I’m not reporting this as a fact. I’m passing along a story. But Walid Shoebat has access to a lot of sources and while Egypt is full of accusations being hurled at the Muslim Brotherhood, including the Hamas-Sinai-Obama one that even Mubarak seems to believe, this story is plausible because…
1. Ayman Al-Zawahiri is a fellow Egyptian and Muslim Brotherhood member.
2. It’s plausible that Morsi might try to use Al-Zawahiri to directly negotiate a local truce.
Al-Bawabth News obtained recordings that took place between ex-president Mursi and Ayman al-Zawahiri. The details of the recordings ensured that Mursi would not arrest Jihadists or Takfirists during his tenure and to ensure that they continue their activity with absolute freedom.
In addition, the agreement included opening military camps to train jihadists in Sinai.
Formidable sources in private settings revealed the nature of the communication between the two sides. First, the release of Mohammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of the al-Qaeda leader through the intervention from Rifa’a Tahtawi, Mursi’s chief of staff. To also ensure the freedom of movement and preventing them from being watched.
It’s obvious that the Muslim Brotherhood government had some kind of arrangement with some of these groups. But so did Mubarak. So do most governments.
For that matter, so do we. We’ve done everything from giving terrorists money not to attack us to actually championing their causes. And we’re not alone. The Europeans are even worse.
But setting up training camps is a game changer. It means that Morsi was undermining Egyptian national security in a big way. Militarizing the Sinai (not in the usual troops on the ground meaning) poses a major danger to Egypt.
Morsi may well have been trying to make it impossible for any non-Brotherhood government to maintain stability by turning the Sinai into a war zone. It certainly wouldn’t be unprecedented.
From the Egyptian standpoint, it means that Morsi can be held accountable for the murder of Egyptian soldiers. And that ends up justifying everything General Sisi did, even to his worst critics. It also makes continuing support by America and Europe for Morsi untenable.
If the recordings exist and go public, the New York Times will make some of the same points I made above, but they will concede that the whole basis for the Arab Spring, using “political Islamists” to block “violent Islamists” is a failure.
And that will destroy the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the West. Not completely. Not entirely. But it will be a high profile defeat for the argument that the Brotherhood can help stop Al Qaeda. Instead it reveals, what we knew all along, but that politicians and reporters denied, that they work together.
It’s true in Egypt. And it’s true in America.