In Stonegate Institute (via RaymondIbrahim.com) I discuss some of the parallels between Egypt’s ruling military and the Mamluks — military slaves who usurped power in Egypt for centuries, exercising a form of brutality against the people that has returned:
The myths of a “patriotic” or “altruistic” Egyptian military carefully protecting the “rights” of its citizenry””the narrative of the mainstream media of the January 25 Revolution””are long gone.
Back in January, it was natural to conclude that the Egyptian military was the “savior” of the people, and that their “anti-democratic” president, Hosni Mubarak, embodied all of Egypt’s ills: such views are intrinsic to the Western worldview. Today, however, far from allowing protesters to stand atop its tanks in triumph, the military has taken to mowing them down with tanks at Maspero, and other barbarities””culminating in the recent massacre of civilians in Tahrir [ironically, “Liberation”] Square.
The military’s behavior is hardly inexplicable; Egypt’s own history offers countless precedents demonstrating context and continuity. Consider the Mamluks, the non-Muslims who were abducted and enslaved in youth, indoctrinated in Islam, and trained to become jihadists par excellence. While the Ottoman Janissaries, who terrorized Europe for centuries, are the most notorious of Islam’s slave soldiers, Egypt’s Mamluks””the word mamluk simply means “owned–”actually assumed power, establishing a slave dynasty in Egypt from 1258-1517.
Known for their fierce prowess””testified to by the fact that it was they who first defeated the otherwise unstoppable Mongol hordes at Ayn Jalut””Egypt’s Mamluk rulers were naturally oppressive, to both Muslims (which is legitimate under Islamic law) and non-Muslims (which is expected)….