NYT: Surprisingly, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have seized the Egyptian revolution

posted at 2:55 pm on March 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

You don’t say!  This must come as quite a shock to certain experts who assured us that the Ikhwan was a mostly secular movement.  Even some hard-nosed realists might find themselves a bit surprised at how quickly the nature of the Egyptian revolution changed after Hosni Mubarak fled:

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.

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.

But what happened to all of those young idealists in the street that drove Mubarak out of power and put their trust in the military to protect them?  Well, they don’t seem to be around any longer, but suddenly facial hair is the new fashion on the street:

“We are all worried,” said Amr Koura, 55, a television producer, reflecting the opinions of the secular minority. “The young people have no control of the revolution anymore. It was evident in the last few weeks when you saw a lot of bearded people taking charge. The youth are gone.”

Ralph Peters argued almost two months ago that this wouldn’t happen if we allowed the people of Egypt to control their own destiny:

Don’t let the pundits b.s. you, though: Those demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other Egyptian cities are not made up of fundamentalists. While extremists would love to exploit the situation (we’d only help them by continuing to pretend that Mubarak remains a player), they don’t, can’t and won’t control it. Look at the pictures. You don’t see masses of bearded men in traditional dress waving Korans, but guys in jeans and windbreakers, college girls and entire families. What you’re seeing is Egypt’s version of the Tea Party: angry citizens who feel their government has refused to hear their voices. The difference is that, in Egypt, they haven’t had an outlet at the ballot box. These are not Islamist fanatics. Let’s not drive them into the arms of the radicals.

As I wrote during that period, it didn’t really matter that the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t lead the protests.  If the Egyptian government fell quickly, I warned, the Muslim Brotherhood would be the only political force organized to take advantage of the aftermath:

However, by signaling sudden distance between Mubarak and the US, the impulse to stage a coup will certainly not decrease.  If Mubarak falls, the result will almost certainly be either a seizure of power by the Muslim Brotherhood or a military coup, both hardly desirable outcomes in Egpyt, especially considering its strategic position on the Suez Canal.

We actually ended up with both.  The military forced Mubarak to leave immediately and assumed control of Egypt in order to establish a new form of government.  They then apparently linked up with the Muslim Brotherhood in order to share power, at least for the moment.  That’s why Obama’s own envoy, Frank Wisner, publicly warned that the US needed Mubarak around longer for a smoother transition. Egypt needed time for the newly-freed opposition to form and organize long enough to balance out the advantages that the Muslim Brotherhood already had.

Instead, the White House tried too hard to get out in front of events, leaving a vacuum that the Islamists have deftly filled.  Unfortunately, the outcome isn’t a surprise at all, and was easily predicted from the first days of unrest in Cairo.


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Wow. As if this POTUS = WTF didn’t have reason to know this was the liklihood all along.

The larger picture: He’s reshaping the ME to wipe out Israel. He intends to bring peace to the ME and solve the Israel conflict by wiping out Israel. Easy, no?

petefrt on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Buy Danish on March 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM

No worries BD, just stick to the facts. I know what you’re saying, but you can just listen to what really matters (well, religion really matters to some, but it’s not your cuppa, so just focus on the facts that are important to you).

After all, when one feels as you do they can separate the two. He’s the only one getting neck deep into the map of America’s downfall, so in your case, you can have one without the other. You’d be missing out otherwise.

Gob on March 25, 2011 at 8:43 PM

“Plus, automatically exempt from Obamacare”

Separation of church and state only applies to Muslims.

bw222 on March 25, 2011 at 8:55 PM

“Plus, automatically exempt from Obamacare”

Separation of church and state only applies to Muslims Christians.

Edited and psoted too quickly.

bw222 on March 25, 2011 at 8:55 PM

bw222 on March 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Next stop, Libya.

JFS61 on March 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Yeah, baby.

We definitely more of this smart power!!!

dissent555 on March 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/03/good_news_libyan_rebel_command.html

Isn’t this wonderful! Al Queda is no longer our enemy! We are now allies and best buds! Peace in our Time! Obama is truly a miracle worker! I see another Nobel Peace Price coming!

Murphy9 on March 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Oh, brother (and I don’t mean Muslim brother), John Kerry has an opinion piece at the WSJ, “Libya and the Just Use of American Force.” The whole article is behind a subscription wall, but it begins thusly:

The seas of people who thronged Cairo’s Tahrir Square are gone now. But walking across its now-celebrated ground this week, I couldn’t help but remember the inspiring scenes of Egyptians from all walks of life peacefully demanding freedom and dignity. The world watched in awe as the protesters and their young leaders changed the direction of a country and, together with Tunisians, perhaps the whole Arab world.

On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would …

Would someone wake up this pie-eyed nudnik and tell him what the frequency is now in Egypt vis a vis the Muslim Brotherhood. Kerry thinks that he is experiencing the summer of love.

onlineanalyst on March 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Note to Kerry:

When you say this:

inspiring scenes of Egyptians from all walks of life

do you mean “broad strata” of society, like this?

As in, fundamentalist Islamists alone, both with and without beards, constitute a “broad strata”.

fred5678 on March 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

This is not good.

