THE POWER ELITE AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
January 7, 2013
[Note: Perhaps one reason Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't want to testify regarding the recent terrorist attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya is that she would be asked why the Obama administration handed Libya over to Al-Qaeda! Former Muslim Brotherhood (MB) member Walid Shoebat on his website has claimed: "We have come into possession of an array of records obtained from top level sources inside the Libyan government. They include passports of Al-Qaeda operatives and identification of terrorists from many nations...now all camped in Libya....(The documents) show evidence of bribes by the government to top officials, weapons dealings, and bank siphoning by Al-Qaeda operatives." Shoebat's documents indicate Al-Qaeda operatives now in Libya include Abdul Wahhab Hasan Qayed (officially in charge of Libyan border control), Sufyan Gammu of Ansar Al-Sharia (and one of the most wanted Al-Qaeda members), and Abdul Baset Azzouz (head of Al-Qaeda in Darnah, Libya). Al-Qaeda literally runs the Libyan government, and therefore controls the largest oil-producing nation in Africa. This could provide Al-Qaeda with a steady stream of money, and therefore enable it to carry out terrorist plots for decades to come.]
As I have written before, the Power Elite (PE) doesn't like strong national leaders because they might decide to act independently in a way not desired by the PE. Therefore, just as the PE wanted strong nationalists like Mossadegh in Iran removed from power in 1953 and Saddam Hussein removed from power in Iraq more recently, the PE now has decided Bashar al-Assad's time is up in Syria. However, they have not armed the revolutionaries sufficiently to rout his army because they want his removal by negotiated settlement, probably under the auspices of the United Nations.
I have also written how the PE's goal of a World Socialist Government (WSG) will be achieved by linking regional economic arrangements. This involves revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa bringing most Arab/Muslim nations under the control of the MB. This is why MB leader Mohamed Morsi became president of Egypt. However, because the PE doesn't want strong national leaders, Morsi's recent attempt to decree himself almost dictatorial power was resisted by large protests, and Morsi retreated from his power quest.
Originally, Morsi said his November 22 decree was to preserve the Egyptian revolution overthrowing Hosni Mubarek. It placed him above judicial oversight so that the Constitutional Court (CC) appointed by Mubarek could't dissolve the panel drafting the new Constitution. In April, the CC had dissolved the Constitutional Assembly which was drafting the Constitution, and on June 30 the CC had dissolved the lower house of parliament.
The PE doesn't want the Taliban's extreme interpretation of Sharia (Islamic law), and Morsi has endorsed the new Constitution's reference to "the principles of Sharia" rather than Sharia itself. Human Rights Watch, though, "warns that the document is ambiguous on women's rights, allows military trials of civilians and offers no protection for religions beyond Islam, Christianity and Judaism" (TIME, December 24, 2012). Some of the protests against Morsi's decree had become violent (on December 5, eight were killed and hundreds wounded), but MB lawyer Mohamed Beltagy advised against violence saying that once the new Constitution became law, the people could simply vote the MB out of power, if they wanted, in the parliamentary elections in 2 months (TIME, December 24, 2012).
On December 25. Egypt's electoral commission confirmed that by 63.8% of the vote (voter turnout was only 32.9%), the new Constitution was approved. And parliamentary elections will be held by the end of February.
Morsi's opponents are led by Mohamed ElBaradei, and among their grounds for opposing Morsi is that the latter is using the same "torture chambers" as Mubarek did! Egyptian newspaper Al-MASRY AL-YOUM reported: "There are brigades and police officers in military uniforms, as well as others in civilian clothes...who oversee the beatings, whippings and torture." Once a protester against Morsi is arrested, "they ask him why he took to the street, whether he got paid to take part in the protest and whether he supports Mohamed ElBaradei or Hamdeen Sabahi (founder of the Egyptian Popular Current)....As long as the person denies the allegations, they beat him and insult his parents. Beatings continued while the victims were transported from the secondary torture chamber to the central one. Many of the prisoners were unable to answer questions after severe beatings, and they were not given medical aid despite bleeding over their entire bodies."
The MB is well organized, though, and extremely practical. Therefore, they will in all likelihood make whatever compromises they have to in order to remain in power in Egypt.
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Elsewhere, on January 1, 2013 AL-KHALEEJ (a Sharjah-based newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, UAE) reported that an Egyptian MB cell of more than 10 people had been arrested in the UAE for training local Islamists on how to overthrow Arab governments. Remember that on March 25, 2012 the police chief of Dubai, UAE, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan, claimed that the "Brotherhood was plotting to change the regimes in the Gulf (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE). My sources say the next step is to make Gulf governments (their ruling families) figurehead bodies only without actual ruling. The start will be in Kuwait in 2013 and in other Gulf states in 2016."
This past October, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said, "The Muslim Brotherhood does not believe in the nation state. It does not believe in the sovereignty of the state." This is why the MB fits perfectly into the PE's ultimate plan for a WSG.
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