Sunday, September 11, 2011

Re-evaluating Egypt

After Egyptian forces stood by and watched as jihadists attacked and breached the Israeli embassy in Cairo, it is now too obvious that we cannot afford to call Egypt anything more than a true enemy.  They gave up any apppearance of friendly pretense when they allowed the jihadists to enter protected space and destroy a flag and important diplomatic papers.

 The protocols for embassies and diplomats states are spelled out in the Vienna convention on consular relations which says;

Article 27, 1a.: "the receiving State shall, even in case of armed conflict, respect and protect the consular premises, together with the property of the consular post and the consular archives."
Article 31, 1: "Consular premises shall be inviolable to the extent provided in this article." [And no, mobs of thugs don't come up as an exception.]
Article 33: "The consular archives and documents shall be inviolable at all times and wherever they may be."
Article 40: "The receiving State shall treat consular officers with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on their person, freedom or dignity." (Thanks to Jihad Watch)

We are entering a very dangerous time where the normal rules are being threatened and new paradigms are being created.  If a country can get away with allowing another sovereign country, via their embassy grounds to be attacked and breached them we are not safe in any country, nor are we protected, as per accepted rules and regulations.

If there is no guarantee of protection and no one to come to the aid of foreign countries and their embassies, then there is no need for any kind of diplomatic intercourse, and the next step would be out and out warfare.

Well, sometimes it is needed to see who is the better fighter, and if that is what will come, lets fight now and end the dance.  Lets see who is the better warrior, and see which civilizational foundation will rise above the ashes to provide mankind with the template for the future.

There are those who say fighting is never the answer, that mankind can find a better way to solve differences in order to live peacefully with one another.  Maybe in the Star Trek future that will work, but for today there are few choices, and the choice we must make for the survival of our society is to take a stand against the spread of Islam through sharia.

From The New York Times September 10 by David D. Kirkpatrick

After Attack on Embassy, Egypt Vows a Tougher Stance on Protests  

CAIRO — Acknowledging a credibility crisis after it allowed a mob to invade the Israeli Embassy here, the military-led transitional government said Saturday night that it would exploit a reviled “emergency law” allowing extra-judicial detentions as part of a new crackdown on disruptive protests.

Egypt is undergoing a real crisis that is threatening its internal and external security,” Osama Heikal, minister of media, said in statement after an emergency meeting of the cabinet with the military council that seized power this year with the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. “What happened has damaged Egypt’s image and its international position, and it cannot be condoned.”
The statement marked an abrupt reversal for the military council, which had promised to eliminate the 30-year-old emergency law, a measure allowing indefinite detentions without trial that was considered emblematic of Mr. Mubarak’s authoritarian rule. Its repeal was a signature demand of the revolution.
It is not yet clear how the military government will apply its new declaration — a council of officers has already governed for seven months in suspension of the Constitution, obviating the right to a fair trial, and it has previously warned with little effect of its intolerance of disruptive protests. But the statement appeared to threaten a rollback of Egypt’s new freedoms.
It also underscored the severity of the challenge facing the military-led government as it struggles to restore order to the Egyptian streets without jeopardizing its own tenuous legitimacy. Although it has sometimes surprised protesters with heavy handed force and sent as many as 12,000 civilians to swift military trials, the military council has also sought to avoid confrontation with street protesters or to accommodate their demands in order to preserve its own standing in the eyes of the public.
That strategy proved disastrous Friday night when thousands of protesters attacked the Israeli Embassy. They first methodically demolished a week-old protective wall as Egyptian security forces stood by. A few scaled the building and tore down the Israeli flag, while about two dozen broke into the offices and began tossing binders of documents into the street. And when a battalion of riot police finally began filling the streets with tear gas, the protesters fought back with rocks and Molotov cocktails for most of the night.
Egyptian officials said Saturday that at least two protesters had died from the clashes around the embassy — one from a bullet wound and the other from a heart attack — while as many as 1,200 had been injured and at least 19 arrested. Signaling its new crackdown, the military council said Saturday that all those arrested would be sent to military trials instead of civilian courts.
But at least one protester who had broken into the embassy early Saturday morning said that Egyptian military police had forced him out but then let him go free, raising questions about the consistency of the military’s new crackdown.
Israeli officials, for their part, said Saturday that six members of their staff had been trapped inside the embassy until an early morning rescue by Egyptian commandos. “This went on for 13 hours and there was real concern for the safety and lives of our people,” an Israeli official said. “The mob penetrated the embassy and at the end there was only one wall separating it from six of our people.”
The Israeli ambassador and about 85 diplomats and their family members were evacuated at dawn. Only one diplomat, a deputy ambassador, remained, and he took refuge in the protection of the American Embassy, diplomats familiar with the arrangements said.
Diplomats said allowing the invasion of a foreign embassy was an extraordinary breach of Egypt’s international commitments that immediately raised new security concerns at other embassies around the city. “It has led to a complete loss of credibility in the government internationally from all directions,” a Western diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the situation.
In addition to attacking the Israeli Embassy, witnesses said, protesters also menaced the nearby embassy of Saudi Arabia, which many Egyptians believe has pushed their own government to avoid setting a precedent by taking retribution against Mr. Mubarak. “Saudi Arabia and Mubarak are one hand,” protesters chanted. (Mr. Mubarak is currently on trial for corruption and conspiring in the killing of protesters earlier this year.)
Mr. Heikal, the Egyptian government spokesman, specifically addressed worries by diplomats, pledging that Egypt would fully uphold all its international commitments....
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