So says Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate who is now the President-elect of Egypt. As if the so-called “Arab Spring” and the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt was a cry for Islamic Fundamentalism rather than freedom.
Interesting article from NBC News, providing the most hopeful spin on the situation.
But let us remember that the Muslim Brotherhood are still staunch Islamists, who once heartily supported National Socialism, the Final Solution in particular. Interesting that they have never moderated their views publicly. They have also broken most of the rules they agreed to follow when they entered the political process.
Now, we are told, we have the Army trying to keep this candidate in check:
The generals, who oversaw Mubarak’s departure, have repeatedly said, both to Egyptians and to their close U.S. ally, that they will return to barracks and hand over to civilian rule. But they present themselves as guardians of Egypt’s security and long-term interests and moved to block the Islamists from taking more than a share of power.
Sounding ever more familiar, isn’t it? Israel may already be seeing the shape of things to come. The Muslim Brotherhood was best positioned to both inflame the unrest and instability in Egypt, and to take advantage of that instability and power vacuum to seize power. They did so, rather predictably, amid the promises of tolerance and moderation that seldom last long. And now they seem to be revising the narrative to make those in Tahir Square who suffered at the hands of the Mubarak Regime, fallen heroes of the Islamist victory. We are left with a contest for power between the Army, the most powerful political institution, and the Party, the most powerful social institution.
Perhaps events will surprise us, and the Islamists didn’t hijack the “Arab Spring” into an orchestrated and successful effort on the part of Islamists to seize power across the Middle East. Just the same, though, how does one sing die Horst Wessel-Lied in Arabic?