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The true face of the Muslim Brotherhood

Despite the barefaced use of violence by pro-Morsi supporters, the West chooses to perceive them as the victimized turtledoves of peace and democracy

Said Shehata , Wednesday 21 Aug 2013
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Despite the atrocities committed by the Muslim Brotherhood against Christians and their churches following the dispersal of their protest camps by security forces, the Brotherhood and its supporters are still being portrayed in the Western media and among Western politicians as peaceful victims of violence.

Among the blatant evidence of the Brotherhood's violent ideology are the weapons found in both of their protest camps in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda, in addition to the corpses discovered in Al-Nour Mosque where they had attempted to set up another camp. Mohamed Morsi supporters torched cars, attacked government offices and police stations. More than 40 policemen were killed over the past week and scores more injured. Furthermore, Brotherhood supporters attacked dozens of churches and burned some of them down as revenge against Copts who supported ousting Morsi from office on the 3rd of July. Is there any justification to torching the places of worship, homes and businesses of Egyptians Christians?

While the Ministry of Interior mentioned that seven churches were attacked, the Maspero Youth Organisation declared that over 50 churches and Christian businesses were targeted by Morsi supporters in different Egyptian provinces, some of them set ablaze. For example, in Minya three churches were burned, while in Suez a church and a Christian school met the same fate.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said ‘evidence does point to some of the violent provocation coming from some of the protesters themselves,’ while Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said that the Brotherhood was unable to control the anger of its members and supporters. Still innocent?

It is a shame that the Western media continues to ignore the suffering inflicted by Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Egyptians Christians, who constitute about 10% of the 85 million-strong population. The Western media closed their eyes and turned deaf ears towards the violence and the true face of the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters of the Jamma’a Islamiyya who justify using violence as an expression of anger. It can be argued that there is an interest in Western countries, especially the United States, to maintain Egypt a weak state. The failures and confusion of Morsi’s year in office served the interests of the US, especially with regard to Israel's security.

Principles justifying the use of violence constitute an essential component of the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology. This can be observed through the message of Jihad by Hassan Al-Banna, who founded the organisation in 1928. Al-Banna also established the militant arm of the Brotherhood, labeled the ‘special apparatus’. The assassination of Al-Khazandar, a judge, and El-Noqrashi, then prime minister of Egypt, are two examples of their violent actions when things do not go their way. Sayyed Qutb, notorious ideologue of the MB, is considered the spiritual father of the Jihadist groups through his books and thoughts that were spread amongst Islamists all over the world. Even they did not condemn the attacks by Al-Jama’a Al-Islamiya or Jihad groups during 1980s and 1990s and when, on few occasions, they did condemn them, they gave justifications and reasons for those attacks.

If the Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters believe in peaceful protests and peaceful means of achieving goals, why did they burn churches down? Why did they incite hatred and violence through speeches in their camps in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda? Why did their spokesperson say that the Muslim Brotherhood cannot control the anger of its members and supporters?  Why did they use weapons against police stations and during their protests in different parts of the country over the last few days? There are images and videos explicitly showing some pro-Morsi supporters using weapons. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay confirmed that, and added that Egyptians need to be reminded that they should prioritize Egypt, rather than their differing positions.

The West should wake up and look seriously at the dangerous situation in Egypt and the true face of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians should establish ‘popular committees’ to protect their areas, as they did during the 25 January Revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood should denounce violence and accept that ousted president Morsi damaged both the country and democracy. Some presidents and prime ministers in other countries, such as former US president Nixon, did not complete their terms in office because they put their countries into disrepute. The Muslim Brotherhood should put Egypt first and not the ‘Islamic project’. Egypt needs all of its people, including pro-Morsi supporters, to build Egypt for the benefit of Egyptians as well as the rest of the world.

