(01-28-2011 11:12 PM)Capn Sunshine Wrote: Unfortunately, The Muslim Brotherhood is trying to hijack this. Reporters this morning said that it was The Muslim Brotherhood that coordinated todays demonstrations via the mosques. Whether they succeed will remain to be seen.
It may be the secularists are sick of Moslem conservatives as well.
From an article posted in another thread:
Quote:The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition organization in Egypt, is a first-rank enemy of Al Qaeda, and has been for decades. (A chapter in the recent “Self-Inflicted Wounds” from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center lays out the feud, and how it has played out in Egypt, South Asia and elsewhere, in detail. Briefly, the Brotherhood’s goals have been more political and focused on individual governments—and thus less focused on what Bin Laden refers to as the “far enemy”—the United States homeland.)
The media over here are playing up the role played by the Muslim Brotherhood because that's what our media do whenever there's a "scary Muslim" story around.
Based on what I was seeing from Twitter feeds and from independent reporters in Egypt blogging and tweeting before all that was cut off, the Brotherhood are involved and are welcomed by secularists and Christians protesters. This whole thing really is democracy at its most pure. It's a general uprising, not one limited to one sect of the populace.
There's an anecdote that came across Twitter. I can't of course vouch for its accuracy, but it sounds reasonable anyway. At some point during the protests, Muslim protesters needed to observe their time of prayer but were faced with riot police trying to move them and just waiting for an opportunity due to distractions and reduced numbers. Christian and secular protesters formed a ring around them so that they could observe their prayers and hold off the riot police.