Via Andrew McCarthy at National Review:
Don’t take my word for it (although I covered the topic in some detail in The Grand Jihad). Don’t even take the word of the Justice Department, which amply demonstrated during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution that the Muslim Brotherhood’s top project in the U.S. has been to drum up support for Hamas. Look, instead, at some relevant sections of Hamas’s 1988 charter (“The Charter of Allah: The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement”), announcing the terrorist organization’s existence:
For everyone who naively believes that this revolution is an attempt to bring a true democracy to Egypt is living in a river in a famous Egyptian river.
As Sister Todjah puts it:
The prospects for replacing the current authoritarian regime with liberal democracy is, in my opinion, minimal in a land that has never known democracy in it 6,000-year history and where the current regime has done little, if anything, to allow democratic opposition to grow — and in the process left the people only with radical Islam as an outlet for protest.
Once this thing settles and things are done, look for the Muslim Brotherhood (who is currently running around breaking radical Islamists out of prisons and jails) alongside of Hamas to be left in power.
Michael Leeden astutely asks, Revolution? By Whom? For What?:
And what about us? We are supposed to be the revolutionaries, and we must support democratic revolution against tyranny. But we must not support phony democrats, and for the president to say “Egypt’s destiny will be determined by the Egyptian people,” or “everyone wants to be free” is silly and dangerous. Egypt’s destiny will be determined by a fight among Egyptian people, some of whom wish to be free and others who wish to install a tyranny worse than Mubarak’s. That’s the opposite of freedom. Think about the free elections in Gaza that brought the Hamas killers to power. For that matter, think about Khomeini, viewed at the time as a progressive democrat by many of the leading intellectual and political lights of the West, from Foucault to Andrew Young.
We should have been pressuring the friendly tyrants in the Middle East to liberalize their polities lo these many years. We should have done it in the shah’s Iran, and in Mubarak’s Egypt, and in Ben Ali’s Tunisia. It is possible to move peacefully from dictatorship to democracy (think Taiwan. Think Chile. Think South Africa). But we didn’t, in part because of the racist stereotype that goes under the label “the Arab street,” according to which the Arab masses are motivated above all by an unrelenting rage at Israel for its oppression of the beloved Palestinians. That myth went along with another: the belief that the culture of the Arab world (sometimes expanded to “the culture of the Muslim world”) was totally resistant to democracy. The tumult has nothing to do with Palestine/Israel and even a blind bat can see hundreds of thousands of Arabs fighting for democracy, as have their fellow Muslims in Iran.
We shoulda, coulda done better all along. But here we are. It’s quite clear that Obama is totally bamboozled.
- 6/18/2012 -- Israel beefs up border security in wake of Islamist victory in Egyptian elections (0)
- 12/1/2011 -- Islamists win: So much for a free, democratic Egypt (3)
- 2/9/2011 -- Are They Still Rioting for “Democracy” in Egypt? (1)
- 2/4/2011 -- The Three Stooges Looking Around for Someone to Blame for Their Failures in the Egyptian Crisis (1)
- 2/3/2011 -- Anderson Cooper Punched in Face While Covering Cairo Riots, Other Journalists Also Attacked (5)