Friday, January 28, 2011

PoliticsEgypt: Taliban-type theocrats: Mubarak arrests 20 Muslim Brotherhood, Bolton predicts 1,000 more, ahead

A tweet on Twitter says "Muslim Brotherhood trying to gain political ground during the protests. We can see through that."

Update (Jan28,2k110)
"Egypt uprising; the Muslim Brotherhood a 'wildcard'," by Elizabeth Tenety, Washington Post.

John Bolton, former USA diplomat and UN Representative, said tonite on Greta's news show on Fox News TV, that it's in Egypt's Prez, Hosni Mubarak's, interest to split the Muslim Brotherhood off from the main flow of the revolutionary forces.  A revolutionary council shoud be formed so as to represent as many diverse elements (thru formally organized groups and movements, and professions). Perhaps labour unions too. To represent as broad a coalition as possible, as bearable.  Whatever else, the Brotherhood in Egypt must be excluded if an alternatively-directed leader/ship for broad democracy, not another coup de culte in a Sunni move toward Talbanism.   Remember, when Mubarak leaves Egypt (his family has already been packed up and sent out of the country), a new cabinet must be formed or, at least, some sort of Army-backed transitional govt established to prepare new elections.  An alliance of the Army and the Muslim Brotherhood woud be disastrous.  Hopefully, the Army will see the wisdom of supporting a standout leader from the current mainstream.  That woud certainly include ElBaradei, who joined the protest and added lustre to the cause of the protesting masses;  ElBaradei is surely among the top five on a shortlist.  I found what follows, at CoffeeToday (breaking news):

20 members of 
the Muslim Brotherhood 
in Egypt have been arrested


At least twenty members of the first opposition party inEgypt, the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested this morning in the capital, as reported by the party’s attorney, Abdel Maqsoud Abdelmoneim.  Those arrested include five former deputies and many other members of the politicalbureau, whose leaders are known Essam El-Erian and Mohammed Moursi.
The Muslim Brotherhood had announced late on Thursday that participate in the events scheduled for this Friday as part of a wave of protests that live in the country to demand an end to the regime of Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981 .  For its part, the Government has been willing to deal with the protests scheduled for the day today with all measures at its disposal. It includes a statement released by the Interior Ministry, which warned that “has renewed its guard” against the demonstrations and that “take decisive action to deal with the situation, according to the law.”
However, these threats are not enough for citizens from Tuesday starring protests that have already killed seven people across the country.  With the goal of leading the change, the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the Egyptian opposition leaders, Mohamed El Baradei, landed late on Thursday in the country with the promise to “lead the transition” if Hosni Mubarak leaves power.
“If people want it, and especially young people, I can handle the transition. I will leave in the lurch,” El Baradei told reporters in Vienna airport, from where he went to Cairo. “I think this is a key moment for the future of Egypt, and that change is inevitable,” he said after landing in the African country’s capital.

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I add only that Mubarak's goal at the moment is to split the Muslim Brotherhood off from the main current of the present revolutionary effort in Egypt.   At present, I tend to support Mohamed ElBaradei, newly returned from Austria, ready to serve in a transitional cabinet with all the forces represented -- except the Muslim Brotherhood which advocates full Sharia Law, a definitely represssive move modelled on the Afghanistan Taliban in alliance with Al Quaeda.  ElBaradei would constitute a Third Way, with the totalitarian Mubarak opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and its masterplan for the country.  ElBaradei has a long history of diplomacy, negotiation, support for democracy and a market economy -- while still seeking relief for Egypt's poor with its young men unemployed to the tune of 34.1% of their demographic already 2005, and I understand that figure has been and is trending up. (I shoud document further).


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