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Rubin Reports: Good News? Revolutionary Islamists Taking Power Produces Moderation and Ends Terrorism!

Muslim Brotherhood supporters waving the Egyptian flag

Muslim Brotherhood supporters waving the Egyptian flag
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Then the article quotes two experts. One explains that the revolution in Egypt “is an important step in combating terrorism in the region and undermining its appeal.” The other says that Egyptian terrorists were just mad about the Mubarak dictatorship so they have no remaining motive to use violence. But “If Islamist groups like the Brotherhood lose faith in democracy, that’s when there could be dire consequences.”

How do we prevent the Brotherhood from losing faith in democracy? Simple. Turn all the power over to them. Then presumably having their faith in democracy proven, they don’t actually need to kill anyone outside the country or repress anyone within the country.

To add insult to injury the author cites a supposed reason proving there is no problem with revolutionary Islamists taking power:

An earlier precedent might be the Zionist militants who took part in terrorist acts against the British before the creation of the State of Israel, then became leading politicians who were warmly welcomed in Washington.

I’m thinking of holding a contest so that you can explain why this “precedent” doesn’t hold. Once the state of Israel was established, those “Zionist militants” had no further demands. They didn’t want to fundamentally transform the country using mass repression nor did they have any active demands internationally. Certainly, they didn’t seek to wipe Britain off the map and if anything they were pro-American.

The mind that can make such a comparison is incapable of comprehending international affairs.

So here we are in the middle of 2012, and all of the events of the last eighteen months don’t seem to have taught the current administration’s policymakers or its supportive scribes anything. Can’t they even consider: “Hmm, perhaps this “Arab Spring” thing isn’t working out so well … “, or, “Maybe the rapid rise of revolutionary Islamist movements is just a little bit scary. Maybe we should be cautious about promoting it”? Can’t they?

About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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2 Responses to “Rubin Reports: Good News? Revolutionary Islamists Taking Power Produces Moderation and Ends Terrorism!”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    In fact, the MB has a long history of violence. The reason they were banned by the Egyptian government in the 1950s was a failed assassination attempt against Nasser. And Hamas is a branch of the MB.

    Nevertheless there is a world of difference between the MB and Hezbollah, which are basically terrorist organizations wanting power to create a theocracy; and the Turkish AKP, The Moroccan PJD, and the Tunisian Enahda, who are more like some of the religious parties in Israel. And their is also a difference between those three and Mahmoud Jibril, the liberal whose party list won the recent Libyan election who appears to simply be an observant Muslim. I would characterize none of these as being friendly to Israel but there is a difference between someone who is unfriendly and someone who is trying to murder us!

  2. This is too sophisticated for most JP readers.

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