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I Told You So, Part 2 (Democracy, Muslim Brotherhood Style, Part 2)

The Real Mohammed Morsi Emerges

Hamas Soldiers Saluting (Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood)

COMMENT: Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi [Mursi in some transliterations] has issued a decree, essentially making him a totalitarian ruler in the opinion of former supporters such as Mohamed ElBaradei (former head of the IAEA.)

The Muslim Brotherhood offices in Egypt have been burned by outraged citizens.

We have discussed the Muslim Brotherhood at length and in detail for many years. Far from being the “moderate” organization some analysts have tabbed it, it is an Islamic fascist organization dating back to the pre-World War II period.

The Brotherhood’s president is demonstrating the true nature of the organization, as well as that of the organization.

Just such a development was predicted here during the so-called “Arab Spring.” Mursi/Morsi is cementing the agenda we predicted would materialize.

An examination of the charter, behavior and military cadre of Hamas, the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, offers a quick insight into the nature of the organization.

 

(Photo credit at upper right, independentsentinel.com)

“Egypt’s President Mursi Assumes Sweeping Powers”; BBC; 11/22/2012.

EXCERPT: Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi has issued a declaration banning challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions.

The declaration also says no court can dissolve the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution.

President Mursi also sacked the chief prosecutor and ordered the re-trial of people accused of attacking protesters when ex-President Mubarak held office.

Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei accused Mr Mursi of acting like a “new pharaoh”. . . .

. . . But Mr ElBaradei said the decree effectively placed the president above the law.

“Mursi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner wrote on his Twitter account.

The vice-president of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Tahani al-Gebali, told the Spanish news agency Efe that Mr Mursi was now an “illegitimate president”.

The Egyptian Judges’ Club has called an extraordinary meeting to discuss Mr Mursi’s decision. “The state of law is at stake,” the association said in a public statement.

Meanwhile Heba Morayef, the Egypt director for Human Rights Watch, said that while the country needed judicial reform, “granting the president absolute power and immunity is not the way to do it”.

Discussion

16 comments for “I Told You So, Part 2 (Democracy, Muslim Brotherhood Style, Part 2)”

  1. What are the domestic U.S. political implications (i.e., what is the obvious “blame narrative” that will become conventional wisdom)?

    What happens when this spreads to the other Arab Spring nations? What will be the storyline in the U.S. when there’s a “North African Muslim Brotherhood Alliance”?

    Put this together with the predictable next economic crisis/collapse due to the current U.S. electoral winners failing to prosecute any Wall Street criminals, failing to legislate reform, and failing to challenge the berserk narrative that “Big Government Debt” caused the 2008 economic crisis and not private sector debt.

    Put this together with another Suez Canal shutdown or gleeful Likud military tantrum (wait a minute, that’s already here).

    Does it seem out of the question that the 2012 election results were a set-up?

    Will it seem obvious when Democrats are blamed for the pending disaster?

    Posted by R. Wilson | November 23, 2012, 11:22 pm
  2. I wonder what all was discussed and agreed to between Morsi and the foreign diplomats earlier in the week supposedly dealing with the “cease fire”, and will we ever know?

    Posted by LarryFW | November 23, 2012, 11:22 pm
  3. A key point is that the MB also serves as a reliable proxy for US imperialism in the region.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/nov2012/gaza-n24.shtml:

    Mursi and the Brotherhood are just as reliant on the US as the deposed regime of Hosni Mubarak, and their international connections have an additional advantage for Washington and Tel Aviv. The Ennahda Movement, or Renaissance Party, another Brotherhood offshoot, now governs post-Ben Ali Tunisia. The Justice and Development Party, formed by the Brotherhood, is now the second party in the US-installed Libyan regime. In Syria also, the Brotherhood is considered a generally reliable US proxy within the opposition movement against Assad. Little wonder that Netanyahu described his working relationship with Washington and Cairo as “a great achievement for Israeli policy and regional stability.”

    Posted by stu | November 24, 2012, 11:32 am
  4. @Stu–

    An important point to grasp here is that outdated, cliched terms such as “U.S. imperialism” serve to obscure the important realities.

    The transnational corporations are the beneficiaries, as well as the Underground Reich.

    The U.S. as such was completely co-opted by these elements long ago.

    The United States and democracy itself will be among the casualties here.

