Egypt Begins Descent into Tyranny

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Barely two months after taking power, the Muslim Brotherhood has wasted no time in swiftly taking Egypt down the road to a totalitarian state. Its latest target is Al-Dustour, a Christian-owned newspaper, which had condemned President Morsi’s ties to Hamas as a threat to Egyptian national security. Al-Dustour was accused of sedition and stirring up sectarian discord—the latter is code for insulting Islam. Most dangerously, Al-Dustour implied that the Rafah attack had been backed by Morsi’s own Hamas allies to enable him to crack down on the domestic opposition.

Al-Dustour is not the first newspaper to be targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has already used its parliamentary position to name dozens of new editors for Egypt’s major state-owned newspapers, including Al-Ahram. Akhbar Al-Youm, the second-largest newspaper in Egypt, will be run by a descendant of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Bana.

In response to the Islamist hijacking of the Egyptian press, many reporters have spoken out against the move and some have even gone on strike. But the Muslim Brotherhood’s assault on Al-Dustour is a warning that the days of independent newspapers opposed to the regime are numbered. Both Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood have suggested Islamist Turkey as the model for the new Egypt. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is imitating Erdogan’s crackdown on the military as well as his totalitarian control over the Turkish press.

In addition to the Muslim Brotherhood’s assault on the press, one television network, Al Fareen, has already been taken off the air. More are certain to follow. Khaled Salah, the editor of the Youm7 newspaper, was assaulted by Muslim Brotherhood protesters demanding the closure of AlFareen and the arrest of anyone who criticizes Morsi and the Brotherhood.

The Rafah attack by Islamist terrorists plotting to invade Israel that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers has been exploited by the Brotherhood to launch a domestic crackdown on the opposition. The Brotherhood has issued a statement blaming Israel for the attack. But in reality Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been the true beneficiaries of the violence.

Morsi has used the attack to sack top Egyptian military leaders including Egypt’s Defense Minister, its Chief of Staff, its head of the General Intelligence Service, its chief of the Presidential Guard and its head of the Republican Guard.  The purge had little to do with making Egypt safer and a great deal to do with Morsi and the Brotherhood seizing the opportunity to displace their only real rivals in the country’s tangled power structure.

The Brotherhood has crowned itself with the “revolutionary” label, describing any attack on its power as an attack on the January 25 Revolution and its martyrs. That familiar use of language emphasizes that Egypt is a revolutionary state and is constantly struggling against seditious and subversive forces. And revolutionary states suppress dissent against revolutionary power through state terror.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s statement cynically conflated the Rafah attack with outcries and protests by the domestic opposition and exploited the deaths of Egyptian soldiers at the hands of Morsi’s allies to call for a crackdown on domestic opposition to the Brotherhood. It demanded harsh action against “the instigators of vandalism and subversion throughout the land and against their collaborators and agents involved in causing this deliberate confusion, chaos and mayhem across Egypt under the pretext of exercising freedom.” And it urged Egyptians to report any “subversion” to the authorities.

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  • babyboomer1960

    "…Obama's failed Middle East policy." seems to suggest that he and his operatives were somehow in the drivers' seat, as it were, as the "Arab Spring" bloomed into a bloody, protracted summer of struggle, subterfuge, and sedition throughout the Middle East. From Damascus to Doha, Tripoli to Tahrir Square, events have overtaken the politics and political leaders that hoped to contain them or, at very least, quash their effects upon their respective bodies politic. The only argument that I have with this article is that its headline seems to suggest that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood somehow began this "descent into tyranny," to which the world bears witness. In country after country across the Mideast the "descent into tyranny" began decades ago, many times from regimes friendly to the United States' self-interest. Curiously, very little lamentation has been heard by the American public until recently…

    As for Obama personally, or his Regime – err – Administration generally, I believe he/they are weighing in on the vote of "present," like so many other squandered foreign policy opportunities… Meanwhile, the descent into tyranny continues with America, as the historic "policeman of the world community" standing silently by…

    Pray for the people of Syria. Romney-Ryan 2012: "We can turn this thing around…"

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors" -Plato

    • mlcblog

      Your are of course entitled to your opinion, which I believe is naive.

