Egypt Revolution in Chaos: Buchanan

Friday, 27 May 2011 12:16 PM

By Martin Gould

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Egypt’s revolution is in danger of disintegrating into chaos, with Christians bearing the brunt of the country’s problems, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan says.

patrick buchanan egypt“Since the heady days of Tahrir Square, Salafis have been killing Christians. Churches have been destroyed. Gangs have conducted mass prison breaks. The Muslim Brotherhood brims with confidence,” the three-time presidential hopeful writes in The American Conservative.

Buchanan quotes Mohamed ElBaradei, the best known of the candidates likely to be considered for the presidency of Egypt as saying “Right now, socially, we are disintegrating.

“People do not feel secure,” adds ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. “In the past weeks, the specter of divisions — religion in Egypt, fundamentalism in Tunisia, sect in Syria and Bahrain, clan in Libya — has threatened uprisings that once seemed to promise to resolve questions that have vexed the Arab world since the colonialism era.”

Buchanan says the world has changed in the 20 years since the end of the Cold War, when there was a general call for unity among nations. Now he says Egyptians and other caught up in the Arab Spring are pressing for more diversity.

“In the 21st century, the call of one’s God and the claims of blood and soil seem more magnetic than the ideologies of the 19th and 20th century: Marxism, socialism or democracy,” he writes.

“People do not seem to seek equality with other cultures, faiths and tribes, but a separate existence in nations that are of, by and for themselves alone.”

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