Egypt now ready to 'harvest catastrophic fruit' from radical islam's victory

I have read and researched many articles, opinions and other facts in regard to the last week's elections in egypt. I decided to wait and read what Confidential Reporter over at Foreign Confidential had to say and post. That is what you will read below.

CR is absolutely correct as you will read in the introduction below. The 'push' that obama, the first muslim illegal alien potus, gave to Hosni Mubarak to ensure his removal from office, has resulted in the establishment of radical islam and sharia law now becoming the law of the 'new' egypt.

We all know that obama is silently smiling, patting himself on the back for assisting in the downfall of another long term American ally in a region now overflowing with even more hatred towards the United States.

Here is what Confidential Reporter has to say:

Comment: Iron Veil Descending Across the Middle East

An Iron Veil is descending across the Middle East--with the support of the United States. Ironically, the designer of the veil, Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is the architect of the secret war that helped to bring down the Iron Curtain. His anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan began under Carter and continued under Ronald Reagan, who escalated the adventure into America's largest-ever covert operation.

Having won the Cold War with the aid of rightwing political Islam, or Islamism, the U.S. under Barack Hussein Obama now aims to use the clerical fascist creed to counter, contain--and crack apart--resurgent, non-Communist Russia and rising, Communist-in-name-only China. In spite of the 9/11 blowback--the slaughter of some 3,000 Americans on American soil by Islamists supported by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and the Pakistan-created Taliban--the U.S. is actually pursuing rollback, as opposed to mere containment, in order to control Eurasia (shades of 1984) in accord with Brzezinski's mad theories.

Democracy? Forget about it! The U.S. policy is all about "geopolitics," "geo-strategy," and ... energy ... meaning, real energy, namely, oil and gas, on which the world runs and will continue to run for the next two decades. The dreaded "fossil fuels" of the Middle East and Central Asia ... and the hearts and minds ... and markets ... of "the Muslim world" are the prizes on which the administration ... and the Power Elite that backs it ... have their eyes.



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Egyptian government to be announced Wednesday. Leaked results reportedly show Muslim Brotherhood in lead with 40 percent

CAIRO — Egypt's new government will be announced Wednesday, state owned al-Ahram newspaper quoted Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri as saying Saturday.

The announcement of the government was postponed from Sunday to Wednesday, Ganzouri said, because of difficulties in appointing a new interior minister hours before the parliamentary election's first stage run-offs.

The run-offs take place over two days, starting Monday.

Earlier, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on its rivals to accept the will of the people on Saturday after a first-round vote set its party on course to take the most seats in the country's first freely elected parliament in six decades.

Preliminary results showed the Brotherhood's liberal rivals could be pushed into third place behind ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists, mirroring the trend in other Arab countries where political systems have opened up after popular uprisings.

According to media reports, preliminary results leaked to the press showed the Muslim Brotherhood as getting 40 percent of the vote; the conservative Salafi al-Nour party getting 20 percent of the vote; the liberal and secular al-Kutla and al-Masriya parties getting 15 percent. Other moderate, secular and progressive parties followed with smaller percentages of the vote, the reportedly leaked results showed, NBC News said.

The results could not be independently confirmed.

The Brotherhood is Egypt's best-organized political group and popular among the poor for its long record of charity work. Banned but semi-tolerated under President Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled on February 11 by a street revolt, the Brotherhood now wants a role in shaping the country's future.

Rivals accused the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party of using handouts of cheap food and medicine to influence voters and of breaking election rules by lobbying outside voting stations.

The Brotherhood told critics to back off and respect the result.

"We call upon everyone, and all those who associate themselves with democracy, to respect the will of the people and accept their choice," it said in a statement after the first-round vote, which drew an official turnout of 62 percent.

"Those who weren't successful ... should work hard to serve people to win their support next time," the Brotherhood added.

The world is watching the election for pointers to the future in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation and one hitherto seen as a firm U.S. ally committed to preserving its peace treaty with Israel and fighting Islamist militancy.

The Brotherhood's political opponents say it seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) on a country that also has a large Christian minority.

The movement insists it will pursue a moderate agenda if it wins power and do nothing to damage an economy reliant on millions of Western tourists.

