Friday, April 22, 2011

'Arab Spring' In Egypt--Looks Like They're In For An Early Frost

"The term 'Muslim Brotherhood' an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. "They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera.....In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, February 11, 2011


A senior group leader [of the Muslim Brotherhood] caused an uproar after he was quoted in local papers as saying his group seeks to establish an Islamic state, imposing Islamic punishments — including amputating hands for theft.
"We can't sleep anymore, so we give room for this religion to thrive in Egypt. Don't let us waste this opportunity," Saad al-Husseini, a Brotherhood leader, said, according to the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Associated Press, April 18, 2011

Yeah, so much for that Egyptian Democracy:
Panic in Egypt over Muslim Brotherhood's call for Islamic rule

Statements by the Muslim Brotherhood's Deputy General Guide Dr Mahmoud Izzat about the implementation of Islamic Shariaa and punishments in Egypt has aroused strong fears among the liberal and left-wing political powers. They consider this to be a dissent from the national unanimity and a violation by the Muslim Brotherhood of its public stance and a wriggling out of the commitment to the civil state.

Statements by a number of Muslim Brotherhood leading members have revealed that the group pursues the establishment of an Islamic government system, and to implement the Islamic Shariaa punishments in Egypt.

Al-Misri al-Yawm last week reported statements by Saad al-Husseini, member of the Guidance Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood, at a popular rally organized by the group in Bulaq District in which he said: "At this period, we would like to lead the society to achieve its Islamic identity in preparation for the Islamic rule." The newspaper also said that Dr Mahmoud Izzat, deputy general guide of the group, stressed: "The implementation of the Islamic Shariaa punishments comes after owning the ground. The punishments have to be implemented after Islam enters the lives, ethics, and dealings of the people."

However, Dr Izzat has denied what was published in the newspaper. In a statement, Dr Izzat said: "These words are pure lies, fabrications, and deception."
That "Arab Spring"--just like that other 'Spring':
Germany was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
Its former glory
Where, oh, where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me

And now it's...
Springtime for Hitler and Germany
Springtime for Hitler from "The Producers" by Mel Brooks
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