Inside the Middle East
February 2, 2011
Posted: 952 GMT

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John A   February 2nd, 2011 10:23 am ET

Lets have another intellectual blog session from our American friends.

Jordanians and Egyptians are not democratic and free like Americans, we know this because they don't eat at McDonalds.

If War breaks out in Egypt or Jordan, should Americans rush down to Walmart to buy gas masks.

America needs to install dictators in the middle east if their democratically elected leaders won't grovel at America's feet. That's the definition of democracy.

We cant let the invisible Osama bin Laden plot the down fall of the world from a cave in Jordan or Egypt.

Henry Ford invented the Pyramids.

General Custer defeated the Pharaoh.

Tom Hanks will be cast as Saddam Hussein in the movie: Iraq hates you because your free.

Yeah bring it on! More silly blogs from clueless Americans

Bertrand Laurent   February 3rd, 2011 8:20 am ET

Why on earth is Piers Morgan interviewing Rudy Giuliani about Egypt? What value or knowledge can Giuliani possibly bring to anything about current events in Egypt or US foreign policy there? His ill-considered, opinionated statements only serve to further dumb-down the public's understanding. Please, CNN, raise the bar! Thanks- Bert Laurent

John A   February 3rd, 2011 12:09 pm ET

The above video explains all you need to know about the middle east. It lasts 9 minutes and puts it thats really happened in context. Even our radical Israeli bloggers might understand it.

John A   February 3rd, 2011 12:11 pm ET

The above video explains all you need to know about the middle east. It lasts 9 minutes and puts all things in context. Even our radical Israeli bloggers might understand.

miriam   February 3rd, 2011 1:26 pm ET

John A,

Another US export!

The US is useful when it serves your purposes. Otherwise....

Bruce Rubin   February 3rd, 2011 4:43 pm ET

If the Islamic extremist get hold of these countries we will see a repeat of of the Yom Kippur War. If Iran produces an atomic weapon before this occurs we will see the end of Oil Age. Israel will be left no choice.They will have to nuke them to survive

1LuckyKid   February 3rd, 2011 4:53 pm ET

What is the United Nations doing to help the people of Egypt?
It seems quite true from inside stories from Democracy Now, CNN, FOX, and Amnesty Intl. that the violence did not start with the peaceful protestors.. Pres. Obama will be blamed by many no matter what he does and no doubt must be part of a group of civilized nations to decide what to do. China has blocked even the ability for it's people to search for the word Egypt on the not such a freedom loving government there yet right?
What is Italy doing to help...... Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Canada, England, Russia Japan etc.?

Yassar Al-Majali   February 3rd, 2011 7:16 pm ET

Events in the region have focused media attention on Jordan’s peaceful weekly demonstrations of several hundred participants, which are sanctioned by the Minister of Interior, and are focusing on the food and fuel price hikes.

Like the demonstrations in the UK, which called for a freeze on university tuition fee hikes, people around the world have the right to express their opinions and invoke their rights as citizens in an orderly manner, including the Jordanian citizens, and the world has to realize that the developing world, more than the industrial world, is facing real poverty and hunger issues that the income from the tourism growth can affect and alleviate.

The media has found ripe grounds to fill its airtime, and creates news rather than report it. Our well-respected monarch, King Abdullah II, and Queen Rania have achieved an oasis of peace in a region surrounded by turmoil, one that has proven throughout the decades to be the safe haven for all the people of the Middle East.

The 26% growth in tourism in Jordan last year is due to Jordanian hospitality and the friendliness of its people that is embedded in the culture and education of this Kingdom.
Best Regards,

Yassar Al-Majali (MBA)
General Manager
Jordan Hotel Association

Jessie   February 5th, 2011 12:41 am ET

It is a great concern as to why fights and riots happen. We all live in a world of unfairness but why should we make fools of ourselves to take a life of another?

The middle east is such a currupted area. Maybe the anti-christ is coming from the middle east? Egypt and Iran are acting like such babies. It all has to do with religion. Why should a country be held by one view of a certain group? Why cant there different views? Why should muslims be so warlike?

