The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists do not need to win a majority of the parliament to have profound influence. For example, in Lebanon, Hezbollah did not have a majority, but its support was needed for a government to be formed and for legislation to be passed. When the opportunity arose, Hezbollah toppled the government and formed its own ruling bloc. The Muslim Brotherhood has the same strategy.
The Deputy Supreme Guide said in April, “the enforcement of Sharia punishments will need time, and will only come after Islam is planted in every heart and masters the life of the people, and then Islamic punishments can be applied.” At the same time, a group of Islamic clerics, including over 20 scholars from the “moderate” Al-Azhar University, have formed the Reform Rights Authority. They are writing a draft constitution based on Sharia Law and they will endorse those “who advocate the application of Islamic law in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.” Those who oppose them will be branded as apostates. “Those who are against the Islamists rising to power are infidels who do not believe in God,” they declared.
Mina Rezkalla, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who worked for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth, told FrontPage that the West must have an ideological offensive against Islamism.
“I wish that books like those by Edmund Burke and Leo Strauss were being translated into Arabic,” he said.
“The U.S. should tell the authorities in Egypt to stop pushing anti-Semitic ideas through its media. If we really want peace in the Middle East, we have to first destroy the totalitarian ideas that have been in Egypt since 1928,” Rezkalla said to FrontPage, referencing the year in which the Muslim Brotherhood was founded.
A deputy to Ayman Nour, a secular political leader, complains that the U.S. is doing nothing to stop the flow of money from Saudi families and charities into Egyptian political parties. “The Saudi government can stop this easily,” he said. Officials have also confirmed that Iranian money is coming onto the scene, and that some Muslim Brotherhood operatives are taking election training that is paid for with American tax dollars.
It is often asked whether the Islamists will win the Egyptian elections, but another question should be asked: Will the military council allow them to win?
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