The World of Topsy-turvydom
By Alan Simons
Clamoring to celebrate the daily antisemitic claptrap and hate mongering diatribe against Israel, it came as no surprise to this writer that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood yesterday turned to join Hamas, its comrade-in-arms, in officially accusing Israel of complicity in the Rafah killings.
Piggybacking on the current Arab revolutionary mentality of propaganda, lies and self-denial, the Muslim Brotherhood had this to say on their official website:
“Yesterday, a group of criminals and terrorists attacked an Egyptian security checkpoint in Rafah, killing nearly twenty of our brothers, our sons, and stole one car and one truck, and tried to crash their way into Israel.
“This crime may well be the work of Israel’s Mossad, which has sought to abort the revolution ever since its launch, and which issued instructions to Israeli citizens in Sinai to leave immediately, just days ago. It is clearly noticeable that every time a warning like this is issued, a terrorist incident takes place in the Sinai.”
Not to feel left out, it didn’t take too long for Iran’s Farsi News Agency (FNA) to add:
Hamas Government Discloses Israel’s Role in Attack against Rafah.
The foreign ministry of the Palestinian Hamas government said on Monday that the Zionist regime has most likely been behind the recent terrorist attack in Rafah area, which killed 20 Egyptian forces.
The disclosure was made by Hamas government’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad, who said certain groups (an allusion to Israelis) are attempting to create unrest in the Sinai region, adding that Israel’s involvement in the attack is likely.
One may wonder, in sheer amazement of course, why the Muslim Brotherhood would, at this particular time, issue such a dim-witted statement. Wonder indeed! Could it possibly be a clever PR ruse to divert local and international attention away from reading Egypt’s very own English language paper, Egypt Independent? For, we are told, all is not well downtown at Brotherhood HQ:
Security has been tightened around the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo after a shooting that took place there on Sunday evening, said Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin.
The forensic report on the shooting incident, that left security officer Ahmed Abdel Aal wounded, is currently under review.
Abdel Aal said that the incident came after threats to set the headquarters on fire, and accused former MP Mohamed Abou Hamed and TV host Tawfiq Okashaof orchestrating the incident.
Two workers at the headquarters, Mohamed Amer and Mohamed Fawzi, said that the attack happened around the time of Iftar. After Abdel Aal was shot, they rushed him to the hospital.
The Brotherhood has now equipped the headquarter gates with security cameras to help prevent future attacks.
Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud said that he has filed a police report against both Abou Hamed and Okasha, and also asked for heightened security presence in front of the headquarters.
In response, Abou Hamed alleged that the attack was actually orchestrated by the Brotherhood to delegitimatize the march planned in protest against the group on 24 August.
The Muslim Brotherhood. “A very heterogeneous group, largely secular.”
One can also wonder where the Brotherhood gained such sophistication in the art of PR diversionary tactics. Look no further than reading Nile Gardiner’s comments in The Telegraph:
“”Unsavoury organisations usually pay large amounts of money to glitzy PR firms to improve their public image.
In the case of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood however, the Obama administration has offered its services for free. US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave an extraordinary testimony on Thursday before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, where he described the Islamist group as a peaceful, “largely secular” organisation that “eschewed violence.” In Clapper’s words:
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ … is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam… there is no overarching agenda, particularly in the pursuit of violence…”
After the remarks sparked outrage, the DNI issued a statement clarifying them, but to little avail. As former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton put it on Fox News, the comments were “perhaps the stupidest statement made by any administration in U.S. international history.”
Over at National Review, terrorism expert Andrew McCarthy described Clapper’s intervention as “willful stupidity”, a rather generous assessment.””
To quote the world of topsy-turvydom by William Brighty Rands (1823–80).
IF the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;
If churches were built in the sea,
And three times one was nine;
If the pony rode his master,
If the buttercups ate the cows,
If the cats had the dire disaster
To be worried, sir, by the mouse;
If mamma, sir, sold the baby
To a gypsy for half a crown;
If a gentleman, sir, was a lady,—
The world would be Upside-down!
If any or all of these wonders
Should ever come about,
I should not consider them blunders,
For I should be Inside-out!
Muslim Brotherhood take note!
(Photo credit: The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
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