Muslim Brotherhood Is Running Out of Time

In effect, the battle against the Muslim Brotherhood was decided about a month ago.

It's hard to talk about Egypt these days, when the waters of the Nile are turning red from the blood of the victims — supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, policemen and ordinary citizens. But if Denmark, a country in which anyone who throws a cigarette butt into the street is liable to find himself in jail, is protesting the events, all we can do is hope that it won't be a witness to thousands of people entrenching themselves in the center of Copenhagen, pulling out stones from the sidewalks to be used to build fortifications, stopping the residents of adjacent neighborhoods on their way home and conducting searches on them, as is happening in Cairo, and carrying out raids against public institutions every night, accompanied by shooting.

The “salmiya” (“peaceful”) reaction of the Muslim Brotherhood, in addition to an armed attack on policemen during the evacuation of the city squares, has to date led to burning and damaging 41 churches, setting fire to courthouses, breaking into the Alexandria library and the Malawi Museum, and the cold-blooded massacre of 11 policemen in the Kurdasa station. Egyptian researcher Wahid Abdul Majid writes in the newspaper Al Masry al Youm: "The fact that the armed men in Sinai and the Muslim Brotherhood are broadcasting on the same wavelength … proves that there is a strategic alliance between overt terrorists and terrorists who were in disguise."

Every day that passes provides another explanation as to why ousting the Brotherhood was essential. A representative of the Egyptian journalists committee, Jamal Fahmi, said in an interview: "Would anyone in the West dare to ask that a fascist organization participate in political life?" And he continued: "Is the West angry at the Egyptian people, who within a year exposed the face of the Brotherhood?"

And so, more that the evacuation of those entrenched in the two city squares revealed the brutality of the police, it revealed that the Brotherhood is not a political party with a military arm (which is also unacceptable), but a military arm that gave rise, perhaps for aesthetic reasons, to a political party. In the United States they're not impressed with the destruction being wrought by the Brotherhood, and are threatening to cut off military aid to Egypt.

Public figures in Egypt are saying, in response, that Egypt should cancel the aid. What is $1.6 billion, most of which stays in the United States in any case, and what kind of aid is it that ensures that the Egyptian army will be far inferior than that of the Israelis. Just to explain the significance, the Saudis and the emirates have sent $12 billion in the past month.

Even before the evacuation, there was a news item — genuine, not ironic — that ousted President Hosni Mubarak is demanding that the American and Western delegations be allowed to visit him, as they visited ousted President Mohammed Morsi. But to the shame of Mubarak and the Americans, 30 years of service did not give him any privileges. Toward the end of his tenure Morsi threatened Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi: The Muslim Brotherhood won't leave you alone, and neither will the Americans. The two threats are being fulfilled, and the question is whether the battle that the West ostensibly waged against Islamic fanaticism for years was no more that a false pretense. It's amazing how dirty politics deceive the world.

In effect, the battle against the Muslim Brotherhood was decided about a month ago, when on the occasion of Morsi's ousting the head of the highest Islamic institution, Al Azhar, and the head of the Coptic Church sat side by side, and in the streets the Muslim Brotherhood’s opponents: journalists, judges, intellectuals and even the Salafis, halfheartedly.

This popular expression of unity is now being translated into human chains of Muslim and Christians who are protecting the churches from the attacks of the Brotherhood. The paradox is that at the height of the attack against the Christians there was a feeling in the air that Christians and Muslims shared a common fate. The church leaders even declared support for the army and the security forces, and expressed their opposition to the calls for external intervention, presumably in order to protect the Christians. The Muslim Brotherhood's time is running out in Egypt.