If this is the “naked truth” about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, what then does it say about the ‘naked truth’ of America’s governmental involvement with the brotherhood?
[notify textbox-white]By FAISAL J. ABBAS, Al Arabiya News – February 8, 2013
Until this week, many observers may have still wondered what kind of rulers the Muslim Brotherhood are in Egypt. Since assuming office last June, questions were being raised around the dubious power-consolidation strategy carried out by President Mohammed Mursi, the democratically elected Brotherhood candidate who came into power on the back of the demise of the Mubarak regime in 2011.
However, there was very little room left for uncertainty recently, when a highly disturbing video of Egyptian police brutality went viral. The footage shows police officers stripping middle-aged protester Hamada Saber naked, and beating him senseless in front of the presidential palace; this was said to have taken place last Friday.[/notify]
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[notify textbox-white]No reason to celebrate
Egyptians have taken back to the streets since last Jan. 25, to mark the second anniversary of the revolution that ended the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. However, it was quickly evident that the crowds were not gathering to celebrate; this was another angry protest.
With a tarnished economy, worsening living conditions, the re-establishment of the state of emergency, and a government that seemed only keen to serve the interests of the ruling party (the Brotherhood in this case), Egyptians were back to square one.
Eight months into its rule, the Brotherhood has very little to show in terms of achievements (apart from Cairo’s first ‘halal’ coffee-shop, where gender-segregation is imposed and playing music is forbidden!). The only brilliance the Brotherhood has shown is in waste-management: they managed to waste a real and valuable opportunity when the whole world was ready to support the resurgence of Egypt.
Unsurprisingly, many global players are now reluctant to lend the country the money it so badly needs to get back on its feet. Egypt has just received a loan offer from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but this is not necessarily a good thing. In today’s world, any offers of ‘assistance’ from Iran can only mean one thing: that you must have messed up so badly with everyone else.[/notify]
However, it isn’t just Iran that is offering aid to the Muslim Brotherhood…
[notify info]U.S. gift of F-16 fighters headed to Egypt, despite Morsi’s harsh rhetoric
Four F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. this morning, bound for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package critics say should have been scrapped when the nation elected a president who has called President Obama a liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children.
A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes to FoxNews.com. Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally.
“It is appalling that the Obama administration would send F-16s and 200 military tanks to Egypt in the wake of the instability, [and the]anti-American and anti-Israel atmosphere,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, (R-Texas), told FoxNews.com.
(see: Israel, US blamed for ‘supporting’ terrorists)
According to a U.S. Air Force description, the planes’ “maneuverability and combat radius exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft.”
“The F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point,” the description states. “An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.”[/notify]
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[notify textbox-white]A unified opposition
This is not to say that Egyptians were wrong to go down the democratic route, and this is certainly not to say that we should not accept the choice of the now-democratic republic of Egypt.
However, let us not shy away from the truth: that it was not the Brotherhood that ignited or led the 2011 revolution, and that since there was no clear opposition figure that claimed responsibility for it, the path was clear for the Brotherhood to reap the rewards.
In addition, due to some questionable inner-workings of local politics, when the time to vote arrived in 2012, Egyptians were caught between a rock and a hard place. The only two choices left were the Brotherhood’s candidate, and one associated with the former regime.
Whilst much can be said to criticize the Brotherhood, one cannot but admire how well-organized and structured it is. Indeed, it was evident that it was going to be the de-facto beneficiary of the Egyptian revolution.
The country’s liberal opposition must unite behind a strong and savvy politician, and this must happen now. Without a healthy, solid and powerful opposition that could impose a system of checks and balances, it will not just be a protester dragged naked onto the streets, but the whole country.[/notify]
Let’s not forget that the early reign of Morsi’s power brought forth a controversy with its constitution when Egypt’s Brotherhood said the new constitution must be Shariah-based.
Ever since the ‘democratic’ election that gave Morsi the presidency of Egypt, news has been riddled with strife and anti-American sentiments in Egypt.
The list goes on.
Why then, did America’s Senate just confirm John Kerry, who called for US funding to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, as Secretary of State?