That Egyptian secular uprising Rageh Omaar told us about

Three weeks ago viewers of Andrew Neil’s ‘This Week’ show were treated to the ‘expert analysis’ of former BBC journalist Rageh Omaar.  He forcefully argued that the Egypt revolution is not an Islamic uprising.

He refused to accept he was being naive in believing the Muslim Brotherhood would have little if any influence in Egypt, claimed that El Baradei was the only real opposition and even said:

‘In all of these demonstrations, have you seen any Israeli flags being burnt? Have you seen any American flags being burnt?’

Hmmm. Clearly the expert Omaar was saying ‘nothing to see here, it’s just a democratic outpouring with no aggressive intent’.  What Omaar obviously did not foresee in his somewhat arrogant dismissal of concerns about what will happen next, were significant development such as Al Qaradawi’s ascendancy or the scenes in Tahrir Square where around a million celebrating Egyptians chanted ‘Jerusalem we are coming for you’ as shown in the video below:

But worry not, this probably is nothing to do with the Muslim imperative taught in the mosques about killing the Jews wherever you find them. Oh no.

Such a high salary but a finger so far off the pulse it makes one wonder what value he actually is. No wonder he was the darling of the BBC before clearing off to Al Jazeera.

7 Responses to “That Egyptian secular uprising Rageh Omaar told us about”


  1. 1 MrT 23/02/2011 at 4:49 pm

    The only pulse he has his finger on is his own, if ya see wot Ah mean mon…

  2. 2 The Gray Monk 23/02/2011 at 5:16 pm

    This is the development that has been worrying me since all of these uprisings started. It will get a lot worse yet, that is why the Iranian Navy is now in the Med…

  3. 3 CalvinBall 23/02/2011 at 5:17 pm

    It’s quite stunning isn’t it, the ineptitude of the investigative work by the BBC or the lack of depth in it’s conclusions. I say that because if it isn’t either of these things then it’s deliberate manipulation for their audience. It’s not like such evidence is difficult to find. If we as bloggers can locate this stuff with our meagre resources then the BBC must be awash with people who can locate this picture (except for Bowen who appears to have gone skiing).

    To use an intelligence analogy, the internet is flooded with “chatter” about this story so one can only conclude that it’s not that they can’t see it, but that they’re filtering it out

    I’m staring to see this as deliberate backing of the MB horse in a similar way that they tried to hitch a ride on the abortive El Barradei train and therefore trying to dictate the narrative.

    The problem is, however if the BBC continue with this angle there will come a point that this story will escape their control and become widely known. Will they then still insist that everyone elses lying eyes are wrong? How will they claim that they knew this all along?

    If this becomes the start of a middle east conflagration do you think any will realise that this isn’t a silly little game that they can just walk away from and say they played no part in it?

  4. 4 Johnny Rottenborough 23/02/2011 at 6:13 pm

    The crowd is chanting lil-quds raiheen shuhada’ bil-malayeen: ‘To Jerusalem we go martyrs by the millions’.

    I don’t suppose that’s quite what David Cameron had mind whenhe said in Kuwait, ‘Across the Arab world, aspirations are stirring which have lain dormant.’

  5. 5 Paul 24/02/2011 at 2:13 am

    First of all, I am a big supporter of Israel, Mrs L is of Jewish extraction. However, when you realise that even our own government can’t be trusted, you have to start thinking what is the real priority.

    So, I think that first we recognise that in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries Jew hatred has been used to displace the anger of the people which otherwise might have been aimed at their own governments. Our criminal elite share a responsibility for this.

    Jew hatred will not necessarily translate to Islamist terrorist tendency, and might be diffused through liberty, but getting that in the middle east is nigh-on impossible. Our political elite know exactly how to steal freedom and rule as sly puppet masters so that the other gang of criminals – possibly Iran in this case – can’t do it for their own purposes.

    It’s a tricky situation.

    But I think that our first concern is that our criminal elite should be prevented from intervering anywhere else in the world in a way that empowers them against us. The EU see a power grab ahead in the oil rich region, and that is why they are talking about sending what was previously our public spending money before the “cuts” to Egypt as aid even for the supposedly temporary military government.

    Now, I would rather the Muslim brotherhood enslave the Egyptians than the EU become more powerful through fake-democracy in Egypt, because we in this country need to be free and free as soon as possible and in a position to defend our freedom as soon as possible because we are the hope for the world.

    Thanks for letting me write all over your page.

  6. 6 John B 24/02/2011 at 10:54 am

    Wasn’t this the half-wit, infant left in Baghdad by the BBC during the war, who punctuated every broadcast with, “Coalition actions will only inflame Arabs around the Middle East”?

  7. 7 neil craig 24/02/2011 at 5:05 pm

    We also “didn’t see” significant repotring of the crowd who dragged off & sexally assaulted TV reporter Lara Logan, while shouting Jew, Jew, Jew.*

    Not that it didn’t happen, just that you won’t see it on the news.

    *For what its worth she isn’t Jewish.


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