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Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, says he will be a “leader for all Egyptians.” That sounds a lot like the sorts of lies his fellow Muslim Brothers have been telling for months, only to renege on them when they can. We ignore the true character and ambitions of the Brotherhood – in Egypt, elsewhere in the Mideast, in the wider world and here – at our extreme peril.
In fact, the Brothers’ bait-and-switch gambits are standard operating procedure for their secretive organization. After all, from the Muslim Brotherhood’s inception in Egypt in 1928, it has been a revolutionary organization committed to the imposition worldwide of a totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine they call shariah.
The unattractiveness of that brutally repressive agenda to non-Muslims and even many Muslims, has forced the group to operate largely in the shadows. It wages a stealthy, pre-violent “civilization jihad” to advance its goals until circumstances are ripe for conquest via violent jihadism.
In the hope of attenuating the military’s opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood rise, the latter has utilized myriad subterfuges. In previous rounds of elections, the Brotherhood promised that it would not seek a parliamentary majority. Then, it did. It promised not to run a candidate for president. Then, it actually ran two of them.
As its power grew, the Brotherhood cynically abandoned others in the opposition in the hope of cutting deals with the junta that ruled Egypt following the overthrow of long-time U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak: the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). When the SCAF cracked down on the eve of the second round of the presidential election, however, the Brothers were back in Tahrir Square making nice with those unlikely to fare well under shariah – Christians, secular liberals and women to whom Morsi’s soothing words are obviously intended to appeal.
Another Brotherhood bait-and-switch was laid bare in a Wall Street Journal interview with the Brotherhood’s formidable deputy supreme guide, Khairat Al Shater. As Matthew Kaminski put it “If the Muslim Brotherhood came to power, Mr. Al Shater would be in charge.” In other words, Morsi is a puppet for the leader of an outfit described by Kaminski as “a closed, rigidly hierarchical and disciplined quasi-Trotskyite organization.”
Khairat Al Shater revealed one more gambit in his interview with the Journal. Mr. Kaminski quoted him as saying that “the priority is ‘a close partnership’ with the U.S. which the [Brotherhood] expects to help it unlock credit markets and gain international legitimacy.”
The Muslim Brotherhood appears to have a most willing partner for such purposes in President Obama and his administration. On the occasion of Mr. Obama’s first “outreach to the Muslim world” speech at Cairo’s al-Azhar University in June 2009, he insisted that Brotherhood operatives be in the audience. He threw Mubarak under the bus within a few days of demonstrations erupting in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt (instark contrast to his indifference to far larger and longer-running ones inIran).
What is more, since the first “Arab Spring” uprisings in February 2011, Team Obama has engaged with the Brotherhood extensively – both here and in the region – and signaled its willingness to do so in government. Notably, in April 2012, after the Brotherhood dominated parliamentary elections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered the transfer of $1.5 billion in a lump-sum, no-strings-attached grant to Egypt.
The best hope for those who legitimately fear the Muslim Brotherhood and its unwavering – if only intermittently acknowledged – determination to impose shariah in Egypt may be for the military there to continue to resist pressure to yield power to theMuslim Brotherhood.
Unfortunately, that pressure will be immense. It will emanate from, among others, the Obama administration. Team Obama’s support for the Brotherhood has become more and more aggressive, and reckless. In the process, it is empowering not only the most serious enemy of any hope for freedom in the Middle East, but avowed enemies of this country, as well.
The next shoe to drop in that regard may be a decision by President Obama to agree to a demand from Egyptian Islamists to free one oftheir most dangerous leaders, Omar Abdul Rahman, the notorious “Blind Sheikh” who ordered the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. That unrepentant terrorist subsequently tried to use his attorney, Lynne Stewart, to communicate from federal prison an order to his followers to conduct still further, murderous jihadist acts.
Abdul Rahman’s return to Cairo – a jihadist triumph that would likely make the Islamists’ rapture at the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran in 1979 pale by comparison – has been urged most recently during high-level meetings in Washington by Hani Nour Eldin. Eldin is a member of the Blind Sheikh’s designated terrorist organization, Gama’a al-Islamiyya. An incredulous House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) has written HomelandSecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano asking why such a dangerous individual was granted a visa by the Obama administration and for her position on the release Abdul Rahman.
Subterfuge, subversion and sedition in the name of shariah are the tradecraft of the Muslim Brotherhood. Team Obama’s enabling of the Brothers’ ascendancy in Egypt and its embrace of their operatives and those of other Islamist organizations in this country (see www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com) is, if not actually illegal, certainly dangerous in the extreme.
