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NYT: Muslim Brothers Taking Over Egypt

From an stunningly shameless New York Times:

Egyptian soldiers assassinate Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat during a military parade in 1981. The assassination is attributed to muslim extremist group Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt

March 24, 2011

CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.

It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.

This is, of course, a surprise to no one except the Solons at the New York Times.

As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified it.

“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.”

Again, this is not news to anyone, except the ‘reporters’ at The Times.

There is a battle consuming Egypt about the direction of its revolution, and the military council that is now running the country is sending contradictory signals. On Wednesday, the council endorsed a plan to outlaw demonstrations and sit-ins. Then, a few hours later, the public prosecutor announced that the former interior minister and other security officials would be charged in the killings of hundreds during the protests.

Sorry, but we don’t see the contradiction.

Egyptians are searching for signs of clarity in such declarations, hoping to discern the direction of a state led by a secretive military council brought to power by a revolution based on demands for democracy, rule of law and an end to corruption

Or at least that is what the media told us.

In the early stages of the revolution, the Brotherhood was reluctant to join the call for demonstrations. It jumped in only after it was clear that the protest movement had gained traction. Throughout, the Brotherhood kept a low profile, part of a survival instinct honed during decades of repression by the state.

The Muslim Brotherhood did not keep a particularly "low profile." They held press conferences, attended protests and made posts (demands) on their web site about the ongoing events practically every day.

It was our news media who kept their participation quiet. They didn’t want Americans to know what was going on, and who would most benefit from this ‘secular, grassroots uprising.’

The question at the time was whether the Brotherhood would move to take charge with its superior organizational structure. It now appears that it has

Again, this can only be a surprise to someone who works for the New York Times.

[I]n these early stages, there is growing evidence of the Brotherhood’s rise and the overpowering force of Islam.

What? We were constantly reassured by the administration and their handmaidens in the press the Muslim Brotherhood was secular.

[T]he most obvious and consequential example was the recent referendum on the amendments, in the nation’s first post-Mubarak balloting. The amendments essentially call for speeding up the election process so that parliamentary contests can be held before September, followed soon after by a presidential race. That expedited calendar is seen as giving an advantage to the Brotherhood and to the remnants of Mr. Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, which have established national networks. The next Parliament will oversee drafting a new constitution

All of which we noted as they were happening. But it was news the New York Times did not consider ‘fit to print.’

But the [amendment approval] campaign was based largely on a religious appeal: voters were warned that if they did not approve the amendments, Egypt would become a secular state.

“The problem is that our country will be without a religion,” read a flier distributed in Cairo by a group calling itself the Egyptian Revolution Society. “This means that the call to the prayer will not be heard anymore like in the case of Switzerland, women will be banned from wearing the hijab like in the case of France,” it said, referring to the Muslim head scarf. “And there will be laws that allow men to get married to men and women to get married to women like in the case of America.”

A banner hung by the Muslim Brotherhood in a square in Alexandria instructed voters that it was their “religious duty” to vote “yes” on the amendments.

In the end, 77.2 percent of those who voted said yes.

So where are all the ‘journalists’ and pundits who swore to us that this was a secular uprising?

This is not to say that the Brotherhood is intent on establishing an Islamic state. From the first days of the protests, Brotherhood leaders proclaimed their dedication to religious tolerance and a democratic and pluralist form of government. They said they would not offer a candidate for president, that they would contest only a bit more than a third of the total seats in Parliament, and that Coptic Christians and women would be welcomed into the political party affiliated with the movement

And still the New York Times believes them. Or at least pretends to, which is even worse.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “NYT: Muslim Brothers Taking Over Egypt”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Like a train in the middle of the quietest of nights, this came roaring down the track, clattering and clanging, whistle blowing and engine rumbling. If no one saw or heard it coming, they deserve to get run over by it.

    So much for a “democratic movement”, eh?

    And oh, the “Captain Obvious” award for March goes to Michael Slackman of the New York Times. I’m sure he’ll tell you, “Man, this stuff practically writes itself!”.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’m inclined to believe that, when it comes to words, (just words?) there is far too much distinction placed on their indiscriminate use.

