Skip to comments.The Region: Egypt gets its Khomeini
Posted on 02/22/2011 5:47:30 AM PST by dervish
Up until now, the Egyptian revolution generally, and the Brotherhood in particular, has lacked a charismatic thinker, someone who could really mobilize the masses. Qaradawi is that man.
Friday, February 18 may be a turning point in Egyptian history. On that day Yusuf al-Qaradawi spoke to a giant cheering crowd in Tahrir Square.
He praised the army to ward off its repression and to encourage it to support a transformation of the country.
He preached caution and patience, working with the army.
And he also lavished praise on the pro-Islamist chairman of the committee to write the new constitution, which may not be a good sign at all.
There is one easily missed word in his speech that is the most significant. That word is hypocrites. In the Islamist lexicon, hypocrites means Muslims who do not practice true Islam according to the radicals. To take Egypt out of the hands of hypocrites is to put it onto the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood or at least similarly minded people which, contrary to the best and the brightest policy makers, intelligence analysts, experts and journalists, is not a moderate organization.
History may show that while president Jimmy Carter may have lost Iran, one of his successors may have helped give away Egypt. Is that alarmist? I hope so.
Watch and see.
As so often happens, Israel will be left to pay the bill.
Qaradawi said he looked forward to a similar ceremony in Jerusalem, and he did not mean after a two-state negotiated solution.
IT WAS 32 years ago almost to the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned in triumph to Tehran to take over the leadership of that country. Qaradawi has a tougher job, but hes up to the challenge if his health holds up.
Up until now, the Egyptian revolution generally, and the Brotherhood in particular, has lacked a charismatic thinker, someone who could really mobilize the masses. Qaradawi is that man. Long resident in the Gulf, he is returning to his homeland in triumph.
Through Internet, radio, his 100 books and his weekly satellite television program, he has been an articulate voice for revolutionary Islamism. He is literally a living legend.
Under the old regime, Qaradawi had been banned from the country. He is now 84 two years older than the fallen president Hosni Mubarak but tremendously energetic and clear-minded.
It was Qaradawi who, in critiquing Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, argued that Islamists should always participate in elections because they would invariably win them. Hamas and Hezbollah have shown that he was right.
Symbolically, he gave the Friday prayer/sermon in Tahrir Square, the center of the revolutionary movement.
The massing of hundreds of thousands in the square to hear a sermon by a radical Islamist is not the kind of thing thats been going on under the 60-year-old military regime that was recently overthrown.
The context is also the thanking of Qaradawi for his support of the revolution an implication that he is somehow its spiritual father.
Though some in the West view him as a moderate, Qaradawi supports the straight Islamist line: anti-American, anti-Western, wipe Israel off the map, foment jihad, stone homosexuals....in short, the works.
One of his initiatives has been urging Muslims to settle in the West, of which he said, that powerful West, which has come to rule the world, should not be left to the influence of the Jews alone.
He contends that the three major threats Muslims face are Zionism, internal integration and globalization. To survive, he argues, Muslims must fight the Zionists, Crusaders, idolators and communists.
Make no mistake, Qaradawi is not some fossilized Islamic ideologue. He is brilliant and innovative, tactically flexible and strategically sophisticated. He is subtle enough to sell himself as a moderate to those who dont understand the implications of his words or able to look beneath the surface of his presentation.
What is his view of both the Mubarak regime and the young, Facebook-flourishing liberals who made the revolution? As he said in 2004: Some Arab and Muslim secularists are following the US government by advocating the kind of reform that will disarm the nation from the elements of strength that are holding our people together.
There is no doubt. Qaradawi, not bin Laden, is the most dangerous revolutionary Islamist in the world, and he is about to unleash the full force of his persuasion on Egypt.
Who are you going to bet on being more influential, a Google executive and an unorganized band of well-intentioned liberal Egyptians, or the world champion radical Islamist cleric?
The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal. He blogs at www.rubinreports.blogspot.com. A shorter version of this article was published in American Thinker.
Pinging to you, Doughty One!
Here’s the Truth you were talking about on the Lybian thread.
We’ve lept from the frying pan into the fire.
The same folks who think the '911 Attack' was an inside job?
No, more like the same ones who thought Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robinson were going to establish a theocracy in the USA and enslave women to the point the can never have an abortion and force gays back in the closet.
While Muslim clerics actually DO THAT, they never seem to worry about THEM.
Qaradawi has been busy doing his dirty work here in the US as well. That includes that muslim Brotherhood-run Boston mosque that all the Dim politicians and “interfaith”-dialoguing liberal protestants and Roman Catholics fawn over:
One of my [Orthodox Christian] saints, St. Justin of Celije, said NO to “interfaith” dialogue, and even ecumenism. He is right!!!!
Dhimmi Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski did not “lose” Iran—they gave it to Khomeini on a silver platter! Now the muslim obama and Brzezinski are giving Egypt to Qaradawi on the same silver platter!!!!
STOP obama and islam! NO “dialogues” with the muslim enemies of civilization, and NO islamist mosques allowed in the US!!!!
Qaradawi sounds like he'd put a quick end to the Egyptian-Israeli relationship.
The left think they can make a deal with Islamic fascism because they both hate America. Maybe they can since their acts border on treason.
Well, the people of Egypt sure have.
Others have noted it here too, but people should remember, the Obama administration started talking about “transition” within 48 hours of the unrest there.
He never did talk about it with regard to Iran. He isn’t talking about it now with regard to Libya.
If we had had a strong leader, he would have urged a slower pace on the Egyptian people. Mubarak’s call for a slow transition wasn’t totally in his own best interest.
The lights are going out across Northern Africa and the Middle-East.
One can look at this as going back 500 years, or entering into another dark period for mankind. Either way, the global ripple will be pronounced.
As a result of what has already taken place, I look for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to be on very shaky ground.
Forget about $5 a gallon gas. How does $15 dollars a gallon sound?
Yea, freedom, rah rah rah. We’ll see how much the light of freedom explodes from this mess.
Thanks for the link.
The Muslim Brotherhood has tentacles all over the USA. Especially troubling is the link on campuses through the Muslim Student Association.
I wonder who derided our war hero, Anthony Maschek, at Columbia U?
That particular cesspool of higher learning does not need any muslims to act like anti-American assholes...they invented it.
EVERY metropolitan area has a large mosque run by the muslim Brotherhood. Boston is only the one that makes the news the most, at least nowadays. It used to be the one in LA, I believe.
I forgot to mention that liberal Jews are also among the group of “interfaith” clergy that fawn all over these large mosques. That’s despite their antisemitism, at least when their imams are preaching in Arabic. But these mosques hate Serbs, Russians, and Maronites with a murderous hatred, too—any Christians that stand up to them.
We ALL need to stand up to them, and to stop our ears whenever they talk about “tolerance”. They’re lying through their turbans!!!!
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Democracy, my a**. "Freedom' was used as a ploy in which to topple Mubarak. Once gone, the government up for grabs, the forces that brought down Mubarak would just as well create a Zionist state as a democratic one.