Egyptian democracy prospects brought to you by… “Sandmonkey”

A little note now for all the commentators who approvingly quoted and celebrated Sandmonkey, treated him as a martyr during the riots, and discover that now he’s joined the conventional liberal Egyptian line in essentially calling for tearing up the Camp David accords, remilitarizing the Sinai and opening up the border to Hamas. Oh he’s phrasing it better than that, but that’s what it amounts to.

Some like Barry Rubin are giving him the benefit of the doubt. I’m not. There’s a certain commonality to these things. We got played. And it isn’t the first time. The difference between Curveball and Sandmonkey isn’t as big as you might think. There are no shortage of “dissidents” from the Arab world with a focused narrative, who are very good at telling us what we want to hear, when we want to hear it, and even capable of believing it themselves, before shifting on a dime. They are often members of prominent families, often with ties to previous regimes (according to his blog, Sandmonkey’s grandfather was a general in the royal guard, that would be the royal family overthrown by Mubarak’s predecessors) and often sympathetic and believable. Word to the wise, be wary. Be smart. And don’t be taken in.

Sultan Knish, 25/2/2011 (italics added)

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