Muslim Brotherhood Rising

Rick Moran is blog editor of The American Thinker, and Chicago editor of PJ Media.His personal blog is Right Wing Nuthouse.


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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party appeared to be a big winner in the first round of parliamentary elections held in Egypt on Monday and Tuesday. Early returns suggest the FJP captured as much as 40% of the vote with a surprisingly strong showing from the Salifist al-Nour party. The two Islamist parties together could very well make an absolute majority of 65% of the parliament, which means if voting continues along these lines during the rest of the complex process, it is likely that the first freely elected parliament in Egypt’s history will be run by radical Muslims.

The military congratulated itself on how smoothly the vote went despite apparent blatant electioneering at most polling sites by the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties, which is against the law. It hardly mattered since it was clear that the FJP was going to get a large plurality of the vote simply because it was the only party with any name recognition. As soon as it became apparent that the FJP was going to surpass pre-election expectations, the Muslim Brotherhood turned on its erstwhile allies on the military council, calling for an early transfer of power to civilian authorities.

Also accepting the results, albeit with fear and trepidation, were Egypt’s Coptic Christians who fear that an Islamist government will be even harsher than the current military regime has been.

As for the protestors in Tahrir Square, their credibility suffered a blow as the elections appeared to be conducted in a mostly fair and free manner. The National Democratic Institute, which oversaw the foreign observers who monitored the election, issued a statement praising the vote but suggesting that the blatant violations of election laws regarding campaigning at polling spots be better enforced. And while the young activists who brought down the Mubarak regime earlier in the year urged a boycott of the elections, authorities estimated that up to 70% of eligible voters in the 9 provinces that voted this week turned out to cast ballots. Two more rounds of elections in the other 18 provinces — 9 at a time – will be held in the coming weeks with runoff elections for candidates not receiving 50% of the vote held one week after the initial voting.

The complexity of the voting process played right into the hands of the FJP. Voters had to choose two individual candidates and one party list or their ballot would be invalidated. Because of its many decades of charity work with the Egyptian poor, the Brotherhood had a ready-made base of support which it capitalized on by setting up “information” booths right next to polling stations to help voters — many of whom were illiterate — in choosing who to cast their ballots for. The Associated Press described one such “information” center:

Outside polling stations around the country, Brotherhood activists were set up with laptop computers in booths, helping voters find their district and voter numbers —  which they wrote on cards advertising the party’s candidates. Elsewhere, they posted activists outside to wave banners, pass out flyers or simply chat up voters waiting in line.

For the illiterate, there were symbols next to which they could mark their ballot. And the FJP made sure that the voters knew which symbols stood for the Brotherhood candidates.

The confusion over who was running and what the parties stood for didn’t help the largest secular mix of parties, the Egyptian Bloc, which is composed of neo-liberal Free Egyptians; the socialist Gathering party; and the Egyptian Socialist Democrats. The better known but even smaller Wafd party, a Mubarak-era organization of liberals and academics, apparently didn’t have much of a showing either. Dr. Barry Rubin points out that the secularists wasted their energy in protesting military rule rather than organizing, uniting, and getting out the vote. Given the several decade head start in organizing that the Brotherhood enjoyed, they may not have won, but they certainly would have had a better showing and a chance for larger representation at the table when negotiations over forming the new government begin.

Besides patting themselves on the back for conducting the elections on time, the generals were expressing their pleasure at the size of the turnout. Major Gen. Mukhtar al-Mulla, a member of the ruling council, said the vote “responds to all those who were skeptical that elections will take place on time.” He added that the turnout was “unprecedented in the history of the Arab world’s parliamentary life.”

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  • http://www.currencyconverterrate.com/ Rhyscurrency

    UK's leftist Guardian doesn't really understand who the Islamists are. They'd never write that way about Christian religious parties. But to the Left, Islam is the new "cool." Idiots.

    • ziontruth

      Islam is the dispenser of violent agitation the Marxist Left had been looking for ever since the U.S.S.R. was no longer available to fill that role.

  • Steve

    All according to Obama's plan.

  • Larry

    Will be a classic arab "democracy", one man, one vote, one time, just like it was in Gaza.

    The young secularists who organized the spring rising should also be looking to get out in a hurry, otherwise they will end up like those in Iran 32 years ago – DEAD!

