Morsi Flees, But Muslim Brotherhood Lives On

Thousands of pro-freedom protesters surrounded the presidential palace in Cairo Tuesday. Reuters reported Tuesday that “officers fired teargas at up to 10,000 demonstrators,” and that Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi actually fled the palace. However, although the demonstrators chanted that “the people want the downfall of the regime,” they are unlikely to get it.

Hussein Abdel Ghany, a spokesman for the secularists and Leftist opponents of Sharia who demonstrated on Tuesday, declared: “Our marches are against tyranny and the void constitutional decree and we won’t retract our position until our demands are met.”

However, even though he and his colleagues could muster 10,000 demonstrators to the presidential palace, Ghany quite clearly represents a minority in Egypt. The transformation of Egypt from a Western-oriented state to one dominated by Islamic law has been proceeding for decades. The Muslim Brotherhood’s societal and cultural influence outstripped its direct political reach for decades, until the fall of Mubarak, and now is in the ascendancy, despite the unrest. One highly visible example of the pervasive Islamic supremacist influence in Egypt is the fact that while in the 1960s women wearing hijabs were rare on the streets of Cairo, now it is rare to see a woman not wearing one.

From the time of the presidency of Gamel Abdel Nasser (1956-1970), the Egyptian government practiced steam control with the Brotherhood, being aware of its broad base of popularity and thus looking the other way as the group terrorized Coptic Christians and enforced Islamic strictures upon the Egyptian populace — and cracking down only when the Brotherhood showed signs of growing powerful enough actually to seize power. Nasser’s successor Anwar Sadat (1970-1981) not only released all the Brotherhood political prisoners who had been languishing in Egyptian prisons, but also promised the Brotherhood that Sharia would be fully implemented in Egypt.

Sadat didn’t live long enough to fulfill that promise; he was murdered by members of another Islamic supremacist group that was enraged by his peace treaty with Israel. Sadat’s successor Hosni Mubarak didn’t keep that promise to the Brotherhood either, and today the Muslim Brothers have their best chance ever to see Sharia in Egypt. They may have overreached in the early stages of Morsi’s presidency, but that doesn’t by any means mean that they’re going to give up.

After all, most Egyptians want Sharia, too. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in Spring 2010, before the chimerical “Arab Spring” and the toppling of Mubarak, found that no fewer than eighty-five percent of Egyptians thought that Islam was a positive influence in politics. Fifty-nine percent said they identified with “Islamic fundamentalists” in their struggle against “groups who want to modernize the country,” who had the support of only twenty-seven percent of Egyptians. Only twenty percent were “very concerned” about “Islamic extremism” within Egypt.

Another survey in May 2012 found little difference. 61 percent of Egyptians stated that they wanted to see Egypt abandon its peace treaty with Israel, and the same number identified the hardline Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the country that should serve as Egypt’s model for the role Islam should play in government. 60 percent said that Egypt’s laws should hew closely to the directives of the Qur’an.

Morsi is happy to oblige them: “It was for the sake of the Islamic sharia that men were…thrown into prison,” he recalled at a May 2012 rally. “Their blood and existence rests on our shoulders now. We will work together to realize their dream of implementing sharia.”

A Muslim cleric, Shaykh Usamah Qasim, warned of violence if Islamic supremacists were denied power and Shafiq or anyone else but Morsi were elected president: “The fate of any of them who reaches the presidency will be like that of former President Anwar al-Sadat, who was assassinated.” In November 2012, Nageh Ibrahim, the ideologue of the Islamic supremacist Gamaa al-Islamiya, declared that Morsi’s opponents could be targeted for assassination if they stood in the way of the Muslim Brotherhood president’s plans to implement Sharia in Egypt.

All in all, it is not a scenario that gives the impression that democracy and pluralism are about to dawn in Egypt. The Egyptian people have chosen Islamic law, and Islamic law is what they are going to get. The secularists who oppose this, as numerous as they may be, are spitting into the wind. Everyone from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (judging from their refusal to criticize Morsi’s repressive measures or slide toward Sharia) to the rank-and-file supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria want Sharia in Egypt. Barring some huge upheaval that completely resets Egypt’s political course, so it shall be written, and so it shall be done.

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  • Bamaguje

    Wow!!

    Anti-Sharia protesters force Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi to flee the presidential palace.

