Muslim Brotherhood moving to take advantage of Egypt protests

Is Egypt in danger of becoming another Iran, or not? That depends upon whether or not any force will prove to be powerful enough to thwart the aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood. If the regime falls, it will be hard to find such a force. “Black Friday: The first round of Egyptian protests was liberal. The second will be Islamist,” by Eric Trager in The New Republic, January 28:

[…] The regime views Islamists, correctly, as its foremost domestic challenge: Islamists provide a coherent, if uncompromising, ideology that contrasts sharply with the regime’s non-ideological demeanor, and they have further recruited millions of followers through intensive interpersonal networking and the provision of social services.

To some extent, the greater involvement of Islamists will be a gift to the regime. Since Tuesday, state-run television has defended the government’s brutal crackdown by portraying the protests, inaccurately, as the work of the Brotherhood. The actual involvement of Islamists tomorrow will make the regime’s case more convincing to international and domestic audiences that fear Egypt becoming “another Iran.”

Islamist groups seem to be aware of this. While expressing their support for the protests, they have insisted that their followers will be participating as citizens, rather than as members of specific Islamist organizations. “Muslim Brothers are among the people,” said Brotherhood official Mohamed Morsi. “They will move with others to the mosque and make demonstrations with the others.”

Whatever happens, the linkage of prayer and protest–and the fact that the protests will originate from such a wide variety of locations–promises to make this the most consequential day of the current standoff. And if the regime prevents people from praying or interferes too overtly in their day of worship, the gloves will surely be off. If Cairo is quiet tonight, it is likely a misleading calm before the storm.

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  1. says

    [Sac.On] Someone should remind the MB and all these “protestors” that Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel
    [Sac.Off]

    Israel will not need to be reminded that a “revolutionized” Egypt would place a 1979-Iran clone as its neighbor. Only knuckleheads like Rice and Carter actually believe that words on treaty paper actually mean something. Those of us in the anti-islamization fight know that a non-Muslim can never trust the “word” of Muslims.

  2. says

    If the MB gains power, say goodbye to the Pyramids and Sphynx. A few well-placed rockets will be reducing the blaspheming idols to rubble shortly afterwards.

  3. says

    “And if the regime prevents people from praying or interferes too overtly in their day of worship, the gloves will surely be off.

    No doubt, they don’t even have gloves…for the Muslims will surely be praying in the streets more for a show of dominance than for prayers…much like the Muslim intimidation tactics of closing off European streets to conduct prayers…it is a tactic of provacation…and it will certainly obtain its goal….look for Muslim violence to occur soon..

  4. says

    The regime views Islamists, correctly, as its foremost domestic challenge: Islamists provide a coherent, if uncompromising, ideology that contrasts sharply with the regime’s non-ideological demeanor, and they have further recruited millions of followers through intensive interpersonal networking and the provision of social services.

    So did Fascism, Nazism, Communism, all offer a “coherent, if uncompromising, ideology that contrasts sharply” with the non-ideological demeanor of normal dogma-ideology-free democratic society? Will Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Yemen demonstrations go the way of an “ideology-dogma free democratic” society? Or will they all go the way of Fascist Islamist society, like Iran? Open question, but I’d bet odds on the latter. The Mullahs and Muftis are onto this one, and they won’t let it get away. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood must be slavering at this sudden “gift from Allah”. Women, man your burqas!

  5. says

    Another, non antijihad and non political, site posted pics of protests in tunisia, egypt and lebanon. I mentioned that the MB might be involved and was immediatly sent a private email from a non muslim academic telling me my comment “raised hackles” (my comment only related widely known facts and zero opinions). And someone else told me that using the term “islamic facists of the Muslim Brotherhood” would make me look like “a Pat Buchnanan”.

    Readers of this site will be pleased to know that I did not curl up into a ball when told (however nicely) to shut up about the MB and threatened with a completely undeserved accusation of racism.

    -I pointed out that criticism of the goals and methods of one specific political group is not the same as a condemnation of eveyone who shares the same faith. – and then had a stroke of genius. To whit:

    “If you dissaproved of the Rwandan Genocide, does that mean you are bigoted against everyone of African descent everywhere in the world?” That’s a pretty darned good comeback to the Islamophobia/Racism bs.

  6. says

    If the MB gained power, I hope a strategy like sudan be applied. Therefore split egypt in two so the local christians can be better protected.

  7. says

    I say, let the Muslim Brotherhood capture power. Given how powerful Egypt has become due to decades of US military aid (started during the Cold War to thwart Libya & Syria), they won’t be able to resist the temptation of attacking Israel. Since they start the war, it will be another great opportunity for Israel to cream them, and this time, re-occupy & annex the Sinai, just as was done w/ the Golan Heights. Also, if Egypt starts a war w/ Israel, you can bet the Syria, Lebanon & Hamas will join in, and Israel can also settle its accounts w/ them – totally eviscerate Hizbullah in Lebanon, re-occupy West Bank & Gaza and expel all Muslims, and annex all that as well, in addition to Sinai.

    Go, Ikhwan!

  8. says

    If the past 10 years have taught us something is that this movement we are seeing in the middle east is a balancing of the powers within Islam. All this war on terror, which should have been a war on Islam as a whole, has produced a shift towards the Shiite’s.Iran, Ira k,Turkey , most likely Afghanistan and Pakistan.The Sunnis on the other hand have to remove governments unfavorable to them in order to balance themselves against the Shiite’s. So this movement we see now , in which no Islamic reference is made , on purpose to ease the West,will have a transitional secular government which will promote a period of transition to later call for ” Democratic elections”, and be foolishly approved by the West.

    Does Hamas in Gaza or the Hezbollah in Lebanon ring a bell ?

    According to their cult , they’ll go at each other , but they will unite against Israel and the West.

    We have here a repeat of Carter in Obama, Carter gave up the North of the Middle East and Obama the South. What a pathetic pair of Western leaders.

  9. says

    This is only the first stage of a period of rapid change that will spill out of the Middle-Eas­t and sweep the entire globe. Now to see if US leaders can stay ahead of the pace of change that threatens to engulf them as well. Hang on to your seats kiddies, this train (pace of change) is about to accelerate rapidly.

    http://www­.i-newswir­e.com/33rd­-degree-se­crets-publ­ished-to/8­3965

    The head in sand pose may temporaril­y hide danger from the ostrich, but the hungry lion has no misconcept­ions about the truly dire nature of that bird’s predicamen­t.

    Here is Wisdom…

  10. says

    “If the MB gains power, say goodbye to the Pyramids and Sphynx. A few well-placed rockets will be reducing the blaspheming idols to rubble shortly afterwards.”

    One can only hope that Mecca will suffer the same fate if this does come to pass. The Saudis shouldn’t mind. After all, they’ve been busily obliterating anything that could be tied directly to Mohammed and company, lest it lead to some perverted form of idol worship.
    For good measure, they should obliterate the airport outside Mecca. Let people find other ways to make the hajj.

  11. says

    FScarn wrote:

    Israel will not need to be reminded that a “revolutionized” Egypt would place a 1979-Iran clone as its neighbor.
    …………………….

    I’ve been worried about this too, FScarn, if “Islamic revolution” spreads to Egypt.

    Glenn Beck has had a somewhat spotty record on fully understanding Jihad, but he was spot on yesterday vis-a-vis the looming situation for Israel. He said, “God help them if Egypt falls”. He noted that he was *no* fan of Mubarak, but realized the increased threat from the Muslim Brotherhood and unfettered Islam.