After vowing that he would not leave office yesterday, Mohammed Morsi has been removed as president of Egypt. The constitution of that nation has been suspended, and the chief justice of the constitutional court, Adli Mansour, has been named as the interim leader by the head of the Egyptian military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. While the takeover has been characterized as a military coup by Morsi and his chief security adviser, it has apparently been well-received by the masses still congregated from the protests in Tahrir Square and around Egypt.
Fireworks and cheers erupted from the millions gathered in Tahrir Square after the announcement was made.
Earlier in the day, an army deadline for Morsi to resolve Egypt’s political crisis expired.
Top military officials and opposition leaders met Wednesday and agreed on a political roadmap for the country’s future, calling for early presidential and parliamentary elections, el-Sissi said. A new presidential cabinet will be formed as well as a national reconciliation committee, which will include youth movements that have been behind anti-Morsi demonstrations.
Morsi said on his presidential Facebook page that he rejected el-Sissi’s statement, according to Reuters. An aide says he has been moved to an undisclosed location.
El-Sissi said the military will deal “decisively” with any violence sparked by the announcements.
The Egyptian military has seized control of the government, but this is supposed to be another temporary arrangement, until the people have the opportunity to elect a new leader. Where the current leaders, and the Muslim Brotherhood will be in that process remains to be seen. Observers should also be watching for any political moves made by Salafist community leaders, and the military response to the ongoing sexual assaults and violence that have been a part of the current round of protests.
Egypt has become the latest launching point for rocket and artillery strikes against Israel joining the Gaza Strip and Syria in unprovoked attacks on the Jewish state.
The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday that rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula towards an Isreali village on the southern border. No injuries were reported.
These latest attacks come after President Obama spoke with Egypt’s President Morsi on Wednesday and Egypt’s Prime Minister Hesham Qandil visited Gaza to show solidarity with Hamas on Thursday.
Speaking in Cairo on Thursday, President Morsi said that in his conversation with Obama, he told the U.S. President that Israel’s offensive must stop while calling Israel’s defensive actions “unacceptable aggression.” President Mohammed Morsi pledged Egypt’s support of Hamas as he said that Cairo “would not leave Gaza on its own.”
The Egyptian government’s actions are no surprise. Since the rise to power of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab Spring, Egypt’s interest in peace with Israel has steadily lessened. It is unlikely that President Obama will be able to affect the situation as the U.S.’s influence in the region has significantly weakened over the last four years. In a separate statement, President Morsi said that “Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, and Arabs today are not the Arabs of yesterday” heightening fears that Egypt is no longer a diplomatic partner in the region.
In sending the leader of the Egyptian government to Gaza in a friendly gesture to Hamas, Egypt is openly partnering with a group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Union and Israel. There is some concern that some of the more than $2 Billion in annual U.S. military and economic aid to Egypt may be funneled to Hamas.
The current crisis began as Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel were joined by Syrian artillery positions firing on the Israeli region known as the Golan Heights. Israel returned fire against the Syrian artillery.
In order to defend itself, Israel began Operation “Pillar of Defence” during which it killed the military commander of Hammas and struck numerous rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip.
News reports offer confusing timelines often tuned to show Israel as the first aggressor. These reports often ignore the continual and escalating rocket attacks that pre-dated the Isreali offensive. Isreali President Shimon Peres briefed the U.S. President informing him that the current operation was in response to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza. During a visit to an Israeli border town, Peres said “”Israel is not interested in stoking the flames, but for the past five days there has been constant missile fire at Israel and mothers and children cannot sleep quietly at night.”
In response to reporting and editorials tilted against Israel, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham H. Foxman submitted a letter to the editor at the New York Times in which he pointed out some unfair editorialization on the conflict and how a failure to condemn Hamas’ constant attacks on Israel may have missed opportunities to prevent the escalation of hostilities.
Real understanding would be shown in discussion about how Israel is being surrounded by states and entities controlled by Islamic extremists, either the Muslim Brotherhood or Hezbollah, all committed to Israel’s destruction.
Real recognition of the problem would have been articulated by words calling on the international community to condemn Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians long before it came to this.
Three Israelis were killed and 18 injured by rockets fired from Gaza and 19 Palestinians were killed as Israel counter-attacked in defense of herself. 75,000 Israeli reservists have been called up for duty following the Palestinian attacks and resulting tensions.
Hamas is heavily supported by Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, all vocal adversaries of the Jewish state. Armaments are steadily streaming into Gaza from Africa through smuggling tunnels in Egypt. The latest Hamas attacks included the Iranian Fajr-5 medium range guided missiles which can strike anywhere in Israel. These more dangerous Iranian arms are credited as the real reason for the Israeli counter-attack.
It was announced Sunday that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi has won the Egyptian Presidential election with 51.73% of the vote.
The Muslim Brotherhood‘s own stated end goal is to create an Islamic Calaphaete or empire using democratic processes in Middle-Easter and European nations. While many discount the self-announced goal as fear-mongering, the words of Egypt’s new president cannot be so easily dismissed.
