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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.
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. . . .