Can you imagine if the stigma that was attached to al-Qaeda after 9/11/01 was instead attached to the Muslim Brotherhood? There’s a chance that the expressed support for the latter by U.S. Senator Bob Menenedez (D-NJ) in the wake of Mohammed Mursi’s ouster may not be taking place but alas, Menendez thinks that the sharia law advocates known as the Brotherhood should be included in Egypt’s future political system.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., believes the Muslim Brotherhood regime that was just deposed in Egypt due to dictatorial actions by the president needs to be part of the country’s political future.
“[A]n Egypt for all includes in my mind, participation from the Muslim Brotherhood,” Menendez said on “Meet the Press” earlier today. “But, you know, President Morsi himself acted rather dictatorially back in November when he said that his decrees were not subject to judicial review, when he said the constitutional assembly was not subject to — to judicial review. So at the end of the day, while I would have liked to have seen early elections and then see him test his support among the people and the people would have had a choice and, therefore, less likely to have them be further … radicalized, at the end of the day, that’s not what happened. So now the question is can we bring everybody together to create a more inclusive society in terms of the representation that it has in government? If we can do that, then Egypt has a possibility.”
What is obviously lost on Menendez is that Mursi “acted rather dictatorially” because that’s what the Muslim Brotherhood is – a dictatorially ideological group.
Slapping a Muslim Brotherhood label on al-Qaeda and giving it political power isn’t the answer, Mr. Menendez, just like amnesty isn’t the answer to America’s immigration problems.
Bob Menendez is the poster child for what happens when corruption morphs into wickedness.