The Arab revolution that began on 18 December 2010 and swept rulers from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen (and now threatening to do so in Syria as well), was touted by the West as “Arab Spring” and lauded by the POS in the White House.
More and more, however, Arab Spring is turning into an Islamic Winter in hell, specifically a triumph for the radical politico-religious movement called the Muslim Brotherhood, whose goal is a pan-Islamic (uniting all the world’s Muslim countries) theocracy.
After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled last year, the military took control, determined to restrict the power of the Muslim Brotherhood. The military traditionally sees itself as the guardian of the Egyptian state. The military leadership in the form of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dissolved Parliament, where Brotherhood members held about 50% of the seats.
In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi, a leading figure in the Brotherhood, was elected Egypt’s president. Upon winning the presidency, Morsi promptly declared that very little would change but that “Our capital shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing.”
Yesterday, in a stunning swift move, Morsi purged the Supreme Council of senior military leaders and installed his man, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, as defense minister.
Kareem Fahim reports for the New York Times, August 12, 2012, that President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and several senior generals, in a stunning purge that seemed for the moment to reclaim for civilian leaders much of the political power the Egyptian military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.
Morsi also nullified a constitutional declaration, issued by the military before he was elected, that eviscerated the powers of the presidency and arrogated to the military the right to enact laws. It was not immediately clear whether he had the constitutional authority to cancel that decree.
Morsi also replaced the commanders of the Navy, Air Force and air defense, and named a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as his vice president. The current chief of military intelligence, Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, would become the country’s new defense minister.
Neither the White House nor the State Department offered any immediate reaction to Morsi’s actions on Sunday.
It is noteworthy that last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with President Mohamed Morsi and the now-ousted defense minister, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Recall that Obama had congratulated Morsi on his electoral victory and ordered Egypt’s military to speedily hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood or risk losing billions of dollars in U.S. military and economic aid.
The Society of the Muslim Brothers … is the world’s most influential and one of the largest Islamist movements, and is the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. Founded in Egypt in 1928 as a Pan-Islamic, religious, political, and social movement by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna … Its ideas had gained it supporters throughout the Arab world…. Its most famous slogan, used worldwide, is “Islam is the solution.”
The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for …ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state”. The movement officially opposes violent means to achieve its goals, although it at one time encompassed a paramilitary wing and its members were involved in massacres, bombings and assassinations of political opponents; notably Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud an-Nukrashi Pasha and the movement’s own founder Hassan al-Banna.
H/t FOTM’s beloved Grouchy Fogie.