Uneasiness over Egypt

To what degree will new leader allow Islamism to take hold?

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The intolerant and militant Muslim Brotherhood has worked for decades to gain leverage over people, neighborhoods and institutions.

Now it has control of a country.

If the military allows it.

The Brotherhood’s victorious presidential candidate in the recent Egyptian election, Mohamed Morsi, is an Islamist – one who unabashedly believes that Islam should direct the affairs of state and govern the mores of society.

What that will mean for the future of Egypt and the Middle East is uncertain, but ominous.

What it means for Coptic Christians and other non-Muslims in Egypt is beyond ominous.

Under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt may not have been a paradise of liberty, but it was at least considered secular. And Mubarak helped maintain a shaky peace with the region’s only democracy, Israel.

In contrast, supporters of the new president have been filmed chanting about making Jerusalem their capital and, by inference, destroying Israel.

The military has already moved to reduce the president’s powers – including the power to declare war – and the new Islamist parliament has been dissolved. But if enough Egyptians back Morsi and the Brotherhood, they will likely get their way in the end.

Moreover, as Reuters points out, even if the Egyptian military is successful at defanging Morsi for now, “the mere fact that a Muslim Brotherhood man is at the helm of the biggest Arab nation will embolden fellow Islamists seeking revolutionary change around the Middle East.”

Israeli officials are being diplomatic, publicly saying they have every expectation of a continued peace with Egypt. But – well, they’re being diplomatic. The truth is that the rise of Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t likely to increase the prospects for peace in the region.

With any luck, pragmatism will ultimately win out over Islamism – if, as Reuters puts it, the people of Egypt conclude that “political Islam is no antidote to unemployment, a flatlining economy and social misery.”

The question is, how long will that take – and how much damage will be done in the interim?

And whether Western governments figure out that such an Egyptian government wouldn’t be just anti-Israel, but anti-West.

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TParty
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TParty 06/28/12 - 08:59 am
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We have to let Egypt own

We have to let Egypt own this. It's their democracy, we have to let them go crazy with the religious nuts- it's the only way they will learn. It was easy for them to hate America and other things when we prop up their dictator. Reuters has it right- the people will turn away from crazy religious people. I heard someone on tv the other say something along the lines of "Well yeah, death to America- but first can we get this garbage picked up and sewer fixed?"

Let them handle things on their own- they will sort it out.

Fun fact though: The people who support Muslim Brotherhood are the uneducated folks, and also those who live in rural areas.

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harley_52 06/28/12 - 09:25 am
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Two Consecutive Sentences....

...from this piece.

"What that will mean for the future of Egypt and the Middle East is uncertain, but ominous.

What it means for Coptic Christians and other non-Muslims in Egypt is beyond ominous."

Does that make any sense? The second sentence recognizes the reality that muslims cannot and will not coexist with non-muslims. To do so is a sacrilege against everything a muslim stands for.

Radical islamists taking control of Egypt is "beyond ominous" for the entire (non-muslim) world. There is no less certainty about the degree of ominousness for the non-muslims in the rest of the world than there is for the non-muslims in Egypt.

What we're witnessing in the "Arab Spring" is the spread of radical Islam throughout the middle-east. We are watching nation after nation being taken over by the radicals who have declared war on us and have repeatedly demonstrated their capacity for the mass murder of innocent non-muslims throughout the world.

Is our current government supportive of that undertaking, or are they doing their best to stop it?

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dichotomy 06/28/12 - 10:27 am
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"It's their democracy, we

"It's their democracy, we have to let them go crazy with the religious nuts- it's the only way they will learn."

Yep, heard that before. I think it was about 33 years ago in a little country called Iran. The "religious nuts" entrench themselves in power and become as brutal as even the worst western supported dictator. Apparently the learning curve is very long and I am not sure Israel and the rest of the middle east can survive it.

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Jon Lester 06/28/12 - 11:21 am
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As an example, it can only help

those of us who wish to prevent theocracy from taking hold in America.

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Riverman1 06/28/12 - 01:37 pm
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Obama's Cairo speech laid the

Obama's Cairo speech laid the groundwork for this Muslim Brotherhood takeover. I wonder where the Ayatollah will set-up house? It won't take long for the military to fall in step.

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Technowiz 06/29/12 - 02:37 pm
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Wow!! It took 5 posts

Wow!! It took 5 posts before: Blame Obama!! You folks are slipping!!

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