The 'Hood traces back to a late 1920s founding and to early training by Nazi goons. Many of its alumni are -- or were -- al-Qaeda stars. It helped establish Hamas, which it and Iran still sustain. The 'Hood's Supreme Guide, one Mohamed Badi, insists his group will "continue to raise the banner of jihad" against Jews -- in his words the 'Hood's "first and foremost enemies." He hates America, signifies for targeting U.S. troops, deplores "Zio-American arrogance and tyranny," and seeks for Egypt creation of an Islamist state.
Such lovelies could have arranged the demonstrations in Cairo and across the Muslim world. Or they may have been as surprised by those demonstrations as the Obamians were. In either case, as Egypt's most efficient, disciplined, and stabilizing (there's that word again) force besides the military, the Muslim Brotherhood may be perfectly positioned to satellize Egypt -- thereby advancing the Islamist territorial imperative, not to mention the Iranian dream.
Perhaps it's true: The Internet may be a liberating tool unimagined just a generation ago. In its face, possibly not even the most ruthless of regimes can survive. Or perhaps in liberating a people subjugated in poverty (at $6,200 per year, per-capita Egyptian income ranks behind Bosnia, Jamaica, and Cuba), the Internet liberates only to invite more terrifying subjugation by Islamist cut-throats -- as with Communist cadres -- waiting to rush from the shadows into the corridors of power.
Liberty is, of course, the ultimate cause. Always. Before our eyes, we may be seeing it blossom -- so greatly fertilized by the Internet -- throughout the Muslim world. Then again, terrorizing Islamists may move in and capture these revolutions, converting them at the muzzles of guns, Maoist-like, into perversions of democracy that allow one man one vote -- once.
That would be the worst sort of outcome. Still, it would enable a blame-mongering American left to unload once again on George Bush, its perceived illegitimate president who planted freedom in the Muslim world, for the perverted, illegitimate democracy his "Freedom Agenda" ultimately wrought.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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