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Not their friends

So much for that wonderful US-inspired democratisation process washing across the Middle East:

Police arrested 45 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood Monday as part of Egypt’s ongoing campaign against the country’s strongest opposition group, the group and police officials said.

The Brotherhood said in a statement that 16 of its members were arrested at dawn on Monday in Sharqiyya Province, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Cairo. Eleven others, including two children, were arrested in the southern town of Beni Sueif, according to the statement posted on the group’s Web site.

Later Monday, 18 additional members were arrested in Kafr el-Sheikh, the group said.

Police officials confirmed the arrests on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Monday’s crackdown was the second in Sharqiyya in the past two days. The interior ministry announced Sunday that it had arrested 14 Brotherhood members in the province. They were ordered detained for 15 days pending investigation.

Of course, the real reason behind the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood is as convincing as the international blockade against Hamas. After all, the West doesn’t want to support real democracy in the Middle East, does it? We all know which parties would win.

14 comments ↪
  • Carrie Lewis

    How interesting.

    An alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood which championed the Nazis in WW2 and an Independent Australian Jewish Voice.

    Strange bedfellows.

  • Andre

    An alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood which championed the Nazis in WW2 and an Independent Australian Jewish Voice.

    As opposed to the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood which championed the Nazis in WW2 and Israel?

  • al loomis

    just possibly the muslim brotherhood were against the occupying power, great britain, rather more than in love with the nazis. many irish felt the same way.

    and, the jews got a better standard of tolerance from moslem lands than they did in the west. it was only after the invasion and occupation of palestine that moslem societies began to hate jews. hardly surprising.

  • Andre

    Indeed.

    It's strange how Israel's amen corner keeps having to reach back 60 years for evidence to indict Arabs. By that measure, Germany should still be regarded as a Nazi state, for having given birth to the party.

  • Carrie Lewis

    It’s strange how Israel’s amen corner keeps having to reach back 60 years for evidence to indict Arabs. By that measure, Germany should still be regarded as a Nazi state, for having given birth to the party.

    As opposed to the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood which championed the Nazis in WW2 and Israel?

    So who's going back 60 years here?

    The only diffference is that there never has been alliance between Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood and, in any event, the MB's fascist philosophy remains extant to this very day so I repeat what I said before.

    An alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood which championed the Nazis in WW2 and an Independent Australian Jewish Voice."

    Strange bedfellows.

  • Andre

    On the contrary, there has been an alliance between Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood, otherwise, Hamas would never have gotten it's start in Palestine.

    As for the Muslim Brotherhood's philosophy, it is simplistic and ignorant to describe it as fascistic, particularly in light of Israel's stated aims of maintaining Jewish purity in Israel – which is the antithesis of democracy.

  • Carrie Lewis

    Andre,

    Give up. You're out of your depth and re-inventing history. Your last post proves it.

  • Andre

    I proved you wrong when we last had this debate Carrie. In fact, I am still quite astounded at your ignorance over the orgins of Hamas and the role played by Israel.

    Merely repeating the propaganda does not make it true, not matter what Bush tells you.

  • viva peace

    It is actually the Egyptian government that is cracking down of the Broherhood, and quite right too. If you knew anything about middle east politics (which you do not), you would know that for years young Egyptian women have been terrified of open elections as the truly hideous Brotherhood would gain significant power.

    It should surprise no-one that the Brotherhood has long been a source of Islamic fascism from Haj Amin al-Husseini to Arafat, and of course Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood.

  • viva peace

    al loomis

    Quite wrong. The Brotherhood secretly collaborated with the British, as the Brotherhood, like all Muhamddans, hated the secular Nasser even more.

  • viva peace

    Andre

    It’s strange how Israel’s amen corner keeps having to reach back 60 years for evidence to indict Arabs.

    YOU were the one who brought up "Arabs."First of all, it is "Muslims" who are being discussed by eberybody else. Second of all, every single person on the planet only has to reach back about, ohh…, five minutes to "indict" Islamists and their vile culture.

  • Carrie Lewis

    I proved you wrong when we last had this debate Carrie. In fact, I am still quite astounded at your ignorance over the orgins of Hamas and the role played by Israel.

    You didn't prove me wrong at all. You wrongly made the claim that Hamas was created after the 1967 war in this thread http://antonyloewenstein.com/blog/2007/05/…abbi…

    You even quoted some nebbish Richard Sale who you said pointed out in a piece for UPI:

    Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

    I insisted that Hamas was formed in 1987 so you googled again and found another quote from someone called Robert Dreyfuss but even your own source confirmed that Hamas was founded in 1987 proving what I was saying about Richard Sale i.e. that he was talking out of his backside.

    Merely repeating the propaganda does not make it true

    Agreed and you are living testament to the truth of this proposition.

    not matter what Bush tells you

    I'm not on speaking terms with Bush and I don't know where you got that ridiculous idea from.

    Fact is, you have no credibility and neither do your sources.

  • Andre

    Viva,

    It is actually the Egyptian government that is cracking down of the Broherhood, and quite right too.

    So I take it you are opposed to democratic reforms n Egypt? Thanks for clarifying your love for tyranny Viva, I always knew your ID had to be an exercise in taking the piss. Better to suppress the right of the people than consider allowing them a say in how their country should be run.

    Second of all, every single person on the planet only has to reach back about, ohh…, five minutes to “indict” Islamists and their vile culture.

    The same thing coudl be said about Israel. Another own goal.

    Carrie,

    You are being intellectually dishonest. I listen the research of Robert Dreyfuss also supports this theory. in that thread, including a comment from Yitzak Rabin, who confesses to Arafat that supporting Hamas was a big mistake.

    Even Yitzhak rRabin aknowledged Israel’s role in the creation of Hamas. According to Dreyfus, during the Oslo process,

    Rabin told Arafat that it was “a fatal error” for the Israelis to have encouraged the growth of Hamas.

    I am amazed you have the gall lecture to me about credibility when your position is contradicted by a former Israeli Prime Minister.

  • Andre

    Carrie,

    Another interesting tid bit from Dreyfuss' book, "Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam".

    When Nasser died in 1970 and Anwar Sadat took over as president of Egypt, he had no political base. Sadat encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood to come back to Egypt, beginning in 1971. Said Ramadan led a Saudi-supported delegation to meet with Sadat. The Brotherhood returned to Egypt and began to organize, with Sadat's official encouragement, and certainly with the knowledge and support of the United States. And they not only created mosques, but took over al-Azhar, the main center of the Islamic thought in Cairo and, really, in the world, some people would say, and became a major political and religious presence in Egypt, as well.

    Not only that, the United States and Israel, apparently with Jordan's help, encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in a virtual civil war that began in the 1970s. There were training camps in Jordan and in Lebanon, supported by King Hussein and by the Israelis, with full knowledge of the United States, to train Muslim Brotherhood commandos to try to destabilize the Syrian regime. So the Muslim Brotherhood was essentially an underground force that was allied, to a significant degree, with America's allies in the Middle East. The Syrian Civil War, the Lebanese Civil War, the Jordanian Black September Civil War, many of these conflicts that all revolved around control of the Middle East and, in a larger sense, control of the Middle East oil resources, pit the United States against anything that looked like a nationalist force.