      There were multiple accounts of Obama's people (Dohrn, Jodie Evans of Code Pink, and their ilk) being present in Gaza at the time and other reports of these idealist leftists meddling in the affairs of these govts. Further there is a documentary by Al Jazeera which shows the Berkeley supposedly-behind-the-scenes type radicals in full control and implementation of the strategies in that square in Egypt which was supposedly a popular uprising but in my experience and observation was at least mostly instigated from the inside.

  • Oleg

    I am willing to bet that Morsi rearranging the furniture in his cabinet will not consolidate his power, the Egyptian Military has in effect run the country for 50 years and will not cowtow to the Muslim brotherhood. Lets not forget that they annuled the parliamentary elections through the courts stripping the Muslim Brotherhood and other islamists of their victory, and did an end run with presidential powers right before Morsi got elected. Within six months they will fabricate a moral reason to remove, round up, encarcerate, and probably liquidate the Muslim Brotherhood no matter who the defence minister is.
    This is not a country that has had a recent history of normal civilian controled government with control over the military like the Germany of the 1920s and 30s, it has had instead a military government masquerading as a civilian one with a string of military men in civilian clothes, backed by a junta behind the scenes, starting with Gamal Abdel Nasser and ending with Hosni Mubarack. Even after Mubarack stepped down Egypt still remained under the control of the junta. How exactly is the Muslim Brotherhood going to consolodate power when the military junta still holds most of the cards, and the guns for that matter? I predict that as the economy in Egypt gets worse, food supplies run low, and unrest increases, there will be a coup followed by a civil war much like what is going on in Syria.

    • andy

      I like your prediction and pray that it comes about. In the interim, Israel must get on its toes like a boxer and anticipate a left jab or uppercut, ready to duck and respond with force. Morsi strikes like a rattler without warning. The Sinai border has become a potential for the worst.

  • kafir4life

    muslims will be muslims. That's what muslims are. muslims.

  • oldtimer

    And I suppose the only ones suprised by this are 0 and his cohorts.

  • flowerknife_us

    Egypt-from the cradle of civilization to the center of its potential ruin.

  • lamamma

    did someone REALLY think and believe that Mubarak was the evil, and democracy will follow??…the ones who did it either they lie and want sharia and fundamentalism to win, or didn't understand NOTHING about islam and the final goal.

  • LindaRivera

    The Muslim Brotherhood triumph in Egypt is a HUGE triumph for the Obama-Clinton administration. The U.S. administration want only governments run by hardliners and ruled under very strict Islamic sharia law.

    U.S. leaders worked to oust U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power American leaders' top FAVORITES, the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest.

  • LindaRivera

    WND.COM: Jesus to America: ‘Why do you persecute me?’ U.S. foreign policy blamed for deaths of Christians worldwide. Analysts and human-rights groups claim U. S. foreign policy is responsible for the destruction of the Middle East’s Christian communities.

    The reasoning says the U. S. government’s assistance of the radical elements in the “Arab Spring” has wreaked havoc with the region’s Christians.

    The Vatican’s official news service Fides says events in Syria are proof U. S. policy and its support of jihadists is contributing to the death of the country’s Christians…

    Stop the illegal, immoral WARS AGAINST CHRISTIANS and other innocents!

  • Dan360

    The Muslim Brotherhood now feel they are safe to brutalize Christians under Egypt’s President Morsi who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood whereas they would have been jailed under Mubarak's regime. President Obama by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood instead of the protesters calling for real Freedom has only helped in making things go from bad to worse, and unfortunately President Obama and his administration has continued to give support to the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the middle east. Again the protesters who want real Freedom need to stand up against this new tyrant who is worse than the last. Now hopefully America will vote President Obama and his administration out this November so as not continue the downward spiral in America and abroad. God Bless America.

