Senator John McCain is suffering from the Arab Spring Syndrome. He remains convinced that democracy will flower in places like Syria and Egypt if given a chance. He evidently believes that Islamists can be persuaded to fully participate in the electoral process and accept the will of the people. In the words of Bruce S. Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution,
McCain has “a naïve faith in the magic powers of ‘democracy’ to change a culture steeped in 14 centuries of religious intolerance, supremacism, and violence.
First, Senator McCain has pushed aggressively for the United States to arm the opposition in Syria, knowing full well that Islamist jihadists dominate the opposition forces. Just as arms in Libya ended up in Islamist hands, any arms we send to the so-called “moderate” elements in the Syrian opposition, assuming they even exist to any significant extent, are likely to be seized by the much more powerful al Qaeda-linked groups such as the al Nusra Front.
Now McCain is demanding that the United States cut off military aid to Egypt in the wake of the Egyptian military’s removal of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohammed Morsi from power.
“We have to suspend aid to Egyptian military because the military has overturned the vote of the people,” Senator McCain said Friday according to Al Jazeera. “We cannot repeat the same mistakes that we made in other times of our history by supporting removal of freely elected governments.”
When millions of Egyptians from all walks of life filled the streets to protest Morsi’s increasingly autocratic rule, McCain said little. Instead, he is fixated on Morsi’s election as proof positive in his mind that Islamist ideology and democracy are compatible. They are not.
Islamist ideology is totalitarian. It is rooted in an absolutist belief that man cannot govern himself, that man-made law is illegitimate, and that there are no acceptable alternatives to sharia law.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s slogan is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur`an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi set out his organization’s real agenda in a September 2010 sermon. The “change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life,” Badi said. “Allah`s word will reign supreme and the infidels` word will be inferior.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has tried to fool Westerners with its moderate appearing façade. Senator McCain is not alone among the gullible leaders who have fallen for the Muslim Brotherhood’s deception. Its decision to participate in the post-Mubarak elections, which it won, was part of that deception. They were simply using the form of a democratic election as their preferred means to take and then monopolize all major levers of power.
During a campaign rally at Cairo University shortly before his election as president, Morsi revealed his true intentions when he told young Egyptians, “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal. Today we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire well-being only with Islam and Sharia.”
Since the vote, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cohorts did all they could to subvert the Egyptian peoples’ rights in their quest to completely Islamicize Egyptian society. The trampling on minorities and on freedom of speech rivaled, if not exceeded, the days of the Mubarak regime. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cohorts are the ones who carried out a bloodless coup against the masses of Egyptian people who did not want their revolution to simply replace one autocracy with another. Refusing any compromise right to the end, Morsi found himself at the short end of the second phase of the revolution.
Violence remains the Muslim Brotherhood’s alternative path to power. This is the same organization, after all, which helped spawn terrorist groups such as Hamas. And Hamas did not forget its parent. Seven Hamas terrorists were reportedly arrested in Cairo with car bombs.
Even before the military took action against Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood leaders were calling for its members to use "martyrdom" to stop the escalating anti-Morsi protests. “Martyrdom” is a euphemism for suicide bombing. When the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government could no longer contain the protests, “martyrdom” to stop the protests was considered as the next viable option.
After Morsi’s removal, the Muslim Brotherhood’s call for a “day of rejection” last Friday turned into a day of rage as the ensuing violence resulted in at least 30 deaths and more than 1000 wounded. Muslim Brotherhood supporters were videotaped pledging to carry out a “death sentence” against all members of the opposition and, in particular, to set Christians “on fire.” Masked men shot dead a Coptic priest. Coptic homes and shops were torched.
Jihadists inside and outside of Egypt have committed to fight to the death to restore the Muslim Brotherhood to power.
Senator McCain would like to believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, as the group that came out on top in the elections, should be trusted to govern in a democratic fashion. Their words and actions tell a different story. Cutting off military aid to the Egyptian armed forces, as McCain recommends, especially while they are trying to fend off Islamist jihadist attacks and contain violence in the Sinai, would be as disastrous as his recommendation to fully arm the rebels in Syria.
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