Recently former president Jimmy Carter made a trip to Egypt. According to a report he wrote on his website, the purpose of his trip was to consult with leaders of the major political parties “and other who will shape the future of the nation.”
Preliminary results from delegate elections gave Islamist parties about 71 percent of the Assembly seats, (Muslim Brotherhood 47 percent and Salafists 24 percent), with the remainder divided among about a dozen political parties and independents. I was assured by U.S. State Department officials before leaving home that this victory of Islamists would be accepted and that meetings with them had already begun. The Muslim Brotherhood announced that they would not form a governing coalition with the Salafists.
Yeah, Mr. Carter; you keep right on trusting those Muslim Brotherhood-types…
He was concerned about religious parties (meaning Islam vs. Christians) would both try to have a say in upcoming elections. This is what he had to say:
They said that any religious laws implemented in the future would have special exclusions apply to Christians. There would be no repeat of problems we witnessed in South Sudan, where 95 percent of the first hands cut off for theft were among non-Muslims.
What he means by ‘non-Muslims’, of course, is Christians. 99% of the hands cut off for theft were Christians.
Next, Mr. Carter talks about the very nice visit he had with those wonderful men of peace and love, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The next morning we visited the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood and their Freedom and Justice Party. It is in a beautiful site above a prominent mosque and citadel, to which an enormous aqueduct was built in the early 16th century to furnish water from the Nile. Knowing that they had won at least 45 percent of the parliamentary seats, their leaders were making plans for the coming election for the upper house (Shura Council), discussing potential members of the Constitutional Committee, and the formation of a government.
Great, just great. The Muslim Brotherhood are prepping to be included in the next election—as basically everyone knew would happen when they were helping orchestrate the ousting of former president Mubarak. However, Carter seemed very confident that the MB’s were nothing more than honest Egyptians.
“They assured me,” Carter says, “that there would be complete civilian control of the future government but perhaps a transitional period during which the military might enjoy some special privileges.”
I feel better about the Muslim Brotherhood now, don’t you? Other than that pesky statement about ‘transitional period’—and I’m not quite sure what ‘special privileges’ their military might have, but I’m sure that’s not important…right?
Carter again tried to smooth over concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood when he said, “As did other political leaders with whom we met, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders assured me that all provisions of the Camp David Accords would be honored, including peace between Egypt and Israel and protection of Palestinian rights including withdrawal of Israelis to the 1967 borders.”
Unfortunately, I’m afraid former President Carter hasn’t heard of a little thing called taqiyya, which basically gives Muslims a free-pass to associate with non-Muslims by whatever means necessary only in order to protect (and hide) their true feelings and/or agenda.
The exact passage from Quran 3:28 says, “Let not the believers take those who deny the truth for their allies in preference to the believers – since he who does this cuts himself off from God in everything – unless it be to protect yourself against them in this way…”
In other words, Muslims are actually encouraged to pretend to be friends with those horrible non-Muslim infidel-types outwardly but never inwardly. Muhammad‘s companion, Abu Ad-Darda’ said, “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” Yikes.
Carter also met with a group of women’s rights activists and he expressed ‘disappointment’ that only 1 percent of the elected parliamentarians would be women.
“Previously existing quotas were removed,” Carter wrote, “and all the parties had moved women to the bottom of their lists. Some of the women condemned the entire electoral process, and others claimed that the newly elected government would not be an improvement.”
Wow, ya think, Mr. Carter?
Carter concluded his report by saying, “I have been to Egypt many times, and enjoyed the remarkable new atmosphere of excitement, gratitude, free sharing of ideas, and hopes for the future, all combined with some trepidation that dreams of peace, freedom, and democracy might not be realized. It is gratifying to be involved in these historic developments in Egypt.”
I would love to share Jimmy Carter’s enthusiasm for Egypt, but personally I’m just not too crazy about a country that wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I also can’t get past the fact that the group that led the revolt in ousting Mubarak—behind the scenes, of course—was the Muslim Brotherhood. And I’m not thrilled about who’s in line to take over Egypt–the Muslim Brotherhood.
There’s also the fact that Christians have been butchered in Egypt (by the Muslim Brotherhood).
And I guess I’m supposed to be over this by now—no one ever mentions it—but I’m still upset about that barely-remembered incident when our U.S. reporter Lara Logan was brutally gang-raped by a group of celebrating men in Egypt the night Mubarak left town. But again, we’re not supposed to bring that up anymore…sigh.
Sorry Mr. Carter. Maybe I’m all grown up and skeptical now, but I just can’t live in your “Sunshine and Lollipops” world anymore…