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Bubbly
26-08-2013 01:51pm
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Egyptian media and Journalists
Arab autocrat monarchs are will never allow democracy not their own country by in the region as well. That is why these monarchs always crushed democratic voices not only inside their country but they fully supported the Dictators of the region both financially & politically. This monarch’s support to Egyptian, Yemen, & Tunisian repressive dictators for decades not a secret. Arab spring was a threat to this monarch legacy that’s why tried their level best in Egypt, Tunisia & Yemen to save their dictators but they failed to do so. When their dictator allies thrown out from the power by the people and a democratic system initiated these monarch used their money to de stabilized these democratic process in these countries. They funded the Army, media outlets, Journalists, bloggers, writers and old regime loyal. Finally petrodollars made the impact, their money played the role to knock down the democracy and brought back the old regime. So these so called media outlets & journalists become advocates of the old regime, Army and Arab monarch who repressed this country for decades. Army & the old regime now hero’s for these so called journalists & media while the oppressed Egyptian who dreamed for a democracy and struggled for a democratic Egypt are now Terrorist while the terrorist become rulers.
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Fatma
23-08-2013 02:05pm
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Do not call them "Muslim" brotherhood..
Please do not call them "muslim" brotherhood... do not distort the image of the great religion of Islam by sticking its name to this bloody terrorist organization... Call them "Banna Brotherhood".. "Criminal Brotherhood" .. "Criminal Brotherhood" .. or "Brotherhood Thugs"
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abdulrahman
23-08-2013 04:49pm
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Complete Bigotry
Morsi rule of one year was had completely allowed freedom of protests which went on everyday. The news media were free to criticize anybody. There was no arrests of political activists let alone the leaders and there was no gassing the protesters on the streets. Only 4 weeks rule of illegal regime, thousands of protesters were massacred by police/military. It was nonsense to accuse the unarmed protesters to attack fully armed Police and Military. Then this illegal regime conducted mass arrests of MB leaders which has not stopped. The regime is barbaric and murderous and deserves only severe condemnation.
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Jon
23-08-2013 10:58am
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No democracy without the islamists
As videos show, there were people among the islamists demonstrators that carried shotguns. A few had rifles. But this was hardly at the behest of the brotherhood leadership. They of course know that you cannot win an all-out battle against the Egyptian army with 20 shotguns. The few armed men were in all likelihood "freelance" defenders of the faith. The retaliation from general Sisi and his junta was at any account absolutely disproportionate, killing 1.000 people, most of them randomly, very few of them armed. Furthermore, it defies credibility to think that the brotherhood as an organization has retaliated against Christians and their churches. For sure, these transgressions have taken place, and the perpetrators are likely to be islamists. But a centrally organized campaign? If that was the case, an organization as big as the brotherhood could easily burn all churches in Egypt in one afternoon. In short, nobody, neither in the USA nor Europe, believes the junta's allegations that the transgressions committed by the islamists were planned by the Muslim Brotherhood. Furthermore, if one really wants Egypt to be governed by the people through the ballot box, how does one envisage to do that without the approximately 2/3 of the voters that voted for islamist parties in the last free election? Or is the plan to disenfranchise these voters and make a "democracy" among the rest?
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Westerner
22-08-2013 11:18am
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Why the Surprise?
The author should not be surprised by the reaction of the western media - if there's anything they hate above all - it is Christianity. So not only will they cover up the persistent persecution of Christians - they take delight in it. We have long stopped believing in our media and most of us simply ignore its perfidious propaganda. I suggest that you stop worrying in how the media here is trying to portray events in Egypt. Those of us in the West who are interested use the internet to see what is truly going on. Good luck with rebuilding your country and may you eventually construe a stable, peaceful and prosperous country - for the sake of all Egyptians - Christians and Muslims alike.
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John S. Hancock
27-08-2013 04:44pm
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Wrong Western perspective
The Western media does not hate Christianity that's an absurd and unsupported accusation. There's no state religion in most Western countries.The media here most certainly did report the unconsionable attacks against Coptic Churches and the slaughter in the streets of Cairo. International media witnessed the military and police shooting into unarmed crowds murdering a thousand people.They published and reported upon what they saw because they're journalists that's what they do for their profession. The person who I'm responding to doesn't know what he's talking about.
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Ibrahim
22-08-2013 12:13am
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MB has WON
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said ‘evidence does point to some of the violent provocation coming from some of the protesters themselves,’ while Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said that the Brotherhood was unable to control the anger of its members and supporters. Still innocent? This is what you have??? Thats all???? By taking 1 sentence from the High Commissioner and out of context? HA! What a joke! HOW MANY CHRISTIANS DIED LAST WEEK DUE TO THE VIOLENCE? EVER WONDER WHY BUILDINGS WERE ATTACKED AND NOT CHRISTIAN PEOPLE? BECAUSE THE GOVT ORDERED THIS!!!!!! SO YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THE BROTHERHOOD
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Ibrahim Siddiqui
21-08-2013 11:58pm
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Truth, Numbers, History
We Americans look at numbers, history and truth. Numerically an extraordinary number of pro-Morsi supporters died, many women and children. The manner in which this was done was clearly inhumane Muslim Brotherhood has denounced violence. There will always be exceptions on all sides committing violence. In addition, each side has inserted members to intentionally commit such acts The world is witness and thanks to real time access to information via social media, the verdict is in. The "regime" used popular support to regain power because they knew they could not win by ballot box. You can only rule people by force and coercion and not be accepting of their free voices. Mubarak & Sisi will die but not because someone kills them But we thank you! Because here in the US we have begun the work necessary to bring about a true lasting democractic revolutionary movement. 1st step: gain access to indentity of all egyptian military members, security forces, police officers; names, address, pictures 2nd step: enable this master list for "action" to be determined 3rd: work diligently at establishing unity among liberals, religious, middle and lower class 4th: ACT Mind you, you sound like a supporter of Milosevic. Please do remember, the steps above are to enable a life long quest as exists today in hunting down Nazi and Serbian soldiers Egyptians will learn how to do this. Who knows you could be on our list. Note: Nothing mentioned in here involves violence. Rather its a non-violent movement and thoroughly humiliating, degrading, demeaning certain people to the extent they seek suicide as their only refuge.
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John S. Hancock
21-08-2013 10:06pm
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Stooge
Sisi's slaughter of 1,200 Egyptians can not be covered up by you
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Anne
21-08-2013 08:45pm
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The Western leaders and press more stupid than anything else
Those not living here in the West must find us almost suicidal. The elite of the West will not criticize Islam, ever, for anything. They see it as a victim, and all the suffocating political correctness comes out. There is no logic, no plan, just the steady political correctness. Christianity is disliked by the elites, it is wide open for criticism, has been for decades. But speaking ill of Islam is not allowed. So they are not trying to keep Egypt weak, just being idiots. They dominate the press and leadership of the whole West.
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