    • jacob

      Or as the joke I once read, that in the USSR, Igor Ivannovich is summoned to
      cast his vote in GOD only knows which election.

      He comes into the polling place, submits his ID, it is checked against the list
      in the corresponding book, found OK but he notices that the secretary takes
      one piece of paper from a stack on the desk, folds it, puts it into an envelope,
      moisten and seals it and as he is going to throw it into the urn, Igor says :

      Tovarich Secretary, at least let me see who am I voting for…! ! !
      And Tovarich Secretary answers him :
      TOVARICH IVANNOVICH, DON'T YOU KNOW THAT IN DEMOCRATIC
      COUNTRIES, VOTES ARE SECRET..???????

      So much for EGYPTIAN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS

      • johnnywoods

        Classic!

  • Zindique

    Because of its many decades of charity work with the Egyptian poor, the Brotherhood had a ready-made base of support which it capitalized on by setting up “information” booths right next to polling stations to help voters — many of whom were illiterate — in choosing who to cast their ballots for.

    That is only partly true. The writer forgets the fanaticism and the intolerance of the Egyptian muslim population. They voted for Islam when they voted for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    The MB got the majority! What a surprise, the "shock" of it… not!
    The US voters should take heed and understand what's the islamic gangs now in control of the government there will do to what will remain of the US.

  • StephenD

    We can all rest easy knowing that Hillary already has paved the way. She recently spoke and officially said how she "Looks forward to working with them (M.B.)" which means we can expect to provide US Tax Dollars to their cause while we ignore the abuse to the Copts, women, gays, etc. She will undoubtedly smile that soul eating smile of hers at them while giving our treasure to them (those that have stated clearly they wish to destroy the West from within). But isn't it worth it? After all, every now and again they things like they really don't hate us! Maybe…they'll eat us last.

    • mrbean

      To paraphrase Ross Perot on Bill Clinton but apply it to Hillary Clinton; "I wouldn't hire Hillary Clinton as an assistant charwoman to clean the men's toilets on the midnite shift in the old immigration building in the bad part of old El Paso, Texas."

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Thank you mr Barack Hussein Obama – thank you mr David Cameron
    thank you Europian community and thanks to all the others who with their
    continued support with truck louds of money and military backing.
    You did your utmost best to bring in the islamic pest.And soon,very soon
    they will take the rest.

    • jacob

      All of them made the same mistake GWB made, believing democracy could
      be implanted in a Muslim country, proven ad nauseam with Khomeini and all
      the rest of them and now with EGYPT.

      So now what the EU MUST do is to watch what is happening in their own
      countries with their Muslim populations and do away with the stupid political
      correctnes which is undermining their very foundations, that is, if they wish to
      survive…

      Because, there will be no good old USA to come to their rescue, as we will soon enough be, ALLAH and our own stupidity willing, in the same boat….

      • LindaRivera

        Jacob,
        They did not believe democracy could be implanted in any Muslim country! The frightening thing is, the U.S. and other Western powers are DELIBERATELY destabilizing the Middle East, one country after another and DELIBERATELY bringing to power the most radical elements of Islam – that is to say, Muslims who closely follow and OBEY the Koran. There is NO moderate Islam. The Koran teaches hate and violence against non-Muslims.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    i s l a m IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    i s l a m strives for world domination.

    The q u r a n commands m u s l i m s to exercise jihad.

    The q u e r n commands muslims to establish s h a r i a h law.

    The q u e r n commands m u s l i m s to impose i s l a m on the entire world.

    i s l a m is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    i s l a m IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    i s l a m wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    s h a r i a h law is a law that controls every detail of life in a i s l a m i c society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the q u r a n is the call to j i h a d.

    J i h a d means a lot of things and is a r a b i c for battle.

    i s l a m means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    i s l a m and freedom, i s l a m and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    m o h a m e d 's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes m o h a m e d a P E D O P H I L E!!!

    And you want to base a "R e l i g i o n" on this a z s -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC ON THE NILE

    Isn't it remarkable and tragically ironic that Hosni Mubarak, born less than two months from the birth of the Moslem Brotherhood in 1928, predicted that it was either he or the Brotherhood? Meaning that the only alternative to his moderate regime (continuing with his son) was a radical Islamic Republic on the Nile fascistically ruled by the Brethren. And here we are drawing closer and closer with each counted vote to that nightmare.

