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Bridget Johnson

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September 23, 2013 - 5:47 am

A court in Cairo has banned the Muslim Brotherhood after a lawsuit filed against the 85-year-old group by a Nasserist party.

The Brotherhood registered as a non-governmental organization in March in an attempt to save its hide. It was accused of violating NGO rules by using its offices to store explosives and weapons.

Mohamed Badie, leader of the Brotherhood, had already been detained along with other high-ranking members of the group on charges of inciting violence against peaceful Tamarod protesters.

The Tagammu Party’s lawsuit against the MB demanded a ban on its activities within the country and freezing its assets.

Islamists can still operate through the MB-backed Freedom and Justice Party.

The Brotherhood was banned under former President Hosni Mubarak but still ran a charity network intended to gain support among the people.

A year and a half after Mubarak’s ouster, the MB won elections — but with only 50 percent voter turnout. Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a peaceful rebellion on July 3.

Secretary of State John Kerry met yesterday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in New York, where leaders are gathered for the UN General Assembly.

A senior State Department official said they talked about “the importance of free speech, the importance of combating terrorism, the importance of differentiating between the two, the importance of there being a transparent, inclusive process, as the roadmap progresses, and the importance of allowing the judicial process to move forward in an appropriate way as Egyptians look at the numbers of people who have been arrested and other judicial processes that they’ve got underway.”

“The Secretary talked – he asked about the – all the numbers that have been arrested. He talked about the difficulties with civil society that – the difficulty that civil society is experiencing now in Egypt. He – and in asking about it, said what is the prospect, for instance, on lifting the emergency – the state of emergency, that the – that that would be an important indicator of Egypt’s plan to actually build democratic institutions and move to the kind of civilian-led government that it has said it’s moving to in the roadmap.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The Egyptian military, doing the job that the rest of the world won't do.
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As always great reporting from Bridget Johnson, especially the part where she shows Kerry trying to undermine and sabotage Egypt.
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It's Bush-Obama's fault. LOL.
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Now to implement this sane measure in the US.
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MB is not out of the game. You can't just tell people of that ideology to go home and color. It will get bad again in Egypt.
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So, when is the MB going to be banned in the U.S.? They have proven to be an insidious menace here as well.
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The MB was so close, and they blew it. Now they're back in the doldrums, if not worse off than under Mubarak.

At the time of Mubarak's fall, I wrote that, since the MB didn't have the boots on the street to enforce their will, the crucial factor to their political success, the only avenue open to them, would be how fast or slow they moved.

For an organization that has been the Chicago Cubs of the Arabs world since 1928 to move so quickly after being so patient is incomprehensible. It may be as simple as blatant stupidity. After all, what kind of a mind does it take to passionately advocate for the MB in the first place?

Had Morsi did over 8 years - supposing his re-election - what he did in 6 mo., the MB would have been sitting pretty. As Obama and the Dems have set back race relations in America by decades, so too has the MB gone practically back to square one. No one trusts them now.

I'm not surprised the Dems won't turn their back on the MB. Under the skin, which is all that matters, they are twin sisters in their agenda of deconstructing the West and its legacy of what they see as colonialism and imperialism.

The only problem there is that Muslims were the most successful all-time colonizers in the Med and the Dem Party is the greatest advocate today for institutionalized racism. But let's not talk about that nor use principle. Let's grasp concepts of right and wrong by what you look like, or don't look like.
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so we should be thanking the Egyptian military for standing up and stopping the muslim brotherhood, and really setting an example that the military takes an oath to protect the country, not an individual.

Wonder if the US military when faced with such a dilemma will be Egyptian like or will be muslim brotherhood like.
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