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July 27, 2013 - 12:52 pm
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Two weeks ago, Muslim Brotherhood leaders from across Africa and the Middle East gathered in Istanbul to regroup following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. (Morsi, as I noted previously here, was recruited into the group while studying in the U.S.) But after even more setbacks suffered by the Muslim Brotherhood in a number of countries this past week, another meeting might be in order.

Here’s a rundown of the week’s events:

Egypt: The most prominent example, the MB there rejected calls for reconciliation meetings by the interim government and demanded Morsi’s reinstatement as president before any negotiations. That’s not remotely likely. So that set the stage this week for a game of chicken, with the MB refusing to stand down and Defense Minister Sisi calling for rallies yesterday in support of the interim government, ostensibly to legitimize a crackdown on a terror campaign being waged by Morsi supporters against police and military targets in the Sinai. Of note is the statement last week by a senior MB leader that the terrorist acts would stop when Morsi is reinstated, indicating some degree of MB control over the terror cells.

The result yesterday was massive rallies supporting both sides, predominately backing the new anti-MB government, with as many as 35 million taking the streets in support of the army despite a fatwa issued by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the senior international MB jurist, prohibiting participation in the protests. Those protests led to a series of clashes last night and this morning that have reportedly left dozens dead. Meanwhile, Morsi was charged with murder and other crimes by the new government this week, and will probably be sent to the same prison currently housing former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The MB strategy appears to be leveraging the deaths of supporters killed during nearly continuous clashes with the police and army to gain domestic and international sympathy. Yet that doesn’t seem to be happening. Some clashes in which MB supporters were killed have not been with the government, but rather with residents of the areas occupied by the MB protests. And assaults on Egyptian and foreign journalists alike by Morsi supporters and news reports of torture and killing of so-called “infiltrators“ at the MB protests aren’t helping either.

And while the MB might have temporarily taken comfort in the Obama administration’s decision this week to halt the transfer of a few F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian military (though the administration continued such military hardware transfers while Morsi declared himself dictator in November and was killing protesters earlier this year), any hopes of backing their “legitimacy” campaign were dashed when administration officials said that no determination will probably be made as to whether Morsi’s ouster was a coup or not, which would trigger sanctions against the Egyptian military under a law passed by Congress last year.

So the MB doesn’t appear to be gaining support, and the majority of Egyptians appear willing to hold their nose over the violence against the MB while the army and the police attempt to create some stability. The result will be an increase in the violence and more deaths, and the low-grade terrorism in the Sinai will also probably escalate into more acts of terrorism, prompting greater crackdowns.

Gaza: Another big loser in Morsi’s overthrow is the Hamas government in Gaza. In recent weeks the Egyptian military has put a stranglehold on trafficking through tunnels, which provides Hamas with considerable funds. A UN estimate this week said that 80 percent of the traffic through the tunnels running from Egypt into Gaza has been shut down. The Hamas economic minister said the Egyptian crackdown has cost the terror group $230 million – one tenth of the gross domestic product of Gaza. Things aren’t likely to improve with the Egyptian government either, as one of the charges against former President Morsi is collaboration with Hamas in his prison escape back in 2011.

Tunisia: The country was rocked on Thursday by the assassination of political opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi, an open critic of the ruling Ennahda party’s Islamization policies. The assassination outside Brahmi’s home took place on the country’s Republic Day, so many Tunisians were not at work and began gathering around government buildings in protest. The Ennahda office in Sidi Bouzid – the birthplace of the “Arab Spring” – was torched by protesters.

Many in Tunisia are blaming Ennahda for Brahmi’s murder, particularly because of the inability on the part of the government to bring to justice the assassins of Brahmi’s political partner, Chokri Belaid, who was killed back in February. Reports indicated that the same gun used to kill Brahmi had also been used to kill Belaid. Now protesters are calling for the dissolution of the government led by Ennahda.

A government official this week blamed the assassinations on a cell of Ansar al-Shariah, but it’s not likely that Tunisians are going to buy the attempt by Ennahda to distance itself from the jihadist group. In the past, Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi has played a public double game, denouncing Salafists to the Western press, and then colluding with them in private to push Islamization policies. He’s also known for making his own supremacist statements, such as his claim back in November that Islamists would rule the Arab world.

It should be noted that Ghannouchi has been greeted with open arms by top U.S. Islamic groups closely tied to the Obama administration, despite Ghannouchi being subject to a ban on entering the U.S. since the early days of the Clinton administration for terrorist activities until the Obama administration dropped the ban two years ago. Since, he’s been feted on Capitol Hill by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and he was recently the keynote speaker at an event with top Obama Muslim adviser and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) president Mohamed Majid outside D.C.