My comment is for all the muslims out there and politians of Islamic countries,Please turn to Jesus Christ as your lord and saviour and ask for his forgivness for the wrong you have done. There is a way out, turn to Christianity,give yourselves to the Lord and he will wash your sins away,he will love you unconditionally and there is the guarantee of going to heaven. You muslim women,stand for your rights and be glad, give praise to God.

Dont be ignorant, lead your people in the right way, control not by force or death penalites but by the understanding of God. If you are a hater of men then you are a hater of God. I am not forcing, for once, listen to somebody in your lives and dont disagree and say that your religion is the best, im not arguing, im simply opening your hearts and minds without having to pay a price in life. Religion is man searching for God,Christianity is God searching for man. There is a way out of this war... just pray and get out of whats wrong and unjust and war, killing,abuse,domination..there is a way, turn your faith around and believe in the power of God. Salvation is yours.

Mona Shehata   February 5th, 2011 1:31 pm ET

Mr. Omar Soliman says that the resignation of Pres. Mubarak would detain the political and democratic reform as his presence in power is critical to change the constitution however this is not true at all as these changes can be implemented even with Pres Mubarek is not in office as follows:
1) according to article 136 of constitution the pres. disolves the peoples assembly and shoura councel call for public elections then he resigns
2) according to article 84 the head of the supreme constitutional court assumes power
3) according to article 152 the head of the court calls for public referandum on the removal of article 76 from the constitution as it is in conflict with article 8
after electing the parliament it may call for change of articles 76, 77,88,or any other articles it wishes to change by one third of its members and may be approved by two third of its member and this does not require the presedent in office and that is done under article 189 of the constitution
then it may call for presidential elections
all this sacn be done within 3 months maximum without Mr. Mubarak so the question is why is he clinging to power after all this and if he and his aids are honest in performing reforms why are they lying about it
it is obvious they are buying time to just kill the uprising and if they get it then God Help us all Egypt will become one big concentration camp

Free Syria now   February 6th, 2011 2:50 am ET

Yes with help from outside due to the similarity between the Iraqi regiem and the Syrian regiem controlod by the secret police. Imagin there is on secret police for 5 people in syria

Yusil   February 6th, 2011 8:48 am ET

Mr. Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt, was sent by President Obama to Cairo on Monday to urge Mr. Mubarak to step down. Yesterday, however, he said that, in his view, Mr Mubarak should stay in office to steer these changes through. Obama’s state department came out with a statement denying that this was the official position of the US government.So is this the view of just a well-informed expert on Egypt? Or a glimpse from Mr Obama's special envoy of the real game plan in Washington? Does the US really want Mubarak to go? So is this the view of just a well-informed expert on Egypt? Or a glimpse from Mr. Obama's special envoy of the real game plan in Washington and is this another example of the famous American double speak?

Hunk   February 9th, 2011 8:24 pm ET

The Muslim brotherhood whom you call as Isalmist cant be the major factor behind any upheaval in Jordan, its a political party and in their best shot wont even get a 10% of the seat in the lower parliament, but in order to be granted a permission to stage a demonstration you require a permission which can be easily granted to parties, so not all people participating in these demonstration are for a matter of fact from that party lol
Jordan will not have the same fate like Egypt or Tunisia but will have a more freedom of expression and some more liberty inshallah and this might lead to expelling of the Israeli ambassador and the closing down of the embassy and the end of the Israeli honeymoon in the region, which is only striking similarity that i see between Egypt and Jordan -in the coming near future. but i am asking for too much? i really dont think so

miriam   February 10th, 2011 12:13 pm ET


If that is what liberty and freedom of expression bring, many in Jordan may quickly come to regret it.

Increased water shortages, reduced agricultural production, environmental damage, electricity shortages, reduced tourism, increased crime and drug trafficking, diminished security......are just a few of the potential effects of cutting Israeli-Jordanian relations.

What will they then be protesting about on the street when prices and living standards have become even more unfavourable?

Freelibyan   February 20th, 2011 12:59 pm ET

There is unconfirmed news that Gaddafi's son (Saif) is in the USA seeking support from the American government to suppress the libyan uprising

Freelibyan   February 20th, 2011 2:59 pm ET

I suggest that CNN be where the action is in libya. CNN maybe could reach Bengazi through Egypt. Hundreds are being killed by Qaddafi hired killers. Pls email me and I might be able to provide a name and phone number you can reach

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