Asem also assured Kristof that the Brotherhood would not change the status of the Camp David accords with Israel and maintain friendly relations with the U.S. Here again, Kristof swallowed it all, in defiance of the available evidence. Mahmoud Hussein, the Brotherhood’s secretary-general, recently said that the peace treaty with Israel would have to be reexamined: “A long time has passed since the Camp David accord was signed, and like the other agreements it needs to be reviewed, and this is in the hands of the parliament.” And when Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy visited the headquarters of newly elected Muslim Brotherhood MP Saber Abouel Fotouh, he found on the wall a banner celebrating a protest the Brotherhood had sponsored “outside the local ‘Zionist consulate,’ complete with an image of a burning Israeli flag.”
Trager quotes Saad al-Husseini, whom he describes as a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office: “Most political streams in Egypt—liberals, socialists, nationalists, and Islamists – demand that sharia be the main source of legislation.” These will include, according to Trager, “banning alcohol and calling for modesty in women’s dress” – that is, mandating that women cover all but their faces and hands, in accord with Muhammad’s command. This would also end Egypt’s tourist industry, which relies to a great degree upon the attractions of Egyptian beaches, where infidel tourists will soon no longer be free to lounge around in Western swimwear while enjoying their alcoholic beverage of choice.
While he was in Cairo, Nicholas Kristof would have done well to have consulted with Fr. Rafik Greiche of the Egyptian Catholic Church, who knows all about the soothing words that Brotherhood spokesmen have been retailing to eager-to-be-misled Western journalists. “The Muslim Brotherhood is not credible,” Greiche said flatly. “We want facts, not words. The Muslim Brotherhood is always issuing statements. In the beginning, they were very harsh against non-Muslims. If a pro-democracy or Christian leader protested, they would quickly change their tune to avoid being labelled extremist.”
Greiche also noted that “in the past few days, one of the most important spiritual leaders (Mourshed) of the Muslim Brotherhood said that anyone who is opposed to Sharia should be expelled from the country, a clear reference to Christians. Yesterday, Mohammed Badie said instead that all citizens should be equal.”
Sondos Asem apparently did not see fit to explain, or even bring up, these contradictions during her dinner with Nicholas Kristof.
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