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The people of the Middle East do not want Mooslim Bruthahood rule and are being thrown out on their "collective" a$$es, but have no fear, their M.B. (main brutha) in the White Mosque will save them....it is repugnant beyond description our government's involvement with international terrorism and abuser of human rights through our wholehearted support of the Mooslim Bruthahood. Huma leads an infestation of our government patronized by OBAMA AND CLINTON while we support these murderous thugs politically, financially and militarily in their movement to establish another jihadist caliphate. The western media estate is dead; they are simply a tool for the destruction of western civilization.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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On occasion it seems that the Muslim Brotherhood is taking giant steps in achieving its goal of Islamic world domination. It became the principal political survivor after the “Arab Spring” and it seemed that the Brotherhood was unstoppable.

Not so.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been taking a lot of hits lately. The headlines from just today alone show that the Arab people DO NOT want to be ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Read the headlines below, and if you want further information, the links are available.

Islamist party office attacked as Libya violence surges
7/29/2013 6:18:04 PM
Muslim Brotherhood office in Libya attacked in violent protests triggered by assassination of prominent Islamist critic Abdelsalam al-Mosmary in Benghazi

Tunisian army declares protest area 'closed military zone'
7/29/2013 2:07:38 PM

Tunisia govt meets as protesters tell Islamists to go
7/29/2013 11:00:52 AM
The government led by Ennahda Islamist party is due to begin crucial talks as angry protesters demand its ouster

(A military uprising in March, 2012, toppled a democratically elected government in Mali. After the dust settled, Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda took over northern Mali, including Timbuktu, and destroyed ancient monuments and killed a lot of people. The French intervened and restored calm, leading to elections yesterday, Sunday. The results are yet to be released, but once again the people suffered under Islamist control and did not want to be ruled by Islamists. This is a little background for this next headline.)

French PM: Mali polls 'great success' for France
7/29/2013 10:20:46 AM
Mali's elections and the French role in Mali burnishes France's image worldwide, French prime minister said

Pro-Morsi Wasat Party leaders arrested
7/29/2013 8:15:52 AM
The Islamist figures were arrested in a pre-dawn raid in Cairo

Egypt - Politics
Egypt's Brotherhood faces uphill battle against a united state
7/29/2013 3:46:29 PM
Army confident of continued public backing for its clampdown on supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi despite international outcry at killings of Islamists

If you want to monitor events in the Middle East, one good source is Egypt’s largest English language news website, Ahram Online: http://english.ahram.org.eg/.
1 year ago
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Let's hope "week" metastasize into "years".
1 year ago
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It looks to me like the MB's primary core of supporters left are MB sympathetic officials in the Obama administration. Note to Obama, the MB are NOT "moderate Muslims", and trying to pretend they are is evil.
1 year ago
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"Obama administration’s decision this week to halt the transfer of a few F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian military "

It certainly seems as if the intention was to give the military equipment to the Muslim Brotherhood. As soon as their hold on power was unclear, the shipments were halted. Amazing.
1 year ago
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What this tells me is that people who think god is telling tem to kill other people are savages.
1 year ago
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Yeah, but it doesn't matter because the ENTIRE Arab/Persian/Paki region is one massive nest of Islamic-Suprematist vipers (to use Andy McCarthy's apt term) bent on total Muslim control; and endless anti-Western, anti-Jew, anti-infidel. warfare.
1 year ago
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35 million protesting in Egypt. There are 85 million living in Egypt. The chance 35 million took to the streets is zero. Even half that, the 17 million quoted for June 30, is a pipe dream.

There are 20 million living in Cairo, the centerpiece of demonstrations. Alexandria has almost 5 million. All the other major population centers are mostly 250,000 to 500,000 range and there are maybe a dozen of those.

On the best day, maybe one million showed up for Tahrir Square, and I'm being loose with that since that many can't fit into that area. I can see claiming 4 or 5 million tops, nationwide. All the rest is straight up nonsense.
1 year ago
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About 40 million Egyptians live in cities. 25% of those are elderly and children, who are not going to rallies. That leaves 30 million. Half are women, who are not going to rallies. That leaves 15 million. Just to get to 15 million, 100% of the men in an urban center would have to be at a rally. So much for satellite photos.

If we say that 20% of all men in cities are going to these rallies, plus some few women, elderly and even kids, tops would be 4 million. During the original revolution, nationwide estimates were far less crazy, in the 2 million range.
1 year ago
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The people of the Middle East do not want Mooslim Bruthahood rule and are being thrown out on their "collective" a$$es, but have no fear, their M.B. (main brutha) in the White Mosque will save them....it is repugnant beyond description our government's involvement with international terrorism and abuser of human rights through our wholehearted support of the Mooslim Bruthahood. Huma leads an infestation of our government patronized by OBAMA AND CLINTON while we support these murderous thugs politically, financially and militarily in their movement to establish another jihadist caliphate. The western media estate is dead; they are simply a tool for the destruction of western civilization.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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You forgot to mention Huma Abedin's public humiliation at the (sticky) hands of her husband, and the scrutiny over her "special government employee" status. But not to worry, I'm sure the MB has many more well-placed agents. Maybe one in particular.
1 year ago
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Exactly. You know, just like the Soviets in years past [and probably the Russians today], the MB is smart enough to scatter many agents across the government.

See Diana West's latest book American Betrayal.
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