Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins Egyptian presidential election

posted at 12:31 pm on June 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, this should make the Middle East a calmer, more rational place … right?

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi has won Egypt’s presidential runoff, the country’s election commission said Sunday.

Morsi’s supporters, packed into Tahrir Square, were seen celebrating, dancing and waving flags after the result was announced.

Morsi won by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The commission said Morsi took 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq.

Earlier Sunday, Egyptian police were ordered to confront any attempt to break the law with decisive force ahead of the results being announced, as soaring tensions in the country raised fears of a new outbreak of political violence.

Hey, not to worry, though.  WWho says we can’t work with the Muslim Brotherhood?  Why, here’s one of their clerics on the campaign trail earlier, complimenting Israel about Jerusalem and telling the crowd he’d like to visit there soon … joined by a few million “martyrs” (via RabbiLive and Breitbart) [see update]:

It’s a catchy tune and you can dance to it, but somehow I don’t see it playing well on American Bandstand.  Note well how the cleric tells the crowd to forget about the world and “conferences,” and that Jerusalem (al-Quds) will be their capital.

I’m a little more sanguine about this, but not because I think Morsi is a closet moderate who will pull a Nixon-goes-to-China move and work with Israel.  The Egyptian military is not likely to take orders from Morsi that risks its funding or its status in the nation.  If the Muslim Brotherhood tries to march on Jerusalem in anything but the figurative, spiritual sense, the military won’t hesitate to depose Morsi and impose its own rule on Egypt — putting the country right back to the Mubarak status quo.  They have already defanged the Egyptian parliament in anticipation of this outcome.  They don’t want a war with Israel, and certainly not with the US, which is what an attack on Israel will bring.  I’d expect Morsi to either play along and be a good little puppet to mollify the Muslim Brotherhood, or suddenly disappear if he doesn’t.

Update: Breitbart and RabbiLive were apparently incorrect about the identity of the speaker. It’s not Morsi, but a MB cleric. I’ve edited the post accordingly, and my apologies for the error. Thanks to Legal Insurrection for the heads-up..


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