What’s Arabic for ‘Reichstag Fire’?


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The question of course is what happens now. In all likelihood what little resistance existed to a Muslim Brotherhood state in Egypt is now broken. With SCAF member Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, formerly head of military intelligence taking over as defense minister, and several other key commanders (including the head of the Egyptian 3rd Army based at Suez) taking plum positions in the new hierarchy, it will become increasingly easy to find collaborators within the army structure willing to side with the Muslim Brotherhood.  That means moving forward the M.B. will be able to replace those who participated in or benefited from this bloodless coup, if they should later on resist orders.

For students of revolutionary movements in general, and analysts in the Brotherhood in particular, there ought to have been no surprise here. The only actor in the Egyptian theater which possessed a conspiratorial organization, swiftly and purposefully acting on orders from its leadership was the Muslim Brotherhood.  In heady times of revolution and counter-revolution, such parties are always likely to rise to the top of the pile.

Whether the Brotherhood sparked the events in the Sinai to provide justification to carry out their coup, as the Nazis lit the Reichstag fire to justify their actions, or whether they simply responded to unfolding events with precise and aggressive action is ultimately irrelevant – the outcome, regardless of the excuse, was preordained.  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.

Indeed, if there is one silver lining to the weekend’s events in Egypt, it is that policymakers can perhaps finally outgrow their belief in the fictional security blanket of a secular, pro-Western Egyptian military preventing the creation of an Islamist Egypt, and finally move on with the dealing with the world as it really is, one in which Islamism is in a dangerous ascendance across the region.

Kyle Shideler is the Director of Research at the Endowment for Middle East Truth (emetonline.org).

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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 …