Sunday, 6 February 2011

Egypt: What The Opposition Want

Muhammad Badi', general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest and best-organised movement in the current Egyptian opposition, and the one best equipped to succeed once Mubarak steps down, or is forced out. The Obama Administration has already greenlighted the Brotherhood for a takeover in Egypt - an exceptionally stupid thing to do in light of what the group stands for. Below are extracts, translated by MEMRI, from the positions of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, as expressed by its general guide, Muhammad Badi', since his nomination in January 2010, and as set out in its proposed political platform, which was drafted in the era of Badi's predecessor, Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef, and was leaked to the media in August 2007. And bear in mind as you read these the broad support for the Brotherhood's positions - in all their ugly glory - amongst the ordinary Egyptian populace.

Muhammad Badi:

"The Soviet Union fell dramatically, but the factors that will lead to the collapse of the U.S. are much more powerful than those that led to the collapse of the Soviet empire – for a nation that does not champion moral and human values cannot lead humanity, and its wealth will not avail it once Allah has had His say, as happened with [powerful] nations in the past. The U.S. is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise..."

"Muslim leaders, Islam, to which you belong, advocates jihad as the only means for setting the Ummah's situation aright, as Allah says: 'O you believers! When you are told to go forth in Allah's way, why should you incline heavily to earth? Are you contented with this world's life instead of the hereafter?' [Koran 9:38] Our revival, majesty, and glory depend on the return to righteousness, which will only be achieved through resistance and the support of [resistance] in every way – with money, arms, information, and self[-sacrifice]..."

"The noble Koran is the constitution that sets out the laws of Islam. It is the fountainhead of all virtue and wisdom in the hearts of the believers, and it is the best [way] for the believers to become closer to Allah... The Holy Koran includes all the tenets of faith, laws of worship, principles of public good [and] legal concepts [pertaining to] this world, including duties and prohibitions, and they are for the benefit of all humanity, without distinctions of religion, [skin] color, gender, [social] status or language..."

Badi' added that the Koran must continue to be a way of life for every Muslim and his family, and that, at the state level, countries whose official religion is Islam must establish the Koran as "the basis for the constitution and the first source of legislation, the scales of justice in the courtrooms and one of the bases of the [school] curricula at all levels [of education]... All clauses of the [state] constitution which Islam and its precepts do not permit must be removed..."

And from the Brotherhood's leaked political platform:

"The authority of the shari'a will be implemented in a manner that conforms to the [will of the] nation, by means of a parliamentary majority elected in free, clean, and transparent [elections]. The legislative branch must consult with the nation's Supreme Council of Clerics, which will likewise be freely and directly elected from among the clerics, and will be completely independent of the executive branch – procedurally, financially and administratively. It will be assisted by neutral and reliable committees and advisors with knowledge and experience, including in the secular sciences. [The duty of consulting with the Supreme Council of Clerics] will also apply to the president when he wishes to implement decisions based on law and in the absence of the legislative branch. In these circumstances, the Supreme Council of Clerics decision will be final and will best serve the interests of the public."

Note that in the above section, free democratic elections will be used to facilitate the implementation of a repressive sharia state. Hence the mainstream media's and David Cameron's championing of Egyptian "pro-democracy demonstrators" is exposed as hollow and short-sighted.

There is much more at the link provided. Be sure to read it all to understand why Obama's mindless endorsement of the Brotherhood - and all other media analyses declaring the organisation to be "harmless" - will ensure that Egypt will continue to be no friend of the United States, or of universal human rights and real democracy.

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