JPOST: You Have to Hand it to the Brotherhood

Sunday, 24 June 2012 11:58 AM

JERUSALEM — "You have to hand it to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. They know how to play power politics. They know how to acquire power. And they know how to use power," writes Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick in a column published on the newspaper's website just days before the winner of Egypt's presidential election was announced.

"The Brotherhood kept a very low profile in the mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square in January and February 2011 that led to the overthrow of then-president Hosni Mubarak," writes Glick, referring to an account that ran in the Wall Street Journal. "The Brotherhood’s absence from Tahrir Square at that time is what enabled Westerners to fall in love with the Egyptian revolution."

"Those demonstrations led to the impression, widespread in the U.S., that Mubarak’s successors would be secular Facebook democrats. The role that Google’s young Egyptian executive Wael Gonim played in organizing the demonstrations was reported expansively."

"His participation in the anti-regime protests – as well as his brief incarceration – was seen as proof that the next Egyptian regime would be indistinguishable from Generation X and Y Americans and Europeans."

The Brotherhood, writes Glick, collaborated with secular Egyptians in opposing the military, showing that they are willing to "negotiate in bad faith" to achieve their goals.

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