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Obama Welcomes Brotherhood Run for Egyptian Presidency
FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 3, 2012 | Ryan Mauro

Posted on 04/03/2012 4:53:14 AM PDT by SJackson

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Obama Welcomes Brotherhood Run for Egyptian Presidency

Posted By Ryan Mauro On April 3, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment

The Muslim Brotherhood swore up and down that it wouldn’t seek the Egyptian presidency as proof of its desire for a pluralistic society. At the last minute, the Brotherhood nominated Khairat el-Shater. According to the New York Times, State Department officials actually look at this as a good thing that could stop the more puritanical Salafists from winning.

“State Department officials said they were untroubled and even optimistic about the Brotherhood’s reversal of its pledge not to seek the presidency,” the Times reports.

Shater has had extensive contact with U.S. officials and has convinced them that he’s not to be feared. Apparently, these U.S. officials have forgotten about (or never were informed of) the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and history.

The Brotherhood’s leaders preach a strategy of “gradualism” towards “mastership of the world.” Hamas has officially added “a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood-Palestine” to its name. The Vice Chairman of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party says Hamas is a “resistance group” and that Cairo should host one of its offices. The Brotherhood’s leaders are not shy about their goal of destroying Israel and its internal documents refer to its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”

In November, a Brotherhood spokesman stated without equivocation, “The Sharia, the Muslim legal framework, must be the foundation for everything.” On November 24, senior Brotherhood leaders publicly preached violent jihad, and the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a Brotherhood entity, declared that it is time to “revive the duty of jihad in all its forms.” One top leader, Mohamad Katatni, predicts that the revolution in Egypt would lead to the elimination of the state of Israel.

The State Department’s welcoming of Shater’s candidacy is partly due to fear of the Salafist candidate, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. He is outwardly hostile to the West. The Salafists shocked the West when they won nearly one-fourth of the vote in Egypt’s elections. The latest poll shows that Ismail leaped forward from as low as fifth place to second place at 22%, about 10% behind the secularist presidential frontrunner, Amr Moussa.

Ismail is happy about Shater’s candidacy. He believes that it will take votes away from Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a Muslim Brotherhood leader whose membership was suspended when he ran for president against the leadership’s wishes. He’s currently polling at 8%. The election is held in May, and if no single candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, a run-off is held between the top two candidates the next month. If it comes down to Moussa and Ismail, the Islamists will rally behind Ismail and give him a landslide victory.

Three long-standing Brotherhood officials resigned in protest of Shater’s campaign. One of them, Kamal el-Helbawi, suspects that a deal has been struck between the ruling military council and the Brotherhood. He points out that the council declared Shater innocent of all charges brought against him. Shater serves as an important liaison between the military council and the Brotherhood.

Dr. Daniel Pipes and Cynthia Farahat believe that the military council has a power-sharing arrangement with the Islamists that will allow the generals to justify their rule. There were widespread allegations of fraud in the elections and reports that the military council even funded and supplied the Islamists.

Another reason for the welcoming of the Brotherhood’s presidential campaign by some senior U.S. officials is that it is looked upon as a “moderate Islamist” group that can counter Al-Qaeda and similar jihadists.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in January that “Al-Qaeda probably will find it difficult to compete for local support with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood” and that “non-violent, pro-democracy demonstrations challenge Al-Qaeda’s violent jihadist ideology and might yield increased political power for secular or moderate Islamist parties.”

When the Brotherhood’s second-in-command said it would “not recognize Israel under circumstances and might put the peace treaty up to a referendum,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland brushed it off as the opinion of just one Brotherhood member. “We have had other assurances from the party with regard to their commitment not only to universal human rights, but to the international obligations that the government of Egypt has undertaken,” she said.

William Taylor, the State Department official overseeing U.S. aid to the countries affected by the Arab Spring, struck a similar tone when he was asked about why his office was giving election training to Brotherhood members. “What we need to do is judge people and parties and movements on what they do, not what they’re called,” he replied.

The second part of Taylor’s answer exposed his ignorance of what the Brotherhood preaches. He said, “as long as parties, entities do not espouse or conduct violence, we’ll work with them.” The U.S. “should not be afraid of [the Brotherhood]. We should deal with them,” he feels. All indications are that the options are not good for the direction of Egypt. Islamic theocracy is the ultimate destination — the only question is whether the country will arrive there by street car or speeding train. And so far, the Obama administration’s role has only been to make this transition more expeditious.

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1 posted on 04/03/2012 4:53:16 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson
Obama thinks Sinn Fein has nothing to do with the IRA either.

What a dolt! What a dangerous dolt! Doesn't he realize how many Muslims we will have to eventually slaughter in order to survive just because of his bungling?

2 posted on 04/03/2012 5:05:25 AM PDT by Happy Rain
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3 posted on 04/03/2012 5:09:06 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson

The President of Egypt should look like me!

4 posted on 04/03/2012 5:34:26 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SJackson

Of course. His Homies.

5 posted on 04/03/2012 6:02:02 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: SJackson

Of course he does. That was the plan.

6 posted on 04/03/2012 6:03:03 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: All
May 15 1948:

“(Clark) Clifford (special counsel to the president) had called the Jewish Agency's Washington representative, Eliahu Elath. “You'd better write a letter asking us for recognition,” he told him.
Almost two thousand years had elapsed since the last diplomat in some dim corner of history had written an official letter on behalf of a Jewish state, Elath thought as he started to draft his request. It presented only one problem: Elath did not know the name of the state for which he was requesting recognition. Solving the problem by calling it simply “the Jewish state,” he had dispatched his letter to the White House. Hardly was it out of his office door when the radio announced the name of the new nation. Elath sent a second messenger racing after the first one. His letter was intercepted at the White House gate and the word “Israel” added to it in ink. At 6:12 P.M., twelve minutes after Britain's mandate expired, President Truman (D-Mo) had announced American recognition of the reborn Jewish state." from "O Jerusalem!" Copyright 1972 by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre pages 421-422.

A Democrat president brought them in and a Democrat president will take them out.

Evil irony is a Marxist specialty.

7 posted on 04/03/2012 6:21:10 AM PDT by Happy Rain
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To: SJackson


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8 posted on 04/03/2012 7:12:24 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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