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Why the Brotherhood Targets Christians — Remember the Maspero Massacre

August 21st, 2013 - 5:34 am

A pogrom against Christians — torching Churches and killing believers — is perfectly consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic supremacist ideology. But there are many despicable things, consistent with that ideology, that are not on display at the moment. By contrast, the Brothers and their sympathizers are very consciously and very publicly besieging Christians due to a key tactical calculation: In Egypt, framing a dispute as “Islam v. the Enemies of Islam” works.

The pogrom tells us more about Egypt than it does about the Brotherhood. It is convenient to make the Brothers into the all-purpose villain here, and to comfort ourselves in the notion that if they could be defeated our problems would be solved. But doing so misses the main point: the Muslim Brotherhood is a product of Egypt’s Islamic supremacist culture, not the other way around. The Brothers are an effect, not a cause.

Have you seen the other news coming out of Egypt the last few days? For all the blather about how the armed forces were responding to “the will of the people” in ousting Morsi, polling now shows that only 26 percent of Egyptians support the military coup, with a whopping 63 percent against it. This reaffirms what I contend in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy — Egypt is a substantially Islamic supremacist country, a fact the mainstream media is obscuring by myopically focusing on the quarter of the population that is not. (As Egypt has a population of 84 million, and its decidedly minority secular elements tend to live in the cities, it is an easy thing for the media to make about 20 million people look like a groundswell.) Remember, this is the same Egypt that only eight months ago approved a sharia constitution by a two-to-one landslide. The spread in the polling that shows deep opposition to Morsi’s removal mirrors what we’ve seen in the several elections since Hosni Mubarak’s toppling in early 2011: The Islamic supremacist position is favored, usually by somewhere between a two-to-one and a four-to-one margin.

Meanwhile, even the “Tamarod movement” — the campaign that the media laughably portrays as the emerging secular, progressive Egyptian majority — wants to cancel the peace treaty with Israel. And the Egyptian press reports (e.g., here) that the new Egyptian constitution being drafted by the transitional government installed by the armed forces will maintain the former constitution’s Article 2, which establishes Islam as the state religion and enshrines sharia as “the main source of legislation.” Any attempt to repeal or alter those provisions in favor of commitments to equality and the protection of minority rights would result in exactly the murderous rioting and attacks on Christians that we are seeing now.

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I like McCarthy but I think he is wrong. His main point is that the problem is the Islamic culture of Egypt. True enough, but that was always true and will be so for the foreseeable future if not forever.

Our task is to contain, fight and push back the power of Islamic Caliphate hatreds and their allies - the Left. Our task is to fight the terrorists and not to think it is futile because the cultures work against us.

We certainly have to think through a strategy that would be successful. It may or may not be of importance but while McCarthy is correct that the current head of the government is not a supporter of Coptic's, I would take his attack on the Brotherhood and his pledge to rebuild the Churches - which would involve resting them from their current status which are now Mosques - is in response to the conservative institutions of Egypt in the military and in the business world.

If the secularists number only 20 million ok, but that should be enough.
47 weeks ago
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This should be a wake up call to every country with substantial and growing Muslim populations. It won't be long before the burning of churches becomes commonplace outside the MIddle East. Cancers spread when left untreated.
48 weeks ago
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I left essentially this same comment on another PJM column, but it is apropos for Mr. McCarthy's as well. This is just one more justification for cutting off all aid to Egypt (and I am neither Christian nor Jewish). The Saudis and other Arab monarchies of the Middle East, in their own self-interest, are aiding the Egyptian government against the Muslim Brotherhood - let them pick up all of the tab. Every Saudi and Qatari dollar flushed down the Egyptian toilet is a dollar not available to fund their rabid Wahabi-inspired mosques and madrassas around the world.

This is a win-win for the US and the rest of the world. As long as the Arab spigot is flowing we can ignore the unfolding and inevitable humanitarian crisis, because their neighbors are there to "help." Let the Egyptian military take on the task of breaking the back of the MB, and let their misogynistic, Jew-hating and hate-filled neighbors deplete their treasuries funding it. There is much that we can do, but helping to fund any of these medieval bigots isn't one of them.

As for the real politique argument about maintaining good relations with the military post-MB, that's a chimera. And, if they use up all of the fuel and spare parts for their US military equipment let those same neighbors loan them some of their American military hardware, and drain their treasuries even more.

As Mr. McCarthy points out, large majorities in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East want Sharia and, with it, theocratic societies. Let the ones who overwhelmingly want that implode, while we and the rest of world create shields as best we can from the implosion, work with the handful of societies who want something else, and then pick up the pieces in the aftermath. That's true real politique.
48 weeks ago
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There are not enough caves in the middle east to house these Neanderthals. Islam is the culture of death. Who wants 70+ mother in laws in the afterlife.....
48 weeks ago
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I don't see how any of those brain-dead morons could look in the mirror at themselves and feel superior to an ant, let alone the rest of humanity. I guess people can believe anything.
48 weeks ago
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I dunno, Andrew, I'm mostly with you on this, that any country with a large Islamic population is in deep doo-doo civilization-wise, and yet by that same token a lot of their "low-information voters" are likely to answer polls in favor of Islam, whether they really believe it or understand it or care about it.

And maybe it's the 20m who live in the cities who matter, the others will just take things as they come.

Dar al-Islam has cleared out pretty much all non-believers except the Copts over the past 20 years, I wonder how much longer even Christians in Turkey will be safe - or happy - there.

If we had a POTUS worth spit, that might well be the sharp end of the spear - we will support only regimes that "tolerate" other faiths, and that means no dhimmis, either. And of course we could start with our friends the Sauds. As to what we would do in cases like Egypt where the Christians are under attack - I dunno, take it to the UN maybe, see if we can get a consensus for action, hmm? I will note here, however, that George Dubya neither was big on this, either, a lot of Christians were cleared out of Iraq on his watch, and maybe 9 of the last 11 Jews.
48 weeks ago
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Video circulated of a soldier boasting that he had shot a Christian in the chest, after which the crowd around him shouted, “Allahu Akbar!”

In America our own army calls multiple acts of that "work place violence" that has nothing to do with Islam.
48 weeks ago
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"We can only hope that enough international pressure can be brought to bear that the Egyptian armed forces will be moved to stop the ongoing brutalization of Christians. "

The only international pressure I see on the Egyptian armed forces, including from Obama's McCain/Graham drive by in Eqypt, is to give power back to the Herr Morsi and the Muslim Nazihood.
48 weeks ago
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Right now the best way for the Egyptian Army to help the Christians is to go all out war on the Muslim Brotherhood and annihilate them.
48 weeks ago
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We know that's not going to happen because al-Siti's thesis showed strong sympathy for Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood. Although that has to be questioned now that Morsi has been deposed, the fact that Morsi was not killed suggests that al-Siti does not want to upset the MB THAT much.
48 weeks ago
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"Secular democrats are a distinct minority and there is no prospect that that will change any time soon. "

Secular democrats, as opposed to state worshiping democrats, seem to be a distinct minority in America now also with no prospect, not much of one anyway, that that will change any time soon, especially if Rubio's Death To America By Demographic Pressure Cooker Amnesty goes through..
48 weeks ago
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" it is an easy thing for the media to make about 20 million people look like a groundswell."

Make an avalanche look like a groundswell? That seems like a big step down to me.
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