At a rally for the President-elect, the cleric chosen to introduce Morsi’s cleric sang to the crowd as “lovers of Martyrdom” and that they must “banish the sleep from the eyes of all Jews”. He continued saying that all Egyptians “are Hamas and that they should “brandish their arms” and march on Jeruselam.
The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, toed the Obama administration line during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. He stated that Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement was “largely secular”. Really? Really?
What The Muslim Brotherhood Says:
Kamal El-Halbawy (Kamal Helbawi)
In an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today, Tony Jones interviewed a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Kamal El-Helbawy (a.k.a. Kamal Helbawi). While the interview is relatively tame and presents a very politically correct view, it establishes Kamal as a senior level member of the organization. Kamal makes the point the the Muslim Brotherhood is not after political power.
And in any case, the Muslim Brotherhood leadership and spokesman announced it many, many times, as it is in our teachings that we teach to our junior generations, that we are not after power, but we are after a society that is built on, and a political system built on democratic values, freedom and equal social justice, equal opportunities and the dignity of human rights and the respect of human rights.
Sounds pretty good huh? Except that part about social justice.. eerily familiar.
Kamal continues with a tactic that is very similar to those used by the Progressive extremists in America.
..so the priority is not for the private agenda, the priority is for the agenda proposed and the amendments needed and required by the revolutions.
Not – it is not the right time or the place for the private agenda. Neither Islamist, nor the leftist.
Kind of the Islamic form of a “nudge”. “Neither Islamist, nor the leftist”.. let that reverberate. He is basically saying that the Muslim brotherhood is perfectly fine hiding their private agenda while riding on the backs of the Egyptian revolutionaries.
They will help the Egyptian populace achieve their revolution and then they will push their private agenda. What’s interesting is that the popular desire to remove the current government may well progress the Muslim Brotherhood’s private goal by mistake – furtherance towards the re-establishment of a Muslim state that stretches from Spain to India.
This progressive approach to an Islamist nation is further evidenced in an Islamic Republic News Agency article where Helbawi posited that the Iranian revolution of 1979 is a model to follow. Then Kamal demonstrates his belief in the nudge approach (emphasis mine).
“We are with freedom now, until the people are ready to accept Islam,”
The supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahdi Akif , is taped giving us a view into the ultimate goals of the group he heads.
Muslim Brother’s dream is to form a total Islamic state.
Still sound secular Mr. Clapper?
What The Muslim Brotherhood Does:
With the Obama administration, Americans have certainly become very familiar with the idea that words and deeds don’t always agree. The Muslim Brotherhood preaches peace and justice – the question is how well do they follow their own advice.
First some history. Founded in Egypt in 1928, the group’s charter was to dethrone the Egyptian king, rid the country of western influences and establish a Islamic theocracy. The Muslim Brotherhood became infamous for its terrorist activities and was banned in Egypt and Syria.
While its infamy forced it to renounce violence, the group simply delegated violent activities to other groups – useful idiots if you will. Hamas is certainly the violent arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden were influenced if not funded by the Islamic group.
Frank Gaffney talks of the dangers should the Muslim Brotherhood gain political influence in Egypt.
In the Riots in France in 2005, Muslim youths set sections of Paris on fire. The poor Muslim youth are unemployed and angry. According to a Norwegian documentary, the Muslim Brotherhood is fomenting and using this emotion to pull the youth into their cause. The Brotherhood doesn’t stop there, as the film points out, they take advantage of the desperate poor in Paris by asking them to break the law.
The Muslim brother’s have preachers that the send to all cities and suburbs in France .. They tell Muslim youth they may marry more than one woman even though French law prohibits polygami .. They say that in 50 years, or maybe just 40 years we will rule France and Europe because they don’t get as many children as us..
So perhaps they aren’t violent, but that does not make them less dangerous. They are basically planning to use Democracy against itself. At some point there will be more Muslim than secular population in European countries and when that population reaches voting age – Allah’s will be done. The majority is predicted to flip to Muslim domination as soon as 2021.
The American mainstream media also ignores the real dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood. They speak of them as a non-violent, peace-loving group. The actions of the Muslim Brotherhood are akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater. Sure, the guy yelling fire isn’t directly hurting anyone and will most likely not trample or crush a single panicked movie-goer, but he did directly cause the tramplings that will surely occur. In the eyes of our laws, that makes the fire-caller as guilty as the trampler, if not more so.
So the Brotherhood’s mind-screw of useful idiots like Hamas, Al Queda, Bin Laden, the desperate poor in France are certainly not the actions of a peace-loving, justice-seeking group. They just have others do their evil bidding while they sit back and watch the carnage as if there is no blood on their hands – our mainstream journalists are taking it hook, line and sinker.
So Mr. Clapper Who are the Muslim Brotherhood?
They are a religious (a.k.a. NOT SECULAR) group seeking the Islamification of the free world using violent sub-groups, the cradle, political influence and the ignorance of desperate, poor Muslim youth. Did we clear it up for you Mr. Director of National Intelligence?