Foreign Policy Magazine has a right to run whatever Op-Eds by whomever they please. What they do not have a right to do is deceive their readers by failing to properly identify the affiliations of those writers.
FP, owned by the Washington Post, ran an editorial in support of the Muslim Brotherhood by Tawakkol Karman, a Muslim Brotherhood activist who received a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in organizing protests against Yemen’s government.
Karman sits on the Shura Council of Al-Islah, an Islamist Party that is largely made up of the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead of identifying Tawakkol Karman as a ranking member of a Muslim Brotherhood political organization, Foreign Policy Magazine dishonestly listed her bio as follows; “Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni human rights activist and the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.”
Whatever one may think of the Muslim Brotherhood, anyone from any political spectrum should agree that if a serious magazine runs an Op-Ed by a member of an organization in support of that organization, it should identify them as such instead of giving readers the false impression that they are an independent neutral party.
That is what Tawakkol Karman does with her dishonest editorial. “Morsy Is the Arab World’s Mandela,” she declares, a ridiculous analogy. ”
Why we must stand and support the Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for democracy,” is the subheader, also ridiculous considering that the Muslim Brotherhood is a totalitarian organization and Morsi nearly destroyed democracy in Egypt.
“Soon after the military coup that deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, I announced that I would join the pro-Morsy demonstration outside of Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adaweya square. My home is in Sanaa, Yemen, but all of us who placed our hopes in the Arab Spring have a stake in what happens in Egypt,” Tawakkol Karman writes.
Again she leaves the false impression that she has no affiliation with what happens in Egypt, except a mutual passion for democracy. And by failing to identify her affiliation, Foreign Policy becomes complicit in the lie.
“The Egyptian officers informed me that I would be denied entry, and I was soon deported back to Yemen on the same plane on which I had arrived. The authorities gave me no clear answer why: They said that I knew the reason for my deportation better than them, and that my name had been blacklisted based on the request of a security body.”
Tawakkol Karman fails to mention that she’s a ranking member of a party that is currently murdering people in the streets of Cairo. That would seem rather relevant to the question of why she was deported.
Egypt has another Qatari-Brotherhood agents roaming its streets. Tawakkol Karman is a member of a party that grew out of a terrorist movement. She has Turkish citizenship, which means she’s the national of a government that has worked quite hard to impose Islamist governments across the region through fake protests and through outright terrorism.
“Morsy was not only Egypt’s democratically elected president, he is now emerging as the Arab world’s Nelson Mandela. The South African leader brought peace and democracy to his country; during Morsy’s one-year reign, Egypt enjoyed freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully, and not a single one of his political opponents were jailed,” Tawakkol Karman writes.
That is the same kind of lies that Soviet agents were peddling in the 30s.
Morsi’s thugs terrorized, raped and tortured his opponents. If being dragged into a mosque, beaten, stripped and then forced to confess on camera is Tawakkol Karman’s idea of freedom of express, maybe her Nobel Peace Prize should be rescinded.
“Even when he was ousted by force, he killed no one, jailed no one, and never resorted to violent resistance. This is unparalleled in the region,” Karman writes.
In fact, Morsi had lost the support of the police and military by then. But his followers have been killing on his behalf since.
“What happens in Egypt will not stay in Egypt — the implications of this coup will reverberate over 1,000 miles away, in my home country of Yemen,” Karman writes. And she’s right.
If her gang of Islamist thugs succeed in seizing power in Yemen, Egypt will be a reminder that no matter how they steal elections and terrorize their opponents, they can be overthrown.
That is what Karman is truly afraid of.
“But it’s not too late to reverse this trend: Just as policies of oppression can start in Egypt and then spread to other Arab countries, a blossoming democracy in Cairo can easily spread throughout the Arab world,” Karman writes, but by democracy, she means Muslim Brotherhood rule.
Tawakkol Karman is what she is. A member of a totalitarian order dedicated to destroying the rights of minorities and imposing a theocracy on all.
It’s Foreign Policy Magazine that is to blame for running her editorial as if she really were a disinterested human rights activist. Expecting Karman to lie is like expecting the rain to be wet. But it’s deeply dishonest and unprofessional of Foreign Policy Magazine to run a pro-Brotherhood editorial without identifying the author as a Brotherhood activist.