With over a dozen churches burned and hundreds of Christians likely dead, this is Sharia in action. Don’t be deceived by any newscast that downplays what Islam, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood, is about. Here it is, the pictures and videos speak for themselves. Please pray for Egypt and the women and children especially, that are suffering greatly even this very hour -W.E.
How the Failure of the “Arab Spring” May Set the Entire Region On Fire
Egypt is fast devolving into chaos. The street fighting has left hundreds dead and wounded. Christian churches have been set ablaze and Christians fear for their lives.
The Egyptian military has already begun to take the severe actions that they threatened against the masses in the streets who support deposed president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Reverting to the brutal tactics of previous rulers, they have been rounding up leaders of the Brotherhood, in an effort to restore order, and firing on crowds of anti-government demonstrators.
The situation continues to deteriorate. Egypt, which was once the symbol of stability in the Arab world, is now the poster child for the failure of the region to realize the democratic dreams of those who first demonstrated for revolution.
Significantly, the Muslim Brotherhood is finally showing its true face to the world. After years of protesting that they were a peaceful organization, uninterested in political power, they have now raised their hands in violence against those whom they hold responsible for their loss of political power.
Once the military deposed Morsi and put a new civilian government in place, they discarded their facade as a ‘peaceful’ organization and returned to the sword depicted on their logo. They urged their supporters to go into the streets with guns, clubs, and whatever other weapons they could find to “fight for Islam”, embodied in Morsi’s return to power. Chanting, “Our souls, our blood, with that we defend Islam”, followers of the Muslim Brotherhood have poured into the streets by the thousands, firing their guns, attacking tanks, setting vehicles on fire, and defying the army’s efforts to restore order.
In the wake of the renewed violence, Vice President Mohammed El Baradei has resigned, saying he cannot be “responsible for one drop of blood”, and veteran Sky News cameraman, 61-year old Micky Deane was shot to death by a sniper, suggesting that journalists may have also become targets.
Not unexpectedly, the American response, coming from the President’s vacation site on Martha’s Vineyard, was vague and weak. Speaking for the President, White House deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the Egyptian interim government “must respect human rights of their people”, denying that there was any ambiguity in the American position. No doubt the message has fallen on deaf ears. The chances that these half-hearted remarks will have any impact whatever on the Egyptian government is nil. The violence, once begun, is likely to run its course, and the sides will not stop themselves for a plea to respect anyone’s rights unless something dramatic occurs to interrupt the cycle of violence.
America’s foreign policy in the Middle East has been to either side with Islamist factions, including al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, or to take no position at all. The administration sided with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood until after the coup that deposed Morsi’s government, and then took a neutral position, refusing to call the action a “coup”.
Little has been said about the loss to the world of the stability which Egypt represented under the rule of Hosni Mubarak. On the contrary, he was demonized and his overthrow was hailed as a victory for democracy. But as GerardDirect observed at the beginning of the revolution, Mubarak’s government maintained a peaceful, if not friendly, relationship with its neighbor, Israel, and was an ally to the West. By living up to Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, Mubarak was able to maintain a stable coexistence throughout his presidency. Morsi, prior to his election, was on record as wanting to abbrogate the peace treaty and “march on Jerusalem”. As we pointed out at the time, Mubarak’s overthrow opened the door for the Muslim Brotherhood, once banned, to organize enough of the Egyptian population to seize the reins of power and create a new Islamist state in Egypt.
Meanwhile Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Libya have become hotbeds of terror, and jihadis from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Muslim world are flooding into the region to join the fight for radical Islam. The increasingly combustible environment gets more unstable every day. Over 100,000 have already died in Syria, including civilians who have been tortured and murdered in cold blood by fighters on all sides of the conflict.
In Libya, the presence of al Qaeda continues to be felt, without any repercussions from the US. America’s lack of leadership throughout the region contributes to the chaos, as Egypt becomes the latest failing state, to be followed shortly, we predict, by new conflicts in Jordan and Lebanon.
Sitting in the middle of all this violence is Israel, still the only stable democratic nation in the region, may have to defend itself against a tide of terrorism emanating from all of its neighbors, with little help from the one nation supposed to be its greatest ally – the US. The President has adopted a public laissez faire policy, supported by strategic leaks and lofty pronouncements. At the same time, the US is actively, if secretly, supplying weapons and provisions to ‘rebel’ groups, including al Qaeda linked organizations. The US no longer has any real influence in the region, so we are trying to buy our way into the “minds and hearts” of the terrorists by funding them and providing them with weapons of war, leaving our true ally, Israel, to fend for itself. This policy can only make the situation worse, since it has historically been the deterrent of a strong America, coupled with Israel’s daunting military power and peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, that have helped to keep the region relatively calm for the last thirty years.
