a reported $70 billion is to be encouraged. But then there's the wisdom of the old proverb: better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
In an interview with Japan TV, Rashad al-Bayoumi, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said, "After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel."
Yeah, because the first thing you want to do when rebuilding your country is to start a war with a neighboring nation that has superior firepower, technology and military know-how.
I know the knee jerk Arab response to any crisis is to blame the Jews, but what beef could the Egyptians possibly have with the Israelis? In 1982, Israeli -- a country that is 22,000 sq. km in area-- returned the Sinai Peninsula--more than 61,000 sq. km-- to Egypt. Those are hardly the actions of a "colonialist, aggressive country hellbent on expansion" as so many Arab pundits like to characterize the Jewish State.
Perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood wants to dismiss the peace because of the alleged mistreatment of Arabs living in the Gaza Strip? That kind of empathy is honorable. But when the Israelis turned the Gaza Strip back over to the Palestinians, I didn't see Egyptians rushing across the border to help their Islamic brethren build schools, hospitals and infrastructure. What could have been an oasis on the Mediterranean was turned into launching pad for home-made rockets.
I've even seen protesters in Tahrir Square with signs accusing Mubarak of being a Zionist collaborator. He collaborated alright, 30 years of peace and more than $300 million a year in revenue from a natural gas pipeline that links Egypt and Israel. That has to go, by all means.
Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic. Maybe cooler heads will prevail and the educated, secular leaders will silence the Neanderthals who would establish sharia law and put 40 million Egyptian women in beekeeper suits. Maybe we're on the brink of a Middle Eastern Reformation that will finally bring that region into the 20th century.
Sure, that'll happen, when as another common aphorism has it, pigs fly out of my ass.