Haaretz reported today that Hosni Mubarak had strong words concerning the ineptitude of American president, Barack Obama. He 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.
"'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam,'" he quoted Mubarak as saying.
Mubarak pointed to administration failures in reaching out to Iran and their miscalculation with elections in Gaza where Hamas eventually assumed power as evidenced that Washington had no idea what it is about to unleash in Egypt.
Mubarak also had some predictions about the future of the Middle East:
"He contended the snowball (of civil unrest) won't stop in Egypt and it wouldn't skip any Arab country in the Middle East and in the Gulf.
"He said 'I won't be surprised if in the future you see more extremism and radical Islam and more disturbances -- dramatic changes and upheavals," Ben-Eliezer added.
I believe Mubarak's assessment is correct. True representative democracy cannot co-exist with Islam. Though an attempt at democracy may take place in the short term, the end result, and probably very quickly, will be islamist radicalism.
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