What has been amazing to watch in the last few days, though, is how what was Islamophobic hysteria about five minutes ago is suddenly such obvious fact that even the New York Times can acknowledge it.
Indeed, the Brotherhood turns out to be “the Egyptian Kansas,” as the Gray Lady put it a week ago while reporting on the Islamist generals Morsi has found to replace the Mubarak generals:
Samer Shehata, a professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University, said American policy makers would be naïve to think that the positions held by Mr. Morsi and the Brotherhood — including criticisms of the United States and strong support for the Palestinians — represented fringe thinking. On those issues, “the Brotherhood is the Egyptian Kansas,” said Professor Shehata. Their positions on foreign policy “reflect rather than oppose what the Egyptian center is thinking,” he said.
Wow, who knew?
Meanwhile, we learn day-by-day of more collaboration between Islamists and Leftists. The Obama administration dramatically changes American policy by engaging in formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, and helps Morsi push the pro-American generals out by pressuring them to surrender power to Morsi. An administration official lets slip that there have been “hundreds” of meetings between the administration and the Council on American Islamic Relations — CAIR being a public relations and lawfare outfit the Brotherhood created to champion Hamas and other agenda items. The administration issues a visa for a member of a formally designated terrorist organization — one that is rabidly anti-American — so he can come to the White House, along with Brotherhood operatives, for consultations on the new Egypt. When Congress complains about it, Obama’s Homeland Security secretary says lawmakers ought to get used to it because more such consultations are in the offing. The White House continues its close relations with the Islamic Society of North America, the most important Brotherhood affiliate in America and one which — like CAIR — was cited by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator the 2007-08 Holy Land Foundation case for its Hamas financing activities.
ISNA’s leader was front and center at President Obama’s recent Iftar dinner.
The collusion between Islamists and Leftists is not just arguable anymore, it’s conventional wisdom. Literally. Evidently, tens of thousands of Islamists will be flocking to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte for “Jumah at the DNC,” an extravaganza starring “moderates” who champion Hamas and argue for replacing the United States Constitution with sharia.
Maybe the Left has decided Islamists are the “American Kansas.” This much we know, though: The Grand Jihad is alive and well.