The United States is on the record as supporting democracies. But has a track record of backing dictatorships over representative governments if the alternative is a leadership whose policies are contrary to the USA’s interests.
That dilemma is facing the United States today as Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade reign as president of Egypt enters its twilight.
Mubarak’s announcement that he won’t seek reelection in September because of the massive demonstrations demanding his immediate ouster leaves the United States – and Egypt’s neighbor – Israel – in a quandary. Do they support the formation of a representative government if it is heavily influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood, which is technically outlawed in Egypt, has been an active part of the more than two-week-long demonstrations since their fifth day. It was represented on Sunday in talks between protest leaders and the government. And President Obama has suggested that the Brotherhood be included in any new government that’s formed.
But Avi Perry, author of 72 Virgins and host of a show on the Paltalk News Network Mondays at 7 PM New York time, says Obama should be careful what he wishes for because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ties to terrorism.
“The number two two al Qaeda person is a former number two Muslim Brotherhood person,” Perry said in an interview with Gary Baumgarten on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network.
“Hamas, in Gaza, is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Giving the Brotherhood a say in a new Egyptian government, he warns, would be a mistake.
“The Muslim Brotherhood, in a free democratic election, will get a minimum, in my opinion 40 percent of the vote. Then they will have, not just a seat at the table, they will have huge influence over what’s happening.”
And despite the public posturing its representatives are taking during the crisis, the Brotherhood, Perry says, is an organization of Muslim fundamentalists