      For instance, would most of you not concur that phrases such as “democratic movement”, “social justice movement”, “freedom movement”, “equality movement”, “immigration reform movement”, “health care reform movement”, and so forth all bear a striking resemblance to a bowel movement, and leave pretty much the same type of mess behind to be cleaned up?

  2. heykev says:

    To quote Gomer Pyle: “Su-prize, Su-prize, Su-prize.”

  3. proreason says:

    Gee, who saw THIS coming? Will wonders never cease.

  4. pilgrim1949 says:

    Another proud winner of the Captain Louis Renault Award for ever-vigilant awareness and incisive, investigative journalism.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    I’m with Pro … how could we possibly have been expected to see this unfortunate and completely out of the blue turn of events???

    It’s such a shocker I may have to lay down on my fainting couch and resort to Mr. Beam

  6. thetoysurgeon says:

    Egypt is the 2nd largest recipient of US foreign aid. I hope we aren’t financing the Muslim Brotherhood. Wouldn’t that be ironic since they want all of us infidels dead. When the dust clears, the entire middle east will be on jihad against the west. Poor Israel.

  7. canary says:

    The Pentagon was warned weeks in advance of these uprisings, ignored the likely hood that The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda would use it to take over. Monster leaders in Libya, Yemen, etc. will be replaced by worse monsters.

    stacked dominoes falling one by one, and then things are going to get real ugly in the world. The media doesn’t even care of the increase of slaughter of Christians after Italy rebellion won. Everyone, like those in started doing, are having to dye their hair dark.

    Palestine has been a perfect example . After Israel stroke back after Obama won election, the Hamas backed off. This angered al-Qaeda so they started killing the Hamas, but they are back together, because they see hope in the uprising of the Muslim Brotherhood’s power.

  8. Freedom615 says:

    Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt? Say it ain’t so? I mean, Clapper told us not to worry, and even Dana Perino and Bill Kristol pooh-poohed them!

    I guess next you’ll be telling me that Al-Quaida is helping the rebels in Lybia fight Quaddafi and that our government (along with NATO) is actually backing them! Nahhhhh……

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Where is that waiter……….”CHECK?”
    I’ll never eat here again. No matter what the NYT ‘Fine Dining’ says!

  10. eaglewingz08 says:

    So once again liberals/progressives/communists in the US are destroying the possibility of moving dictatorships toward democracy because their radical assaults on the family and gay rights policies are antithetical towards traditional cultures. The USA and Europe are held up as the decadent societies they are, in order to get voters to vote with the reactionary islamist wing. And the US democrats hatred of religion and their bellicose adoption of secularization at all costs, alienates hundreds of millions of potential friends of the US and potential beneficiaries of democratization.
    Way to go democrats. As John Lennon said, “How do you sleep?”

  11. canary says:

    The World Administration of Muslim Youth were deemed terrorists years ago, and banned in countries. Such as the WAMY being investigated at the Virginia mosque terrorist maj Hassan who massacred Ft. Hood and worshiped with that muslim on the U.S. hit list dead or alive.
    The WAMY & muslim brotherhood got on facebook and help plan the revolutions so the radicals could slip in and take over. The Libya rebels are unarmed, and no problem for al-Qaeda to take over. And al-Qaeda is making gain in Yemen taking over the rebellion.
    The Koran has an entire early chapter written that muslims have to fight and war the entire world, or they will severely punished. So, the leaders in the foreign countries that try to leave U.S. and Israel alone, in the radical Islams eyes are evil sinful leaders. The Koran says they were meant to be on earth for two reasons. Be a martyr or live to fight more war. When they say they want peace they are saying they want the entire world to convert so mo will come back. So, the more they war, the quicker to have completed.
    The muslims will tell you that some distorted Mohammad, and he was for peace. But, people ignored him so the ones that believed drew swords. After his death, it got worse, and parts of the world had to fight back. Now they are spreading like wild-fire because there are people like Obama and Pelosi going
    around saying Islam is like Christianity.
    Just my opinion that things are going to get worse before they get better.

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