Millions of Egyptians are in the streets demanding the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt for their totalitarian theocratic policies. But many of America’s leading Islamists are sticking by Morsi and condemning the protesters on social media.
“Only in Egypt, Mubarak supporters, military rulers, anti-Islamists, confused leftists, anarchists, & some well-meaning activists undo a democratic election,” Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloushwrote on his Twitter feed Saturday, linking to a longer post on his Facebook page. “This is not about how successful of a president Morsi is, it is about understanding democracy and accepting its outcome as the choice of the majority. A strong opposition is needed to have good checks and balances, but through legitimate and non violent means only. Do you really believe that fulools [remnants of the Mubarak regime] are seeking democracy?”
Of the millions who took to the streets, only “some” are “well-meaning activists” in Ayloush’s judgment. And he seems to think elections are the only acceptable time for citizens to petition their government. Living in California, he should know better. Americans can try to recall their elected officials, but Egyptians apparently shouldn’t enjoy the same power.
Egypt is in economic crisis, with basic services like electricity, fuel and water in short supply. But the millions in the street aren’t really angry about their perception that Morsi isn’t making life better, Ayloush wrote. They only want to restore the previous government.
“How can ppl demanding more democracy in Egypt join hands w/ those who support the return of Mubarak or military rule? Hypocrisy!”
Like Ayloush, former CAIR Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier – still a prolificfundraiser for the group – questioned protesters’ motives and wrote that frustrated Egyptians should hold their powder for three more years until there’s another election.
“Dear Egypt: In any real democracy, political leadership is decided by the ballot box, not the street. If you don’t like the current government, go vote, win a majority in parliament and create a new government,” Bedier wrote on his Facebook page. “Two and half years after overthrowing Mubarak and military rule, the Egyptian people revolt to end democracy and bring back Mubarak’s Military men to power.”