Islamic supremacists can brook no dissent, no disagreement, no questioning. This is of a piece with the OIC's ongoing efforts to intimidate the West into criminalizing criticism of Islam, and with the relentless character assassination and defamation of foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism. The jihad must proceed unopposed and unimpeded -- and once successful, Sharia prohibitions of "blasphemy" will protect the Islamic state from unwanted scrutiny.
The mainstream media in the West is completely on board with this program, whether out of ignorance of its ultimate goals, or complicity with them, or an overarching fear to avoid "racist" criticism of those who are perceived to be non-white, non-Christian, and non-Western -- or out of a combination of all three. It is ironic that this piece is in The Guardian, which has published some of the most irresponsible and vicious smears of counter-jihadists.
"Egyptian editor says he was forced out by Muslim Brotherhood," by Patrick Kingsley in the Guardian, February 18:
The editor of Egypt's largest English-language news website – the state-owned Ahram Online – has been forced out from his job, allegedly by allies of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's ruling party.
Hani Shukrallah, one of Egypt's most respected journalists and a fierce critic of the Brotherhood, left his post last month. He had refused to explain why – in an attempt, it was understood, to use what leverage he still had to influence the appointment of his successor.
But three weeks on, Shukrallah has broken his silence, claiming he was forced from office by Ahram's new chairman, Mamdouh el-Wali, said to be both a Brotherhood sympathiser, and a recent government appointee.
"The deed is done: the [Muslim Brotherhood] has now fulfilled its resolve to drive me out of Ahram," Shukrallah said in a Facebook post, which also alleged that his forced retirement came after a series of drastic pay-cuts aimed at humiliating him.
Ahram Online is the web-based English-language wing of al-Ahram, Egypt's sprawling, state-run publishing house, which runs around a dozen other papers and periodicals. Shukrallah had previously been removed from another senior editorial role at al-Ahram during the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.
Neither Wali nor several Brotherhood spokesmen responded to requests for comment on Monday afternoon. Shukrallah's departure comes amid increasing concerns that the Brotherhood – Egypt's most popular single party at the last parliamentary elections, and known in Egypt as the Ikhwa – is seeking to tighten its control of state institutions.
Mohamed Morsi was narrowly elected president last June, promising to govern "in the name of all Egyptians". Yet his opponents say that his behaviour since has rarely been multilateral. They highlight the way he forced through an Islamist-slanted constitution; posted Brotherhood members to provincial governorships, and appointed a prosecutor-general whom the opposition considered to be a Brotherhood-sympathiser.
"The general concern is about the Ikhwanisation of the state," said Khaled Fahmy, a prominent opposition commentator, and head of history at the American University in Cairo. "What is alarming is [the way] they are putting in place so many of their followers into all kinds of positions of state authority, so much so that if they lose the next elections, they will still control much of the Egyptian infrastructure," Fahmy told the Guardian last week....