The fanatics know how to "play" the West, using images and words such as "freedom" and "liberation" to make us think they mean what we mean by those words.
Thanks to pathetic reporting by The New York Times and other media sycophants more than 50 years ago, Fidel Castro, following the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, was also seen by many as a liberator of Cuba. "I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement," Castro said at the time. Only after he consolidated power, did he tell the truth: "I am a Marxist-Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life."
Deception is not limited to communists like Castro. Deception is also a strategy of others who would dominate the world by religious-political doctrines. Last Saturday, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood announced it will not try to win the presidency of Egypt, nor will it attempt to win a majority in parliament. Given the Brotherhood's statement of purpose and past record, this announcement should be seen as a tactical maneuver designed to fool Western governments, rather than a change in objectives.
I'm betting on the Muslim Brotherhood, or an affiliated organization with similar goals, to eventually gain political power in Egypt.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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