What’s Arabic for ‘Reichstag Fire’?

Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research and Communications at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (emetonline.org). He is a contributing author of “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace”.


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The signs were there for those who cared to see them.

Shortly after the August 5th attack on an Egyptian army base in the Sinai, in which more than a dozen Egyptian soldiers were killed by jihadists, who seized two armored personnel carriers and attempted  to breach the Israeli border, Egyptian President (and Muslim Brother) Mohammad Morsi responded by sacking the Egyptian intelligence chief, and the governor of Northern Sinai. He also replaced the head of the Egyptian presidential guard. That took place Wednesday, August 8th.  A communiqué issued the same day on the M.B.’s IkhwanWeb.com described a so-called “unfolding conspiracy,” in vague terms, calling the soldiers who died in the attack on the Egyptian base, “victims of treachery and treason” and complaining of an attempt to use the incident to “violently and viciously [target] Islamists.”  President Morsi also ordered APCs, troops and attack helicopters into the Sinai to target the “militants,” but residents were reporting little evidence of battle, although a handful of jihadists were reportedly killed in gunfights over the weekend.

Late Sunday night (in Washington), August 12th, reports began to trickle out that President Morsi had sacked Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) head, Defense Minister Tantawi,  Army Chief-of-Staff Sami Annan and several other notable commanders, and canceled the constitutional arrangement instituted by SCAF intended to limit Morsi’s power. Essam El-Erian, the Chairman of the M.B’s “Freedom and Justice Party,” called the move an effort to “foil counter revolutionary plots.”

It will probably never be known for sure whether the initial attack which precipitated events was in the strictest sense orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to engineer the downfall of SCAF. It’s certainly possible, considering accusations by members of the Egyptian military that several high-ranking Hamas members in the Gaza Strip, Ayman Nofal, Raad Atar and Mohammed Abu Shamala, were responsible for the attack. Hamas, after all, openly describes itself as the “Palestinian” chapter of the Brotherhood, and Nofal actually escaped from a Sinai prison during the 2011 revolution, which would have given excellent opportunities for ties with both the Egyptian Brothers and the bedouins who frequently make up the Jihadist factions in the Sinai.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The religion of peace.

    The fact they say that (with a straight face) explains how far they can be trusted.

    • HPD

      Religion of Peace is a great new website..

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Does it have sponsors for things that any moderate muslim might need?
        Car bombs, korans with spaces to write in for those in gitmo and other prisons. How to reload with the infidel shooting back, and of course guides on al taqiyya?

        • HPD

          Love the Ramadan Bombathon Scorecard…
          Sponsors? Jerusalem Post….US Marines….Northrop Grumman….Colt Industries..

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You know, I'm shocked. Simply shocked.

            Did you know what the muslim brotherhood controlled military in Egypt did with a complete pass in the state (obama) controlled media?
            http://www.worldnewstribune.com/2012/08/19/egypt-

            This is why no one should bother with treaties involving muslim activists.
            Surah 9:1
            Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty.

          • HPD

            Roger…

            You've probably read this book, but if not, it's an awesome compendium on OBL..Brotherhood…AlQueda…9-11…I could NOT put it down..
            http://www.amazon.com/The-Looming-Tower-Al-Qaeda-

          • HPD

            Couple of these AGM-65 Mavericks, launched from an Israeli fighter, WILL ruin their entire year..
            See the movie "Tears of the SUN"?
            I believe a Maverick missle was used in the final scene to clear the beaucoup badguys chasing the SEALS…Worth a watch…We've watched it 'prolly 50x…great movie..
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-65_Maverick

  • HPD

    The Reichatag fire was a NAZI tactic to garner nationalistic support for a wider war effort. The Islamists are NOTHING if not re-incarnated Nazis, so this copy-cat action, fit them like a glove…

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Kyle Schideler AKBAR!!!

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Slipping into darkness
    Pretty soon you're going to pay

  • Stephen_Brady

    The Egyptian army, the “most secular and pro-western institution in Egypt,” which is the refrain we have heard repeated ad nauseam, has failed to serve as the bulwark to Brotherhood power that we were promised.

    You mean that Muslims would lie to us? Shocking …