Arab Spring/’Smart Diplomacy’ Update

Glenn Reynolds
Instapundit
1/28/2013

Egyptian Path Darkens. “The situation in Egypt continues to darken; President Morsi has just declared a state of emergency and announced a curfew in three provinces following widespread riots. Hundreds of Egyptians have hit the streets in recent days to protest against President Mohamed Morsi and the death sentence handed down to 21 people for rioting at a soccer match. Forty-five people have died since the protests began on Thursday. . . . Most Egyptians these days are poor, unemployed, and frustrated with both the current and the past leadership of the country. And since the beginning of the Arab Spring, Egypt has seen its currency plummet as investors flee. Unless these trends are reversed, the restlessness and violence is only likely to get worse. The latest outbreak of violence and the draconian measures now being taken to contain it only highlight the reality that neither Egypt’s government, its liberal opposition or its military guardians have any idea what to do.”

 

Related: Is civil war breaking out in Egypt?

…Protests are turning violent in Egypt and those doing the protests are mainly liberals dissatisfied with the Islamist government. I know we’ve run a few posts showing al Qaeda flags mixed in with them, but if push comes to shove who do you think the Salafis are going to back? An Islamist president or the infidels protesting him?…

 

Egypt’s Salafis Emerge As Powerful And Controversial Political Force

A protester holds a Quran at a Salafi rally for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah law last fall in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Repressed during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, the country's ultra-conservative Salafis have seen a resurgence since the Arab Spring uprising.Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters/Landov

A protester holds a Quran at a Salafi rally for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah law last fall in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Repressed during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, the country’s ultra-conservative Salafis have seen a resurgence since the Arab Spring uprising.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters/Landov

 

The uprisings of the Arab Spring unleashed a new political force in the region — Salafis. These ultra-conservative Muslims aspire to a society ruled entirely by a rigid form of Islamic law. Their models are the salaf, or ancestors, referring to the earliest Muslims who lived during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.

To their critics, the Salafis are religious fanatics who are trying to drag the region back to 7th-century Arabia. But the Salafis maintain that they are offering the purest alternative to the dictatorships that have long dominated the region.

In Egypt, Salafis are now a vocal and powerful part of the political process….

 

Egyptian Authors Speak Out: Muslim Brotherhood Means ‘No Hope…No Democracy’

While the consequences of speaking out against an Islamic regime are grave, two Egyptian authors have nonetheless deemed it a worthwhile risk in the name of intellectual honesty. Appearing at a recent conference in Florence, Italy, Egyptian writer Gamal Al Ghitany condemned the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Morsi for turning his country into a theocracy bent on subjugating the Egyptian people and fore eliminating any “hope” of actual democracy…

 

Meanwhile, at WorldNetDaily Aaron Klein reports, Muslim Brotherhood group to ‘connect all U.S. schools’ Partners with State, Education departments on international initiative

JERUSALEM – A Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the State Department to facilitate an online program aiming to connect all U.S. schools with classrooms abroad by 2016.

Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the organization, the Qatar Foundation International, was appointed in 2009 to President Obama’s White House Fellowships Commission.

WND previously exposed that Gregorian served as a point man in granting $49.2 million in startup capital to an education-reform project founded by former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and chaired by Obama…  [emphasis CAJ]

Read the whole thing.

Read Gregorian’s page at Wikipedia. Our article about Gregorian is here.

 

Update: Muslim Brotherhood: how deep is the infiltration into our government

…Look: Let John McCain and the left posture and preen. Me, I’m interested in learning the truth. I’ve heard Andy McCarthy speak to the extent the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government, along with his dismay at how politicians on both sides of the aisle circle the wagons to deny the problem…

 

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