Who Are Muslim Brothers?
Egypt’s National Salvation Front, which bills itself as “a coalition of pro-democratic and secular parties in Egypt” has set out to educate President Obama on the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood. Ironically, the Front’s statement could have been written by Andrew McCarthy or Robert Spencer or any of the (alas) small minority who have tried to educate the public here about the Brotherhood–and been labeled paranoid Islamaphobic crazies for their pains. Here are a few excerpts from the Front’s statement:
“Let us first inform you about who the Muslim brothers are….Their aim is to rule the world through a so-called Islamic Caliphate as they believe in their absolute supremacy. They pretend they are God’s emissaries and they will not rest until they have forced the whole world into submission….They have used deceit, soft speeches, international funds and whenever required, violence, to impose their will.”
The Front complains of media bias (unlike Israel, with its pathetic public relations in the face of systematic media distortions, the Front minces no words): “Since July 3, 2013, the day deposed President Morsi was ousted by popular demand of millions of Egyptians, the Western media and prominent emissaries from the U.S. and Europe have consistently decried the sit-ins that paralyzed a large part of Cairo as ‘peaceful demonstration.’ …Peaceful demonstrators do not threaten Christians with genocide….While the Western media was focusing yesterday on the clearing of the sit-ins, more than 45 attacks were made on Christian installations across Egypt resulting in the torching of 19 churches and cathedrals, some built in the 6th Century. ”
While U.S. media (mainly has-been) stars are stampeding into Al Jazeera, Egypt’s current government is “assessing its legal status” (i.e. thinking of shutting it down) for “threatening stability and security.”
Advice for Netanyahu
Martin Sherman offers the best counsel for Netanyahu: “Resign, just resign!” Although he doesn’t put it that way, in effect what he says is “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” And Netanyahu clearly can’t stand the heat.
Virtually all the publicity has focused on the disgraceful release of over a hundred murderers of Israelis, but Sherman points out that the text of the invitation accepted by Israel states that the goal of the negotiations is to implement the two-state solution on the basis of the ’67 lines with minor land swaps. In other words, Israel agrees in advance to the indefensible pre-1967 lines as its borders–unless mutually agreed otherwise. Sherman says this “sends an unequivocal message to the Palestinians, the Arabs and the international community that no position articulated by Israel need be taken seriously. For Israel has proved that no matter how outlandish, outrageous, macabre or scandalous the demands of its adversaries, the Jews will eventually submit–irrespective of how resolutely they feign opposition to them initially.”
Sherman rightly observes that “no matter what fork-tongued, fallacious flattery it might reap in the short run for its ‘flexibility,’ Israel has made itself a laughing stock, unable to adhere to any principle, no matter how crucial, for any length of time.”
As Sherman sums up, “Netanyahu has embraced a policy he spent decades berating, resisting and mobilizing publics at home and abroad to oppose. He thus has either failed to implement a policy he believes in, or is implementing a policy he does not believe in. Whichever is true, this is an untenable situation which cannot continue. Accordingly the only act of true leadership left for Netanyahu is to resign, and to resign without delay.”