Omar Suleiman is positioning himself as the candidate of those who do not want an Islamic state in Egypt, if he ends up being allowed to run at all. The response to this is certain to be contemptuous charges of “fearmongering.” Yet there is a mountain of evidence already that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists intend to establish an Islamic state in Egypt — indeed, they themselves say that’s what they intend to do.
“Egypt: Candidate Suleiman warns of religious state,” by Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press, April 12 (thanks to Kenneth):
CAIRO (AP) “” Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief said in comments published Thursday that he decided to run for president to prevent Islamists from turning Egypt into a “religious state,” and warned that the country would be internationally isolated if one of them won the presidency.
Omar Suleiman’s comments in a weekly newspaper interview came just hours before the Islamist-dominated parliament passed a bill that strips senior figures of the Mubarak regime of their political rights for 10 years. The bill was hurriedly put together this week in hopes of preventing Suleiman, who briefly served as Mubarak’s vice president, from running for president….