Egypt, continuing coverage (see tags for content)

Posted on February 5, 2011


The Muslim Brotherhood’s Penetration of the Obama Administration

Feb 03, 2011 12:00 am | Jamie Glazov

The Islamists the president brought into his midst.

 

Feb 02, 2011 11:59 pm | Robert Spencer

A love affair.

Feb 02, 2011 11:06 pm | Lisa Daftari

Tragic lessons from Khomeini’s killing fields.

 

Feb 02, 2011 11:05 pm | Erick Stakelbeck

Why the Brotherhood’s climb to power in Egypt has horrific consequences for the West and Israel.

“To this day, the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s motto remains, ‘Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar (which means their god is the greatest)!’ Still, our see-no-Islamic-evil foreign-policy establishment blathers on about the Brotherhood’s purported renunciation of violence â€â€� and never you mind that, with or without violence, its commitment is … to ‘conquer America’ and ‘conquer Europe.’ It is necessary to whitewash the Ikhwan’s brutal legacy and its tyrannical designs in order to fit it into the experts’ paradigm: history for simpletons.” –columnist Andrew McCarthy

Daily Events 2-1-11

Hey, you’d think that Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name would’ve come in handy in the Arab world by now, huh?  Nope.  It turns out that even an Obama speech can’t curb Egypt being set ablaze.  And that’s a blow to the brother’s confidence, no doubt.

Obama’s ego aside, how surprised would you be if I told you that the White House is cozying up to the idea of Egypt being run by Muslim terrorists?  Not even a teensy-weensy bit surprised?  Me neither.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama administration “supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood” to participate in a “reformed Egyptian government.”

But don’t let the word “reform” fool you.  In the Middle East, a “reform” occurs when Arab strongmen are ousted and replaced with bloodthirsty terrorist outfits instead, a la Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

So, as Egypt immolates itself during its eighth day of protests, I wanted to highlight three famous alums of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is what you have to look forward to, people:

  1. Let’s start with Abdullah Azzam of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.  Azzam taught at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University, where he mentored Osama bin Laden, who was one of his students.
  2. Then there’s bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  Did I mention he’s bin Laden’s right-hand man?
  3. But that’s not all.  Now let’s bring to the stage Mr. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose hobbies include head slicing, Jew killing, and plotting September 11, 2001.  He was part of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.

I could go on and on with terrorist scum buckets who got their start in the Muslim Brotherhood, but I’m getting tired of writing names that begin with Zawahiri and end with Mohammed.

Bottom line is this:  President Obama is even more dangerous than we thought if he thinks America’s interests are served better by the Muslim Brotherhood controlling Egypt rather than Hosni Mubarak, an ally of ours for 30 years.

This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that, according to our own government’s investigation, views America as a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”

Hey, who’s up for supporting Mubarak?

— Jason Mattera
With Mubarak on His Way Out, U.S. Must Do No Harm, Conservative Analysts Say
(CNSNews.com)
– The crisis in Egypt probably will result in the fall of longtime President Hosni Mubarak, conservative foreign policy experts say. Given that scenario, the United States must work for a peaceful transition of power and prevent the radical Muslim Brotherhood from taking over.

Protests Planned in Syria, As Assad Expresses Confidence in His Country’s ‘Stability’
(CNSNews.com)
– Online appeals for large-scale protests in Syria this weekend are prompting speculation that President Bashir Assad’s regime could be next target of anti-regime sentiment sweeping the region. A number of Facebook and Twitter pages are calling for a “day of rage” against the government on February 5. Yet Assad insists that his country is more “stable” than Egypt and Tunisia.

China Keeps a Wary Eye on Events in Egypt
(CNSNews.com)
– China’s communist government is uneasy about popular movements seeking political change, and state media’s coverage of the past week’s events in Egypt has focused more on the turmoil and disruption caused by the demonstrations than on demands for democratic reforms and calls for the government to stand down. 

Feb 02, 2011 12:05 pm | Jeff Dunetz

If one is to believe the mainstream media, opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei is the moderate choice to take over for Hosni Mubarak as the leader of the key US ally Egypt. However a look at his history shows that he would most likely not be friendly to the United States and even worse be controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Feb 02, 2011 11:40 am | Megan Fox

I’m sure it will come as some surprise to you that the protesters in Egypt are actually protesting because they haven’t been taxed enough. Millions of people have been risking their lives and facing down the government because they just want to give their corrupt government more money.