    • jacob

      The only hope is for the Egyptian military to keep in mind what happened to
      their TURKISH colleagues under ERDOGAN's "civilian" ruling and make
      sure no matter how, the Brotherhood doesn't attain significant power or else
      it will be end of all of them….

  • mrbean

    Put me in charge. I will solve this Muslim Brotherhood problem permenantly. There is no shortage of napalm or cluster bombs. Nothing like smell of napalm in the early morning and the sound of the rolling thunder of carpet bombing in the evening. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. Kill 'em all and put 'em all in piles and burn 'em and let Allah sorrt 'em out.

  • LindaRivera

    NEVER forget the American betrayal of U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak. Obama made a special point of inviting his BIG favorites, the Muslim Brotherhood, to his speech in Cairo. Behind the scenes, America worked to oust moderate Mubarak and bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is global Islamic conquest and the DESTRUCTION of civilization.

    28 Jan 2011. The Telegraph: Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising.
    The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian
    uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. End of quote.

    America's allies must be anxiously wondering if they will be betrayed next. U.S. and Israel: Don't trust the DECEITFUL campaign speeches of Obama! Israel's Jews must NOT be annihilated by multiple Arab armies and the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, et al.

  • BLJ

    The "Arab Spring" is a myth. The only thing to spring from it is the ascension of the MB. The MB needs to be destroyed. Send them all off to meet their ugly 72 virgins.

  • Stephen_Brady

    First, I want to apologize to David and all of my friends, at FPMag, for allowing one of the site's most notorious trolls to engage me in a mutual insult contest, for the last several days. THIS will not happen, again. The trolls aren't worth our time, folks.

    On topic, the Arab Spring wasn't an Arab Spring. It was a Radical Muslim Spring. The Islamists want to destroy Western Civilization, and restore the Caliphate. To the degree that the United States government aided this uprising, we have all been betrayed.

    No one likes dictators. How can one like a dictator? However, Egypt and the entire Middle East was better off in the hands of Hosni Mubarak … a man who saw the value of not making war against Israel. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood's party says, in effect, "Hey, we're not the old Muslim Brotherhood. Don't worry about us."

    I'm not Alfred E. Newman, and I see plenty to worry about, should they take over the Egyptian government, and establish a theocratic regime. If it happens (and it looks likely), it will result in a general outbreak of war in the region.

    My prayers are with the Coptic Christians, in Egypt, and for the peace of Jerusalem.

  • LindaRivera

    To Chezwick_Mac – Good to see you back!

    Non Muslims suffer at asylum centers IF they are able to make it to the centers:.See below:

    Dutch Reporter: Immigrants Seeking Asylum in Europe Linked to Security Problems, Intimidation of Christians, Jews
    by IPT News • Dec 9, 2010

    Christian asylum seekers have been subjected to intimidation, even violent attacks by other Muslim asylum seekers. One Iraqi Christian woman was forced into hiding after several Muslims attacked her and threw her from her bike. Another Christian asylum seeker was thrown down a flight of stairs. In another case, a Muslim couple which converted to Christianity was threatened and intimidated by Muslims inside an asylum center.

    In fact, a survey taken of 28 of the 59 asylum centers in Holland showed that about one third of Christian asylum seekers are the victims of physical violence. 75% of those surveyed said that they knew asylum seekers who have been subjected to discrimination because they are Christian or formerly Muslim.

    Jews have also been the victims of persecution by these immigrants to Europe. http://www.investigativeproject.org/blog/2010/12/

  • LindaRivera

    To Chezwick_Mac and frontpagemag readers

    UN agencies are REFUSING to help persecuted, desperate non-Muslims escape to safety! Justice and safety now for non-Muslims!

    It is urgent that we hold global street rallies demanding justice and protection for persecuted non-Muslims who must be given asylum and taken as refugees into our countries. Massive numbers of Muslims who are NOT persecuted, are imported into our countries.

    The Cypress Times
    AFGHAN CHRISTIANS IN DANGER AT HOME AND ABROAD
    11/21/2011 – 8:59 a.m. CST

    For Obaid, the menacing calls were not the first time he felt threatened since arriving in India. "Our community is a persecuted and rejected community," he told me last April. "We left behind all our belongings in Afghanistan just to save our lives by leaving Afghanistan. Here in India, we are receiving no legal and physical protection from the UNHCR Office or Indian government. We are harassed, attacked, insulted and persecuted by Indian Muslims and Afghan Muslim refugees in this city."

