Not too long ago, The New York Times sent Glenn a birthday present by running an article about the ties between the protestors in Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organization that most media outlets claimed was playing a minimal role in Egypt’s revolution. Well, we aren’t sure what the occasion is today It’s Freedom Day in Belarus apparently), but the New York Times has decided to give Glenn another whopper of a gift by proving him right once again.
Glenn read from the latest from The New York Times (full story here):
In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.
It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.
And it continues:
“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.”
Who would have ever thought that the Muslim Brotherhood would end up at the forefront of the Egyptian revolution? Uh, Glenn?
“No one could have seen that coming. It was impossible to see that coming,” Pat said.
“All you have to do was take the people at their word. Just believe people,” Glenn said, recalling his statements made earlier when the conflict was happening.
“Other than that, other than listening to what was actually happening on the ground in Egypt there was no way for anyone to know that this was a possibility,” Pat added.
“Wait. Hold it. Stop right there, please. They're only 10% of the population. No one pays attention to them. There are hardly any kind of factor in Egypt right now,” Pat said. When the revolution was happening, many leftist media organizations tried to counter Glenn’s “crazy theories” by saying the Muslim Brotherhood was a small organization with limited influence.
And who is the International Crisis Group mentioned in the NYT article? A George Soros affiliated group that is now endorsing a plan to outlaw demonstrations and sit-ins.
“You need law and order. Now is the time to ban those things,” Glenn said sarcastically.
But things in Egypt aren’t going so bad, right? This new regime must be great and treating people fairly. It’s a democracy now! No?
Glenn said, “Egyptian protesters who were arrested have complained now to amnesty international about shocking treatment by the riot police under Mubarak. Police arrested at least 18 women and allegedly separated the married from the unmarried. A 21‑year‑old woman, Saha Husani said she was forced to undress in front of police and subject to virginity tests according to the BBC." (Read more here)
“That's not about Mubarak's regime. That's the new regime,” Stu pointed out. The protesters were arrested on March 9th, and Mubarak had left weeks earlier.
Since the new regime was democratic – at least that’s what the left was telling us – surely these tests were done in a fair, non-invasive, and respectful way. But then, why would the victims need to alert Amnesty International? Clearly, things are not as “democratic” as the left had lead everyone to believe.
Unfortunately for the people of Egypt and across the Middle East, it looks like Glenn’s “crazy theory” may be right after all.