In 2011 the Arab world was in the middle of what many have called the Arab Spring.  This is a period of time that witnessed the downfall of some  very hard lined dictatorships in the Middle East.  Also falling was the moderate and pro-American and pro-Israeli regime of Hosni Mubarak’s  Egypt.   The United States watched as thousands of protesters ushered in the end of another dictatorship with promises of free elections and the will of the people being allowed to determine its future.  We delighted as we saw democracy transforming the deserts of Arabia.  But be careful of what we wish for.

The Egyptian Army took control of the government and promised free elections.  These elections did take place and the outcome is still uncertain as it relates to the United States.  The final outcome was the election of Mohamed Mursi for President and  a member of the Muslim Brotherhood party.  Will Egypt succumb to Sharia law and slide back to a Saudi form of Islamic control.  Who exactly is this Muslim Brotherhood?

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1923.  It is seen as a fundamental Islamic organization intent on instilling only Islam through out the world.  However, it does have a charitable wing that performs great service to Muslims in need around the Middle East.  Their official stance is that they oppose violence; however, their open violence against the British in Egypt following World War II led to their part being banned and many of their leaders being imprisoned.  The brotherhood continued to maintain a presence in Egypt and expanded to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Iraq and has a quiet presence in Saudi Arabia.

The creed of the Muslim Brotherhood is “God is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations The Brotherhood’s English language website describes the “principles of the Muslim Brotherhood” as including firstly the introduction of the Islamic Shari’ah”the basis controlling the affairs of state and society;”

This indicates that Egypt will be moved to a governing position where many fundamental freedoms are lost.  Women in veils and loss of power, gender segregation and religious intolerance would be some of the expected outcomes.  But let’s don’t be hasty in our rush to judgement.  It is now known that the devout haters of the United States and the Western World, Al Qauda, has denounced he Muslim Brotherhood for their peaceful call for elections instead of armed Jihad.  The new president has also sent out signals that the new government is not going to look to dispose everything thing Western.  The Coptic Christians will be allowed to worship as allways.  Liquor is not to be banned and the peace treaty with Israel will remain in tact. This is a major change in the fundamental approach of the brotherhood.  Also, the new president is an engineer and went to the United States for his education.  He understands the American mind and western culture.

He did state that he would move to get the Sheik imprisoned in the in the United States freed for masterminding the first attempt to destroy the World Trade Center in 1993.  The Sheik was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  I remember my friend in Sauid Arabia, Pat Smith, telling me how his son had just entered the building when the bomb went off in the basement.  It shook and swayed but stayed upright.  It would take 8 years  before Bin Laden would finish the job.

For now we can only wait.  Perhaps Egypt will remain in tact and continue as it has for the last 50 years or perhaps the words coming from the president are a smoke screen and the country will slowly slide into a pure Islamic state.  Only time will tell.

Wishing everyone a happy 4th of July.  We have lost many fallen in battle to allow us to continue to celebrate the birth of our country.

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