Who knew? The Muslim Brotherhood is committed to “non-violence, and “democratic principles.” Actually, they are “especially” committed to “non-violence.” The Washington Post said the Brotherhood began “a week long charm offensive in Washington.” If Obama doesn’t need charming, who does? No one in his administration, that’s for sure. During the so-called Arab Spring, when young, fresh, Western-freedom yearning Egyptian twenty-thirty-somethings, saw a chance to end their oppression – a freedom some had given their lives for, the Muslim Brotherhood promised not to vie for public office, but it was all a lie. That’s the problem with being young in a Muslim country. They haven’t yet grasped the brutal truth of being Muslim and Free.
White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt’s presidential election.
The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National Security Council staff was part of a series of US efforts to broaden engagement with new and emerging political parties following Egypt’s revolution last year, a US official said…
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said on Saturday it would nominate Khairat al-Shater, a professor of engineering and business tycoon, to contest Egypt’s first presidential election since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak last year. Source: Yahoo News
The U.S. Government is funding the Islamists with $1.5 BILLION in foreign aid.
As soon as the revolution was quelled, Cairo’s new modesty police hit the streets. Women say they were “examined,” and worse. The new face of freedom in Egypt has the word “modesty,” in it.
And whose support does the Muslim Brotherhood candidate need to take control of the country? None other than “ultraconservative Muslim clerics.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for Egypt’s presidency is lobbying hard for support of ultraconservative Muslim clerics, promising them a say over legislation in the future to ensure it is in line with Islamic law, as he tries to rally the divided Islamist vote behind him.
The campaign dealmaking is a sign of how the Brotherhood, which is Egypt’s strongest political movement and presents itself to the public as a moderate force, could be pushed into a more hard-line agenda by competition from the ultraconservatives known as Salafis.
Giving Muslim clerics a direct say over legislation would be unprecedented in Egypt. Specifics of the Brotherhood promise, which Salafi clerics said Wednesday the candidate Khairat el-Shater gave them in a backroom meeting, were not known. But any clerical role would certainly raise a backlash from liberal and moderate Egyptians who already fear Islamists will sharply restrict civil rights as they gain political power after the fall last year of President Hosni Mubarak. Source: Boston.com
The first order of business, ending the 30+ years Egypt-Israeli Peace Treaty, although you would never know it to read the media:
The Muslim Brotherhood has stated they will not honor the peace treaty, even if the Egyptian people demand it. The Muslim Brotherhood’s “deputy Supreme Leader,” Rashad Bayoumi says, no matter what the people want, the “Brotherhood” will never “sit down” with Israel. “We will not deal with Israelis by any means,” he said.
In meeting with U.S. officials, Brotherhood representatives were expected to depict the organization as a moderate and socially conscious movement pursuing power in the interest of Egyptians at large.
“We represent a moderate, centrist Muslim viewpoint. The priorities for us are mainly economic, political — preserving the revolution ideals of social justice, education, security for the people,” Sondos Asem, a member of the delegation, said Tuesday in an interview with reporters and editors of The Washington Post.
In the interview, members of the delegation defended the decision by the group’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, to field a presidential candidate.
“We approached people outside of the Brotherhood that we respected, like people in the judiciary, but none of them would agree to be nominated,” said Khaled al-Qazzaz, foreign relations coordinator for the party.
In this Holy Week, we have the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Sharpton in the White House. What the Heck?