    Do take the time to review the descriptions to the shows about the Muslim Brotherhood Spring. FTR #’s 734739.

    I nailed this one, if I do say so myself. Given their ideologized, stereotyped thinking and reporting, it doesn’t surprise me that wsws would fail to understand this.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 24, 2012, 1:08 pm
  5. @R. Wilson–

    As I noted in the “Muslim Brotherhood Spring” series, this, ultimately, will prove disastrous for Obama and the U.S.

    As for as the Likud folks, I have no use for them and have cited their fascist heritage and nature repeatedly.

    One should not fail to note, however, that this is an Underground Reich show, with the Likudniks and Netanyahu bound on the wheel.

    When a country is subjected to artillery bombardment, only a comatose national leader would fail to respond.

    I fault Israel for not freezing the settlements, permanently, not for shooting back. Returning fire is inevitable and, BTW, just what Hamas wants. It’s also just what the Palestinian lobby in this country wants–Amy No-Damn-Goodman and all the rest of the front-running Nazi apologists in the so-called progressive sector.

    They were orgiastic in their support of the “Muslim Brotherhood Spring.”

    What Hamas REALLY wanted was a ground invasion with as many civilian casualties as possible. Thankfully, that was averted, at least for now.

    Never forget the Hamas charter, the best insight into the nature of the MB that I can think of.

    The only beneficiaries of this will be the Underground Reich and the transnational corporations, which plan on using the Islamists as proxy army to gain control of the fossil fuels-rich areas of Russia and China.

    Breaking up those countries, as well as India and, yes, the U.S. are on the long-term agenda.

    Only large, powerful countries have the capacity to resist the transnational corporations and the Underground Reich.

    If they can’t control the U.S., they will want it broken into smaller, manageable entities.

    Divide and conquer.

    Stay tuned.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 24, 2012, 1:42 pm
  6. Dave, spot on as ever.

    The relationship in elements of western intelligence with Muslim Brotherhood, KLA, Ustashe etc etc, effectively means we switched sides to the Axis after 1991.

    It won’t work. Clinton will be left with some serious egg on her face as the Brotherhood continues to consolidate it’s dictatorial caliphate. The western allies will look like a bunch of inept and clueless idiots, much as they did claiming the 9/11/2012 attacks were because of a Youtube video.

    When you consider that CIA now actively discourage officers recruiting their own agents in the field, instead relying on ‘friendlies’ and walk-ins, its easy to see why intelligence would be useless. Much of it is being piped through US channels directly from the German BND. Funny that.

    Posted by GW | November 24, 2012, 6:38 pm
  7. Something to consider regarding Morsi’s power grab: Just a few days before Morsi’s decree, two dozen members of the liberal faction of the constitutional panel that was tasked with drawing up the new constitution pulled out of the panel. This followed the pullout of Eyptian churches from the panel a few days earlier. The primary cause for the pullout appears to be the inclusion of Salafist-backed language that appears to enable the utra-radicals to impose their own interpretations of Shariiah law. An advisory body that was appointed to the panel by Morsi to address complaints of the non-Islamists also pulled out of the panel. It was that bad. In other words, this overt power grab by Morsi followed a stealth power grab by the Islamists on the constitutional panel.

    When Plan A for subjugating society doesn’t work there’s always Plan B:

    Financial Times
    November 18, 2012 6:19 pm
    Egypt liberals withdraw from constitution committee

    By Heba Saleh in Cairo

    Two dozen liberal members of the panel drafting the Egyptian constitution pulled out on Sunday, charging that the Islamist-dominated body was rushing the process and ignoring their suggestions and concerns.

    Their withdrawal came a day after Egyptian churches pulled out of the committee, saying that the draft constitution did not reflect a national consensus or Egypt’s pluralistic identity.

    “Things can’t go on like this,” said Amr Moussa, former secretary-general of the Arab League and among those who withdrew. “The constitution should be for all of Egypt, not just for a group or a particular party. We see that it is flawed, but there is still a possibility of fixing the problems.”

    The walkout was prompted by the most contentious of the proposed constitutional articles which was inserted at the insistence of Salafis, hard line Islamists who want the charter to lay the ground for a speedy and literal implementation of their interpretation of Islamic law.

