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What the Arab Spring is All About

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RUSH: Here's Brandy in Lowell, Texas.  Great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  It's great to talk to you.

RUSH:  Well, thank you.

CALLER:  I've been listening to you since well before I was 24, and I've never been afraid of you.

RUSH:  Well, God bless you.  There's no need to be.  I can't thank you enough for that.

CALLER:  I'm very excited about your book, and since you can write for 10 to 13 years old, I'm hoping you can -- I'm blonde, so I'm having problems figuring out the Syrian, Egypt conflict.  And I was hoping you could help me figure it out.

RUSH:  You know, you make a good point, need to remind people of something.  You mentioned ages 10 to 13.  Folks, this hardcover is 224 pages.  This is not some skimpy little book for kids.  This is a real book.  It's 224 pages, hardcover.  It took beaucoup hours to record the audio of this.  Now, you want to know the similarities of the two, Egypt and Syria?

                                               
 
CALLER:  Well, I just am confused because I thought the Arab Spring was a good thing, that's what the media, not you, that's what the media said.  I had thought Assad in Syria was like --

RUSH:  You're like everybody else.  Brandy, you're just responding to what you heard.  You heard Nancy Pelosi and Hillary and whoever else talk about what a great guy Assad was and --

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  -- what a great reformer, and John Kerry went to dinner with him and said the same thing.  And then in Egypt the Arab Spring was happening, and that was good, that was the Obama campaign happening in Egypt. It was such a wonderful thing, hope and change in Egypt.  That was all good and now it's all falling apart and you're scratching  year head saying, "Wait a minute, I thought it was all good. How can it become this?"

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  And the answer to your question is they were lying to you from the get-go about what all this was.  The Arab Spring was not democracy and freedom and liberty for citizens of these countries breaking out.  What the Arab Spring was -- let me sum it up for you in my words.  The Arab Spring is this administration's attempt to get rid of leaders, some would say dictators, who had been sympathetic and supportive of the United States for years, and replace them with militant Islamist extremists.  That's what is taking place, under the guise -- because the American people don't have any questions about it -- under the guise of hope and change, Arab Spring, whatever supposedly nice sounding thing it is. 

 But it's all falling apart because it never was what we were told it was.  We were being misled by everybody, by the regime and then by their slavish media.  And because it never was what they said it was, now it appears to be falling apart when in reality this has been in the cards from the get-go, I think.  I think Obama has wanted to get rid of a lot of dictators in that region who have been sympathetic to the United States for years, in one way or the other, because of stability in the region and replace them, 'cause he doesn't like them, for whatever reason.  Does that help?

CALLER:  That's helped with Egypt.  It does help with Egypt.  Now, the red flag for Syria, for me, was that Putin's calling us a liar, and so now I know -- I mean, I already knew the Obama administration was lying to us on a number of things.  So if both of them are lying, what's really happening in Syria?

RUSH:  Well, somebody in Syria is using chemical weapons on the population there.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  There is an argument taking place as to who is doing it, and that's where you got people on both sides accusing the other, and where both sides don't have any trust and credibility.  Should we believe Putin and his investigation?  There's one guy, Jossef Bodansky, who is a renowned scholar, quoted him on Tuesday, claims that it is the Syrian rebels who are not a bunch of innocent men, women, and children, and families.  They are thug, criminal.  They're Al-Qaeda, many of them are, the rebels trying to get rid of Assad, take over the country for themselves. 

Bodansky says that they are the ones that used the chemical weapons, not Assad, and that the United States knew that they were going to use chemical weapons and help because the objective is to get rid of Assad.  So you're like a lot of people, we had a previous caller, "How do we know what we're being told is true because they haven't presented any evidence?" And you're not the only one who doesn't get it.  Nobody, even the media, Brandy, is starting to ask the administration, "Where's your evidence for what you're claiming?  How do we know Assad is doing this?"  Nobody really knows.  Don't miss the last half hour, because I'm gonna answer the rest of your questions as we finish the program today.  Thanks for the call.
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RUSH:  Nathan, West Alexander, Pennsylvania, great to have you on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, thanks Rush, mega western PA calling on my iPhone 4 hope you can hear me dittos.

RUSH:  Well, I hear you great.

CALLER:  All right, good deal.  Hey, just a quick comment.  The situation in the Middle East seems like the peaceful Muslims need to rise up against the extremist Muslims and squash it themselves.  That's basically where the whole dilemma is.  If they can figure out between the sects over there which ones are peaceful, which ones are extremist --

RUSH:  Wait a minute.  What are the odds that's gonna happen?

CALLER:  I know, I know, but --

RUSH:  Everybody's scared of the extremists, Nathan.

CALLER:  Well, if everybody stood up together, I think it might make a difference.  I mean all the peaceful regions over there.  If everybody stood up as one big collective to get rid of that, I think it might make a difference.

RUSH:  Well, obviously that would be wonderful if that happened, but that usually is not the way of the world.  Now, you're right in one sense.  These people are gonna have to be defeated.  But, you know, there's another question, what peaceful Muslims?  Syria is run by the Assad family, they are Shias.  We're talking about Assad here.  He's not a peaceful guy.  He's brutal.  He probably is not the one using nerve gas, but he's not a good guy.

CALLER:  I completely understand.  That's why I'm saying if everybody were to get together and squash the Muslim extremists, it would make it that much better.  I think that's what needs to happen and we need to stay out of it.

RUSH:  It'd be great if that would happen, but the aggressor always sets the rules, and people are scared to death of them.

CALLER:  Well, I guess the Muslims over there need to search themselves and find out if they want to live with that or get rid of it.

RUSH:  I think you need to understand, they live under dictatorships.  It's not a question for them.  I mean, women who get raped are put to death because it was their fault.

CALLER:  I know.  And that's a shame.

RUSH:  How do you rise up against that?

CALLER:  What about the military leaders in Syria?  Didn't they overthrow the Assad regime?

RUSH:  No.  The Assad regime is still the Assad regime.

CALLER:  Okay, I thought they had kicked them out of office.

RUSH:  No.  You're thinking of Egypt.

CALLER:  Okay, Egypt.

RUSH:  You're thinking of Egypt where the military rose up --

CALLER:  You're right, you're right.

RUSH:  -- against Morsi, but the military has always controlled Egypt.  Mubarak, they were buds, they were aligned.  Mubarak did what he had to do.  The brotherhood was attempting to wrest power from the military in Egypt, and Morsi paid the price for it.  People did stand up in Egypt.  People did stand up in Egypt.  I mean, what you're saying is not impossible.  But Egypt's a different country than Syria.  And we're allies with Egypt for a reason.  Were.  But not Syria.  Syria's a whole different matter, just like Hezbollah and Hamas.  But regardless, I appreciate the call, Nathan.  Thanks much. 

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