    This may be the beginning of the real Arab spring… or provoke a massive tyrannical crackdown on secularists as in Iran.

    • LibertyMan

      Funny, it was American secularists who wanted Morsi in there.

    • mlcblog

      We would love to hope so.

    • apran

      I don't think the most of protesters are anti sharia or even pro freedom, they are more anti Morsi for his greed of power. If they muslims, then there is no way they are really anti sharia.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    This is going to get ugly even faster than I thought it would.

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

      Word this morning is that he's back in the palace today.

      I hope they keep sending him home, it's the only thing dictators understand, mad rioters with pitchforks and torches.

    • BS77

      just another middle eastern hell hole…………..

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        You mean like our now American hell hole?

  • John Rutley

    I knew as soon as the brotherhood came out of the shadows it was going to be bad for the rest of the non muslim world. In Obama, Clinton et al we will have a replay of Chamberlain sucking up to Hitler. Grit you teeth everyone for hard times ahead. O'h and by the way if anyone has or is thinking of planning a holiday in Egypts resorts, forget it – it wont be long before they are all closed down as 'unislamic'!

    • Bamaguje

      I particularly afraid that Egypt’s rampaging intolerant Islamists might reduce the pyramids of Giza and other ancient Egyptian treasures to rubble as the Taliban did to the Bamiyan Bhuddist statues in Afghanistan.

  • KKKK

    good thing the secularists could muster 10,000 protesters in front of the palace! and force Mrosi to flee! sad if it means nothing in the long run.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It means they'll soon be pursued and possibly destroyed.

  • Big Irish

    is there just one muslim country in this entire world that can show one iota of decency?…i think not…the "religion of peace" ?….i KNOW not.

    • Lucifer Dye

      Hey, Big Irish, ever heard of Turkey?

      • Anna

        You mean Erdogan ? He has recently been talking about resurrecting the Caliphate !

        • JoJoJams

          Quite frankly, I'm at the point now where I, too, would like to see the return of the Caliphate. And when this Caliphate then comes out proclaiming all the evils of islamic doctrine (slavery, child marriages, a woman's word half that of a man, 4 male witnesses to a rape – on and on ad nauseum) as being valid per sharia and the examples and edicts of their "prophet", I can then look at all the idiots who I mentioned all this to, but don't believe me, and can say, SEE!! I frickin told you! THAT IS ISLAM!!! ~

  • Asher

    It got too hot for Morsi who claimed himself, King and ruler, which is not what the people voted for, anything but a democracy…this is how Islam deceives people. The people voted for democracy and got anything but!

    • anne_48503

      That is the problem Asher, they did get a ‘democracy’. Do you not know what a democracy is? A democracy is the ‘majority rules’. 50% of the mass wins the vote. This is not what America has ever been. We protected the poor in our country and gave them just as much right to be king as the rich man. He also had the same protections…they were equal. It was called a Republic. We the people of The United States…in the republic for which it stands one nation UNDER god …. We have NEVER been a democracy but we as a sheeple believe everything the media tells us to believe. I remember the Arab Spring and how the people there pleaded with us that they were ‘just like us’ and that this uprising was what EVERYONE wanted even though there was only around 10,000 people during Mubarak’s demise too, but that was a democratic ‘uprising’ or at least that is what it was dubbed. As we can see by this article the majority want Sharia law and that is what a democracy is…the majority rules and there becomes a second class of ‘rebels’ like Christians and Jews and other believers that are not very populated but enough to persecute. It has always been that.

      I just wish people would have seen it for what it was back when it happened to begin with…10,000 people out of 90 million is not a ‘democratic uprising’. What it was was a mass media story that sold a story of ‘freedom’ called democracy to get control of the Suez Canal and destroy the peace treaty against Israel. Once ‘they’ get control (and I am not talking about the Brotherhood) the destruction of the Western world will happen overnight. The oil and gas will have to go all the way around Africa to get to Europe and the Western world.

  • Coptic John

    The revolution missed a great opportunity yesterday to topple Morsi, the police abandoned him to let the people get over his palace but they didn't get the hint…

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    But according to the rest of the world, it is Israel that is causing all of the hate, killing, in the Middle East. Egypt will go Islamic, were does this leave Israel, surrounded by enemies that want her dead. So Israel builds to protect itself from this muslim menace, continues its Democracy living, advances in economic levels, protects its people; so she looks elsewhere for support, China, Russia, and others.Egypt once a thriving country, economy, will now fall into the ruins of Islamic hate. The Egypt once known by the rest of the world is dead.

