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Of course SOME of us forecast this!

The Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed for decades by Egypt’s military rulers, took an important stride towards winning political power for the first time after voters overwhelmingly backed its call for a “yes” vote in polls over the weekend.

Some 77 per cent of voters gave their approval to a hastily prepared package of constitutional reforms that will limit the overarching powers of the presidency and pave the way for quick legislative and presidential elections in the autumn. The youth movements and other secular figures who led hundreds of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other parts of the country had opposed the vote, saying the reforms were too piecemeal.

More importantly, elections so soon will give the reformers little time to organise. Under the autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak, genuine opposition parties did not exist, meaning the reformers will have to start from scratch. Although outlawed, the Muslim Brotherhood, whose goals are murky, operated a highly efficient, underground movement.

The referendum was considered one of the cleanest votes held in Egypt and turnout was almost unprecedented, but the Muslim Brotherhood was accused of intimidating voters by telling them it was their “religious duty” to vote “yes”.

So it begins as Egypt slowly falls under the control of the Islamic Brotherhood.  Iran’s influence spreads but we bomb Libya….

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24 thoughts on “OH BROTHER…

  1. This was so predictable…in fact, it was predicted.

    What’s with the Left and this love they seem to have for totalitarianism?

  2. Goldammit how dare they have a democracy

    The cheek of the dirty blighters

  3. I’d like to know who can call themselves a middle east correspondant and call the motives of the MB murky?

  4. See David the thing about democracy is that you can’t control the result, which is why I assume unionists and tea baggers only want democracy when they get the result they want

  5. Good point, Troll. There is nothing “murky” about the Muslim Brotherhood. They clearly state that they want an Islamic Caliphate and Sharia.

    I think the “murky” part is coming from the left-wing reporting of the MB.

  6. And then there is the murky thinking of those like EP! If democracy leads to the election of the Nazis and Hamas, it is evidently not the only desirable outcome.

  7. from reading your comments over the last few weeks ..
    I think the Scarlet Pimpernel made more sense…. 🙂

  8. You can claim to be democrats and accept the will of the people or you can be idealogues and whine when the “mob” doesn’t do what you want

  9. I would replace it with nothing, leave the barbarians to their own failing means.

    As for the best Government, it is without a doubt a Democratic Republic

  10. what is a democrat? put up a definition. I would love to see what you come up with. The U.S. is NOT a Democracy, but that I know is beyond your grasp

  11. No, it’s your naive and foolish assumptions about ‘Democracy’ which are troubling and vapid. Democracy without liberty is mere mob rule, in this case Muslim mob rule. Democracy with liberty-which in iteself protects minority rights, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, property rights, freedom to assemble, et is what defines the US and much of the West.

    Perhaps you’d like to show us all where Egyptian Muslims are pushing for these specific rights;

    Freedom of speech
    Freedom of religion e.g. the right to choose and practice whatever religion or atheism one wants.
    Equal rights and protection under the law for women
    Equal rights and protection under the law for and minorities e.g.Christians and Jews
    Property rights
    Due Process

    Until you can conclusively prove that Egyptians are advocating for these rights I suggest you drop the Lefty useful idiocy.

  12. Jim
    No, it’s your naive and foolish assumptions about ‘Democracy’ which are troubling and vapid. Democracy without liberty is mere mob rule,

    So then ypou will agree till some time in the 1960’s the US was just mob rule?

    Democracy with liberty-which in iteself protects minority rights, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, property rights, freedom to assemble, et is what defines the US

    Realy???? You should ask minorities about that one

  13. your attempts to throw US history back in our faces does nothing except show how shallow your lack of knowledge on the subject really is.

  14. No Troll

    You better make sure you have the moral high ground before you try to claim it

  15. I know I have the moral high ground, and you are one of the most uninformed commentators to post on this spot

  16. As usual Troll what you think you know far surpasses what you do know and eclipses what you can prove

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