Vail Daily letter: Meet the new boss …
Vail, CO, Colorado
I read with great interest the letter to the editor by Jim Cameron, as I have spent time in Egypt, as well. I share many of his observations and insights, but he only superficially touched on the issues that are going to need to be confronted in the Middle East and especially Egypt in the near future.
There are two issues that need more in-depth information than he gave. The first is the hope for the establishment of a democracy. This is a long and tortuous endeavor that requires the development of institutions like a free news media, an independent judiciary, minority rights, and a security apparatus that abides by the law. These institutions make possible a civic culture that allows for parties to negotiate their demands in a peaceful manner.
The second issue that really needs to be explored is the role of the Muslim Brotherhood.
I would like to share some insights and facts about the Muslim Brotherhood as they are truly a dangerous organization. What we have seen in the press are remarks made by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. You remember him when he was totally ignorant about the arrest of 12 terror suspects in London? His staff tried to cover for him and said, “They had not yet briefed him.” However, all the rest of the country was already briefed by the news media.
Recently, in testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Clapper said, “The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, it is a very heterogeneous group. Largely secular ….” His staff once again tried to undo his gross distortion and misleading statement by retracting his statement.
It’s important to know that the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 to promote worldwide domination by Islam. It was outlawed in Egypt in 1954.
Why do you think the Mubarak, Sadat and Nasser governments were repressing them? Could it have something to do with their assassinating officials, attacking Christians, killing tourists, and trying to overthrow the Egyptian government?
While the Muslim Brotherhood is mainly known in the U.S. as an Egyptian Islamist opposition party, the Brotherhood has become a truly international force with over 70 branches worldwide (even here in the USA) with an international coordinating body known as the tanzim al-dawli. The Brotherhood has given rise to almost all jihad groups, including al-Qaida.
Some Islamists denounce democracy as a betrayal of Islamic values, but others are cleverer. They adopt democracy as a mechanism to seize power, like Hamas did in the Gaza. Today they rule the Gaza with no hope of another election, like the one that brought them to power. This is the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood — to exploit democracy in order to bring them to power and then dismiss it as unnecessary.
After all, Islam already has a code of law called Sharia developed over 1,000 years ago in a tribal society and carries these basic themes:
n The will of God prevails over the people.
n Military jihad is a legitimate way to expand rule by Muslims.
n The superiority of Muslim over non-Muslims.
n The superiority of males over females.
The Muslim Brotherhood subscribes completely to this philosophy and it is clearly stated in their bylaws. They have never seen a need to change the words.
Has this revolution been good for the Egyptian people? Not in the very short term. So far, the GDP is down billions of dollars and none of Egypt’s economic problems have receded.
What has changed is the feeling of hope that freedom will allow for the fulfillment of individual hopes and dreams. However, this is the exact scenario that took place when Nasser rose to power in 1954, and democracy did not ensue.
It remains to be seen what the military will do, how much democracy will be allowed. If there are to be open, fully free elections, would the military accept an electoral outcome not in their interests? After all, the military has been the support of all of Egypt’s dictators, for they all came from the military.
While we all support the popular revolt and hope in the spirit of liberty for all Egyptians, we still wonder: Will the movie have a different ending this time?
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