In the “Stuff you can’t make up” category, here (short video) is a brief glimpse of one of the newly elected Egyptian leader’s campaign themes for his nation’s landmark election.
The key slogans from a Morsi rally on 5 June 2012 are the following (the Memri clips, posted at DiscloseTV, are from an Al Jazeera broadcast):
“Our capital shall be Jerusalem!”
“Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem!”
“Banish the sleep from the eyes of all Jews!”
“You lovers of martyrdom, you are all Hamas!”
“Jerusalem is our goal!”
Morsi, a long-time Muslim Brotherhood leader, had a pretty big crowd for this one. I confess, I got a kick out of the head-shaved guy prancing around the stage with a microphone, singing jihadi slogans. You have to watch closely to see what’s going on there.
Morsi has also stated that in Egypt, they don’t have child abuse, separated couples, cohabitation, or “sex with beatings.” So he’s at least dealing from a full deck, and has reality in his sights.
I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing more from Morsi. His post-election statement to Iranian media that he planned to “review” the peace accord with Israel must certainly be considered in light of his campaign themes and expressed beliefs.
The “race to Jerusalem” is having regional doors opened to it, with each victory for Islamists (first Tunisia, now Egypt, very likely Libya, once things fully shake out there, and possibly in Syria, especially if the US keeps funneling arms to the rebels through the Muslim Brotherhood). Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian mullahs have made it clear that they regard Jerusalem as a religious-strategic prize. But they are competitors for the honor of winning the race to Jerusalem. With each opportunity they perceive to close in on Israel’s capital, instability and peril will only increase for the entire region.
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