    Although previous Egyptian constitutions have stipulated that the “principles” of sharia (Islamic law) were the “main source” of legislation, the new article attempts to define the word “principles” in a way which critics say could usher in more religion in governance and open the way for ultraconservatives to push for their own particular interpretations of Islamic law.

    “We reached a dead end,” said Wahid Abdel Meguid, one of the liberals who withdrew. “We objected to concepts which [reflect] Taliban or Wahhabi [thinking].

    Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic Patriarch who was installed on Sunday, described the disputed article in a BBC interview as “catastrophic”, saying it would usher in the “opposite” of a modern state.

    Those that pulled out of the committee included members of an advisory body appointed by the president to address complaints that the panel was too Islamist and failed to reflect the diversity of Egyptian society.

    The constitutional assembly can press on with its work, but the group’s departure will undermine claims that the charter will embody a social consensus.

    Also note that it looks like one of Morsi’s new powers includes retroactively declared decrees. Mohammed “Dr. Who” Morsi, Egypt’s new Time Lord:

    Time
    After the Power-Play in Egypt: Morsy and the Islamists Vs. Everyone Else

    By Ashraf KhalilNov. 24, 2012

    Friday afternoon’s broadcast of the Jazeera Arabic news channel presented a tableau that might well encapsulate the state of modern Egypt. On one side of the split screen, President Mohammed Morsy spoke before thousands of cheering supporters outside the presidential palace. “Don’t be worried,” he said, standing in front a backdrop of soaring birds. “Let’s move together into a new phase.”

    Meanwhile, the other half of the screen showed tear gas canisters arcing into the ranks of the thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square demonstrating against Morsy and chanting many of the same slogans they chanted against Hosni Mubarak nearly two years earlier.

    The latest flashpoint in Egypt’s terminally messy post-revolutionary period was Morsy’s stunning Thanksgiving night constitutional decree that granted himself sweeping and unchecked authority for the next several months and greatly limited the powers of Egypt’s judiciary. According to the decree, Egypt’s judges no longer have the power to dissolve the constituent assembly–effectively killing an in-progress court case that could have disbanded the body drafting the new constitution. That constituent assembly, via the decree, now has an extra two months to finish its work, potentially extending the process into early 2013 and subsequent parliamentary elections into the spring. Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, who Morsy tried and failed to fire earlier this year, is finally out via the retroactive creation of term limits on his time in power.

    Most disturbingly, the decree states that any presidential decisions made since Morsy took office in June and until there is a new elected parliament and an approved constitution, “are final and binding and cannot be appealed by any way or to any entity.”

    It also includes the following simple, yet ominous, article: “The President may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution.”

    And you have to just love the reason Morsi gives for granting himself “any actions necessary to protect the country and the goals of the revolution”. He just needs six months of unchecked power to clean out the infestation of “weevils”. Because, as history teaches us, there’s nothing to worry about when a leaders grants himself dictatorial powers to purge the nation of any “enemies of the state“.

    Isn’t theocratic fascism fun?

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 25, 2012, 6:53 pm
  8. So will there be a ‘sea of blood’ in Egypt if Morsi doesn’t go a decree-spree shortly? Because that’s sort of the implication coming from his spokesman:

    CBS/AP/ November 26, 2012, 2:41 PM
    Morsi stands by decrees, prolonging showdown

    CAIRO Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi told the nation’s top judges Monday that he acted within his rights when he issued a series of decrees giving him sweeping powers, according to his spokesman.

    That stand is likely to trigger a prolonged showdown with the opposition, which have already included days of violent street protests.

    Spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters that Morsi assured the judges that the decrees, which put him above any kind of oversight, including that of the courts, did not in any way “infringe” on the judiciary.

    Secular and Christian politicians have withdrawn from a 100-seat panel tasked with drafting the charter, in protest of what they call the hijacking of the process by Morsi’s Islamist allies. They fear the Islamists would produce a draft that infringes on the rights of liberals, women and the minority Christians.

    The decree is being challenged in an administrative court by a group of activists and lawyers, with the first hearing set for Dec. 4, according to Reuters.

    Morsi, an Islamist, accuses Mubarak loyalists in the judiciary of seeking to thwart the revolution’s goals. His Thursday edicts bar the judiciary from disbanding the constitutional assembly or parliament’s upper house.

