Writes Mark Topson at his blog:
[Lohan on Twitter:] I pray Egypt maintains it’s [sic] treaty with Israel and sets the trend for its neighbors to create peace with Israel and the entire region.
What a pleasant surprise, to hear someone in the entertainment world not only talk about something other than 1) themselves, 2) their uninformed socialist fantasies, and/or 3) their hatred/sexual fantasies of Sarah Palin, but actually express support for Israel’s security for once, instead of bashing the country as a “genocidal apartheid state,” banning its films from film festivals, and boycotting musical performances there. Good for you, Ms. Lohan.
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For why you should support Israel see Yaron Brook’s Israel Has A Moral Right To Its Life.
Richard Salsman takes on the concept of Democracy as an end to itself over at Forbes:
History makes very clear to nearly everyone (except history’s democrats) that democracy–the mere voting power and rule by some majority–is no necessary guarantor of genuine liberties or individual rights; indeed, more often than not, democracies have trampled rights.
For faith-based democrats like Presidents Bush and Obama, democracy means voting — and voting is considered an end in itself, not a means to some other, truly legitimate end like securing and protecting individual rights. [“Another Illiberal Democracy — In Egypt“]
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Here are some “highlights” from a 2010 Pew poll of Egyptian attitudes as listed by a recent IBD Editorial:
- 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”
- 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.
- 82% support stoning adulterers.
- 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.
- 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.
- 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.
- Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas.
- 30% have a favorable opinion of Hezbollah.
- 20% maintain positive views of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
- 82% of Egyptians dislike the U.S. — the highest unfavorable rating among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed.