Scott on February 14, 2011 at 11:53 am
Ali Abdel Fattah, leader and spokesperson for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has been all over the place lately as the face and voice of the MB and of the future of Egypt. What is interesting is how he speaks out of both sides of his mouth and couches his words in such innocuous yet simultaneously ominous sounding language.
A couple days ago, the NY Times quoted Fattah as saying:
“Choosing a regime will become the right of the people…The nature of the regime will be decided by elections. And I think Egyptians agree on the demands and how to realize them.”
That sounds nice, doesn’t it, and decidedly modern and moderate? The people agree on the demands that were expressed during the protests and will get to choose, through elections, the leaders to make those demands happen.
But wait. Just today the same Ali Abdel Fattah is quoted by USA Today as saying that:
The Brotherhood would seek “the preservation of honor” by stoning adulterers, punishing gays, requiring Muslim women to cover their heads and shoulders in public and killing Muslims who leave their faith…
Fattah is later quoted as saying:
“We basically want a government that will take on the demands of the people that were clear in the revolution of Tahrir Square…Sharia law does not differ from the demands of the people.”
Now correct me if I am wrong, but did I miss something in the 2+ weeks of protest in the middle of Cairo? Over the two weeks of protests I did watch a few hours of Dr. Who and Holmes on Homes now and again, so maybe I missed something but I don’t remember seeing Egyptian protestor talking about how badly they wanted Sharia Law, stonings, punishing gays, Muslim head coverings for women, honor killings, etc. I spent a lot of time watching FOX, CNN, MSNBC and BBC and I think I would have remembered people in Tahrir Square chanting about their desire to see a more conservative and repressive regime come to power in Egypt.
I guess what I am saying is this: this thing in Egypt is NOT over. Not even close.
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