    The president, al-Sayyad added, would shortly take decisions that would spare the nation a “possible sea of blood.” He did not elaborate.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 26, 2012, 1:20 pm
  9. So we just learned the latest MB plan to diffuse the crisis: ram the new draft constitution through the constitution panel by the end of the day:

    Egypt assembly seeks to wrap up constitution

    By Tamim Elyan and Yasmine Saleh

    CAIRO | Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:42pm EST

    (Reuters) – The assembly writing Egypt’s constitution said it could wrap up a final draft later on Wednesday, a move the Muslim Brotherhood sees as a way out of a crisis over a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that protesters say gives him dictatorial powers.

    But as Mursi’s opponents staged a sixth day of protests in Tahrir Square, critics said the Islamist-dominated assembly’s bid to finish the constitution quickly could make matters worse.

    Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in countrywide protest set off by Mursi’s decree.

    The Brotherhood hopes to end the crisis by replacing Mursi’s controversial decree with an entirely new constitution that would need to be approved in a popular referendum, a Brotherhood official told Reuters.

    It is a gamble based on the Islamists’ belief that they can mobilize enough voters to win the referendum: they have won all elections held since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power.

    But the move seemed likely to deepen divisions that are being exposed in the street.

    The constitution is one of the main reasons Mursi is at loggerheads with non-Islamist opponents. They are boycotting the 100-member constitutional assembly, saying the Islamists have tried to impose their vision for Egypt’s future.

    Yep, that should solve everything.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 28, 2012, 11:38 am
  10. U.N. vote on Palestinian status a setback for U.S., Israel – Paul Richter, LA Times 11/30/12 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United Nations had made an “unfortunate and counterproductive decision” that placed “new obstacles in the path of peace.”

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily denounced Abbas’ speech as “defamatory and venomous.”

    “Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. “The way to peace between Jerusalem and Ramallah is in direct negotiations, without preconditions, and not in one-sided U.N. decisions. By going to the U.N., the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly.”

    Posted by kando | November 29, 2012, 9:40 pm
  11. Ah that’s a relief: Morsi just denounced a preacher trying to pull a “The Prophet had vast power so why shouldn’t Morsi?” argument. I think a certain counter-revolutionary Islamist power-grab just avoided divinely levitating over the shark:

    Egypt draft constitution sparks mass protest
    AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press, By AYA BATRAWY and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press
    Updated 7:30 a.m., Friday, November 30, 2012

    CAIRO (AP) — More than 100,000 protesters took the streets in Egypt vowing to stop a draft constitution that Islamist allies of President Mohammed Morsi approved early Friday in a rushed, all-night session without the participation of liberals and Christians.

    Anger at Morsi even spilled over into a mosque where the Islamist president joined weekly Friday prayers. In his sermon, the mosque’s preacher compared Morsi to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, saying the prophet had enjoyed vast powers as leader, giving a precedent for the same to happen now.

    “No to tyranny!” congregants chanted, interrupting the cleric. Morsi took to the podium and told the worshippers that he too objected to the language of the sheik and that one-man rule contradicts Islam.

    Good thing Morsi was in attendance and now all is well again. For instance, in addition to the freedom from constitutional protections for women, it looks like one of the many new freedoms tucked away in Morsi’s constitution is the freedom from being insulted. At least humans can’t be insulted. Documents, on the other hand…

    Hey Egypt’s new constitution! You are a fascist farce written by those that fear the Enlightenment. Please go away.

    Ah, that freedom of expression felt good and democratic. Yay democracy:

    Egypt’s Islamists rush through new constitution

    8:09AM EST November 30. 2012 – CAIRO (AP) — Islamists on Thursday rushed to approve a draft constitution for Egypt without the participation of liberal and Christian members, aiming to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel and further inflaming the clash between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

    The draft of the charter, meant to determine a new political identity for Egypt after 60 years of rule by authoritarian leaders, has an Islamist bent that rights experts say could lead to a say by Muslim clerics in legislation and restrictions on freedom of speech, women’s rights and other liberties.

    The lack of inclusion was obvious in Thursday’s session of the assembly that has been writing the document for months. Of the 85 members in attendance, there was not a single Christian and only four women, all Islamists. Many of the men wore beards, the hallmark of Muslim conservatives. For weeks, liberal, secular and Christian members, already a minority on the 100-member panel, have been pulling out to protest what they call the Islamists’ hijacking of the process.

