EGYPT’S ISLAMIC REVOLUTION -ENDING THE MYTH OF A SECULAR STUDENT UPRISING:
Myth #1: EGYPT’S ISLAMIC REVOLUTION WAS LED BY A GROUP OF SECULAR STUDENT REFORMERS
You might recognize the narrative below, note however, the article was authored 4 months before the start of the “revolution”.
September 16, 2010: EGYPT’S YOUTH BUILD A NEW OPPOSITION MOVEMENT, CALL FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM
“Inside a small apartment tucked away in a middle class Cairo neighborhood, a trainer teaches a dozen volunteers of a budding opposition movement the basics of political organization, communication, recruiting and gathering signatures.” (Who is this trainer? Where did they come from?)
“Over the past six months, about 15,000 OF THESE VOLUTEERS have formed the kernel of a burgeoning YOUTH OPPOSITION MOVEMENT in Egypt who are pinning their hopes for leadership on Mohamed ElBaradei …”
“We need an overarching dream to MAKE US FEEL A PART OF SOMETHING,” said 18-YEAR-OLD Abdul-Rahman Salah, who was among volunteers receiving training in political organization. (Who was providing this training?) “People are starting to CHANGE”. (This from an 18 year old who wants to , “FEEL A PART OF SOMETHING”).
“But coordinators say they intend their new campaign, managed from the small office in Cairo’s Mohandiseen neighborhood, to one day be at THE HEART OF A CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT that will take on the Mubarak regime. (Planning for civil disobedience in September 2010? Four months before the beginning of the “spontaneous revolution”?).
“So far, they have focused on gathering signatures online for a petition ElBaradei launched four months ago. The aim is to show the extent of public support behind his call for … constitutional amendments”
The MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD “IS HELPING” in the campaign, though it and ElBaradei’s supporters may seem like strange bedfellows.”
“So far, the petition has collected 800,000 signatures, nearly 700,000 of them secured through the BROTHERHOODS WEBSITE, A SIGN OF HOW ITS NETWORK DWARFS THAT OF THE NASCENT GROUP IN THIS COUNTRY OF NEARLY 80 MILLION.” (THE BROTHERHOOD’S WEBSITE?)
“Critics warn that the alliance with the Brotherhood may drown liberal voices and drive away potential supporters wary of Islamist ideology. But the campaign organizers appear unfazed. “No one faction can ORGANIZE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ALONE,” he said.
(I’m surprised that this “slip of the tongue” made it into print – so the intent, right from the start, was not “reform” but “CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”).
(IT TOOK THE ESTMATED 15,000 DEMOCRATIC STUDENTS 4 MONTHS TO COLLECT AN ESTIMATED 70,000 SIGNATURES. MANY OF WHICH WERE SUPPLIED BY MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
THE BROTHERHOOD GATHERED AN ADDITIONAL 700,000 SIGNATURES IN JUST 3 WEEKS.)
Do you know the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign slogan? “Islam is the solution”.
MYTH #2: Secular student organizers the driving force behind Egypt’s Islamic Revolution.
When did Mohamed ElBaradei return home to lead the “leftist students” of the “Secular Revolution?”
It wasn’t in January 2011 as has been so frequently claimed.
02/19/2010 Supporters give Mohamed ElBaradei hero’s welcome at Cairo airport: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704511304575075492707307592.html
ElBaradei arrived in Egypt 11 months “before” the revolution to start planning the “CIVIL DISOBIEDENCE” with the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. ElBaradei’s petition drive “to change the Egyptian Constitution” began in March 2010.
LA TIMES : EGYPT 07/10/2010: Muslim Brotherhood secures tens of thousands of signatures for ElBaradei’s petition
“The number of Egyptians who have signed a petition for … potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei HAS DOUBLED OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS after the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD posted the document on one of its AFFLIATED WEB SITES.”
(THE BROTHERHOOD HAS WEBSITES? NO THE BROTHERHOOD CAN’T HAVE WEB SITES. THE TRUE DEFINITION OF ISLAMOPHOBIA: The Liberal American Press and the Obama Administration’s insistence that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are not intelligent enough to use the Net, Twitter or Face Book to achieve their desired political ends. ISLAMOPOHOBIA: The belief that only liberal, western “students” or 60-plus-year old retreads from America’s 1960’s “revolution now man” scene are capable of “blogging”).
