“Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion”
The Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead blog has refrained from commenting on the precarious situation in Egypt (and the Middle East in general) primarily because we knew very little about it (the editorial “we” is always used in such circumstances as it enables me to blame my ignorance on my imaginary colleagues). Being of cynical mind (and somewhat unsound body), it had occurred to me that there were probably a number of rats lurking in this particular woodpile on the Nile, a suspicion confirmed in the articles listed below, the largest of the lurkers being the Society of Muslim Brothers, better known as the “Muslim Brotherhood” or “MB”. The MB was founded in Ismailia, Egypt in 1928, taking as its credo,
“Allah is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
The MB is the country’s largest opposition group and, despite a ban on inclusion in the current parliament, is maneuvering for a spot in a new “national unity” government as soon as the detested President Mubarak is dumped. The goal of the MB is, in accordance with its proclaimed raison d’être, to get a large sandal in the parliamentary door preparatory to kicking it closed for good. Our own President, either hopelessly naive or purposely disingenuous, has stated that any new Egyptian government
“must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices in opposition parties.”
Adding that such a move
“should lead to elections that are free and fair. And it should result in a government that’s not only grounded in democratic principles, but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.”
But since Egypt is 80 to 90% Muslim, logic dictates that the Brotherhood will be the loudest of these voices. And a belief in “democratic principles” is not part of the MB’s playbook.
Alfred E. Neuman In The Driver’s Seat (Pajamas Media)
The Obama administration has made one little-noticed but deeply significant policy appointment recently: it has installed Alfred E. Neuman at the center of is decision-making process for the Middle East. “But wait,” you may be saying, “I thought his name was Bruce Riedel, late of the CIA, now advisor to Obama and scholar at the Brookings Institution for Triangulation, Appeasement, and Reasons to Blame America First?”
[…] In a remarkable piece for the Daily Beast called “Don’t Fear the Muslim Brotherhood,” he assures readers that the Brotherhood has long since renounced violence and may well be the “most reasonable” option for Egypt. To listen to Mr. Riedel-Neuman, you would think that the Muslim Brotherhood was nearly indistinguishable from a Great Society social welfare program: “it has an enormous social-welfare infrastructure that provides cheap education and health care.” It even worked hard, according to Mr. Riedel-Neuman, to assure fair elections in Egypt last time around.
The truth about the Muslim Brotherhood is somewhat — no, it is categorically different. Andrew McCarthy has a tart and illuminating rejoinder at NRO. Entitled “Fear the Muslim Brotherhood,” the essay injects welcome elements of historical context and political reality into the discussion. As Andy shows, Riedel-Neuman’s history “is selective to the point of parody. The Brotherhood did not suddenly become violent (or ‘more violent’) during World War II. It was violent from its origins two decades earlier. This fact — along with Egyptian Islamic society’s deep antipathy toward the West and its attraction to the Nazis’ virulent anti-Semitism — is what gradually beat European powers, especially Britain, into withdrawal.”
The Muslim Brotherhood is the Enemy (Rightside News)
[…] One reason we might be misperceiving the MB as no threat is because a prime source of information about such matters is the Muslim Brotherhood itself. As the Center for Security Policy’s new, best-selling Team B II report entitled, Shariah: The Threat to America found: “It is now public knowledge that nearly every major Muslim organization in the United States is actually controlled by the MB or a derivative organization. Consequently, most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”
During the past month, Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood, has called on Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons “to terrorize their enemies.” He also boycotted an interfaith meeting with Jews on grounds he believes they support murdering Muslims in Palestine, and he additionally said Muslims are permitted to kill Israeli women because they serve in the army.
[…] According to excerpts of a speech that aired on Al-Jazeera in January 2009, Qaradawi called on Muslims to put Jews in “their place” as Hitler had done, in revenge for Israeli military operations in Gaza several weeks earlier. “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption,” he said. “The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.”
The former worst president in history, Jimmy Carter, gave us an Iran controlled by the the Ayatollah Khomeini after demanding the Shah of Iran step down.
Obama will give us an Egypt run by the Muslim Brotherhood, and will therein complete the major goal of Carter’s second term.
We Have Helped Empower The Muslim Brotherhood (On My Watch)
Countless Egyptians interviewed have dismissed them as a fringe group. They are not a large number but are well organized. Make no mistake, they are as totalitarian and dictatorial as that which is being run out of town on a rail this evening.
Egypt Under Siege–Vetting The Muslim Brotherhood (Conservative Examiner)
While the regime of Egyptian President Mubarak has been oppressive to say the least, the group that appears to be waiting in the wings to take control is no better and likely worse. Every indication points to an even more stringent government under the control of Islamic extremists.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an integral part of the group that is quick to push Mubarak out the door. While citizens have every right to rebel against oppression, as is so often the case with Middle Eastern nations the demise of a moderating influence provides the impetus for ushering in an even more oppressive regime controlled by individuals who wish to implement Sharia Law and advocate for the Jihad.
Egypt is thus under siege, not primarily from impoverished citizens who wish to be free but from ominous forces that take advantage of their plight for subversive political and religious ends.
If Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday. Political commentators expressed shock at how the United States as well as its major European allies appeared to be ready to dump a staunch strategic ally of three decades, simply to conform to the current ideology of political correctness.
[…] “The question is, do we think Obama is reliable or not,” said an Israeli official, who declined to be named. “Right now it doesn’t look so. That is a question resonating across the region not just in Israel.” To win popular Arab opinion, Obama was risking America’s status as a superpower and reliable ally.
[…] “Throughout Asia, Africa and South America, leaders are now looking at what is going on between Washington and Cairo. Everyone grasps the message: “America’s word is worthless … America has lost it.”