If you asked the rioters on the street during the 1979 Iranian Revolution if they wanted a radical Islamic government that would threaten nuclear war with the West, I doubt they would say yes. Anyone thinking that these riots in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East are going to bring democracy are not only fooling themselves, but supporting those who will brutally suppress any actual push for it when they take power. This is what we saw with the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests, and it is what we will see once the Islamic radicals take control.
With these riots in full swing, does it surprise anyone that the Muslim Brotherhood has now begun to position itself within this anti-government push? This from Souad Mekhennet and Nicholas Kulish at The New York Times.
…With organizers calling for demonstrations after Friday prayer, the political movement will literally be taken to the doorsteps of the nation’s mosques. And as the Egyptian government and security services brace for the expected wave of mass demonstrations, Islamic groups seem poised to emerge as wildcards in the growing political movement.
Reporters in Egypt said on Friday that, after rumors swept Cairo late Thursday that the authorities planned to throttle the protesters’ communications among themselves, access to the Internet, text messaging services and Twitter was not possible on Friday morning in Cairo, Alexandria and possibly other cities.
Heightening the tension, the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest organized opposition group in the country, announced Thursday that it would take part in the protest. The support of the Brotherhood could well change the calculus on the streets, tipping the numbers in favor of the protesters and away from the police, lending new strength to the demonstrations and further imperiling President Hosni Mubarak’s reign of nearly three decades.
“Tomorrow is going to be the day of the intifada,” said a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood here in Egypt’s second largest city, who declined to give his name because he said he would be arrested if he did. The spokesman said that the group was encouraging members of its youth organization — roughly those 15 to 30 years old — to take part in protests…
For those who still don’t understand how dangerous the Muslim Brotherhood is, believing that it is a moderate Muslim group, John Loftus wrote a great piece for Canada Free Press in 2006 about this organization’s disturbing and violent history. What’s more disturbing is that for decades, Western governments have propped this organization up because they mistakenly believed that communism was a greater threat than Islamic fundamentalism. You can read the rest in Loftus’ article since that’s not what I am writing about here.
The blogosphere has erupted over these riots, praising what they believe is an actual push for democracy, but many of these people are jumping to conclusions hoping for outrageously optimistic results. Both Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Michelle Malkin have voiced their support for protesters against President Hosni Mubarak, but, unlike many other bloggers, they have also pointed out that an end to his government means an end to the cold peace between Egypt and Israel. This doesn’t bode well for the Jewish state or her allies.
As for this talk about Mohamed ElBaradei, the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize who is now supporting the protests, being involved in a post-Mubarak government, don’t fool yourself. Returning to The New York Times article, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters won’t allow that to happen.
…Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar, said that many conservative Muslims would not support a secular politician like Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. “ElBaradei and the others, they have no connection to religion. If Hosni Mubarak goes, they will replace him with someone else like him,” said Abu Omar, who came to prominence after it was disclosed that he had been kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency from Milan in 2003…
If ElBaradei won’t push for an Islamic government, which many think he might, he will be cast aside. They’ll paint him as another Mubarak, as Abu Omar has done, and he will be kept from power.
There is a massive push in the Middle East right now by Islamic radicals. While riots continue in Egypt, they are about to begin in Yemen. We are also hearing rumblings about a movement starting in Jordan as well, and with Pakistan is on the verge of civil war, the Middle East may be on the verge of an Islamic revolution that will radicalize the entire region. We already saw the election of a Hezbollah-backed candidate, Najib Miqati, in Lebanon earlier this week, so let’s not pretend that this push will lead to anything other then establishing multiple Islamic states across the Middle East. How else can anyone explain that the countries that are on the verge of violent revolution are not only fairly secular but are, for the most part, allies of the West? Though corrupt, the governments in place now are far friendlier to the our governments than any leadership that will arise out of this chaos.
With Barack Obama refusing to support Hosni Mubarak, the situation in Egypt may very well mirror that of Iran in 1979. There will be no democracy, only another Islamic regime which will threaten Western interests in the Middle East. Instead of celebrating these violent riots, we need to be honest with what’s going on. As violent and oppressive as Mubarak’s government has been, things will be worse if the Muslim Brotherhood gets power.