    Voting had not been expected for another two months. But the assembly, overwhelmingly made up of Morsi’s allies, abruptly moved it up in order to pass the draft before Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court rules on Sunday on whether to dissolve the panel.

    Morsi is expected to call for a referendum on the draft as early as mid-December.

    “I am saddened to see this come out while Egypt is so divided,” Egypt’s top reform leader, Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei said, speaking on private Al-Nahar TV. But he predicted the document would not last long. “It will be part of political folklore and will go to the garbage bin of history.”

    A new opposition bloc led by ElBaradei and other liberals said the assembly had lost its legitimacy.

    “It is trying to impose a constitution monopolized by one trend and is the furthest from national consensus, produced in a farcical way,” the National Salvation Front said in a statement, read by Waheed Abdel-Meguid, one of the assembly members who withdrew.

    Morsi’s edicts aimed at preventing the judiciary from disbanding the constitution-writing panel. He barred courts outright from doing so, then went further to bar judges from reviewing any of his own decisions. Confident the assembly was protected, he gave it until February to iron out the sharp differences over the draft.

    But when the Constitutional Court defied his decree and said Wednesday that it would rule on the panel’s legitimacy, the date of the vote was immediately moved up.

    Islamist members of the panel defended the fast tracking. Hussein Ibrahim of the Brotherhood said the draft reflected thousands of hours of debate over the past six months, including input from liberals before they withdrew.

    “People want the constitution because they want stability. Go to villages, to poorer areas, people want stability,” he said.

    One article that passed underlined that the state will protect “the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,” phrasing that suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films. The draft also contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing.

    As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the “principles of Islamic law” will be the basis of law.

    But a new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.

    Another one seeks to define “principles” of Islamic law by saying it reflects theological doctrines and tenets. The term “principles” had long been intentionally vague, and specifying its bases could vastly expand the reach of Shariah in influencing society.

    The draft also includes bans on “insulting or defaming all prophets and messengers” or even “insulting humans” — broad language that analysts warned could be used to crack down on many forms of speech.

    Praising the draft, panel president Hossam al-Ghiryani, told members: “We will teach this constitution to our sons.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 30, 2012, 10:28 am
  12. So it looks like Dec. 15 is the official date for public vote on the new constitution. The sales pitch by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist allies appears to be “a vote for the constitution is a vote for stability. One man/one ideology rule is only needed until this national emergency is over and then everything will be nice”. So only a new constitution that permanently enshrines the view of a particular ideology will liberate Egypt from its current period of instability. It’s an interesting argument at this point in Egypt’s revolution in part because it’s pretty much the same argument that Egyptians and the world heard for decades in order to justify the Mubarak regime (except with an Islamist/military role reversal).

    So in about two weeks we’re going to find out if that old, familiar “uncontested rule for peace and stability” argument will work. Again:

    Egypt Islamists hurriedly approve new constitution
    By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    — Nov. 29 11:53 PM EST

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamists approved a draft constitution for Egypt early Friday without the participation of liberal and Christian members, seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further inflames the clash between the opposition and President Mohammed Morsi.

    Thursday’s vote escalates the already bruising confrontation sparked last week when Morsi gave himself near absolute powers by neutralizing the judiciary, the last branch of the state not in his hands. Morsi banned the courts from dissolving the constitutional assembly or the upper house of parliament and from reviewing his own decisions.

    Speaking in an interview on state TV aired late Thursday, Morsi defended his edicts, saying they were a necessary “delicate surgery” needed to get Egypt through a transitional period and end instability he blamed on the lack of a constitution.

    “The most important thing of this period is that we finish the constitution, so that we have a parliament under the constitution, elected properly, an independent judiciary, and a president who executes the law,” Morsi said.

    Islamist members of the panel defended the fast tracking. Hussein Ibrahim of the Brotherhood said the draft reflected six months of debate, including input from liberals before they withdrew.

    “People want the constitution because they want stability. Go to villages, to poorer areas, people want stability,” he said.

