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The New York Times praised the Muslim Brotherhood’s “unrivaled organization and sophistication” in its November 29th front page article on the Egyptian elections. Indeed, if one just relied on the New York Times for information about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, one would think it is no different than any well-organized political group in the United States:
Teams of young members sat with laptop computers at strategic points, like outside mosques, around Cairo to help voters locate their polling places, helping anyone but providing the information on slips of paper advertising their candidates.
Lines of as many as a dozen Brotherhood members wearing the insignia of the group’s newly formed Freedom and Justice Party stood outside polling places to help maintain security, and in some places they performed services like walking elderly women to designated lines.
The party’s secretary general, Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, said on Monday night that 40,000 members had turned out to secure polling places in Cairo, and afterward members volunteered to clean up the litter left behind.
How civic minded! The only problem is that such accounts ignore what the Muslim Brotherhood is really all about. The Brotherhood is using Egypt’s flawed electoral process, backed up by its tacit alliance with the country’s military rulers, to achieve its anti-freedom objective of imposing its Islamist ideology on Egyptian society and then exporting it in concert with Iran. With sharia law and their jihadism to guide them, the Islamists can be expected to institutionalize continued persecution of religious minorities such as the Coptic Christians, marginalize women and suppress freedom of speech and the press in the interest of protecting Islam against blasphemy. Once they have consolidated their power domestically, the Muslim Brotherhood will be ready to join Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah in a campaign to destroy Israel.
Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has a special affinity with its parent. Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu has said, “We have the same ethics as the Muslim Brotherhood; the principles are the same.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s triangulation strategy is working. It is getting away with positioning itself to the voters in Egypt and to Western leaders and the media as a moderate form of Islam. Perhaps compared to al Qaeda, its tactics to gain power are currently less violent. But its end game is the same.
Like the Nazi Party did in the 1930s, the Iranian Islamists did in 1979 and Hamas did in 2006, the Muslim Brotherhood is embarked on a hijacking of the electoral process to subvert any chance of democratic freedoms in Egypt. And our own leaders are helping them along, moving dangerously close to fully embracing the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership of a new elected civil government in Egypt as a “democratic” alternative to the current regime.
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