D’Souza: Obama May Encourage Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 02:16 PM

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President Barack Obama may embolden the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in the Brotherhood’s effort to overthrown a pro-American dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, renowned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza tells Newsmax.TV.

Egypt’s political situation presents an irony for the United States, says D’Souza, president of The King’s College in New York City and author of the recent book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”

“In Egypt, you have a democratic wave. In some ways that seems to be what America has always wanted. We stand for democracy,” he says. “Yet in Egypt, democracy may result in the rise to power of a group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the inventor and largest representative of Islamic radicalism.”

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So democracy might ironically result not only in an Egyptian government detrimental to Israel, but also to U.S. foreign policy, D’Souza says.

“This puts Obama in an interesting bind. It’s not surprising that he’s been pretty coy, saying almost nothing. I think he’s trying to decide how to come out on this.”

In Obama’s view, the United States is a neo-colonial power occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, D’Souza says. “He sees the Muslims fighting against America as freedom fighters. This gives him a somewhat romanticized view of Islamic radicals.”

As a result, Obama may not view the Muslim Brotherhood as a problem.

In his eyes, they may be “good guys trying to liberate Egypt from this horrible dictator Mubarak, supported by us, the rogue nation,” D’Souza says.

“So Obama might encourage the democracy movement, not because he’s an idealist about democracy, but because he might approve of the overthrow of a pro-American dictator and a reduced footprint for America in that region.”

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