Remember when not so long ago President Obama claimed the Muslim Brotherhood had zero chance at winning control of the Egyptian government? Good times, good times. So how is that working out for the Egyptians?
Several thousand opponents of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood clashed with supporters of the Islamist group near its headquarters in Cairo on Friday, and at least 40 people were wounded, authorities said.
Columns of riot police fired tear gas as the rival groups tussled in the streets around the Brotherhood headquarters. Protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and stones, a witness said.
The only reason the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t machine gunning down Egyptians in the street is because they don’t yet posses total control over the military. While Egyptian President Morsi has been doing his best to reshuffle the officer corps and put into position hand chosen Islamists ready to do the MB’s calling, considering the size of the Egyptian military and its long standing independence from civil society he is still some months away from his goal. No worries. Morsi is moving full steam towards establishing his very own Brown Shirt Islamist murder squads ready and willing to pillage and rape for the greater glory of Islam.
Now, the Brotherhood and allied Islamists are taking a cue from their Shiite counterparts in Tehran and have announced they are setting up a civilian force with the power to arrest those they deem to be criminals.
The Muslim Brotherhood first hinted at setting up a militia on December 16 when Vice Chairman Essam Erian of its Freedom and Justice Party said it needed defenses in the wake of clashes. “They would have defended themselves in front of the presidential palace and killed the other [anti-Brotherhood] protesters,” he said. At around the same time, Jama’a al-Isla/miya threatened to set up a pro-Brotherhood militia to “protect private and public property and counter the aggression on innocent citizens.”
The Brotherhood and Jam’a al-Islamiya have announced their intention to set up a joint civilian police force with other Islamists.
So what is the Obama administration response to Morsi’s murderous attitude towards the Egyptian people? Why give the Muslim Brotherhood more money and military supplies to be used towards subjugating the Egyptian people of course.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for president Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250m in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy“.
Just in case there was any lingering doubt, on Sunday Morsi has made it crystal clear what he has in mind for the Egyptian people should the protests against his totalitarian rule not end:
“If I have to do what is necessary to protect this nation I will, and I am afraid that I may be close to doing so,” a visibly angry Morsi said in an animated speech to the opening session of a conference on women’s rights.
“I will do so very, very soon. Sooner than those trying to shake the image of this nation think,” said the Islamist leader who took office in June as the country’s first freely elected president.
“Let us not be dragged into an area where I will take a harsh decision,” he warned.