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Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: Alternative Visions of an Islamist Egypt
Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 8/9/2012 | Andrew McGregor

Posted on 08/11/2012 9:01:02 PM PDT by bruinbirdman


Egyptian President Mohammed al-Morsi

 

In late July, Sheikh al-Mujahid Hussam Abd al-Raouf a prominent al-Qaeda ideologue, member of its strategy committee and editor of Vanguards of Khurasan, the magazine of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, presented a lengthy examination of the steps Egyptian president Muhammad al-Mursi should take in transforming Egypt into an Islamic state. In an article carried on jihadi websites  entitled  “If I was in Mursi’s place and sat on the Throne,” Abd al-Raouf suggests the new Egypt should be a self-sufficient state based on social justice and preparation for jihad, both defensive and offensive (Ansar1.info, July 25). According to the sheikh’s austere vision of a “New Egypt”:

While new Egyptian President Muhammad al-Mursi is likely to take his advice from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau rather than al-Qaeda, the document is nevertheless interesting as a detailed proposal of how an Islamist state should be formed and organized according to al-Qaeda, which has been especially weak in dealing with such issues in the past, preferring to devote most of its ideological production to the conduct, aims and methods of global jihad.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; egyptmb; muslimbrotherhood

1 posted on 08/11/2012 9:01:10 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

There’s a 12 step plan to success buried in there somewhere.

Meanwhile, Egypt is just a few months away from not having enough foreign exchange reserves to pay for all the food it must import.


2 posted on 08/11/2012 9:28:43 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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“There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.” 02/11/11 barack obama

No, Egypt will never be the same....
So this is what democracy looks like?! :(


3 posted on 08/11/2012 11:52:58 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Just finished a very interesting book about “illiberal democracy.”

The author contends, rightly IMO, that the critical issue is not elections, it is the presence in a society of “liberal constitutionalism.” This is using “liberal” in its original classical sense, which is not that different from libertarianism; not the modern American sense, in which it means wishy-washy socialist.

In a liberal constitutionalist society the people have rule of law and freedom from excessive government control. Such a society can exist or develop under a variety of governments. There are historical examples of it doing so under dictatorships, more or less absolute monarchies, etc., as well as under democracies with free elections.

To have a liberal constitutional system under an autocracy, however, requires an unusually benevolent autocrat. They have existed, but the problem is always that they are often corrupted by power, and always eventually must be succeeded, usually by someone less benevolent. Open and free elections are important not because they are the main determinant of freedom, but because they are the only way that has been found to maintain liberal constitutionalism over a long period.

We can see this in our own history. The American Revolution was not caused by refusal of the British to allow American elections, it was caused by what (many) Americans saw as their infringements on existing liberal constitutionalism in the colonies.

The problem with elections in a society that does not yet have liberal constitutionalism is that it usually results in the election of people opposed to liberal constitutionalism.

IOW, elections are generally a way to maintain an already existing more or less free society, they are seldom effective at creating such a society.

The same is true of revolutions, only squared and cubed.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 3:14:34 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: bruinbirdman

Thanks for posting. This is a disturbing read in to the mind of Islamic fundamentalism and how many of its tenets align with the western left.


5 posted on 08/12/2012 9:01:54 AM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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