UPDATE: It isn’t just American bloggers who are weighing in on this. Michael Coren discussed the rioting on his show today and, as I stated, it is clear that a democratic state will not be established when the dust is settled. Thanks to SDAMatt2 for the video.
What irritates me about Sid Ryan’s comments on this is that the West doesn’t want democracy at all costs. The truth is that a democracy isn’t always the answer for any country’s problems. If enough people are swayed, that very system can be torn out and replaced with a violent and oppressive dictatorship. In the case of Egypt, as long as individual rights are, for the most part, respected and people are given economic freedom, democracy can be pushed to the side temporarily.
Returning to what I said about Barack Obama refusing to support Hosni Mubarak and his government, it would seem as if the White House is taking an approach similar to that of Jimmy Carter during the Iranian Revolution. With the Muslim fundamentalists hoping to transform Egypt into an Islamic state, you don’t give make nonsensical statements about “concrete steps” towards reform. Hot Air’s Allahpundit has put up a post regarding the Obama’s remarks, aside from an earlier post discussing Press Secretary Robert Gibb’s non-statement on the riots. Is it any wonder why Iran is enjoying this fiasco? The United States looks powerless to prevent the rise of yet another Islamic state.
If Republicans were looking for something other than ObamaCare to campaign on next presidential election, Barack Obama’s display of utter weakness during these events should be enough to get any candidate they field elected. Pathetic…
UPDATE: It’s begun. This may have very well started off as isolated protests, people dissatisfied with Egypt’s economic situation, but it has become something far larger and far more dangerous. Mark Levin had former UN ambassador John Bolton on his talk radio show last night and according to him, there was only three options; Hosni Mubarak holds power at the military’s discretion, the military takes control, or the military maintains control so elections can be held and the Muslim Brotherhood eventually take over. We can scratch the first option right now as Hot Air’s Allahpundit has pointed out that the military might now be siding with the protesters.
How likely is it that the Muslim Brotherhood will take over? Allahpundit points to a post by Michael J. Totten at Pajamas Media, citing data obtained by the GLORIA Center, which clearly demonstrates just how likely it is that the Egyptian people will vote them into power.
…In Egypt, 30 percent like Hizballah (66 percent don’t). 49 percent are favorable toward Hamas (48 percent are negative); and 20 percent smile (72 percent frown) at al-Qaida. Roughly speaking, one-fifth of Egyptians applaud the most extreme Islamist terrorist group, while around one-third back revolutionary Islamists abroad. This doesn’t tell us what proportion of Egyptians want an Islamist government at home, but it is an indicator.
In Egypt, 82 percent want stoning for those who commit adultery; 77 percent would like to see whippings and hands cut off for robbery; and 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.
Asked if they supported “modernizers” or “Islamists” only 27 percent said modernizers while 59 percent said Islamists…
So much for democracy eh? If the military doesn’t take power, then it is quite obvious that the Muslim Brotherhood will. As for this talk about Mohamed ElBaradei, Allahpundit points to a post by Caroline Glick exposing the would-be-candidate as a supporter of fundamentalist Islam.
…Elbaradei has been a strong champion of the Muslim Brotherhood. Just this week he gave an interview to Der Spiegel defending the jihadist movement. As he put it, “We should stop demonizing the Muslim Brotherhood. …[T]hey have not committed any acts of violence in five decades. They too want change. If we want democracy and freedom, we have to include them instead of marginalizing them”…
It is likely that Elbaradei could run as the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate if elections are held. Once again, this is playing out like a repeat of the Iranian Revolution.
I recommend my modest readership give Allahpundit’s post a read, especially since he touches on reports coming from the major media outlets. I also recommend that they also spend time listening to last night’s podcast of ‘The Mark Levin Show’.
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has put up a post regarding Mohammed ElBaradei, the man the media has turned into the figurehead of the anti-government movement. He has now been given the support of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian government isn’t too worried about him taking power. It would be nice if the media would report this, but instead they are wrapped up in this overly optimistic belief that elections will created a Western-style democracy in Egypt, one that is peaceful and tolerant. I’m not holding my breath.
As for this ridiculous belief that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a radical Islamic terrorist group, Christine Brim at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Peace is reporting on the sharp differences between the message they put out in English and the message they put out in Arabic (hat-tip to Hot Air’s Allahpundit). How anyone could think that this organization is “moderate” is beyond me.