There are more than a few who want to take a wait-and-see approach before they say anything from the ease of their recliners, or who go so far as to create wild and fanciful theories about the President secretly in league with the Muslim Brotherhood, but using simply search strings on this new fangled thing called Google, one can easily identify the issues. Or, you can go to news sites and see what they say.
Regarding the Muslim Brotherhood, reports today suggests that they will not run a candidate, or that the threat is overblown, and their contribution to the protests were met with stiff resistance and a call to unity. The issue with these protests, as I noted when I first started running my take, is that there is a possiblity that it may lead to a fundamentalist Islamic country. Professor Zunes believes that the MB aren’t as a big of a deal as they publicly claim to be. (By the way, the Professor answers several questions about the issue at that link):
Q: What role do you believe the Muslim Brotherhood is playing in the Egypt protests and does that organization enjoy broad support among the Egyptian people?
A: The demonstrations are led primarily by young people who are not only anti-regime, but find the aging leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood as out of touch with their day-to-day realities as the government. There seems little support for the more extreme Islamists either. The Brotherhood’s refusal to endorse the protests until after they started and were clearly gaining support was clearly opportunistic and doesn’t help their standing
I hope that the mounting international pressure on Mubarak will cause him to begin the process of real reforms to meet the protesters’ demands, thereby preventing a power vacuum. From the looks of it, the military will not be joining the police in attacks against the people, which is a good thing.
For a live report from the streets of Cairo, read this one.
- What is the Muslim Brotherhood? (cnn.com)
- Mubarak or Muslim Brotherhood not Egypt’s only choice: Experts (content.usatoday.com)
- Egypt’s Brotherhood is no threat to West: Islamist (reuters.com)
- Good News: Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leaders (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- “Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood” and related posts (online.worldmag.com)
- As Egypt falls the Muslim Brotherhood promises those aligned with the West will follow (notalemming.wordpress.com)
- “Muslim Brotherhood Joins in Egypt Protests” and related posts (worldthreats.com)