Tag: Muslim Brotherhood

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trumping Middle East Hands: Iran [Updated]

 

Start from the position that the Iranian people are hostages in their own country to a regime based on an idea, perhaps an ideology, concocted in the 1970s and propounded clearly only after Khomeini’s faction had control in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Consider that there has been popular unrest against the regime. Factor in that the rulers are savvy and ruthless, with an elite military force keeping the regular military and the populace in check, while extending regime influence regionally and globally. The Khomeinists seem to have a strong hand, with some high cards, so how do we set about trumping their hand? Moving towards answers that are feasible takes more than hand-waving and posturing.

The U.S. military has long recognized that it was only one instrument in Uncle Sam’s tool belt, and that military strategy needed to be integrated with plans and actions by the rest of the government. This became called a “whole of government” approach. For many years, military officers, in their advanced schooling, were instructed in consideration of four “instruments of national power:” Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economy (DIME).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Middle East Players: Iran

 

The latest news about “Iran” comes across as more irritation from a region that seems to always be in conflict. Moreover, the news and commentary tend to be divorced from actual history, allowing vague hand-waving, finger-pointing, and shoulder-shrugging. What follows is an attempt at a bit more definite hand-waving over the map, placing Iran briefly in their own historic context, touching on Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey as the other centers of power over the centuries.

It is not “those people.” It is not “that place.” It is not even “Islam.” Don’t take my word for it:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Tale of Two Tales Following Morsi’s Death

 

Mohammad Morsi, who was elected president of Egypt leading an Islamist party, died in court late Monday. He had been deposed by the military after imposing an Islamist constitution and showing his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood more clearly. The military acted after a second wave of popular unrest showed people wanted change, but not quite the change Morsi seemed to be delivering.

France24 reports Morsi was buried Tuesday, in keeping with the custom of burial as soon after death as possible:

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 177 it’s the Emotional Support Podcast because, you know, everyone needs a little emotional support from time to time and we, yes *we*, you HLC Podcast comfort animals radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa are here to provide it. We will give you the […]

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I remember when I was in Egypt for a brief visit three years ago how our ambassador there, Ann Patterson, was widely held in contempt by President Al-Sisi and a wide swath of the public for her support of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi that had just been deposed by a popular reaction […]

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A bomb in the side chapel at the Cathedral in Cairo killed 25, wounded 49. This is probably early to avoid the extra security that is planned for Christmas. More

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I’ve seen this video before and it is making its way around my facebook feed again. It is a video of David Horowitz and an interaction he had with a Muslim student at UCSD in 2010. The student is a member of the campus MSA (Muslim Students Association). She is questioning him about a pamphlet […]

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Over the weekend, an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison. One of them, Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, is back in Australia and was sentenced in absentia. One of the others, Mohamed Fahmy, is a Canadian citizen.

The charges against them are directly related to their journalistic activities, including not having proper licensing and reporting false news damaging to public security. I believe these charges were motivated by Al-Jazeera’s reporting that was favorable toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian President El-Sisi has said he favors deporting rather than jailing the foreigners, but will not interfere with the courts.

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In another thread, and also on Facebook previously, a well-known and well-loved member here at Ricochet has made comments about the Muslim Brotherhood that I find shocking. Most bizarrely, that “they [the Muslim Brotherhood] were established as satan incarnate by hawks on the right. I lived through the 2000s and grew to be very skeptical […]

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