“Since launching tawkatonline ON JULY 7, 2010 nearly 70,000 followers of Egypt’s largest opposition group signed the petition, taking the total to 145,000 signatures since the petition was first proposed by ElBaradei’s NATIONAL FRONT FOR CHANGE in April.” (Note this LA Times article is dated 07/10/2010 – The Brotherhood obtained 70,000 signatures in 72 hours, the “Secular Student Movement” took 5 months to obtain 70,000 “signatures”, many from Muslim Brotherhood members).
“Signatures on petition for change increasing steadily. There’s no going back. Youth are Egypt’s hope for a better future,” Elbaradei said on his TWITTER ACCOUNT. (THE BROTHERHOOD HAS TWITTER ACCOUNTS? NEXT YOU’LL BE TELLING ME THE BROTHERHOOD POSTS ON FACEBBOOK OR THAT THERE ARE “MUSLIM” PAGES ON FACE BOOK).
The English version of AL Jazeera reported this on 11/21/10, just weeks prior to Egypt’s last elections and two months before the “start of the “revolution”:
Al Jazeera 11/21/10: THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN FLUX
“Egypt is on the cusp of dramatic change. For the first time in three decades, the country will soon have a new president, either through election in 2011 – which would be unprecedented in Egyptian history – or through the death of the ailing 82-year-old president Hosni Mubarak, an event that has the potential to set off the most significant civil unrest in the Middle East since the 1979 revolution in Iran.”
(Did I just read a comparison to Iran?)
“The key to any roadblock on the path to such “republarchy” lies with the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s most influential Islamist movement and far and away the largest and best-organized counterweight to Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP).”
“Change in Egypt, for better or worse, does not materialize without the Brothers.”
(So, the discussion in the Middle East in November 2010 wasn’t really about bringing Mubarak’s reign to an immediate end, it was about the opposing groups getting positioned to replace Mubarak after he died or retired. Is that the story the American Press brought to you?).
AL JEZEERA HAS KNOWN WHO THE PLAYERS IN EGYPT’S REVOLUITION WERE RIGHT FROM THE START …
AL JAZEERA REPORTED THE “EGYPT’S ISLAMIC REVOLUTION” ACCURATELY …
From the Al Jazeera article, “When … Mohamed ElBaradei – THE GREAT HOPE OF EGYPT’S SECULAR LEFTISTS – RETURNED HOME THIS YEAR (2010) and launched a petition drive… his NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHANGE gathered 106,661 signatures in support by early September ( a period of 7 months – February 2010 until September 2010 – 70,000 of which were actually obtained by the Muslim Brotherhood)). The Muslim Brotherhood came up with more than 650,000 signatures in just under 3 weeks.”
“Long repressed by authorities and still technically outlawed, the group is coming off a landmark five-year term in which it served as the largest-ever minority bloc in Egypt’s short multi-party political history and the loudest critic of Mubarak’s 30-year authoritarian rule.”
(The small group of “secular leftists” who believe they are driving the Islamic Revolution in Egypt, simply fail or refuse to acknowledge that the “tail is not wagging the “dog” … that the “dog” is simply allowing the “tail” to follow along).
But Abdelrahman Ayyash, a 21-year-old Brotherhood blogger and a “secular leftist”, said that choosing to participate in the election this year (The Brotherhood participated in the 2010 elections, the “secular leftists” did not) was a mistake that has created a schism between the Brotherhood and reform leaders such as ElBaradei and Ayman Nour, (DID I JUST READ, “21-YEAR-OLD BROTHERHOOD BLOGGER” – oh my gosh he had me fooled – I thought he was a “new age” Secular Egyptian Reformer – now I find out he is a PAID, Brotherhood blogger … A 21-YEAR -OLD BLOGGER at that. Gee and I really wanted to believe in the FACE BOOK and Twitter Revolution … can’t I just ignore this)
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood –THE ORGANIZATION
It is conservatively estimated that there are 16 to 18 million “supporters “of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. (20% of the population) It is also estimated that the “secular leftist” students who claim to be “leading” the Egyptian Islamic Revolution, number, in the most generous estimates, something under 50,000.
In a 11/10/2010 article titled. “THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN FLUX”, an article published before Egypt’s Nov. 2010 elections, Al Jazeera noted,
“Working in the Brotherhood’s favor, however, is its structure and elections system … As Hamid describes it, each member belongs to a local osra, or family. With around 10 to 20 other members, they meet every week and SHARE AN ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM. Fifty families make up a sha’aba, or branch, and 10 branches make up a district. Multiple districts comprise governorates, which do not necessarily correspond to the 29 that make up the official Egyptian state.”
“Since 2004, the Brotherhood has held leadership elections at every level of its organization, Hamid said.”
