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Is American policy in Egypt causing the birth pangs of an Islamic Democracy or the death throes of a secular dictatorship?

After 9/11, we have evolved a consistent and well planned strategy of weakening our adversary who attacked us on that fateful day. We have used techniques that are very subtle and look perfectly legitimate on the outside. Had we not done this we would have endangered our homeland to more such attacks that would have been far more devastating ones which would make 9/11 look like child’s play. So we should thank our strategists at the Pentagon who devised this long term and devious strategy that would sap the enemy’s vital strengths by pitting one force in the enemy camp against the other.

Muslim Brotherhood demonstrates in Cairo. The Brotherhood made remarkable gains in this election in Egypt. Before 9/11, issues like Algeria being under a secular dictatorship never bothered us, so why is Egypt singled out today for being a dictatorship and through this the Muslim Brotherhood being strengthened?

This question is in the minds of many in the Middle East. What does the world gain by destabilizing a less fundamentalist dictatorship and helping to strengthen an out-and-out fanatic movement like the Muslim Brotherhood. The reason is that Egypt – the land of Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of 9/11, will be embroiled in a fratricidal war between the government forces and the thugs of the Brotherhood. It is not in our interests to see the Mubarak regime collapse completely, but we would gain if Egypt is embroiled in a civil war of sorts. This will make it difficult for Egypt to build its nuclear capability clandestinely which it has been doing since its defeat in 1971, at the hands of Israel, in spite of early Egyptian gains in that war by crossing the Suez Canal. This defeat proved to the Egyptian government that the only way out to destroy Israel was to first open negotiations, get back as much land as it can, and clandestinely build its nuclear capability to deliver the final fatal blow against Israel when the time is ripe.

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What we say may sound like bullcrap, but believe me you, this is no beltway buzz and the more clearly we get to know this, the better for us to fight the enemy who gave us 9/11.

Not many of us see our strategy in the GWOT (Global War on terror) in this light. But at times this is perceivable. During the heat of our last Presidential election campaign, Retired Gen. Wesley Clark stated that the Pentagon had drawn up plans to liberate seven Islamic countries. The list included Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan and Egypt. (according to some accounts the list includes: Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia, and Sudan)

The last two countries Pakistan and Egypt, would raise an eyebrow. They are our allies in the GWOT, so why would the US want to act against these countries? Or at least against the established regimes in these countries. Both Musharraf and Mubarak are our pals. So why would we ever want to act against them anytime in the future?

Pakistan's nukes in American Crosshairs - someday?

The answer lies in the hostile populations they rule. The Egyptians and the Pakistanis are not friendly towards the USA, although their government have gone in for a marriage of convenience with us. Even this marriage of convenience is to stave off American action against their countries. As General Pervez Musharraf stated immediately after he announced that he was dumping the Taliban and making common cause with us in the war against the Taliban. He said that he was following the example set by Prophet Mohammed in signing the Treaty of Hudaibiya

For those of us who do not know, this treaty was signed to stave off any attacks on the nascent Muslim at Medina from the non-Muslim and powerful Quraish clan of Mecca. And this treaty was promptly broken and the Quraish were attacked and defeated by Mohammed when he became stronger than the Quraish. That the President of Pakistan invoked the memory of this treaty, gave us a glimpse in to this mind. He was entering in to a marriage of convenience with the USA to protect Pakistan’s Strategic assets – the nuclear arsenal from an American attack. This fact has not escaped the planners at the Pentagon and this is the reasoning for Pakistan’s inclusion in the least of seven countries.

Pervez Musharraf also knows what is store for his country and in a rare moment of candor, he has said that after Iraq is done with, American could attack Paksitan. In this he not completely right. Pakistan’s turn will not come immediately, but it will have to await its turn after Iran is dealt with!

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Because of American pressure on Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood, is raising its hood in Egypt!

Egypt has been a secular (i.e. as it is not a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy, although it is a Muslim nation with all the trappings of Islam). In fact Egypt has been this way ever since the Muslim have overrun the land. Either Egypt has been an Islamic theocratic Monarchy or it has been a secular dictatorship ever since Nasser deposed the king to take over the reins of this country. After Nasser died, he was succeeded by Anwar Sadat who was assassinated by a Muslim Brotherhood supporter and was succeeded by his brother-in-law Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak has ruled Eqypt for over two decades now and it is our pressure on him to foster democracy that has forced his hand in loosening his grip on Egypt.

The result? The Muslim Brotherhood, is raising its hood.

Before 9/11, issues like Algeria being under a secular dictatorship never bothered us, so why is Egypt singled out today for being a dictatorship?

(Visit : historyofjihad.org/egypt.html)

This question is in the minds of many in the Middle East. What does the world gain by destabilizing a less fundamentalist dictatorship and helping to strengthen an out-and-out fanatic movement like the Muslim Brotherhood. The reason is that Egypt – the land of Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of 9/11, will be embroiled in a fratricidal war between the government forces and the thugs of the Brotherhood. It is not in our interests to see the Mubarak regime collapse completely, but we would gain if Egypt is embroiled in a civil war of sorts.

This will make it difficult for Egypt to build its nuclear capability clandestinely which it has been doing since its defeat in 1971, at the hands of Israel, in spite of early Egyptian gains in that war by crossing the Suez Canal. This defeat proved to the Egyptian government that the only way out to destroy Israel was to first open negotiations, get back as much land as it can, and clandestinely build its nuclear capability to deliver the final fatal blow against Israel when the time is ripe. A strategy followed by the PLO’s (Palestinian Liberation Organization) Fatah also. But the Fatah (Victory) is in an unseemly hurry to destroy the Jewish state, while the Egyptians are going about the same objective with secrecy, while maintaining a sedate face outwardly.

So what better way to employ the same technique of deception against a deceptive enemy. The Islamic world is an enemy of Israel and the entire Western world. To neutralize this enemy, and make the world a safer place is the prime aim of US policy. And this has become critically urgent after 9/11. Hence while in Algeria in the 1990s when an elected Muslim fundamentalist party was prevented from holding the reins of power by a military coup, we remained silent supporters of the military regime, that indulged in a bloody war with the Islamists, with barbarities committed by both sides. When we could silently support a military when it upset a legitimate election result albeit one that elected a murderous Islamist party to power, why did we have to upset the applecart in Egypt when the country was firmly under the thumb of the Mubarak regime. The reason is to destabilize it and prevent another threat emerging to the US and proximately to our ally Israel.

The Israeli policy of puling out of Gaza also has the same stratagem of pitting the Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Fatah against each other, so in their infighting Israel remains safe – or rather as safe as possible. That the Islamists will all collaborate while attacking Israel is another matter. But the fulcrum of our policy in the Middle East has been to pit one set of Muslim murderers against another and it needs to be further honed in this direction. We need to succeed on a global scale in doing this, if we are to let Islam self-destruct while making the job easier for us to give the final push to a weakened enemy and make our world a safer place.

Story Credits: War on Jihad team

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