RRD:When the “Arab Spring” began, I & several others who support freedom in the Middle-East warned that a rush to elections would prove disastrous since only the Muslim Brotherhood was prepared to win said elections (fn1).I also pointed to actual polling taken of the Egyptians by the Pew Center showing that a large majority of those polled supported the stoning of adulterers,the killing of apostates & other harsh punishments derived from Sharia law (fn2).
We were either ignored,or mocked, or attacked as ”racists”(even though there is ample precedent for failed revolutions in the West ,such as the French Revolution).
We were told that the revolution was not initiated by the Muslim Brotherhood(which was true),and that the Muslim Brotherhood would not gain power(obviously not true).
When it became apparent that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections(and even before then, in some cases) we were told of a new phobia,invented by the Muslim Brotherhood and their apologists and useful idiots in the West:Ikhwanophobia;meaning a supposedly unreasonable fear of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Oddly these same people never speak of KKKophobia, or BNPophobia,or FPOophobia, or Jobbikophobia, or FrontNationalophobia, or GoldenDawnophobia (fn3)., but then perhaps those hit too close to home,unlike the Muslim Brotherhood,whom we are never supposed to “demonize” by applying the same standards to them as we do to ourselves.
After the Muslim Brotherhood won the elecions they were not supposed to win,we were then told that we had nothing to fear since the Egyptian Military would act as a check on them.
Well now “striking another blow for freedom” Morsi has replaced the Generals in charge of the military.He was handed a justification for this, by the alleged ineptitude displayed by Military in the Sinai debacle.He is also taking over the government run newspapers and persecuting his critics:
Rubin Reports » Egypt: There Goes the Army; There Goes the Free Media; There Goes Egypt
…”Muslim Brotherhood President al-Mursi has just removed the two commanding generals of the Egyptian military. Does he have a right to do this? Who knows?There’s no constitution. That means all we were told about not having to worry because the generals would restrain the Brotherhood was false. Moreover, the idea that the army, and hence the government, may fear to act lest they lose U.S. aid will also be false. There is no parliament at present He is now the democratically elected dictator of Egypt. True, he picked another career officer but he has now put forward the principle: he decides who runs the army. The generals can still advise Mursi. He can choose to listen to them or not. But there is no more dual power in Egypt but only one leader. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which has run Egypt since February 2011 is gone. Only Mursi remains and Egypt is now at his mercy.
Behind the scenes note: Would Mursi dared have done this if he thought Obama would come down on him like a ton of bricks? Would the army give up if they thought America was behind it? No on both counts.
This is a coup. Mursi is bound by no constitution. He can do as he pleases unless someone is going to stop him. And the only candidate–the military–is fading fast, far faster than even we pessimists would have predicted.
Muslim Brotherhood President al-Mursi has also just named the editors of the top Egyptian newspaper and other media outlets. They are state-owned, you know, and there are a half-dozen good little independent newspapers.
But one of them, al-Destour (ironically meaning “The Constitution”), has just had a full issue seized on charges of “fueling sedition” and “harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law.” We know this through a report in the Middle East News Agency, the state-owned monopoly.
And what was the inflammatory report? That the Brotherhood was going to seize power and that liberals and the army should join together to stop the country from being turned into an Islamist regime.”…
….”Other columnists are charging that the Brotherhood is trying to turn their newspapers into reliable house organs rather than let them be free.”…
This is what the “Arab Spring” has wrought:
A anti-semitic,misogynistic,anti-Christian,anti-gay ,anti-Liberty band of reactionary Neo-Medievalist Islamists,has taken over
a former quasi-pan-arabist dictatorship,(which our tax dollars have armed and equipped with M1 Abrams tanks and F-16 fighter jets since the Camp David Accords.)
Women,”Apostates”,& Coptic Christians & Gays,all get tossed under the bus,along with the Camp David Accords(sooner or later).
A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest
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