The Makeover of Mohammed Morsi

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The makeover of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has begun. Some in the media are “debunking” the frightening “myths” about the Muslim Brotherhood, and others argue that he’s a potential ally. The Obama administration continues to infer that critics of the Brotherhood are simply alarmed by the word “Muslim” in the group’s name.

“We judge individuals and parties that are elected in a democratic process by their actions, not by their religious affiliations,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when asked about the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is very similar language to that of William Taylor, the State Department’s Special Coordinator for the Office of Middle East Transitions. He oversees the spending of American taxpayer money in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. He said, “What we need to do is judge people and parties and movements on what they do, not what they’re called.”

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor defended meetings between U.S. and Brotherhood officials with, “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence.” Most famously, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper portrayed the Brotherhood in a positive light to Congress, embarrassingly stating that it is a “secular” group. He continues to tout the Brotherhood as a “moderate Islamist” group that can counter Al-Qaeda.

The Taliban and Hamas were joyful over Morsi’s victory in Egypt’s presidential election. They would laugh at suggestions that Morsi could be a U.S. ally. His first order of business with the U.S. is demanding the release of the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is in prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist plots. Of all of the things he could discuss with the U.S., his first priority is the release of a convicted terrorist.

The foreign policy of Morsi will be pro-jihad. A member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s foreign relations committee was upset on French television that he wasn’t informed that he’d be on the program alongside an Israeli journalist. He refused to communicate with him. On June 14, the Brotherhood Supreme Guide preached that jihad against Israel is a religious obligation. Muslims are required to engage in “Jihad of self and money” towards the goal of “freeing it [Jerusalem] from the filth of the Zionists and imposing Muslim rule throughout beloved Palestine.”

Thomas Joscelyn points to how, in 2011, Elliot Spitzer asked Morsi about his views on terrorism and recognizing Israel’s right to exist on CNN. Morsi avoided giving a clear answer on Israel, saying, “This is a heavy question. It’s out of faith. It’s ridiculous to ask about the future.” He emphasized, “We are against Zionism,” but not Jews as a whole. When asked about his stance on terrorist attacks against Israel, he said, “We do not use violence against anyone. What’s going on [in] the Palestinian land is resistance.” He is very conscious of what semantics to use when speaking to a Western audience.

During the campaign, a hardline cleric named Safwat Hegazy spoke at one of Morsi’s campaign rally. He declared, “We are seeing the dream of the Islamic Caliphate come true at the hands of Mohammed Morsi” and “the capital of the Caliphate and the United Arab States is Jerusalem.” Morsi nodded his head, only feet away. At the same rally, a speaker performed a song that told Muslims to “brandish your weapons, say your prayers.” He sang, “Come on, you lovers of martyrdom, banish the sleep from the eyes of all Jews. Come on, you lovers of martyrdom, you are all Hamas. Indeed, all the lovers of martyrdom are Hamas.”

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  • http://twitter.com/look42 @look42

    One can only hope that the new Egyptian president Morsi strikes the moderate path. However, this is not only dependent on him by himself, but especially by the military. Escalations are predictable, however.
    Ultimately, the Egyptian people elected their president, and this should give you a fighting chance.
    The leaders of the West and East should be composed by smartphones smartphone and find a reasonable solution.

    • Chiggles

      Oh lookee, a German commercial spammer. RAUS MIT DICH!!!

  • Fred Dawes

    No hope only mass attacks/murder/rape on jews/christian in the coming evil future.

  • EthanP

    The MSM has been largely corrupted by Islamist money. That and the suicidal anti western hysteria that rules the left. And since the left runs the media? The Muslim Brotherhood is the father of Al Quida and the whole Islamist movement.

  • Schlomotion

    Why should the makeover of Mohammed Morsi as a President be any more ominous than the makeover of Danny Danon from an acne-pitted genocidal racist who demands loyalty oaths into Chair of the Knesset? Why is the PR that Hasbaras do for Christian Extremists like Mr. Mauro and Benny Hinn supposed to be more credible than the PR that their opponents pay for?

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

      Why not come out and call them all child killers while you're at it?

      Schlo, you are a bigot. Facts don't influence you, just your pre-decided position does.

      • Schlomotion

        Why is Christian Action Network and World Likud supposedly more likeable than the Muslim Brotherhood? Why wouldn't a red-blooded American think these people should all be chained together and left in the sun somewhere in the Middle East?

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

          1) no suicide vests
          2) no kassam rockets fired by the thousands at civilians
          3) no hate and threats towards the 'great satan'
          4) they don't rape journalists in the public squares
          5) it wasn't the result of muslim barbarity.

          How many more do you want?
          There needs to be some chaining. But it's not going to be Israel, the IDF will see to that.

    • Ghostwriter

      Joseph Goebbels would love you,Schlockmotion. Like him,you hate Jews with a passion,called them Hasabras and other names like that. You are an anti-Jewish bigot and deserve all the scorn you get.

  • JoJoJams

    Yes, yes, Schlo – how DARE a national leader demand "loyalty" from people within it's ranks, or the people of the nation as a whole. On the same token, if you are married, how DARE you demand a loyalty oath, or even expect loyalty from your wife! As for Benny Hinn, while I believe him to be a charlatan and a con, he's never demanded any kind of "jihad", and his followers aren't out killing people. The worst they do is (gasp!) pray for you… Will you EVER learn, Schlo?

    • Schlomotion

      Yes. How dare a national leader demand loyalty oaths from the people? It's the other way around. The leader has to take an oath of loyalty to the people and their national charter. The people don't marry their leader. Your comparisons are all messed up. Still, if Israel wants a Jewish Fuhrer, I'm not out to stop them. It's not my short term memory loss, it's theirs. I am taking issue, however with the Israel Firster, Ryan Mauro whose meal ticket comes from Israel and has loyalty to religious fundamentalist groups but not our own sovereign nation.

  • Ronald Johnston

    We need to deport every muslim who has not openly fought the evil nature of the radical part of their religion!!!!! Then we need to isolate all the muslim countries and let them make their own bed!!!!!

  • BS77

    Please boycott Shlockomotor Mouth……..He craves attention for his remarks. He is a pile worm. Don't bother responding to his worthless posts.

  • Zionista

    I make lemonade out of lemons – for every Jew hating rant little shmo writes – and he writes many because the loser has no life- I put $ in a fund for Zionist causes.

  • nahid hasan

    Best of luck Mohammed Morsi. As I am quiet new in Jewish, looking around for some Jewish information> Got something important here. Nice to get it.
    Have you seen this video goo.gl/Fvyjz ? It helped me get over my internal anger.