Muslim Brotherhood Rising

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Perhaps the size of the turnout had something to do with the fine of 500 Egyptian pounds — around $85 — that the military will impose on those who did not cast their ballots.  In a country where nearly half the people earn less than a dollar a day, the fine may have convinced most of them to make it to the polls. In Alexandria, the Globe and Mail reports that people brought their elderly parents to the polls, standing in line with them so they could avoid paying the fine. “You think any of these candidates can change anything? Of course not. Ask anyone here – wouldn’t see these lines without the fine,” said one voter.

Now that the Brotherhood is on the cusp of seizing power, what is it exactly it wants to do with it? Prior to the vote, the Brotherhood backed the military’s position on the Tahrir Square protestors, withdrawing its supports of the latest demonstrations early on. It made a deal with the military to move up the presidential election from July of 2013 to July of 2012. The Brotherhood also negotiated the electoral process itself and steered clear of suggesting an early return to civilian rule.

But the coming electoral victory appears to have emboldened the Islamists. Despite what FJP leaders say was a “convergence” of interests with the military in the past, the party is now demanding the right to form a government without interference from the military, and subsequently choose a civilian cabinet. This almost certainly won’t sit well with the military council because it is likely that parliament would want to set up its own process for writing a new constitution — a deadly threat to the military, which has made it clear it will tolerate no scrutiny of its budget, no change in the economic advantages members hold, and will expect to have a strong voice in running the new parliament.

“The Brotherhood wants a strong parliament and the military council wants a weak one. The reason the Brotherhood fought for parliament is because they’re going to use it as an agent of change,” says Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. He adds that the path the FJP has chosen has put it on a collision course with the military.

That change is what has Egypt’s 10 million Coptic Christians so worried. Since Mubarak’s ouster, many violent incidents have taken place pitting extremist Muslims against the small Coptic communities. There have been murders of clergy, church burnings, oppression by local government officials, and just last month, a demonstration by Copts in Cairo that saw the military actually open fire on the demonstrators and run them over with armored personnel carriers. The violence has driven 100,000 Coptic families from the country with more leaving every month.

But the Copts have been in Egypt since the first century AD and most of them have no intention of leaving. Father Ishak, a priest at a Cairo church said, “We picked the Egyptian Bloc because it’s the most liberal group and because they are against religious parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood.” He added, “And if elections are free and fair, it will mean that Copts are more clearly represented and be more active in building a new Egypt.”

The Brotherhood will probably move cautiously in fulfilling its Islamist agenda. The military is still very powerful and is opposed to the idea of Egypt becoming an Islamic state. To protect its position in Egyptian society, it might resort to armed force. This will make the FJP’s job doubly difficult because the party has promised free market reforms that would put a crimp in the military’s control of the economy. Rather than give the military an excuse to kick it out, it is more likely that the FJP will follow the example of the Turkish Justice and Development party that has gradually established control over the courts, the parliament, and finally the military since its victory in 2002.

A new day dawns in Egypt. Elections are a fine and wonderful thing, but elevating the Muslim Brotherhood to power, whose hatred of Israel and whose real agenda is undemocratic and injurious to personal freedom, will undoubtedly usher in a dark age after the dawn, which the Egyptian people will come to bitterly regret.

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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.