“The Brotherhood’s parliament is similarly elected, though there have been allegations that supposedly secret ballots were compromised when members have visited others at home to apply pressure to vote a certain way.” “2 million members of the Muslim Brotherhood voted in the last “Brotherhood” election”
THE BROTHERHOOD HAS HAD, FOR DECADES, ITS OWN SHADOW GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT IN EGYPT. Unless, of course, you believe AL Jazeera is a Zionist/American, Jew loving, front organization, dedicated to propagating lies about the BROTHERHOOD and ISLAM , as I am sure someone will post here… you can take this as fact ….
EGYPT: A REPEAT OF THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION?
THE HEART OF THE ISSUE: WHO WILL DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT EGYPT WILL ADOPT, A SMALL GROUP OF “SECULAR LEFTIST” STUDENTS AND INTELLECTUALS, AS AL JAZEERA CALLS THEM, A GROUP WHO NUMBER SOMETHING UNDER 50,000 IN A COUNTRYT OF 84 MILLION or THE MILLIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THE ISLAMIC ELDERS TO WHICH THEY TURN FOR ISLAMIC GUIDANCE?
Let’s examine the comments of one of the “student organizers” or “secular leftist liberals”,
“We won’t be another Iran,” Ayyash insisted, “The Islamists in general are trying to find the way between the LIBERAL VALUES OF EQUALITY AND CITIZENSHIP AND TO PUT THEM INTO ACTION, BUT FROM THE ISLAMIC ASPECT.”
“I believe that MODERATE ISLAMISTS WILL GIVE THE FREEDOM FOR PARTIES TO FORM even if these parties are fighting their ideology,” Ayyash said. “If the people say YES TO HOMOSEXUALITY , FOR INSTANCE, IF I WERE IN POWER I THINK THAT I WOULD LEAVE POWER… and I’ll be in the opposition to try to convince people THAT IT IS WRONG” “But,” he added, “I THINK EGYTPTIANS AT THIS MOMENT WILL REFUSE THAT BECAUSE IT IS AGAINST THE QURAN”.
For those of you who still don’t understand … Egypt will no longer be a secular state, it will be an Islamic State, with Sharia Courts, not Civil Courts. The final arbiters of Egyptian society will be the “Islamic Jurists”, not “Administrative Politicians”.
YES AYYASH. The Quran will rule Egypt … and Ayyash, you maybe what passes for a secular liberal In Egypt, but you would not be considered a “liberal” or “secular” in any western democracy.
AYYASH, another Iran is exactly what you will be.
Al Jazeera went on to note: “The role of women and members of other religions, especially whether a woman or a Coptic Christian, for instance, should be allowed to assume an elected position of power, remains a source of HEATED DEBATE within the Brotherhood, Dunne said. The same goes for homosexuality, sexual liberty and drug and alcohol use….. “
WELL LETS BE HIONEST ABOUT “THE HEATED DEBATE” …. The “heated debate” is not taking place in the Mosques or between Egypt’s Islamic Jurists, the “heated debate”, if you can call it that, is taking place between the dreamy eyed college students they call “secular leftists” in the coffee houses of Cairo. The “debate” takes this form, “Do you think Islam will tolerate drugs, alcohol or homosexuality anytime in the next 100 years …. Of course not, what was I thinking … I was just kidding; don’t tell the Imam before prayers today. OK, you know I was just kidding. I didn’t mean it; I really didn’t mean it …. Don’t tell, if you tell I’ll get another beating”.
Conclusion: In less than two weeks Egypt will adopt an Islamic Constitution, the vote has been scheduled and Egypt will cease to be a secular state. Egypt’s Islamic revolution was never about “secular reform”, not in the same context that we understand “democracy” here in the west. The extremely small minority of “secular leftist students” who were allowed to front as puppets for the Brotherhood will be forgotten. They won’t “be crushed” because their numbers are so small they are irrelevant to Egypt’s future. If, however, their lifestyles continue to run afoul of Egypt’s new Sharia Law, they will be executed, but not for political reasons, but religious ones.
The American Press, the Obama Administration and the U.S. State Department were willing accomplices in this “Revolution”. Day in and day out they repeated the tripe about a “secular student movement” while making irresponsible claims about FACE BOOK and Twitter “making the revolution” Wasn’t Major Hassan (Fort Hood) radicalized over the NET?
Did you know that the Muslim Brotherhood has sponsored over 100,000 web sites, a quarter of a million twitter accounts and something in excess of 150,000 Face Book pages?
There are 75 million Muslims in Egypt, 1 billion Muslim’s worldwide. How is it the “enlightened liberal western press” is so “Islamophobic” about Islam’s use of 21st century technology?
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