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COMMENT: For many years, we have covered the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fascist organization allied with the Axis in World War II and nurtured by elements of Western intelligence during the Cold War as anti-communist cadre.
They have functioned–and continue to function–as foot soldiers for the Underground Reich. The German/Islamist alliance is old and continues to this day.
We have also covered the profound relationship between the GOP and the Brotherhood, manifested in the alliance between the Ikhwan and Grover Norquist and Karl Rove’s Islamic Free Market Institute. (The latter elements were centrally involved in the institutions targeted in the investigation into terrorist funding under Operation Green Quest.)
As the mainstream press and the so-called progressive sector were falling all over themselves hailing the “Arab Spring,” we noted that WikiLeaks-assisted covert operation was designed to bring “corporatism” to the Muslim World. (Mussolini called his fascist system “corporatism.”)
In January 2012, Salon.com published a very revealing piece that pretty much lays it all out. The only flaw in the article is its downplaying of the endemic violence which characterizes the Brotherhood–Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are offshoots of the Brotherhood.
While perusing this, do examine a previous post on theocratic free-market capitalism (featuring an important update since first published.)
As the fascist regime of Mohamed Morsi sings its swan song, it is worth contemplating the nature of the forces embodied in it.
EXCERPT: While Western alarmists often depict Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as a shadowy organization with terrorist ties, the Brotherhood’s ideology actually has more in common with America’s Republican Party than with al-Qaida. Few Americans know it but the Brotherhood is a free-market party led by wealthy businessmen whose economic agenda embraces privatization and foreign investment while spurning labor unions and the redistribution of wealth. Like the Republicans in the U.S., the financial interests of the party’s leadership of businessmen and professionals diverge sharply from those of its poor, socially conservative followers.
The Brotherhood, which did not initially support the revolution that began a year ago, reaped its benefits, capturing nearly half the seats in the new parliament, which was seated this week, and vaulting its top leaders into positions of power.
Arguably the most powerful man in the Muslim Brotherhood is Khairat Al-Shater, a multimillionaire tycoon whose financial interests extend into electronics, manufacturing and retail. A strong advocate of privatization, Al-Shater is one of a cadre of Muslim Brotherhood businessmen who helped finance the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party’s impressive electoral victory this winter and is now crafting the FJP’s economic agenda.
At Al-Shater’s luxury furniture outlet Istakbal, a new couch costs about 6,000 Egyptian pounds, about $1,000 in U.S. currency. In a country where 40 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, Istakbal’s clientele is largely limited to Egypt’s upper classes.
Although the Brothers do draw significant support from Egypt’s poor and working class, “the Brotherhood is a firmly upper-middle-class organization in its leadership,” says Shadi Hamid, a leading Muslim Brotherhood expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Not surprisingly, these well-to-do Egyptians are eager to safeguard their economic position in the post-Mubarak Egypt. Despite rising economic inequality and poverty, the Brotherhood does not back radical changes in Egypt’s economy.
The FJP’s economic platform is a tame document, rife with promises to root out corruption and tweak Egypt’s tax and subsidies systems, with occasional allusions to an unspecific commitment to “social justice.” The platform praises the mechanisms of the free market and promises that the party will work for “balanced, sustainable and comprehensive economic development.” It is a program that any European conservative party could get behind. . . .