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Fears of Muslim Brotherhood Takeover of Egyptian Military

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COMMENT: We’ve reported on the Egypt­ian Mus­lim Brotherhood’s move to estab­lish civil­ian par­al­lel police to sup­ple­ment the secu­rity forces, coop­er­at­ing in this with the al-Qaeda-infiltrated Gama’a-al-Islamiya.

Observers now report fears that the Broth­er­hood may be try­ing to infil­trate the Egypt­ian mil­i­tary, tra­di­tion­ally an non-ideological force in Egypt­ian society.

IF the Broth­er­hood can suc­cess­fully co-opt the mil­i­tary, their dom­i­na­tion of the mil­i­tary and par­al­lel police may cement the organization’s con­trol of Egypt­ian soci­ety and the result­ing imple­men­ta­tion of Islamism.

“Egypt Fears ‘Ikhwaniza­tion’ of Mil­i­tary” by Mohamed Abdu Has­sanein; Asharq Al-Awsat.net; 3/20/2013.

EXCERPT: Fears of the “Ikhwaniza­tion” of the Egypt­ian army have been raised after Egypt­ian Mil­i­tary Acad­emy Direc­tor Major Gen­eral Esmat Murad revealed that stu­dents with links to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or Salafist polit­i­cal fac­tions have been accepted into the acad­emy, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Mohamed Mursi’s own nephew.

An Egypt­ian sol­dier, speak­ing to Asharq Al-Awsat on the con­di­tion of anonymity, revealed that “for the first time, stu­dents whose fam­i­lies or rel­a­tives are involved in polit­i­cal activism, whether for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or any­body else, are being accepted into the Egypt­ian armed forces which had tra­di­tion­ally inves­ti­gated the [polit­i­cal] back­ground of recruits, reject­ing those with any such connection.”

Until the Jan­u­ary 25 rev­o­lu­tion both Egypt’s mil­i­tary and police acad­e­mies rou­tinely rejected stu­dents who held polit­i­cal views or were mem­bers of polit­i­cal move­ments the author­i­ties judged to be sub­ver­sive, even going so far as reject­ing recruits if mem­bers of their fam­ily had any such views or ties to Islamist organizations.

How­ever since the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi came to power in late June 2012, and par­tic­u­larly after he forced out Field Mar­shal Tantawi, there have been esca­lat­ing fears of the “Ikhwaniza­tion” of the mil­i­tary, although this is some­thing that senior mil­i­tary fig­ures have repeat­edly denied.

How­ever, Major Gen­eral Esmat Murad, direc­tor of Egypt’s pres­ti­gious Mil­i­tary Acad­emy, held a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day dur­ing which he revealed that the academy’s grad­u­at­ing class num­ber 109 includes stu­dents who have a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood background. . . .

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  1. Morsi just made a new decree: You can crit­i­cize him, just not in ways that under­mine his cred­i­bil­ity as a demo­c­ra­t­i­cally elected leader. And if the oppo­si­tion con­tin­ues to be too crit­i­cal of him he’ll issue a crack­down uti­liz­ing unspec­i­fied mea­sures. It raises the ques­tion of whether or not crit­i­cism of Morsi’s under­stand­ing of what con­sti­tutes a “free and demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety” is fair game or will that bring on the unspec­i­fied ‘pro-democracy’ crack­downs?

    Egypt­ian Prez Warns Oppo­si­tion of Crack­down, ‘Harsh Deci­sion’
    HAMZA HENDAWI March 24, 2013, 12:19 PM

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s pres­i­dent deliv­ered a stern warn­ing to his oppo­nents on Fri­day, say­ing he may be close to tak­ing unspec­i­fied mea­sures to “pro­tect this nation” two days after sup­port­ers of his Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and oppo­si­tion pro­test­ers fought street bat­tles in the worst bout of polit­i­cal vio­lence in three months.

    At least 200 peo­ple were injured in Friday’s vio­lence, some seri­ously, out­side the head­quar­ters of the Broth­er­hood, Egypt’s dom­i­nant polit­i­cal group.

    “If I have to do what is nec­es­sary to pro­tect this nation I will, and I am afraid that I may be close to doing so,” a vis­i­bly angry Morsi said in an ani­mated speech to the open­ing ses­sion of a con­fer­ence on women’s rights.

    “I will do so very, very soon. Sooner than those try­ing to shake the image of this nation think,” said the Islamist leader who took office in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president.

    “Let us not be dragged into an area where I will take a harsh deci­sion,” he warned.

    Morsi’s com­ments were ini­tially released in a series of tweets on his account but state tele­vi­sion later aired exten­sive excerpts from the address.

    He also warned that “appro­pri­ate mea­sures” would be taken against politi­cians found to be behind Friday’s vio­lence, regard­less of their senior­ity. Any­one found to be using the media to “incite vio­lence” will also be held account­able, he added. His com­ments came just hours after dozens of Islamists staged a protest out­side stu­dios belong­ing to inde­pen­dent TV net­works that are crit­i­cal of the Egypt­ian leader.

    The Islamists are protest­ing what they see as the biased cov­er­age of Friday’s clashes. The Broth­er­hood says it does not sup­port the protest, but some of the pro­test­ers were chant­ing slo­gans in sup­port of Broth­er­hood leader Mohammed Badie.

    Friday’s clashes fol­lowed an assault a week ear­lier by Broth­er­hood sup­port­ers on pro­test­ers paint­ing deroga­tory graf­fiti out­side the group’s head­quar­ters. The pro­test­ers chanted hos­tile slo­gans and taunted Broth­er­hood sup­port­ers when some of them tried to stop demon­stra­tors from post­ing fly­ers on the head­quar­ters’ out­side walls.

    The Broth­er­hood sup­port­ers also assaulted reporters at the scene. The group later said its sup­port­ers were pro­voked by the pro­test­ers who scrib­bled pro­fan­i­ties on the head­quar­ters’ out­side walls and that the reporters were part of the protest.

    Morsi’s com­ments made no direct men­tion of the clashes but appeared to be a pos­si­ble pre­lude to mea­sures against the mostly lib­eral and sec­u­lar opposition.

    “I call on all polit­i­cal forces not to pro­vide a polit­i­cal cover for vio­lence, riot­ing and attacks on pri­vate and pub­lic prop­erty,” Morsi said. “I will not be happy if inves­ti­ga­tions find some politi­cians guilty.”

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    He also sought to debunk an often repeated charge that he places the inter­ests of the Broth­er­hood ahead of those of the nation and that he is only the pres­i­dent of the “Brothers.”

    “I never was and I never will be,” he said in response to those charges. Ruth­lessly ridiculed in the inde­pen­dent media, Morsi said he did not mind the crit­i­cism. “But I will not allow it when crit­i­ciz­ing the pres­i­dent of the repub­lic is designed to under­mine the nation.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 25, 2013, 9:12 am

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