  • Spider

    USNavy1967 "The Egypt once known by the rest of the world is dead." Yeah and you can thank Houssein and his Mu-slim brothers for that one. Israel could dissappear tomorrow and the killing and mayhem would continue in the Middle East and elsewhere because when they run out of infidels to kill they will just start killing each other. Israel is the excuse not the reason. The reason is the Quran.

    • Gene W 1938

      Not quite correct. The Koran hates everything God loves and it results in their hatred for Judeo-Christians. Their is no Brotherly love in this Satanic religion. It is ego centric with their blind obedience to an anti-God.

  • Wittenberg Church

    Morsi Fleas,
    ………But Muslim Brotherhood Lives On

    Vat's nu?

  • Thomas Wells

    The Egyptians are ruled by pyramid power.

  • Ghostwriter

    I hope W. C. Taqiyya is right. But I've got the feeling that it's going to be a long hard struggle.

  • Pat

    I so wish, Morsi era ends here and now together with his terrorist group MB. However, it seems like a far fetched dream, as this kind of ppl surely won't budge easily, if at all. Death as a jihadist is perhaps their only acceptance to leave, unfortunately. For Robert Spencer: thank you for the article. However it seems the truth was: Morsi wasn't fleeing. He simply went home after work (he doesn't live in the palace but instead far a way in an rented apartment somewhere in the outskirt of Cairo).

  • BLJ

    I am not quite sure what to make of this since so many of these "demonstrations" are just staged. I do know one thing, there is no way the Muslim Brotherhood gives up control in Egypt. Egypt was the crown jewel of the desires for decades.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Oh it is so sad to see and hear of all the trouble in Egypt and of dear Mr Morsi having to flee so that he could get a peaceful night of sleep. It occurs to me to wonder if all this trouble is in any way connected to the Mighty Mythical Allah and that chap Muhammad ?

  • Marvin Fox

    The Muslim Brotherhood has been practicing its brand of the Muslim religion for a long time. Its purpose seems to be out in the open and visible to anyone who will look. Its methods are as secretive as they need to be. Egyptians who believe in equality of the law, religious freedom and the freedoms substantiated by our republicanism are a welcome breath in that tyrannized region, but there doesn't seem to be a way for them to win. I wish them luck.
    Marvin Fox

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Islam and it's three D's, Disunity-Destruction-Doom and it is all available on TV, World Wide
    exposure is necessary to spare those who are ignorant of the dangers and fallout of the
    insideous Disaster, oh my a fourth D!!!…………………it could go on with Deranged, Defiling,
    Disgusting, Demonic, Deceiving…………………………….William

  • broken arrow

    The outcome remains to be seen . And the solution remains squarely in the hands of the Egyptians , which in reality cannot be left to anyone else . Freedom does not come for free , they will have to fight for it , whether it be Mubarak , the military or the Muslim Brotherhood

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    I can't remember a time when I agreed so much with every comment on this site. Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming. Broken Arrow summed it up perfectly. Let's pray for Egypt, what else can we do?

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    BTW, Barbara Stanwyck on TCM for the next umpteen hours. She was adorable.

  • ApolloSpeaks

    MOHAMMED MORSI'S POLITICAL TRAIN WRECK

    Five days before Morsi's tyrannical power grab giving him nearly unrestricted powers in accord with the Koran (Mohammed was Allah's absolute ruler of Medina) Egypt suffered a heartbreaking tragedy when 49 children were horribly killed as their school bus was slammed by an oncoming train at a railroad crossing in southern Egypt. Coming on the heels of two trains colliding six days earlier killing four Morsi it seems was given fair warning that his unconstitutional drive for absolute power would lead him into a political train wreck as he ran smack into a massive resistance movement of liberals, leftists and Christians demanding his resignation. So far six Egyptians have been killed and scores injured as protesters clashed with police and Morsi's Moslem Brotherhood backers.

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    • ApolloSpeaks

      But how will this turmoil end? When Morsi announced his power grab two weeks ago it fell on the ominous date November 22nd the 49th anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination. Will Morsi share Kennedy's fate just as Anwar Sadat did? Will he be overthrown in a military coup? Or will he simply resign putting an end to his presidency in order to restore calm?