    The persecution of Afghan Christian refugees is sometimes ignored by the very agencies that are mandated to protect them.

    …Hundreds of Afghan Christians, like Obaid, remain on the run from religious-based persecution that targets them at home and abroad. "In the modern world, where we have NATO, the UN, human rights commissions, and governments which claim they fight for democracy and give protection for those who are persecuted, I cannot find a place in this world where I am protected," Obaid lamented. http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/Christian_

  • LindaRivera

    To Chezwick_Mac and frontpagemag readers and writers:

    Hopefully, a frontpagemag writer will write an article on this terrible injustice and crime perpetrated against desperate non-Muslims.

    EVERY NON-MUSLIM NEEDS to be OUT in the WORLD'S CITY STREETS PROTESTING in huge demonstrations!

    WorldNetDaily
    Muslim refugees, yes –
    Christian refugees, no
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller reveals fact
    that U.N. decides who U.S. will accept

    Christians are in imminent danger across the world, and yet they are being refused refugee status, while Muslim refugee immigration goes on unimpeded.

    U.S. policy regarding refugee resettlement would shock most Americans if they only knew. The United Nations picks who gets to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world's huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. And predictably, this U.N. body is favoring Muslims. Christians from Muslim lands are being refused refugee status.

    …Whole Muslim communities are imported into the United States. When they get here, they are supported by social services…

    …But this lottery is not open to non-Muslim refugees. Back in October 2008, Muslim U.N. employees were "discouraging" applications for resettlement from the desperate Christian Iraqis.

    We are sentencing thousands of Christians to martyrdom and forcing others to live in the shadows in dire poverty. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pag

  • Ghostwriter

    Actually,I haven't seen Herman Caintonette around recently. Maybe he or she decided to disappear.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Perhaps, it is … ahem … amused …

  • John C Sunol

    the Muslim brotherhoold will slaughter and do mass murder of the Christians, better under the old gaurd than the New

  • John Rutley

    What fools we are in the West. 'Democracy' in the Middle East has always been about bringing Islamic fascists to power. The muddled thinking that the 'Arab Spring' (more like the Arab Winter) was similar to what happened in Eastern Europe in the late 1980's early 1990's was stupid. We are in for a bitter period of conflict with these supposed democratically elected Islamic ghouls. As stated by many earlier comments; Coptic Christians better start getting out now and as for Isreal…get ready for war and as usual it will be your fault no matter what.

  • http://www.youtube.com/embed/UFyjcKuZOJE Alisha Ojala

    I got what you mean , saved to my bookmarks , very decent site.

  • StephenD

    Welcome back Brother. He has now taken on the name of Muhammad al-Tebow (or close to this) or, at least, that is who we think it is…sounds just like him. Forget him. Scrape the dirt from your shoes when you're done with him and walk away.

  • johnnywoods

    I agree with you to a point but we still have the First Amendment and he has the right to make an ass of himself if he wants. However we have the right to ignore him as his foolishness deserves.

  • jacob

    And how come Arabic Jews haven't raised hell on this government policy ??

    I've heard of the American consulate in Israel having only Arab clerks treating
    people as dirt, nothing to wonder about, given State Dept Judeophobic record
    but for this to be happening right home and it is the first time people learns
    about, is the epitome of disgracefullness…
    So, after all the samples of how trustful Muslims are,(9/11, Fort Hood, etc,.) this administration still has the gall of keeping them in key positions, translators over been so far the most notable, over hiring Arab Jews, perhaps because POLLARD dared informing Israel of theduplicity of its trustfull "Ally" good old USA ????
    Or does this administration believes it its infinite wisdom, is it better to keep
    informed AL QUAIDA & CO than ISRAEL ?????

  • johnnywoods

    You make a good point my friend. I suppose I feel like I do because the leftards diminish the Constitution so often that I am willing to tolerate idiots like "Herman" . I also exercise my right to ignore morons at will. I don`t even give him a "thumbs down" when he posts I just skip to the comment. You keep up the good work you are doing.