In our ‘you don’t say’ post of the day, the Muslim outreach by the Barack Obama administration seems to be having an effect directly opposite to that championed by its proponents.
Via NBC News:
The United States has given billions of dollars to Egypt in recent decades, but research published Tuesday by a major think tank suggests most Egyptians think American aid is having a “negative effect.”
A poll by the Washington-based Pew Research Center also reveals growing Islamic sentiment among Egyptians since the Arab Spring, with 66 percent thinking Islam plays a major role in the country’s political life compared to 47 percent in 2010.
Six in 10 want to see Islamic law strictly enforced, compared to just six percent who feel it should have no influence.
Perhaps the most telling paragraph in the story is one that was buried toward the end:
The results might disappoint those who hoped Egypt would follow in the path of Turkey, whose moderate Islamic government is making overtures to the West in its bid to join the European Union. Sixty-one percent of Egyptians told Pew they would prefer to follow the fundamentalist Saudi Arabian model of government.
Turkey has a “moderate Islamic government”? Again, another falsehood being pushed by the mainstream media. The Turkish government is many things but moderate is not one of them. As for 61% of Egyptians who prefer the Saudi Arabian model, that is a battle the majority is likely to lose. As the Muslim Brotherhood consolidates its power in Egypt, its alliance with Turkey is going to strengthen, not weaken.
That brings us back to the notion that people were hoping for Egypt to be more moderate, like Turkey. Since the Muslim Brotherhood is in control in Egypt and seeks to be aligned with Turkey – and vice versa, what does that say about the ‘moderate’ label being applied to Turkey?
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids