I noted over at Liberty News that Lt. Col. Allen West sees the election of a Muslim Brotherhood candidate as a sign of the Arab Spring actually being an Islamic Nightmare. He called on President Obama to “cut off American foreign aid to Egypt, denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.”
Instead, President Obama welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood with open arms:
Both Iran and the White House hailed the victory of Egypt’s president-elect Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood this weekend. For it’s part, the White House believes it represents a ”milestone in (Egypt’s) transition to democracy,” while Iran views it as a ”revolutionary movement of the Egyptian people… in its final stages of the Islamic Awakening and a new era of change in the Middle East.”
What remains to be seen is just how the Muslim Brotherhood president interprets the results himself.
While conservatives are pointing to the election of Muslim radicals in Egypt as a problem for the people in Egypt, especially the Coptic Christians, the left is busy repeating history. Much like much of the 20th century, when liberals told America the Soviet Union and communism was the future, not a threat, blind to the reality before them, people like Sen John Kerry are at it again:
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned against “prejudging” the Muslim Brotherhood as Mohammed Morsi became Egypt’s first Islamist president today.
“During my recent visits to Cairo, I’ve had two candid discussions with the new president. He’s acknowledged that the central issue to Egypt’s future is economic. His words suggest he understands the gravity of the challenges facing Egypt,” Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said today.
“In our discussions, Mr. Morsi committed to protecting fundamental freedoms, including women’s rights, minority rights, the right to free expression and assembly, and he said he understood the importance of Egypt’s post-revolutionary relationships with America and Israel,” he added. “Ultimately, just as it is anywhere in the world, actions will matter more than words.”
I don’t know about you, but when I think about the Muslim Brotherhood, all I can think about is how strongly they support “women’s rights, minority rights, the right to free expression and assembly.”
I’m more baffled by a liberal’s willingness and eagerness to embrace the enemies of liberty than I am the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. There is something about these leftists that makes them find tyrants and dictators attractive.
I really am at a loss. Maybe it’s envy.
What do you think it is?