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March 25, 2011

NYT: Muslim Brotherhood takes leading role in post-Mubarak Egypt (Updated)

Topics: Africa, Egypt, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

Clearly, all those American analysts who, during the Egyptian uprising, confidently asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood had little power and influence in Egypt, and that the post-Mubarak political landscape there would feature the flowering of a secular, pro-Western democracy ... were obviously (to all but them) dead wrong ... as even the fish wrap Times now reports:

A banner hung by the Muslim Brotherhood in a square in Alexandria instructed voters that it was their "religious duty" to vote 'yes' on the amendments.

In the end, 77.2 percent of those who voted said yes.

Meanwhile, we're busy helping out those "freedom-loving" rebels in Libya ... and we haven't even the slightest clue as to whether of not their motivation is an Islamist state or a democracy. One would think that the fact that the West being on the same side as al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood would give even the clueless Obama administration an idea as to what's going on.

Update: Streiff makes a highly relevant observation over at RedState that someone once observed that a liberal's life consists of confronting one unexpected suprise after another and that it is safe to say that the same can be said of the typical Ivy League foreign policy wonk, to the extent they are different groups of people:

A lot of people of all political persuasions were excited by the "Jasmin" revolution that started in Tunisia and spread, near instantly, to Egypt and resulted in the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak. Just like the situation in Libya, no one took the time to ask what we knew about the demonstrators before we cast our lot with them.

The average citizen can be excused. The stripey pants set in Foggy Bottom, not so much.

Posted by Richard at March 25, 2011 7:58 AM

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