The Muslim Brotherhood is predictable in the sense that a serial killer outside your house is predictable. You may not be able to predict how he will try to get in, but the one thing you know is that he is going to try to get in any way he can.
The Brotherhood didn’t perform as well in the Libyan elections as it would have liked to. So it tried to illegally appoint its people using a corrupt politician while ignoring the parties that actually won the election.
And when that failed, its militia thugs resorted to conducting “protests” demanding that government officials step down to make room for the Brothers.
Scores of Libyan militiamen descended on an anti-Islamist rally in the nation’s capital, Tripoli, kicking and beating protesters who had taken to the streets Friday as part of a call for mass demonstrations against the country’s unruly militias and Muslim radicals.
Rallies also took place in two other Libyan cities, Benghazi and Tobruk, with hundreds of activists denouncing the armed thugs and decrying what they describe as political maneuverings by the nation’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Libyan lawmakers approved the bill during the weekend, with guns still drawn on the streets, and the militias seemed to be gradually lifting their siege in the capital. But witnesses said they remained hunkered down inside the Foreign and Justice Ministry, paralyzing the institutions and preventing employees from coming to work.
In Tripoli, the day started peacefully, with activists marching in the streets with placards reading: “Law under the guns; constitution under fire” — a reference both to the recent siege and Libya’s new constitution, which is to be drafted next year.
They beat us up, women fled and a number of young men were seized and taken away,” said Abdel-Moaz Banoun, one of the protesters. “We have no clue who took them or where they are now.”
The other two rallies Friday in Libya passed without violence. In the eastern city of Benghazi — the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that evolved into an eight-month-long civil war and ended with the ouster and killing of Gadhafi — hundreds protested against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Islamist group is charged with engineering the new law, set to take effect in early June. The legislation could remove a whole class of post-Gadhafi officials — including the head of the current parliament, Mohammed al-Megarif.
While the law might also affect Brotherhood members and other ultraconservative Islamists, it would get rid of Brotherhood’s top foe, Mahmoud Jibril, a liberal-leaning war-time prime minister and who enjoys wide popularity in the country.
Jibril was a top aide to Seif-Islam, one of Gadhafi’s sons and heir apparent, before he defected to the rebels. His coalition, The National Forces Alliance, won the biggest number of parliament seats allocated for political groupings in the July parliament elections.
The Muslim Brotherhood will try to win democratic elections if it can, if it can’t, it will find ways to rig the game. That is what it is doing in Libya.
“No to Brotherhoodization of the state,” read a banner held by a Benghazi protester. The term is used to express fear of the radical group installing its loyalists in government posts. Other protesters hanged an effigy of the ruler of Qatar, the country Libyans see as a key Brotherhood backer.
“From the dictatorship of Gadhafi to the dictatorship of the Muslim Brotherhood,” another sign read. The Brotherhood came second in the July elections, after Jibril’s alliance, but rivals accuse the group of wielding significant power and getting funding from abroad.
Predictably Obama Inc. has made no condemnation of the Brotherhood’s attempt to seize power in Libya. But then it was Obama Inc. that made that possible with its illegal war.