Barack Obama’s Egypt Failure: He’s Becoming Carter Faster Than Carter Became Carter

Barack Obama’s failure in Egypt has nothing to do with Egypt itself descending to chaos. No American administration has been willing to call Hosni Mubarak a dictator, which he is. And no administration has sought to strong arm Mubarak into a succession plan devoid of kleptocratic relatives.

We cannot blame Barack Obama for Egypt collapsing in on itself.

We can however blame Barack Obama for failing to mitigate and control the impact of the collapse.

Like when a demolition team sets about bringing down a crumbling building — and we now know Obama collaborated to help bring down Egypt — the demolition team must make sure the building, as it implodes, does not throw debris and carnage all over the place. If that happens, the demolition team is liable.

Barack Obama is liable, given this. . .

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Wednesday, February 2nd
 
Egyptian Democracy Hijacked?
An energized Sean Hannity took the Wednesday airwaves and described an interview he saw on Eliot Spitzer’s television show last night. Spitzer interviewed radical Muslim activist Imam Adjem Choudary who said the revolution in Egypt “has all the flavors of an Islamic uprising.” Yet for some reason, Spitzer insisted the chaos was a Democratic movement. “Spitzer is too stupid to listen to [Choudary]. I believe whatever Democratic revolution started this has been hijacked by radicals and my great fear is as we look around at Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan that you have the potential of real mass destruction.” The Muslim Brotherhood is seeking political legitimacy and has generated support by protesters in Egypt. But just what is the Muslim Brotherhood? Catherine Herridge from FoxNews.com explains HERE.

VIDEO: McCain reacts to Mubarak’s Exit Plan

Muslim Brotherhood Debate
Sean welcomed Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the American Congress For Truth, and Naeem Baig, Vice President of the Islamic Circle of North America to the second hour of the program. Sean started the interview by grilling Mr. Baig on his Muslim beliefs. When asked if he supported Sharia law Baig’s response was inaudible. Sean continued to press Baig and asked if he supported Hamas. Naeem Baig mumbled and then claimed he had no knowledge of any violence from Hamas. Baig continued to duck and dodge Sean’s questions throughout the interview. Sean seized on the opportunity and proceeded to run circles around Baig – ultimately making him look quite foolish. Gabriel, on the other hand, had no qualms about calling The Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. “It is the oldest terrorist organization in the world, founded in 1928, and since that has established 70 offshoot Islamic organizations around the world that includes Al Qaeda and Hamas,” Gabri el explained.

VIDEO: Is the Muslim Brotherhood a real threat to take power in Egypt?

Daniel Hannan On Crisis In Egypt
Daniel Hannan, the outspoken British politician and Member of the European Parliament, joined Sean to discuss the crisis in Egypt. Hannan agreed with Sean’s fear that the end result of all the unrest in Egypt could be a radical Islamic state. “Nobody wants to see the emergence of any kind of anti-Democratic or authoritarian regime,” Hannan told Sean.  The question now, Hannan explained, is if the chaos occurring in Egypt now will lead to such a radical, anti-Democratic state. “My own view is that the West has made a mistake,” Hannan described. “We were so scared at the prospect of some of these Muslims taking over that we ended up propping up some terrible, terrible strong men. There are some really nasty dictatorships around that region,” said Hannan. The end result is that we’ve ultimately created the thing we’ve been trying to avoid. “Fundamentalism thrives on persecution. The policy of backing secular strongmen has failed in its own terms, as well as being morally objectionable. It’s time to try Democracy. Our inclination, other things being equal, should be towards representative government. We have, after all, made the same mistake before. In Iran, we lined up behind a brutal autocracy because the alternative was thought to be Islamic fundamentalism. As Sarah Palin might put it, ‘How’s that workin’ out for ya?’” Hannan concluded.

Commentary: Bernanke and Ethanol Sink Egypt

Lawrence Kudlow
Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter?

Read more at GOPUSA…

Jay Sekulow and Frank Gaffney
Sean was joined by Jay Sekulow and former Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan Frank Gaffney to discuss the latest unrest in the Middle East. “What if the Muslim Brotherhood prevails,” asked Sean. “You should be concerned,” warned Gaffney, “When, and not if, this happens we will have a jihadist government in place in the most populous nation in the Middle East.” Sekulow added, “Unless something changes, US weaponry in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood would impact the stability of the world.”

