Friday, February 4, 2011

Obama insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood were represented at his Cairo speech

This piece in The Atlantic written by Marc Ambinder in 2009 just before Obama's Cairo 'Muslim' speech---unbelievable:

'Brotherhood'  Invited To Obama Speech in Cairo

Jun 3 2009, 9:30 AM ET By Marc Ambinder 3

A sign that the Obama administration is willing to publicly challenge Egypt's commitment to parliamentary democracy: various Middle Eastern news sources report that the administration insisted that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's chief opposition party, be allowed to attend his speech in Cairo on Thursday. The brotherhood is a Salafist/ Islamist party with branches in many countries, and it does not have a reputation for liberalism and has supported violent campaigns against Israel (and Egypt's own government). It has deep roots in the region and traces its intellectual lineage to Sayyid Qutb, a top American-educated Islamic intellectual who was executed -- or martyred -- by the Egyptian government in 1966. The Brotherhood has direct links with Sunni groups like Hamas in the Palestinian territories.
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I guess this answers my question whether  the Obama administration will insist that the Muslim Brotherhood not be allowed to participate  in a new government that is formed in Egypt.  In fact,  is it more likely he will insist that they should  be a participant?

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