On June 30, 2012, Mohammed Mursi became the President of Egypt. On June 30, 2013, tens of millions of people took to the streets to demand his removal. On Christmas day, 2012, Mursi hailed the new, sharia-based Constitution he was signing. On Christmas day, 2013, the new government of Egypt officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
Via Fox News / AP:
Egypt’s military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country’s ousted president hails.
The announcement is a dramatic escalation of the fight between the government and group, which has waged near-daily protests since the July 3 popularly backed military coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi.
Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after long meeting, saying: “The Cabinet has declared the Muslim Brotherhood group and its organization as a terrorist organization.”
Anyone familiar with the Brotherhood’s goals and objectives should view this as another very positive development. Once again, Egypt is providing the west with a blueprint for how to deal with this group.
In the U.S., there is no tolerance for al-Qaeda. Once someone is identified as belonging to the group, that person is essentially ostracized almost unanimously. However, members of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), et. al. are given political clout and wield influence within the halls of power.
This shouldn’t be so as all of these groups – along with al-Qaeda – reside under the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella. Unfortunately, until the U.S. follows Egypt’s lead with regard to all Muslim Brotherhood groups, these groups will continue to grow, unimpeded.
Here are a couple of must-see videos that help to explain exactly why Egyptians acted. First, as is becoming increasingly known, the Brotherhood allied with Nazi Germany. In this first video, the narrator likens the alliance between Hitler and Mussolini to the alliance between Mursi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
This video illustrates how Mursi lied to the Egyptian people, attempted to steal their freedoms during Christmas of 2012, and why the people demanded his ouster: