Skip to comments.Egypt Fears ‘Ikhwanization’ of Military
Posted on 03/24/2013 2:58:14 PM PDT by white trash redneck
Fears of the Ikhwanization of the Egyptian army have been raised after Egyptian Military Academy Director Major General Esmat Murad revealed that students with links to the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafist political factions have been accepted into the academy, including President Mohamed Mursis own nephew.
An Egyptian soldier, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, revealed that for the first time, students whose families or relatives are involved in political activism, whether for the Muslim Brotherhood or anybody else, are being accepted into the Egyptian armed forces which had traditionally investigated the [political] background of recruits, rejecting those with any such connection.
Until the January 25 revolution both Egypt’s military and police academies routinely rejected students who held political views or were members of political movements the authorities judged to be subversive, even going so far as rejecting recruits if members of their family had any such views or ties to Islamist organizations.
However since the Muslim Brotherhoods Mohamed Mursi came to power in late June 2012, and particularly after he forced out Field Marshal Tantawi, there have been escalating fears of the Ikhwanization of the military, although this is something that senior military figures have repeatedly denied.
However, Major General Esmat Murad, director of Egypts prestigious Military Academy, held a press conference yesterday during which he revealed that the academy’s graduating class number 109 includes students who have a Muslim Brotherhood background.
He said: They may be the sons of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. I will not reject a qualified student because his father is a member of the Brotherhood.
He clarified: Not everybody who comes out of a Muslim Brotherhood homes is fated to be a member of the Brotherhood, and the same applies to Salafists and liberals.
Major General Murad emphasized that his primary concern is the quality of the student, not their family or background, asserting: My task as the director of the Academy is to train students, and if any student graduates and turns to political activism [while serving in the military], they will be subject to the law.
He also told the press that there is a difference between investigating if a prospective student has a criminal record and investigating a family to the fourth degree. He added: if we exclude the children of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, Christians, or Jihadists, then we will not be able to accept any of the children of Egypt because we are all part of the national fabric.
Murad also revealed that President Mursis nephew was also part of this graduating year, adding that he was in the top ten percent of his class.
He said: If the presidents nephew gets involved in any political activism, then he will be subject to the law like anybody else.
However retired General Sameh Seif Al-Yazel raised concerns about the timing of these announcement. He stressed that it is well known that the Egyptian army is a nationalist army, and its members should not have any political or partisan association.
For his part, Major General Talat Muslim emphasized that the acceptance of recruits who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood in the army is very dangerous and arouses concerns. He stressed that this was unprecedented in the history of the Egyptian military which had traditionally rejected recruits with any political affiliation.
The MB appointed generals friendly to them when they fired the generals that opposed them.
If not for the military, the MB would never have attained the power it did, too.
not only is our president sending the terroristas lots and lots of $$$$ but he is also giving them our best new fighter jets.....
The MuslimBrothers-Hamas-Hezbellah KillTheInfidels (starting, probably with the Great Satan) Air Force
Tell me , what is wrong with this picture?
America spent many a life to clean up the Hitler mess. Then, the west sought to protect the Jews and ensure that this would never happen to the Jewish people again.
Now we have a pResident funding all his proxy client states to provide the final solution.....annihilation or the Jews and at America’s expense.
WTF is wrong with America?
Now we have a Hitler in our White House!
It would behoove the professional Egyptian military to note which of these students are political “unreliables”, who should be put in inessential jobs pushing useless paper. And if things get tense, that they be quickly rounded up.
In your narrative you not once mentioned our gutless congresscritters and SCOTUS. That’s what’s wrong with America.
Don’t just blame the pResident — we are supposedly to have a three-tiered form of government. Only one of the three is functional, the other two are comatose.
Until the January 25 revolution both Egypts military and police academies routinely rejected students who held political views or were members of political movements the authorities judged to be subversive, even going so far as rejecting recruits if members of their family had any such views or ties to Islamist organizations... Major General Esmat Murad, director of Egypts prestigious Military Academy, held a press conference yesterday during which he revealed that the academys graduating class number 109 includes students who have a Muslim Brotherhood background... "They may be the sons of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. I will not reject a qualified student because his father is a member of the Brotherhood... Not everybody who comes out of a Muslim Brotherhood homes is fated to be a member of the Brotherhood, and the same applies to Salafists and liberals.
Predicting great things ahead for this fellow ... perhaps he will be the one to ‘put down’ the coming food riots and other assorted chaos in Egypt.
The only branch of government that is functional presently is that of the POTUS, whether you like it or not.
The other two branches are either too busy playing with themselves or are comatose.
Well, you are correct I guess, if you call Obama’s schedule functional ... but then using the same criteria, I’d have to say the other three branches are also functional ... just my opinion.
I should add that POTUS being functional is based on the notion that the POTUS is actually seen governing, something the current POTUS seems to go to great lenghts to aviod.