    Over the past week, about 30 members have pulled out of the assembly, with mainly Islamists brought in to replace some. As a result, every article passed overwhelmingly.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 1, 2012, 7:16 pm
  13. I have been curious about what professor Juan Cole would have to say. Earlier this year he was cautiously optimistic about how far Morsi could go. He’s still in that camp:

    “If you really don’t like this constitution, one effective way of dealing with it is to organize to ensure that more people vote against it than for it, and make it fail, forcing Morsi back to the bargaining table. Staying home and playing your guitar is not going to derail the Brotherhood march to power.

    On the other hand, Egyptians are not necessarily stuck with Morsi’s constitution forever, even if it does pass on December 15. Future parliaments will be able to amend it. And, after all, other democratic countries have abolished unworkable constitutions after trying them out (the US originally had the Articles of Confederation, widely viewed as a failure, which was superseded by the 1789 constitution). But unless the liberals and the leftists in Egypt get their act together and learn how to do Obama-scale grassroots political organizing, they’ll never get a majority in parliament or get this opportunity.”

    http://www.juancole.com/2012/12/egyptians-to-decide-on-fundamentalist-influenced-constitution-via-referendum.html

    I guess we’ll find out around Dec. 15…

    Posted by Swamp | December 2, 2012, 12:08 pm
  14. A chilling report on the violence in Egypt yesterday:

    Bloody clashes around Egyptian Presidential palace
    By HasanAmin86 | Posted 18 hours ago

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE iReporter HasanAmin86 captured these images of last night’s violent clashes between protesters for and against the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and his government. The first shot, he says, is of a pro-government supporter brandishing what appears to be a rifle and pointing it towards anti-Morsy protesters. Other images show protesters from both sides throwing stones and even Molotov cocktails at each other. He says he and his companions were chased from the area by pro-Morsy supporters and forced to knock on the doors of nearby homes begging people to take them in. “Under [ousted former president Hosni] Mubarak it was the same,” he said. “He would send his thugs with knives and stones and molotov cocktails [to protests]. It’s exactly the same battle.” At present, he says, the army is stationed outside the palace and the streets are littered with rubble from last night’s violence.
    – sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    haunted by Islamic fascist
    After the huge peaceful protest yesterday against Morsi, today it turned to a bloody battle between the protesters and Morsi supporters (Islamists and Pro-Islamists mainly)
    Islamists attacked the Sit-In, beat women, burn the tents and sleeping bags, extended barbed wires,
    They swept the Sit-In, attacked the protesters, hunting them down with bats and banches (they cut off the trees and throwing stones)
    They also used Rifle cartridges, tear gases and knives, (Ahmed Doma-political activist and oppositionist) has been attacked by Islamic thugs, they stabbed him in the face with a knife which caused 15 stiches wound.
    Islamists thugs beat the protesters who said No for Morsi dictatorial decree, exactly what happed during the Egyptian revolution, when Mubarak sent his thugs to attack the protesters in Tahrir Sq.
    Now,Morsi is a textbook Islamic fascist, who eliminates the opposition or unleash his thugs to attack them.
    It’s remarkable that no one of the police or the army involved in this battle, it’s suspicious absence of security forces in this critical area (the presidential palace diameter.)
    Situation in Egypt is getting uglier by time.
    Hasan Amin
    Cairo
    5-12-2012

    Unfortunately, it’s looking like the violence won’t be ending anytime soon:

    CBS/AP/ December 6, 2012, 2:05 AM
    Egypt deploys tanks, troops to keep President Morsi’s friends and foes apart after deadly clashes

    Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

    CAIRO The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.

    Inside the palace gates, Morsi met with members of his Cabinet and military leaders to discuss the expanding crisis after fierce street battles in an upscale residential suburb of Cairo killed five people and left more than 600 injured in the worst outbreak of violence between the two sides since the Islamist leader’s election.

    Compounding Morsi’s woes, four of his advisers resigned Wednesday, joining two other members of his 17-member advisory panel who have abandoned him since the crisis began.

    Six tanks and two armored vehicles belonging to the Republican Guard, an elite unit tasked with protecting the president and his palaces, were stationed Thursday morning at roads leading to the palace in the upscale Cairo district of Heliopolis. The guard’s commander, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Zaki, sought to assure Egyptians that his forces were not taking sides.

    “They will not be a tool to crush protesters and no force will be used against Egyptians,” he said in comments carried by the official MENA news agency.

