They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Illusion of Power

 Foreign policy, security apparatus, issues of 'national security' -all under the control of the military. No wonder the US was seen to be supportive of the MB -why wouldn't they be?  The MB was a toothless government unlikely to disturb the status quo in relation to Israel.  Economically liberal and relatively democratic, these Islamists are the sort the US can live with. But that was before the military coup......

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Illusion of Power (Op-Med) (Kindle Location 20). German Marshall Fund. .
[...] The MB’s choice of acting alone and of being substantially
compliant with the military instead of helping to build a
democratic front during the roller coaster-like ups and
downs of the transitional period has so far seriously 
undermined the possibility of making the SCAF accountable to
democratic forces.
Looking at the long history of the Brotherhood, one is led to
believe that the MB played the old strategy of searching for
a political compromise with the regime (this time repre-
sented by the SCAF) at the expense of a truly democratic
posture. Will this strategy pay off in the long run? Link

This article was published in 2012