Highest turnout 'since the Pharaohs'

Abdul Moez Ibrahim, the head of the election committee, joked that the turnout was the highest in any Egyptian election "since the pharaohs." It was even greater than in the "forgeries of the past elections," he added, referring to the Mubarak era.

He said 8.3 million of 13.6 million registered voters in areas that voted in the first round had cast their ballots. Other parts of the country will vote in two more rounds, and run-offs must also be held in a six-week election process.

"The blood of martyrs has watered the tree of freedom, social justice and the rule of law. We are now reaping its first fruits," Ibrahim said in tribute to more than 850 people killed in a popular revolt that toppled Mubarak in February.
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Ibrahim earlier announced the results of only a handful of clear-cut victories for individual candidates, with most going to run-offs next week, and gave no figures for party lists in the polls.

He said four candidates, two from the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and two liberals, won over 50 percent of votes for outright victory out of 56 individual seats at stake.

The FJP said 39 of its candidates would fight run-off races. The party dominates a coalition with other smaller parties. Their coalition will be contesting 45 seats.

Yousry Hamad, a senior official of the Salafi Nour Party, said 26 of its contenders were involved in run-offs, 24 of them going head-to-head with FJP candidates.

"We will go into the run-offs with all our might and there will be no deals with anyone. We will aim to do better than we have already," Nour leader Emad Abdel Ghafour told Reuters.

In Egypt's complex election process, two-thirds of the 498 seats will go proportionately to party lists, with the rest to individual candidates.

Gains for Salafi party?

The Muslim Brotherhood, banned but semi-tolerated under Mubarak, has said its FJP expects to win 43 percent of party list votes in the first stage, building on the Islamist group's decades of grassroots social and religious work.

But the Brotherhood's website also forecast that the Salafi al-Nour party would gain 30 percent of the vote, a shock for some Egyptians, especially minority Christian Copts, who fear it will try to impose strict Islamic codes on society.

Nour said Thursday it expected 20 percent of the vote.

As in Saudi Arabia, Salafis want to bar women and Christians from executive posts. They would also ban alcohol, mixed beach bathing and "un-Islamic" art and literature.

Such curbs would wreck Egypt's vital tourism industry, which employs about one in eight of the workforce.

More secular-minded Egyptian parties, some of which were only formed after Mubarak's fall, had always feared that they would not have enough time to put up a credible challenge to their experienced and better-funded Islamist rivals.

The liberal multi-party Egyptian Bloc has said it is on track to secure about a fifth of votes for party lists.

Ibrahim, the election chief, acknowledged several violations in Monday and Tuesday's voting, notably campaigning outside polling stations, long queues, failure to stamp some ballots, and late arrival of ballot papers and of a few of the supervising judges. He said these did not affect the results.

Promise of civilian rule

Egypt's ruling generals, who have promised civilian rule by July, have said they will keep powers to appoint or fire a cabinet even after an elected parliament is installed.

The United States, which still gives Egypt about $1.3 billion a year in mostly military aid, has urged the ruling generals to step aside swiftly and make way for civilian rule.

The leader of the Brotherhood's FJP appeared to set the stage for a political tussle with the military this week by saying the majority in parliament should form the government, but the party later said it was premature to discuss the issue.

The FJP says its priorities are ending corruption, reviving the economy and establishing a true democracy in Egypt.

Ever pragmatic, the Brotherhood may avoid allying with Salafis in parliament and seek more moderate coalition partners to reassure Egyptians and foreigners of its intentions.

Senior FJP official Essam el-Erian said before the vote that

Salafis, who had kept a low profile and shunned politics during Mubarak's 30-year rule, would be "a burden for any coalition."

Kamal al-Ganzouri, asked by the army to form a "national salvation government," aims to complete it soon. State television said the cabinet was still being formed, but included at least half of the outgoing team.

Protesters in Tahrir have rejected Ganzouri, 78.

"It is unacceptable that after the revolution, an old man comes and governs. We don't want the army council anymore. they should go back to barracks," said Menatallah Abdel Meguid, 24.

NBC News and Reuters contributed to this report

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