D’Souza: Obama Views Muslim Brotherhood as ‘Good Guys’

Israel: Egypt Could Trigger Radical Islamic Wave

Revolution at Egypt Is About a Value America Once Championed

By YOUSSEF IBRAHIM, Special to the NySun | February 2, 2011

http://www.nysun.com/foreign/revolution-at-egypt-is-not-about-palestine-but/87226/

The revolution underway at Egypt is not about Palestine, Israel, America, food prices, or even bad living conditions. It is about Freedom, a value America once championed beyond all.

President Obama’s wobbly speech of barely four minutes Tuesday night about that revolution was so hesitant it left Egyptians stunned. In the face of a glorious uprising in the leading Arab country by millions of its people young and old, a president of America they all looked up to, merely asked their ruling dictator for “reforms.”

Egypt knows an American president can publicly call for the departure of a ruler whose army has for 30 years been supplied, equipped, trained, and kept alive with $ 1.5 billion a year of U.S. aid. As a nation, Egypt has also received another annual subsidy of nearly a billion dollars since 1979.

In that period, on America’s watch, Mr. Mubarak transformed into a fearsome dictator jailing 100,000 people as his police killed and tortured tens of thousands more. Billions of dollars of the American financial aid has been rerouted into bank accounts of Mr. Mubrarak’s wife, two sons, and their coterie of friendly businessmen.

Indeed the chief slogan on placards carried by demonstrators widely seen on television around the globe has been: “Enough” and “Thief” printed over Mr. Mubarak’s face.

Yet, in his speech of fewer than five minutes, Mr. Obama chose merely to ask Mr. Mubarak to mend his ways as he stays in power ten more months.

Mr. Obama’s aides claim he held two conversations with Mr. Mubarak of half an hour each. One wonders what was said in private that the taxpayers whose money is being pocketed could not hear.

We do know that Mr. Obama sent Frank Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt who is quite knowledgeable, to have a talk. Mr. Wisner is also a friend of Mr. Mubarak and several cabinet ministers of the discredited regime. One only questions whether such a close relationship is the proper channel to deliver a stern message.

In the past two days, the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the greatest repository on earth of world antiquities is being looted under Mr. Mubarak’s generals.

Young men and women peacefully demonstrating in Tahrir’s square today were charged by men riding horses and camels carrying swords and knives slashing and cutting them. Dozens were severely wounded. Scores were arrested. Five of those raiders captured by the crowd turned out to have police Identity cards.

True, these are actions of a dying regime. Mr. Mubarak is doomed. But why is the U.S. failing to speak for the immediate departure of Mr. Mubarak at a time when the Arab world looks at the first ever African-American President from a Muslim family who less than two years ago in Cairo spoke of democracy?

In the crowd then at Cairo’s University a student shouted: “Obama We Love You.” One wonders what that man today feels? Is he among the wounded, arrested or those camping out in Tahrir Square, or Liberation Square, as it translates in English.

In a Middle East impregnated with looming revolutions, Tunisia a tiny nation of 10 million people passed the torch a month ago to another of 85 million Arabs in Egypt. Rumblings of more revolts can be heard in the South, North, and East of the Arab world as far as Yemen and Jordan.

It is not too early to speculate on the new Egypt that will emerge after the riots and the mayhem.

Mr. Mubarak had skipped a tiny window of opportunity to join his friend the Tunisian dictator Zein El Abedein Bin Ali in Saudi Arabia.

Now demonstrators by the millions are asking for his arrest and trial along with his entire family, former cabinet ministers and police who did much of the humiliation, killings, and torture for him during decades.

The young in Liberation Square maybe leaderless, but they have only one agenda called Egypt. Talking heads claiming credit for Islam, Palestine, Jihad or any other causes are just talking and mostly outside Egypt. This movement inside is lead by middle class kids in blue jeans and women, some in veil, others without. They are in their twenties with older generations now joining in. They talk of jobs, hope, freedom, and a democratic future. They used Internet, Facefbook, Google and Twitter. The last thing of earth they will accept is some bearded preacher, a uniformed general, or leftist professor offering their own agendas religious or otherwise.

