Two Options for Egypt, But Neither Option Looks Good
by DANIEL GREENFIELD
February 13, 2011
Egypt's future after Mubarak's exit will be either as a military dictatorship or an Islamic state. There are two paths here. Either Suleiman and the military will maintain control of Egypt with a few sidebar reforms. These reforms will increase the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, without giving them a direct line to take over. The other will occur if the military gives in to Obama's pressure tactics and either allows ElBaradei to form a transitional government or opens up the system all the way. The ElBaradei route will mean a repetition of the Aoun-Hezbollah alliance in Lebanon. A completely open system will repeat the ugly events of Iran in 1979. And then it's time for the US embassy to start torching papers.
The alliance between Western leftists and regional Islamists is threatening to dramatically change the Middle East, carrying on the work of the Soviet Union. The new "people's revolutions" toppling regimes no longer come from Moscow. The Soviet Union has fallen, but there are successors carrying on its work, from the Baroness Ashton to Soros.
The least that any responsible administration should do is make it clear that no Egyptian government that incorporates or allies with the Muslim Brotherhood will receive any aid. But the Obama Administration actually supports a political role for the Muslim Brotherhood.
"If Muslim extremists take over, the focus will be extreme persecution against Copts. Some people even predict genocide", said the Rev. Paul Girguis of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.
Arguably the genocide has already begun.