AshleyTKing on March 25, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I suppose it is fruitless to hold out for a miracle…

Why does the American left help to bring about Sharia Law. I really don’t get that at all.

petunia on March 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Is it time to become isolationists yet?

Drill baby, drill, and be quick about it!

Send the UN off to Toronto and go back to the Gold standard…

This is a scary world.

petunia on March 25, 2011 at 10:36 PM

This was the plan all along, and the world supported it, so bully for them. Now, we all get to see what we supported. To quote the Wisconsin protesters, “This is what democracy looks like!”

And, please, don’t pretend you weren’t warned this would happen.

Christien on March 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM

One must consider the muzzies that are being shipped here.

Invading army just not carrying weapons since their treachery and weight upon society is what is most effective

combine that with the American hating left and our demise is not hard to envision, just look at Europe for the racial equivolant

one of these days we are going to need to intern the mongrels

Sonosam on March 25, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Its so UNEXPECTED isn’t it? Amazing. Islam isn’t a religion, its a complete form of fascist government and societal control. And this is why its so simple to understand that islam and western civilization are inherently incompatible. IF you willing to be honest about it.

KMC1 on March 26, 2011 at 1:11 AM

The larger picture: He’s reshaping the ME to wipe out Israel. He intends to bring peace to the ME and solve the Israel conflict by wiping out Israel. Easy, no?

petefrt on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I really hope this is not true but I have to admit it’s occurred to me too. A lot more, recently.

Gilda on March 26, 2011 at 6:57 AM

I’ll put my money on the modern day Jew before the stone aged muzzy

it’ll be bloody but advantage Israel

I hope the apes try it so they can be extinguished once and for all

Sonosam on March 26, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Unexpectedly.

Dandapani on March 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I’m not surprised at all.
The people in this region of the world do not have what it takes to really fight for true freedom that democracy gives.
These people are all too idealistic.
There are not enough people who can feel comfortable letting others of different ideologies co-exist alongside them.
Democracy is not going to happen in any of these backward places.
Not…gonna…happen.
Ever.
The only stable form of govt they can ever hope to achieve besides chaos is:
A dictatorship. That is all they understand or are capable of.

Badger40 on March 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM

If there is a wrong move to be made, The Won can be counted on to oblige. But don’t say anything about what an idiot he is because that’s racist.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Then we have this:

McCain, R-Ariz., said on CBS’ “The Early Show” that he hopes the United States, or others in the international community, supplies rebels with arms, as it once did insurgents fighting the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.

You know, when we armed Osama and the boys…

And, this:

Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

…Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country…

We really are this stupid, aren’t we?

Fallon on March 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Wow! Overnight thread and 200+ comments to a NYT article.

HA commentators once laughed any NYT article away. Pointed out fact vs. assumption/lies and dissected it completely leaving only a small confetti pile. Now they take it seriously.

Again, MB cannot take over Egyptian military. No history of civil control ever; in fact the opposite. Examine Nassar, Sadat and Mubrak backgrounds. Examine Farouk overthrow. Explain that Mubarek is still in Egypt. Expound on Egypt, except for Arab League (?) is not part of Libya “coalition”.

No this NYT article is complete BS. The Egyptian military has co-opted MB and NYT is embarrassed so must use “mirror logic”. teh Won lost, not to “freedom loving” MB but to Egyptian military. Just watch the fall elections.

Caststeel on March 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Yes, surprisingly.

LOL.

petefrt on March 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM

And, this:
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links
…Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country…

nothing makes bama and his commie posse happier than that reality

Sonosam on March 26, 2011 at 11:45 PM

I just love it when a plan comes together.

Dhuka on March 27, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Those who have no plan are doomed to be perpetually surprised!!!

landlines on March 27, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Muslims are taught from birth that they must have the strict laws because freedom to do what you want takes away from your worship of Allah. In other words if they are free then they start thinking of themselves rather than Mohammad. Women are sexually weak so they must not be in public except with a male family member. Men are sexually weak is the reason women must cover all of their bodies to keep from causing men to have bad thought or actions. This is drilled into them from birth so that is what they know. When you live as they do freedom is a word that brings sin and debauchery into their life.

old war horse on March 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

old war horse on March 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

What I have been saying all along, friend.
These people, so long as islam is their ideology, will always be incapable of any democratic form of govt.
Their way of life is totally incompatible with Western ideals.
And that is why allowing mass immigration from countries like this is suicidal to all democracies & republics.

Badger40 on March 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

old war horse on March 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Oh +1 million.
Excellently phrased.

Badger40 on March 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Awww, What happened? We must stand with the protesters against dictator! They are just protesting for their basic rights! (as they text and tweet). I saw this coming a mile away but everybody just cheered for’em. And now are thinking about arming some other equal rights protesters. swell

Greed on March 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Wow. As if this POTUS = WTF didn’t have reason to know this was the liklihood all along.

The larger picture: He’s reshaping the ME to wipe out Israel. He intends to bring peace to the ME and solve the Israel conflict by wiping out Israel. Easy, no?

petefrt on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM

You really think so? I know Obama is an evil man, but is he really that devious as to attempt something like this?

scotash on March 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Captain Renault Award® of the Day.

MassVictim on March 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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