“NumbersUSA is pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld states’ inherent authority to assist the Federal government in enforcing immigration laws. The most important state immigration-enforcement tool — mandatory E-Verify to keep illegal aliens from obtaining jobs — was upheld by the court a year ago. Under the Court rulings, all states have room to aggressively pursue attrition-through-enforcement measures even if the President of the United States chooses to ignore or violate congressionally passed immigration laws. We are particularly heartened by Justice Scalia’s opinion that specifically questions the Obama Administration’s unilateral decision not to enforce the law against 1.4 million illegal aliens under the age of 30.”
Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) appeared with Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” earlier this morning to discuss the House Republican response to the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of ObamaCare:
On the House Republican Response to the Supreme Court’s Health Care ruling:
“We want to see what the court decides, see what their reaction is and then we will read the decision and react from there.”
“It’s not popular because of what’s in it – the taxes, 20 million Americans will not be able to keep their current health care plan after the President promised they would be able to. The Congressional Budget Office’s numbers says it will cost an additional $1.7 trillion. There’s the IPAB – a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats that decide what you are going to get from Medicare, and finally it cuts $500 billion from Medicare at a time when Medicare isn’t even solvent.”
On the House’s action on ‘Fast and Furious’ this week:
“Unless Mr. Holder provides these documents, there will be a contempt vote. It wasn’t just Republicans that have requested these documents, there were Democrats too. Remember, what has happened here, an American citizen died based upon the actions of the American government.”
“I think people have the right to know why this happened and why an American citizen is dead. Why are we afraid of providing the documents? … Remember, they first said they knew nothing about ‘Fast and Furious.’ Then they had to go back and say ‘Oh no, we actually did know something.’”
From Sunshine State News:
Former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democrat who came up short against Rick Scott in the 2010 gubernatorial election, is going to bat for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s, D-FL, bid for a third term in the Senate. According to an email that she sent out to supporters over the weekend, Sink is sharing her email list with Nelson and intends to help his campaign.
“Bill is gearing up for a tough fight of his own. He’s running for re-election to the U.S. Senate, while Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and many shadowy right-wing front groups are spending millions of dollars to try to defeat him,” Sink wrote. “We can’t let them win. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Bill Nelson comes out on top this November.”
Sink informed her supporters that they were going to get updates from Nelson unless they choose to opt out.
In Florida, Congressman Connie Mack tells WOKV-TV in Jacksonville that Bill Nelson supported Barack Obama’s job-killing healthcare law. Florida Representative Connie Mack tells Jacksonville’s Morning News that the Supreme Court’s soon-to-be-announced ruling on President Obama’s health care law will be big in his race against Senator Bill Nelson. “He has supported Barack Obama ninety-eight percent of the time,” Mack said. “That’s astonishing frankly.” Mack says the people of Florida are upset that Sen. Nelson has constantly supported President Obama, adding that he was one of the Senators who tried to get a “special deal” in the health care law. “In America and in Florida, people aren’t looking for special deals. They’re looking for solutions to problems. Senator Nelson has been on the wrong side of that issue.”
- Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel reports that AFP is hammering liberal Democrat Bill Nelson for supporting ObamaCare. The ad hammers Nelson, a two-term Democrat running for re-election, with the standard litany of Republican charges: he voted for President Barak Obama’s stimulus bill and the Affordable Health Care Act now known as “Obamacare,” and against bills to “stop more bailouts” and “create American energy and jobs.”
Americans for Prosperity is up with a new statewide ad reminding Nevadans of Shelley Berkley’s failed record on the economy.
Tell Shelley Berkley that Nevada needs jobs, not wasteful Washington spending.
Shelley Berkley stonewalls a Bloomberg reporter when asked about her fundraiser with Harry Reid at a Washington, D.C. restaurant, The Source.
Media Stinger – Last March, Mass Effect 3 created one of the biggest controversies in gaming history after players got done playing through one of the greatest stories of all time. Gamers were left feeling they weren’t offered the closure they deserved after investing hundreds of hours into the trilogy which resulted in most instantly taking to social media, forums, and comment sections of websites to vent their frustration with the ending. Some extremely crazy fanboys even donated money to a fundraising campaign that generated over $50,000 to get a new ending. More
The good: The affordable Sony Xperia Ion has solid call quality and swift 4G LTE that ties into Sony’s vast entertainment empire.
The bad: Lackluster images and video belie the Xperia’s claimed 12MP camera. It’s also held back by an old processor and an outdated OS.
The bottom line: The $99.99 Sony Xperia Ion looks like a good Android deal but its weaknesses make it not worth even the budget price.
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African Lion Cub
Photograph by Beverly Joubert
An African lion cub rests in the tall grasses of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Once ranging across the African continent and into Syria, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, and even northwest India, lions have declined to as few as 20,000 animals from about 450,000 just 50 years ago.