Monday, February 16, 2009

Egypt, Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mubarak of Egypt.

There is a suspicion that the Muslim Brotherhood, and its offshoots such as Hamas and Hezbollah, work to the advantage of Israel and its friends.

It has been reported that the CIA and MI6 have used the Muslim Brotherhood to weaken countries such as Egypt, Syria, and Iran. (aangirfan: The Shah of Iran was toppled by the CIA and MI6?)

Abdel-Moneim Said, on 12 February 2009, at Al-Ahram Weekly, wrote Illusions of the phoenix.

He argues that throughout the recent crisis in Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood "failed to pay even lip service to Egyptian national interests."

Among the points made:

1. Egypt tried to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Egypt warned Hamas not to resume the firing of missiles.

Hamas wrongly believed that any invasion would last no more than 3 days.

2. There has been a well orchestrated propaganda campaign against Egypt.

It began when the Iranian "masses" attacked the Egyptian Embassy in Tehran.

Anti-Egyptian slogans were shouted in Damascus, Beirut and other capitals.

3. The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza is of key importance.

"Egypt sustained the movement of food and medicine across that border, sometimes with Israel's cooperation but more often in defiance of Israel.

"Yet Hamas kept up its attack on Egypt.

"It staged a mass breakthrough into Egyptian territory, it boycotted the signing of a reconciliation agreement with Fatah and then started a war that could not have been more poorly planned and timed, coming when the Palestinian rift was at its most fraught."

4. During the Israeli attack, Egypt was the only country to:

1. actively campaign for a ceasefire.

2. furnish aid to the Palestinians.

3. push for the passage and subsequent implementation of a Security Council resolution and ceasefire.

4. prepare for the reconstruction of Gaza.

"Other Arab and Muslim governments did nothing beyond staging demonstrations and issuing anti-Egyptian statements."

5. How did the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood react to all this?

They joined anti-Egyptian demonstrators.

The Brotherhood did not call upon Tehran to launch any of its long-range missiles during the battle.

Nor did it urge Syria or Hizbullah to open a second front, even though portions of their territory remain occupied.

Nor did it suggest that Turkey sever diplomatic relations with Israel and stop sending it spare parts for its war planes.

aangirfan: Will the CIA topple Egypt's Mubarak?

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