The MB: Our local Flip Floppers?
I just read Al Jazeera's Interview with Mahdi Akef, the MB's "Murshid" and spokesperson, where he calims that they are already in power. It's pretty amusing. Really, it is. Take this exchange for example: Aljazeera.net: You are officially banned as a party, yet you have some influence in parliament and the Shura Council. Some media refer to you as banned, yet tolerated by the Egyptian government. What is your relationship with the Egyptian government? Mahdi Akef: Dictator governments and regimes have their own terms that they like very much to enforce on the press and the media. At the beginning, the government used to call us a disbanded group. Then they called us a banned group. And I say to them the Muslim brotherhood is an Islamic organisation that acquires its legitimacy from the masses. This is the real democracy; the Muslim brotherhood has the majority of the Egyptian people. The proof is in the election results whether in syndicates or in commissions - the Muslim Brotherhood wins a majority. And they still call us a banned group despite all the media that are interviewing us. Yes, they might support you on principle, but they don't get to chose you. What you are talking about is not democracy, it's popularity. It becomes democracy when those you claim support your organization get to chose its leader and then support him. No one elected Akef, and his organization is only interested in democracy as long as it gets in power. Or am i wrong here? Now, back to the interview.. There are many media and political pundits who say they fear you coming to power because you would install an Iranian-style theocracy. Is this true? We are in Egypt and we have our own vision and our own culture, and our own way of thinking and principles that serve the interest of this nation. But those who sit on fancy chairs and say words that they themselves don't understand, we don't care about them. There are offices that get paid only to insult, criticise and attack the Ikhwan (Brotherhood) and all that we say and do. Notice how he speaks for all egyptians here? Like the MB vision is that of the Egyptian people, and as if their way of thinking is our way of thinking, and anyone who says different is an ignorant elitist who gets paid to defame the MB and should be ignored. Now, doesn't that sound exactly like the current rhetoric of the Egyptian Government and the Mubarak People? That they represent the egyptian people and anyone who critisizes them is nothing but either ignorant or a paid defamer that should be ignored? Isn't that something? Anyway... What role will minorities - Christian, Jewish, and other non-Muslims play in society in your view? We follow our religion and profit in dealing with all people in a respectful way. Islam dignifies Christians and Jews and we hope they treat us the same way. The ignorance of people is what is causing a grudge among them and not their religion. Ok, why did i find this part to be kind of scary? Does this mean that Jews and christians won't be allowed to hold posts of power? Does that mean they will have to pay a Jizzyah for protection? Does that mean that anyone who is not Christian or Jewish will be considerd an Infidel automatically? That's what Islam says, right? And now to my favorite part of the Interview, where you finally see why I don't trust the MB and consider them a bunch of Hypocrites who will do anything to get into power. This is where the MB shows their Flip Flopping nature. Ready? Okay! Flip: How do you view the Kifaya (Enough) and other pro-reform movements in Egyptian politics? Are you working with them to pressure the Egyptian government to institute vital changes to the electoral law? We are not against any of these movements; on the contrary, we rather agree with them. We all work and call for reform and when their demands meet our demands I encourage and support them. But I never stand against them even when our demands differ. The Ikhwan respect all parties and trends despite their differences. LOL! Oh really? Flop: Habib explained that the government will make use of showing citizen's opposition to foreign and American pressure, in particular for maintaining the political change in Egypt where President Hosni Mubarak assumed power since 1981. He added that the demonstration will send a message to the authorities stating that in order to be able to withstand the American pressures you have to "accelerate reforms." The deputy chairman of the Muslim Brothers described the activities if the Egyptian movement for the change "Kefaya" (Enough), which is dominated by liberals and leftists with few Islamists, as a mere parade rather that an organized group. So, it's a respected Parade then? LoL Those people are Unbelievable!