Via MEMRI TV, a chat with the future pharaoh recorded less than six months before Mubarak was toppled. I was shocked by it, not because it’s surprising — the rhetoric is Muslim Brotherhood 101 — but because it’s such a vicious, efficient rebuke to western media drivel about Morsi and the MB being more moderate and practical than everyone thinks. You’re about to watch two years’ worth of diplo-spin go up in smoke. Choice selections from the MEMRI transcript:

No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track. Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs

We should employ all forms of resistance against them. There should be military resistance within the land of Palestine against those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians. There should also be political resistance and economic resistance through a boycott, as well as by supporting the resistance fighters. This should be the practice of the Muslims and the Arabs outside Palestine. They should support the resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are. None of the Arab or Muslim peoples and regimes should have dealings with them. Pressure should be exerted upon them. They must not be given any opportunity, and must not stand on any Arab or Islamic land. They must be driven out of our countries…

We must confront this Zionist entity. All ties of all kinds must be severed with this plundering criminal entity, which is supported by America and its weapons, as well as by its own nuclear weapons, the existence of which is well known. It will bring about their own destruction. The peoples must boycott this entity and avoid normalization of relations with it. All products from countries supporting this entity – from the U.S. and others – must be boycotted.

We want a country for the Palestinians on the entire land of Palestine, on the basis of [Palestinian] citizenship. All the talk about a two-state solution and about peace is nothing but an illusion, which the Arabs have been chasing for a long time now. They will not get from the Zionists anything but this illusion.

Before anyone tells you that this is the “old” Brotherhood, not the newly empowered, statesmanlike “mature” Brotherhood, note that just last week one of the group’s top bosses looked forward to the collapse of Israel within a decade. But none of it matters. This guy could paint a swastika on his face and start babbling about a final solution to the Zionist problem and the most you’ll get out of the State Department is a statement that they’re “concerned” about “counterproductive” rhetoric coming from certain unnamed leaders in the Middle East. They have no choice but to engage; there’s no liberal alternative with enough popular support to serve as a counterweight, so the White House’s only choices are to walk away from the Arab Spring entirely or try to keep the aid bribes coming in order to maintain a little leverage over the situation. Soon Morsi will figure out what Pakistan already knows, i.e. the crazier and more dangerous you are, the more frantic America is to remain nominally your “ally,” and you’ll see more of the old rhetoric. For now we have to make do with archival video. But not for much longer.