An Egypt Update

| January 7, 2013 | 14 Comments

Well, it appears that the Islamists running Egypt are continuing to follow the “playbook”.

As you probably heard, Egypt approved a new constitution last month – though there were reportedly substantial voting irregularities and a voter turnout of less than 33%.  This new Egyptian constitution defines Egyptian law as being derived from “the principles of Islamic law” and has no explicit protections regarding the rights of women or religious minorities.  But don’t worry, the Islamists say; they’ll respect minority and women’s rights.

Yeah, right.  Suuuuure they will.  The rest of the Islamic world does that so well – especially in those places where anti-Western Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood have influence.

In short:  the new Egyptian constitution gives anti-Western Islamist hard-liners the green light to take over.  And that appears to be precisely what the former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and current Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, is beginning.

He’s now shaken up his cabinet, replacing three former cabinet officers with members of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Let’s see – take power through anti-Western street protests while the US stands by and does nothing; gain a veneer of legitimacy via an election held shortly afterwards; re-write the Constitution to eliminate Western influences like religious freedom and women’s rights; ram the new Constitution through in a hasty referendum; and marginalize the opposition afterwards.  So far, we could be talking about either Cairo, 2011-13  –  or Teheran, 1979-1980.

Unfortunately, the next steps in the “playbook” are fairly nasty ones.  Let’s see if/when they occur.

I’m hoping they won’t.  But history says they likely will – and that we’ll be feeling the effects for decades.

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  1. Flagwaver says:

    But, the White House told us that Islam is a religion of peace… Why would they do something so…

    Okay, I can’t even finish that.

    The White House should know that when you get in bed with strange and dangerous people, you should not be surprised to wake up with your wallet missing and your crotch burning.

  2. Green Thumb says:

    Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

    Scary and sad.

    But we love out Muslim brothers and sisters out here in the Great NW.

    Even though there are none here.

    Go figure.

  3. AndyFMF says:

    Related but un-related…..why is America shipping massive amounts of 5.7x28mm to Egypt? Most of the American shortage is due to this transoceanic movement of ammo. So what am I missing?

  4. Common Sense says:

    @3 – don’t forget the 20 F16s and 200 tanks we’re sending as well

  5. streetsweeper says:

    Long question I know but, here goes: What happens when you have several software “billionaires” on paper, a former State Department employee whom wishes he was a billionaire, two currently serving State Department big wigs, a small team of WH staffers along with the man that is POTUS and aoo of them sit in a room dreaming about revolution in Egypt?

  6. streetsweeper says:

    aoo=all

  7. DaveO says:

    The US of A didn’t stand by. It provided training and moral support to the MB, along with permitting US citizens to get actively involved and finance the operation, and leaned on Mubarak and the Army.

    You may recall Google’s Wael Ghonim thought he could do better than George Washington. Like Google’s Schmidt, Ghonim is a very useful idiot.

  8. streetsweeper says:

    Add to the mix, Scott Heiferman(MeetUp), Jared Cohen US State Dept & AYM(The Alliance for Youth Movements), Jason Lieberman, Joe Rospars (OFA media director)and you are well on your way. Ghonim got Obama to put pressure on Egypt to allow internet access after Mubarack shut it down. Goggle site was their primary info exchange for all the groups involved. An insider to the planning distributed screen shots after it went down. This individual had buyers remorse and thought people should know what happened to get the MB in power. Our buddies from CODEStink were right in the thick of it too, boots on ground.

  9. JohnE says:

    When I am POTUS (Yeah…like that will happen…) we are cutting off ALL foreign aid to countries who do not value us as partners. Out of NATO, out of the UN and the UN out of NY.
    Focus on right here, right now. Invest in ourselves…

  10. Don’t forget that prior to approving the constitution, Morsi made a power grab stating “that his decisions were ‘final and unchallengeable by any individual or body’ until a new constitution had been approved in a referendum and fresh parliamentary elections held.”

    This basically granted him absolute legislative power until a constition was adopted. Talk about strong-arming!

    For reference:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20811396

  11. Ryan says:

    I like how some people talk about the place likes its a war zone. Seriously? I felt safer in Egypt than in most of Germany.

  12. Hondo says:

    Out of curiosity, Ryan – when were you in Egypt, and what part of Egypt did you visit/live in?

  13. Twist says:

    That’s strange, when I was in Egypt in the 90′s unless you where in a high density tourist place like the pyramids or Sharm-el-Shak (sp?) you where very unsafe.

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