The first spokeswoman of the group in Tahrir Square on AlJazeera Arabic TV today said their first demand is the release of all those arrested and reopening the internet — otherwise they are not talking and they are not moving.

Meanwhile, Thursday and Friday were designated as new “days of rage.” Millions or Egyptians up and down the river Nile are readying for that challenge.

Mr. Ibrahim is a concontributing editor of the Sun.

Winners and Losers From a Pharaoh’s Fall  

by Pat Buchanan 

Among the biggest losers of the Egyptian uprising are, first, the Mubaraks, who are finished, and, next, the United States and Israel.

Hosni Mubarak will be out by year’s end, if not the end of this month, or week. He will not run again and will not be succeeded by son Gamal, whom he had groomed and who has fled to London.

Today, the lead party in determining Egypt’s future is the army. Cheered in the streets of Cairo, respected by the people, that army is not going to fire on peaceful demonstrators to keep in power a regime with one foot already in the grave.

Only if fired on by provocateurs is the army likely to clear Tahrir Square the way the Chinese army cleared Tiananmen Square.

But the army does have an immense stake in who rules, and that stake would not be well served by one-man, one-vote democracy.

Like the Turkish army, the Egyptian army sees itself as guardian of the nation. From the Egyptian military have come all four of the leaders who have ruled since the 1952 colonel’s revolt that ousted King Farouk: Gens. Naguib, Sadat and Mubarak, and Col. Nasser

The military has also been for 30 years the recipient of $1.2 billion dollars a year from the United States. Its weapons come from America. Moreover, the army has a vital interest in the “cold peace” with Israel that has kept it out of war since 1973, produced the return of Sinai, and maintained Egypt’s role as the leader of the moderate Arabs and major ally of the United States.

The Egyptian army is also aware of what happened to the Iranian generals when the Shah fell, and what is happening to the Turkish army as the Islamicizing regime of Prime Minister Erdogan strips that army of its role as arbiter of whether a Turkish regime stays or goes.

The Egyptian army will not yield its position readily, which is why it may tilt to the ex-generals Mubarak named Friday as vice president and prime minister.

The army’s rival is the Muslim Brotherhood. The oldest Islamic movement in the Middle East, the most unified opponent of the regime, its future in a democratic Egypt, as part of a ruling coalition or major opposition party, seems assured.

And while the crowds in Cairo and Alexandria are united in what they wish to be rid of, the Muslim Brotherhood is united in knowing the kind of state and nation it wishes to establish.

Why are the United States and Israel seemingly certain losers from the fall of Mubarak? Because in any free and fair election in the Middle East, a majority will vote for rulers who will distance the country from America and sever ties to Israel.

When it comes to America and Israel, there is little doubt where the “Arab street” stands. And the freer the elections, the more the views of the Arab street will be reflected in the new Arab regime.

But why do they hate us? Is it because of who we are?

Surely, it is not our freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly or free elections for which we are hated. For this is what the demonstrators are clamoring for. Indeed, it is in the name of these freedoms that the Egyptian people are demanding that we cease standing behind Mubarak and stand with them.

No, the United States is not hated across the region because of the freedoms we enjoy or even because of the lectures on democracy we do not cease to deliver. We are hated because we are perceived as hypocrites who say one thing and do another.

The Arabs say we support despots who deny them the rights we cherish. They say we preach endlessly of human rights but imposed savage sanctions on Iraq for a dozen years before 2003 that brought premature death to half a million children. They say we use our power to invade countries that never attacked us.

They say we have provided Israel with the weapons to crush the Palestinians and steal their land, and that we practice a moral double standard. We condemn attacks on Israelis, but sit silent as Israel bombs Lebanon for five weeks and conducts a war on Gaza, killing 1,400 and wounding thousands, most of them civilians.

Any truth to all this? Or is this just Arab propaganda?

After losing Turkey as an ally, Israel has just seen Hezbollah come to power in Beirut and the Palestinian Authority stripped of its credibility by the Wikileaks exposure of its groveling to America and Israel. Now Israel faces the near certainty of a more hostile Egypt.

As for America, if we are about to be thrown out of the Middle East, it would be neither undeserved nor an unmitigated disaster.

After all, it’s their world, not ours.

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