    The violence began when the Brotherhood called on its members to head to the presidential palace against what a statement termed as attempts by the opposition to impose its will by force. In response, thousands descended on the area Wednesday, chasing away some 300 opposition protesters who had been staging a peaceful sit-in outside the palace’s main gate since the night before. Clashes later ensued with the two sides using rocks, sticks and firebombs.

    Morsi, meanwhile, remains determined to press forward with plans for a Dec. 15 constitutional referendum to pass the new charter. The opposition, for its part, is refusing dialogue unless Morsi rescinds the decrees giving him near unrestricted powers and shelves the controversial draft constitution, which the president’s Islamist allies rushed through last week in a marathon, all-night session shown live on state TV.

    Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opposition reform advocate, said late Wednesday that Morsi’s rule was “no different” than Mubarak’s.

    “In fact, it is perhaps even worse,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate told a news conference after he accused the president’s supporters of a “vicious and deliberate” attack on peaceful demonstrators outside the palace.

    Wednesday’s violence also spread to other cities, with at least two Brotherhood offices set ablaze outside Cairo.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 6, 2012, 9:19 am
  15. It turns out that even in the midst of a constitutional crisis that threatens to unravel the country the Muslim Brotherhood can still find the time to develop an unhealthy fixation with the gays. The parallels between the MB and the GOP are nothing new but this is getting ridiculous:

    Foreign Policy
    Egypt: The president’s six hands
    Posted By Mohamed El Dahshan Monday, December 10, 2012 – 3:57 PM

    The intractability of the problem in Egypt is caused by the presence of three, not two, parties to the current dispute.

    The first of these parties is the protesters: those demanding a civil state and a proper constitution guaranteeing human rights for all, which the current draft does not. They are women and men, old and young, Christian and Muslim, poor and rich.

    The second is the state, represented by the three-headed hydra of Morsi, Badie, and Shater. President Mohammed Morsi is the public face of the beast. Mohammed Badie is the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, whose words address the members of the Brotherhood. Kairat al-Shater is the organization’s most powerful man and its most prominent strategist. The panic of these three men introduced the third party into the current dispute.

    This third party is the hordes of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. They are columns of men — almost always men — who are bussed into Cairo from outlying neighborhoods and cities for use as the Brotherhood’s foot soldiers. They serve as protesters at one moment, as hired guns at another. The reasons they so obediently follow orders is twofold: First, the Muslim Brotherhood indoctrination method requires absolute faith in the group’s hierarchical leadership. Second, those in charge are force-feeding them with hatred of the protesters, and they are correspondingly convinced that those who oppose Morsi’s decisions are in fact godless heathens who are also paid foreign agents who want to ruin Egypt and allow men to marry men. (There’s a very strange fixation on the matter of gay matrimony within Muslim Brotherhood propaganda I find very puzzling.)

    And this is where the problem becomes intractable.

    The political disagreement, between the protesters and the government, has been compounded by another: between the opposition protesters and the Muslim Brotherhood foot soldiers. For the latter, though, the conflict isn’t political — it’s religious and moral.

    Having parallel disagreements on two different planes ensures the impossibility of reaching a middle ground.

    Yes, Egypt must embrace fascist Islamism…in order to stop the foreign gay marriage agenda. Look out Tea Party! You have some competition. And Jean-Luc, you should probably just look the other away.

    Now we need to find something EXTRA mind-numbingly stupid to cleanse the mental palate….

    hmmmm…

    Ahhhh, here we go

    Justice Scalia defends comparing laws against homosexuality, murder
    By Justin Sink – 12/11/12 09:47 AM ET

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia equated homosexuality and murder on Monday as he argued at a Princeton seminar that elected bodies should be allowed to regulate actions they see as immoral.

    “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?” Scalia said, according to The Associated Press.

    The justice’s comments are sure to draw attention with the Supreme Court set to enter the debate over gay marriage in its coming term.

    Scalia was asked about controversial comments he had made in the past that argued that the constitutionality of subjects like the death penalty, abortion or sodomy laws were all “easy” to decide by considering the Constitution as understood by its writers.

    Scalia said that while he did not believe such hyperbole was “necessary,” he did think it was “effective” in forwarding his argument that legislatures should be allowed to ban acts they believe to be immoral.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 11, 2012, 9:22 am
  16. Posted by GW | December 11, 2012, 11:53 am

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