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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood Wins Election in Egypt

On Sunday, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party won the presidential election. Here is a look at the mood in Tahrir Square:

Before you start making celebratory noises like Xena Warrior Princess, let's learn a little more about the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead of just listening to the giddy endorsement of liberals or even what Fox News says, look at what 90 year old Gamal Al Bana, the brother of the late founder of the Muslim Brotherhood has to say at 42:14: 

"Not in any way, they do not believe in freedom at all. There is no Islamic authority that respects freedom or democracy," Gamal says. The reporter then asks "What about the Muslim Brother's?" To this, he replied "They are also against freedom." So I guess "Freedom & Jusice" Party is like "People's Republic" as in "People's Republic" of  North Korea?

If you skip back to 17:20 in the video, it shows a little more about Gamal to lend some credibility, and shows how the headscarf Muslim women are wearing is a trend as recent as the 1990s. Gamal says a "women who shows her hair breaks no Islamic law." At 19:22 he says "Muslims have become like monkeys, only imitating others."

The video about the Muslim Brotherhood is very informative. If you want to get a good feel for who they really are, watch the whole thing.

The Egyptian military issued a decree and stripped the presidential position of much of its power, so the military is supposed to be in control despite the election. I question the stability of a government with no parliament, no constitution, and a president who had his power stripped by the military, who also is supported by terrorist organization Hamas. Israeli officials tried to contact the Muslim Brotherhood in recent months through diplomatic channels, but received no response. Israel just became a little less safe, and with Dear Leader in the White House, who partially instigated this mess, it is questionable if they can depend on US military assistance if something happens.

One thing is for sure: I'm not going to go see the pyramids anytime soon.

CNN: Egyptian military holds on to power despite presidential vote
NewsMax: Radical Hamas Cheers Islamist President in Egypt
Wall Street Journal: Islamist Wins Egyptian Vote

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