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by Don Feder,

Prior to the exit of Beast Mubarak, Kristol (in yet another of his Olympian pronouncements), thundered: “The United States must support the Egyptian awakening, and has a paramount moral and strategic interest in real democracy in Egypt and freedom for the Egyptian people. The question is how the U.S. government can do its best to help the awakening turn out well.”

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How do we know neo-cons aren’t really conservatives? Conservatives are realists. They confront reality without ideological blinders. They do their best to perceive the world as it is, not as they wish it was.

Neo-cons think democracy is the magic elixir — good for what ails the downtrodden, regardless of their benightedness and barbarism. The neo-cons’ touching faith in the universalism of democratic longings is like the liberals’ faith in economic interventionism.

In the case of the Egyptian masses (better they should go back to sleep), popular sovereignty would mean amputating the limbs of shoplifters, killing Christian converts on the spot, a Cairo-Tehran alliance (possibly with Iranian missiles in the Sinai), abrogating Egypt’s 30-year-old peace treaty with Israel, the merger of mosque and state — and, please welcome the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kristol is incensed — incensed I tell you — over Glenn Beck’s warning that the “Egyptian awakening” may be a milestone on the road to a caliphate.

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“When Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines (Kristol’s knowledge of geography is akin to his understanding of history), and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society,” Kristol sneers.

An alliance between the Left and radical Islam? How preposterous! Oh, Beck, you old Bircher.

Let’s see, the Left is anti-American, and “caliphate-promoters” are anti-American. Both hate Israel even more than they detest capitalism.

In the war on terror, both would hamstring law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Both rely on useful dupes (Bill Kristol?). But only a certified member of the lunatic fringe could conjure up a connection between militant Islam and the totalitarian Left.

Jealousy may play a part in Kristol’s attack, reminiscent of the cruder smears of the Left. According to the latest stats, The Weekly Standard has a circulation of just over 103,000, while between 2.5 million and 3 million watch Beck’s television show every weekday evening. Kristol has his thousands, Beck his millions.

Egypt isn’t Kristol’s first democracy binge-drinking bout.

In 1999, Kristol was gung-ho for NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia. There was Slobodan Milosevic engaged in ethnic cleansing (the brute) and Kosovo Muslims yearning for Jeffersonian democracy. Thanks to the NATO/Clinton intervention, which Kristol wildly applauded, Kosovo today is a nearly independent thug-ocracy, run by the Albanian mafia, where Serbs are ethnically cleansed.

According to a Council of Europe report, released last December, Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci runs an organ-harvesting operation. Thaci’s goons execute Serb prisoners; then Albanian surgeons move in and extract kidneys. That’s the way democracy goes, down Kosovo way. (“All in favor of killing this Serb for his organs, raise your hands. The ayes have it.”) Free Kosovo is also a major route for drugs and women trafficked into Europe from the East.

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