Today’s alarming escalation of violence in Egypt may well serve as added tinder in an already highly flammable region. The lack of a strong American deterrent will allow the current situation, unchecked by the threat of a strong American response, to deteriorate rapidly. Unchecked, terrorists, those whose goal it is to overthrow our democratic systems and submit them to Shariah law, will be empowered and their movement is likely to spread like wildfire.
Ilana Freedman is an intelligence analyst, who has specialized in terrorism emanating from the Middle East for over twenty years. She is editor of GerardDirect.com.
Egypt descended into chaos Wednesday after the military government stormed camps supportive of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Interim Vice President Mohamed Mustafa El Baradei resigned shortly after government officials declared a month-long state of emergency. Health officials estimated that hundreds have been killed and thousands have been injured since the operation began this morning to clear the two camps in northeast Cairo and Nahda Square. The number of casualties was expected to grow. White House officials said Wednesday that the president strongly condemned the use of violence against the protesters and called for the Egyptian government to respect human rights.
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carry a coffin inside the front door of the al Amin Mosque, prior to the funeral of supporters killed during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on pro-Morsi sit-in demonstrations the day before, at the al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City on August 15, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images)
A tractor clears the debris at Rabaa al-Adawiya square in Cairo on August 15, 2013, as smoke billows in the background, following a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi the previous day. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)
An Egyptian man looks at a list of names of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi killed during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on pro-Morsi sit-in demonstrations the day before, at the al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City on August 15, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images)
A man walks inside the burnt Rabaa Adawiya mosque, the morning after the clearing of the sit-in which was held in and around the mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, on August 15, 2013. (Photo by Ahmed Hayman/EPA)
An Egyptian man works to organise the bodies of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, killed during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on pro-Morsi sit-in demonstrations the day before, at the al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City on August 15, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images)
An Egyptian woman mourns at a mosque in Cairo where lines of bodies wrapped in shrouds were laid out on August 15, 2013, following a bloody crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi the previous day. (Photo By Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)
An Egyptian man walks between lines of bodies wrapped in shrouds at a mosque in Cairo on August 15, 2013, following a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi the previous day. (Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi take shelter inside a construction site during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on a pro-Morsi sit-in demonstration at the Rabaa al-Adweya Mosque in the Nasr City district on August 14, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images)
Egyptian Muslim brotherhood supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi look up at a vehicle burning on six October bridge during clashes with riot police after security forces dispersed Morsi supporters on August 14, 2013 in Cairo. (Photo by Khaled Kamel/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi run from Egyptian security forces firing towards them during clashes in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Manu Brabo/AP)
Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the floor of a makeshift hospital at a sit-in at Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Manu Brabo/AP)
An injured Egyptian youth is seen at a makeshift hospital during clashes between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo on August 14, 2013, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. (Photo by Mosaab El-Shamy/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carries wood to burn in a fire barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Manu Brabo/AP)
A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi takes cover behind a cooking pot from Egyptian police fire at the protest sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Manu Brabo/AP)
Supporters of ousted Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi jumps while running away from shooting by security forces in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Manu Brabo/AP)
Female supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi gather stones during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. (Photo by Mosaab El-Shamy/AFP/Getty Images)
Riot police and army soldiers protect themselves with riot shields as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones during clashes around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo August 14, 2013. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood chant slogans as they demonstrate near the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Aly Hazzaa/El Shorouk Newspaper/AP)
A police vehicle is pushed off of the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Sabry Khaled/El Shorouk Newspaper/AP)
A member of the security forces lies on the ground and another on his police vehicle that was pushed off the 6th of October bridge by protesters near the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Sabry Khaled/AP)
Egyptian supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi confront riot police at Cairo’s Mustafa Mahmoud Square after security forces dispersed Morsi supporters on August 14, 2013. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian security forces at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Khalil Hamra/AP)
An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14, 2013. (Photo by Mohammad Abdel Moneim/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick at they clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at the smaller of the two camps, near the Cairo University campus in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo by Imad Abdul Rahman/AP)