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Hamid: Morsi's Fall a Blow to Islamist Groups

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 11:12 PM

The overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is a huge blow to Islamic political groups and sets the stage for more grass-roots uprisings in the Middle East, according to Dr. Tawfik Hamid, a one-time Islamic extremist from Egypt.

"Tunisia will be the first country to follow Egypt on this," Hamid, author of "Inside Jihad" told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will be evidence that Islam is not the solution anymore and it will be a clear message for those trying to use their religion to implement political agenda that they failed.

"They failed in Somalia, in Afghanistan, and here, in Egypt, the mother country of the Brotherhood. … This will be the biggest blow in the history of the Islamic political groups."

Morsi's downfall, according to Hamid, came because although he was Egypt's first democratically elected president, he "betrayed the soul and the spirit" of democracy.

"He did not really treat people equally. He turned against the pro-democracy groups and put them in prison, those who helped him to come to power," he said.

"And at the same time [he] released the jihadists and terrorists from prison ... terrorists who killed several tourists in Egypt in the Luxor massacre."

In addition, pro-Morsi groups killed demonstrators who congregated around the president's Ettehadiya palace, according to Hamid.

"In fact, many of [those on] Facebook and social media who were against Morsi were killed last year during Morsi's presidency by shots [to the] head," he said.

Hamid — who is on the advisory council of The Intelligence Summit, an annual conference on security — said the United States, which gives over $1 billion in aid every year to Egypt, must now support a "real democracy, not the pseudo-democracy.

"The Islamists may try to show that they are allies but when you read the literature of the Muslim Brotherhood … you can clearly see that they have anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-West agenda."

He added: "This is the first time we have seen millions of [demonstrators] daring to say no to political Islam, no to Muslim Brotherhood, no to the system that wants to implement the barbaric Sharia rules. … [This] will affect and influence change all over the world."

Meanwhile, the immediate future of Morsi, whose exact whereabouts are unknown, appears bleak.

"He will be taken to legal court and he will likely face the same end like Mubarak … because he was collaborating in killing people," Hamid said.

"So his end is likely to be in prison or something in this direction."

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