Foreign Policy Runs Op-Ed from Muslim Brotherhood Nobel Peace Prize Winner Comparing Morsi to Mandela


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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.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    In the movie “The Princess Bride”, Fezzik responds to Vezzini’s repeated”Inconceivable!” outbursts, suggesting “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” It’s time we recognized that Islamists like Karman use terms like justice, freedom and democracy in a fashion totally unrecognizable to us. That people who should know better nod positively when anyone in the Brotherhood spouts such nonsense is, well, almost … inconceivable.

  • John Andrew Schmanek

    “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,…”

    Is that where all the oppression in Arab countries came from, Egypt?
    How many hundreds of years ago did that happen?

    • Ahmad Abdul-ghaffar

      no what she sais os true start with morsi in Egypt and maybe finish with Karma in yemen

  • silversurf

    The Nobel Peace Prize process lost all credibility a long time ago

  • voter13

    “M E S S A G E – F R O M – P R E S I D E N T – M O R S I”

    As Salam-u-alaikum ratmatulah wa barakatu:

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims in Egypt and peace to the Coptics and other religions.

    Oh this bless day of Eid-u-Fitr I am in excellent spirits as I have been told of the nearly 6 weeks of peaceful protest by the people of Egypt not just Muslim Brotherhood members. This illegal coup will never be accepted: they can kill me, continue to murder more than the 300 Muslims already killed in the Holy Month of Ramadan, but we will “never” accept the traitor to Egypt ex-General Sisi. –He was lawfully fired from his job as Defense Minister

    To all Egyptian soldiers and police do not attempt to break-up the peaceful lawful protest of Egyptians whether they are with me or against me. In the hereafter, you will have to face Allah subhana wata Ala for your crimes and in this life; should the new Egyptian Court system not punish you then International Criminal Court will In-Sha’Allah. –Serbia thought NATO would not bomb them

    It is important that all protestors keep to the principles of lawful protest and your right to gather for rallies. Bring Holy Qur’an’s and in the spirit of late Caliphate Usman your own funeral shroud to the gatherings. –We will not kill other Muslims as Sisi has ordered troops (In-Sha’Allah we die like Caliphate Usman)

    Try to enjoy these 3 days of Eid-ul-Fitr, for after the Eid, they shall surely attack you. There are just too few brave Egyptians soldiers to stand up to ex-General Sisi. He was duly fired under the laws of Egypt, for neither former President Nasser, Sadat, or even Mubarak give any decrees provisions of law for military takeover. No former Egyptian parliament gave no such permissions for a military takeover of the government.

    The only way to solve this issue is with an independent (Not Mubarak Crony controlled) United Nations sanctioned new election, with observers from the Organization of Islamic Conference, European Union, and “friend” of Egypt the United States.

    To the Muslim Brotherhood I say, Allah gave us the authority to govern Egypt without one single Al Quaeda type suicide bombing campaign. –In-Sha’Allah we do not need that in Egypt (Stay patient with peaceful protest)

    May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be with you on this Blessed Day of Eid-ul-Fitr. –Ameen

    Clearly, the leaders of the military takeover have something to conceal from the eyes of the world. That explains why I was recently refused entry into Egypt. I now feel I have a responsibility to warn the world that a despotic regime is seeking to reinforce its foundations in the country. The 25th January revolution guaranteed freedom of expression, of assembly and organisation. All these have been crushed.

    It is unrealistic and unfair to believe Morsy was responsible for the failure to achieve economic prosperity within a year. The man inherited a huge legacy of failure and institutional collapse from the previous regime. Furthermore, it has now become obvious that most of the state institutions, including the judiciary, the army, the security apparatus and most of the government departments, stood against him.

    But the success of heads of state is measured more by their respect for civil and political rights than by economic prosperity. Morsy passed this test by guaranteeing these rights when, in fact, his opponents enjoyed more freedom than his own supporters. Compare this to what has been happening to his supporters since the coup: hundreds have been detained, killed or wounded as they peacefully protested.

    • Guivara

      message from who??? you people can’t stop lying? Morsi and messages don’t mix you fool since he’s in jail for treason!
      What a stupid joke!!

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Yes, Morsy is the Arab world’s Mandela. They’re both terrorist thugs.

    • m4253y

      well said, couldn’t agree more.

  • m4253y

    Daniel, superb article (btw, you have been on a roll of late with great articles, and very articulate insight, ty).

    however, think about this, why is morsi not a lot like mandela?

    look at south africa with and after mandela. now, transpose that image onto what morsi and the mb want for the mid east…is there really any difference? look at egypt’s economic performance with morsi at the helm..look at the rampant poverty in south africa, just like egypt…look at the thugs of south africa (gangs of winnie’s etc.,) enforcing one tribes rights over others…look at the convicted rapist running south africa and his corrupt government…there are many more similarities.

    i think the comparison is an apt one…the mid east is going the route of south africa…rampant famine and poverty which is exactly what any totalitarian leader wants when he needs to raise the volume in the streets about how it’s all the fault of the Israelis and the Americans…food for thought that you may want to revisit. cheers

  • SoCalMike

    Foreign Policy Magazine has the depth and factual integrity of Tiger Beat Magazine. What a pathetic joke!
    It belongs in the trash along with the NY Slimes and the Washington ComPost.

  • Glenn Mason

    She is with Hilary,then you write it all off as propaganda,
    or is Hilary asking her how long it took to learn how to make a man happy

  • mahmoud

    Karman is a hypocrite liar who belongs to a terrorist organization. Her Nobel Peace prize should be rescinded immediately.

  • mahmoud

    Karman is a hypocrite who belongs to a terrorist organization. Her Nobel Peace prize should be rescinded. ..