Saturday, May 14, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Running For President of Egypt

By William A. Jacobson
Legal Insurrection
May 14, 2011

Didn't the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt tell us it was not going to try to take over the country, and had no interest in the presidency? 

Indeed, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, assured the West that there was nothing to worry about (emphasis mine):
We are mindful, however, as a nonviolent Islamic movement subjected to six decades of repression, that patent falsehoods, fear mongering and propaganda have been concocted against us in Mubarak’s palaces the past 30 years and by some of his patrons in Washington. Lest partisan interests in the United States succeed in aborting Egypt’s popular revolution, we are compelled to unequivocally deny any attempt to usurp the will of the people. Nor do we plan to surreptitiously dominate a post-Mubarak government. The brotherhood has already decided not to field a candidate for president in any forthcoming elections. We want to set the record straight so that any Middle East policy decisions made in Washington are based on facts and not the shameful - and racist -- agendas of Islamophobes.
That last bit, the "shameful -- and racist -- agendas of Islamophobes" was classic.  This guy has a great future as a copywriter for Media Matters or Think Progress.

Who is Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh?  


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