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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood That Isn't Moderate

Nadene Goldfoot
A little more than half of Egypt is excited about the Muslim Brotherhood getting the vote for President..  They say:
"The Quran is our law"
Jihad is our way
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
However, the new president, Mohammed Morsi, hasn't said a word about the Muslim side of the Muslim Brotherhood and is trying to calm the fears of many.  In fact,Obama's  Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper,  said that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate and largely secular.  Was it just the Old Muslim Brotherhood that had assassinated Sadat and caused Mubarak to outlaw them, then?  .

The army was so alarmed that they had a coup and dissolved the parliament which was in the Muslim Brotherhood's hands.  It was only 16 months ago when Mubarak was ousted and the Arab Spring had descended with Obama and Hillary Clinton excited about this event and even taking some of the credit.  Mubarak may have not been the best fellow, but he was on the same page with the USA and in agreement with the 1979 peace treaty that Sadat and Begin had made.  The Muslim Brotherhood is the in-group for Hamas and al-Qaida and other terrorists.

Though we were friends with Mubarak, Obama said back in February 2011 that he positioned the US on the right side of victory by backing the elections.  The Muslim Brotherhood  had been the archenemy of Hosni Mubarak and was outlawed.  They were the ones pushing these elections along with the USA.

Mohammed Mursi or Morsi, b: August 20, 1951 who  attended U of Southern California  and was assistant professor at California  State,  the newly elected President says " he'll seek "stability, love and brotherhood for the Egyptian civil, national, democratic, constitutional and modern state."  Obama and staff are reported to be alarmed at the turn of events of the army stepping into the picture. A few  TV pundits are alarmed that the Muslim Brotherhood had won the presidency because of what they stand for and how it can affect the USA and Israel.  The Muslim Brotherhood of today is still not a group of moderates.  However, Obama will push against the army's decision to draft a new constitution for Egypt.

By going democratic, Obama and Clinton made sure on March 22, 2012 that $1.5 billion dollars will go to Egypt  in economic aid.  "A senior State Department official said the decisions “reflect our overarching goal: to maintain our strategic partnership with an Egypt made stronger and more stable by a successful transition to democracy.”  Obama is assuming that Egypt will still honor the peace treaty with Israel.  Nothing really is for sure as Egypt now says they reject the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood will recognize Israel.

Rashad al-Bayoumi, the Muslim Brotherhood's 2nd in command, said that they will not recognize Israel under any circumstances and might put the peace treaty up to a referendum.  He also has said that Israel is an occupying entity and that they will not allow anyone of our members to meet with an Israeli.

The first indications were that the Muslim Brotherhood had won, but the other party  with Ahmed Shafik, secular,  was very close.  We know how these elections can go up to the last vote.  However, it looks like the Muslim Brotherhood got the vote no matter what.


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