It was just announced that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi was leading and expected to win the Egyption presidency in the first election since the removal of Hasni Mubarak from the Egyptian presidency. Egypt was one of the countries that revolted in the Arab Spring of 2012. Interestingly, Mr. Morsi is being elected in a democratic election. What is the significance? Many in the US have labored under the belief that if given the choice ALL people would choose a government similar to the US. In 2003, at the National Endowment of Democracy, President George Bush said:
“This freedom deficit … has terrible consequences for people in the Middle East and for the world. In many Middle Eastern countries, poverty is deep and it is spreading. Women lack rights and are denied schooling, whole economies remains stagnant while the world moves ahead,” Bush said.
“These are not the failures of a culture or a religion, these are the failures of political and economic doctrines,”
Interestingly, when given the choice, it appears that the Egyptians choose a candidate that as far removed from the ideals of American Democracy as one could imagine. While this blog post is too short to discuss the various aspects of the MB, FBI Director Robert Mueller stated in 2011 that they support terrorism and their fundamental Salafi beliefs are the foundation of Al Qeada and other extremist organizations.