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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Terrorists are fleeing Egyptian prisons: "Now there are reports that Hezbollah members from the cell imprisoned last year for plotting attacks in the Sinai have 'escaped,' along with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood figures."

Hosni Mubarak refuses to flee, out of concern for his country, mind you. "In an interview with ABC News, Mr. Mubarak appeared defiant, saying he wants to leave office now, but cannot for fear the country will sink deeper into chaos."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) flees the scene and ducks a vote on repealing Obamacare. "Could he have skipped it, as some have suggested, to avoid a record of voting against the people of Virginia -- again -- or to avoid showing his lemming status voting lockstep with the Democrats?"

As foreigners flee and Mubarak cracks down, Egyptian media remain a beacon of . . . anti-Semitism: "Egypt's state-run media remained deeply anti-Semitic, famously airing a miniseries based in part on the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion. 'The Israelis' fear that democratic politics will bring about more anti-Israel views is true, at least in the short run,' [Elliott Abrams] said. 'But turn on Egyptian state TV and all you get is vicious invective against Jews all day long.'"

The man fleeing prosecution for the WikiLeaks documents gets a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Most years, the Nobelians disgrace themselves, so I'm not all that surprised.

Elite schools were promising to allow ROTC back on college campuses. But when anti-ROTC groups make a fuss ("criticisms include the military's ban on transgender individuals"), will administrators crumble? Thankfully, former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz came to the defense of ROTC's reinstatement. Have all the liberals fled the scene?

Remember when the Bush freedom agenda was toxic to media elites? Smart liberals are no longer fleeing from the notion that we should advance freedom around the world. Eugene Robinson writes, "If the Egyptian regime can be challenged by ordinary citizens demanding freedom and democracy, any regime in the Arab world can be so challenged. The United States will not be able to dictate events, but neither will it be able to stand idly by - not where our non-democratic allies are concerned. When push comes to shove, American officials must uphold American values. We made a bargain whose term has lapsed. Settling final accounts will not be pleasant." Bravo.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Yes the Egyptian media is bitterly and unreservedly anti Israel and vulgarly anti Semitic, perhaps even more so than some of the worst Islamic terrorist groups. But at least their anti Israel and anti Semitic sentiments are presently limited to words by the Mubarak regime, what will happen when the Moslem Brotherhood takes control of Egypt will give these awful sentiments real physical reality.

Posted by: Beniyyar | February 4, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Rubin seems to be trapped in a contradiction. "Bravo" to "freedom and democracy" even when the outcome is Hamas in Gaza and what will certainly not be a liberal secular Egypt that suddenly stops blaming the Zionists for everything from shark attacks to the rumor that all the foreign journalists in Cairo were really Israelis.

Democracy before education/literacy and before a coherent legal system is solely a one-step trip into a different form of tyranny.

Even without the pernicious anti-Zionism and potential threat to Israel, who wants to see Egypt descend into Islamist Sharia law while millions starve?

Posted by: K2K2 | February 4, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

From Ronald Reagan: "While we must be cautious about forcing the pace of change, we must not hesitate to declare our ultimate objectives and to take concrete actions to move toward them. We must be staunch in our conviction that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings. So states the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which, among other things, guarantees free elections. The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy, the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities, which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means. This is not cultural imperialism, it is providing the means for genuine self-determination and protection for diversity. Democracy already flourishes in countries with very different cultures and historical experiences. It would be cultural condescension, or worse, to say that any people prefer dictatorship to democracy."

Posted by: harris1014 | February 4, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Eugene Robinson is fine with the Moslem Brotherhood's taking over Egypt.

"Morning Bits" says "Bravo."

I think not.

Posted by: IsraelP | February 4, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Well said, K2.

Posted by: Inagua1 | February 4, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"The man fleeing prosecution for the WikiLeaks documents gets a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Most years, the Nobelians disgrace themselves, so I'm not all that surprised."

The committee that awards the Nobel isn't to blame for nominations.

Posted by: wwoods2 | February 4, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

So Democrats are "lemmings" who "vote in lockstep?" It's about darn time!!!

Posted by: danw1 | February 4, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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