    • Asher

      Sure, and they know darn well when they are dealing with a compacent–apathetic society…They only get to this point, if they are allowed to. Once they get there its too late!

  • Yephora

    Is the 0bama regime a Muslim Brotherhood front group?

    You decide.

    • Carbondioxide

      Good question. What are the other possible explanations for US foreign policy including the days of George “Islam is a Religion of Peace” Bush?
      Some Republicans were pushing Condi Rice for VP? Understandable since she her US Department of State presided over the establishment of two new Islamic states in Afghanistan and Iraq. That would be sterling credentials by the standards of those who attacked Michelle Bachman for questioning US Government security procedure in view of the evident infiltration.
      Going to war and establishing new theocracies with full access to the levers of state power developed by US taxpayers in order to permanently shackle the people of those nations is a hideous black mark on US history which is invisible to the in-country defenders of Islam (the press, Democratic Party, establishment Republicans and others FPM so well identifies).

      By the way, are there any security checks for those at the top, or is it just a matter of political connections and who you know or marry? That is the reason no one wants the investigation Bachman and others call for. I do not believe there is any criteria, documentation or signatures to be found because the hallmarks of bad security risks in personnel at the top are obvious. This might also be evidence of a lax security clearance system throughout our government.

    • Raymond in DC

      They seem to have no problem with Muslim Brotherhood front groups, but in the end they're just Useful Idiots.

  • BS77

    Nothing new here…Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan…..hideous barbaric places…awful for women and children. Bleak conditions fanatic compulsive conformism, piracy, terror, war, war and more war. Good luck Egypt.

  • Schlomotion

    Egypt is fast becoming the country that no pro-Israeli Jewish New Yorker feels safe to imaginarily walk through or live next to anymore. This is the greatest threat since Iran almost nuked Israel in the future.

    • BS77

      Take a long walk on a short pier Shlocko

    • Mo Schlotion

      How about an anti-Israeli Latvian Equadorian?

    • Kufar Dawg

      You're a few cans short of a six pack aren't you? Have you noticed that Egypt's once large and prosperous Jewish community has disappeared over the last 65 years? As has the Jewish populations of Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco etc. It's called ethnic cleansing and your muslo-nazi brethren have been expertly practicing it for the past thousand years or so.

  • Benjamin Krippett

    Fear not the Egyptian muslim asp for Israel has a plan for its demise as well as that of its sponsor to the east, Iran.

  • Nelson Abdullah

    I read some place recently that Muslim clerics in Egypt are calling for the destruction of the Pyramids because they are icons to another religion. I think some act like that would really make the world stand up and take notice.

    • flowerknife_us

      Just like the Spaniards did in Central and South America. The difference being the Muslims of today have explosives to use on the stonework.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Since when did the Spaniards try to destroy any of the pyramids of Maya, Inca or Aztec peoples? I'd like to see proof of this.

  • Ghostwriter

    Amazing,Schmuckmotion. You have this infinite capacity for saying dumb things that have no bearing on the real world. You've gone from an anti-Jewish idiot to an all-around idiot. That's an amazing feat,one worthy of condemnation,because you haven't gotten smarter,you've gotten dumber.

  • Lillith

    Surely all this must be Israel's fault, I mean, isn't everything?

  • bo

    The brotherhood are terrorist, and so nothing good can come from them..nuff said!

  • HPD

    The ME, especially Israel is looking more and more like 1949 or 1967.
    This time with nuclear rag headed throwbacks….
    Preemption is the only answer.
    EU opinion be damned

    • Kufar Dawg

      And US opinion be damned. There's no point in looking for the approval of the apathetic, amoral, libtards who seemingly run the US now.

  • Asher

    As we can see, Obama's hand picked Group….. The Muslim Brotherhood…. does not represent Democracy…Put them in the same category as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Al Axa Martyrs Brigade and The Black Panthers.