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So how's that old Arab Spring going? You remember - the "Facebook Revolution." As I write, they're counting the votes in Egypt's presidential election...


Facebook also a loser in Egypt

So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember – the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election…

So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember – the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.”


In second place is the military’s man, Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister and a man who in a recent television interview said that “unfortunately the revolution succeeded.”


In third place is moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, a 9/11 Truther endorsed by the terrorist organization al-Gama’a al-Islamiya. He’s a “moderate” because he thinks Egyptian Christians should be allowed to run for the presidency, although they shouldn’t be allowed to win.


As I said, this thrilling race is by no means over, and one would not rule out an eventual third-place finish by a rival beacon of progress such as Amr Moussa, the longtime Arab League flack and former Mubarak Foreign Minister. So what happened to all those candidates embodying the spirit of Egypt’s modern progressive democratic youth movement that all those Western media rubes were cooing over in Tahrir Square a year ago? How are they doing in Egypt’s first free presidential election?

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Mark Steyn is an internationally syndicated columnist and a visiting fellow at Hillsdale College, whose writings on war, politics, the arts, and culture have appeared in almost every major publication around the world from The Wall Street Journal to The Irish Times to The Australian. Steyn is National Review's Happy Warrior and a contributing editor to Canada's bestselling newsweekly, Maclean's. He is also a popular guest host of the Rush Limbaugh Program.

His previous book, America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It (Regnery Publishing, 2006), is a New York Times bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada, where it was the subject of three separate complaints to the country's many 'human rights' commissions.  He has most recently published After America: Get Ready For Armageddon  (Regnery, 2011).

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