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America Should Stay Out of Egyptian Bloodbath

Rand Paul
Worldwide media reports indicate that the Egyptian army has begun the long-anticipated crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters who have been demanding the return of Egypt’s ousted radical Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in what appeared to many observers to be a popular uprising against Islamist rule.

This would be the same Muslim Brotherhood that neo con Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham gave a big warm hug to when they were in Egypt, and that Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia have alleged poses a serious security threat to the United States if it is able to infiltrate and influence key leaders and institutions, such as the State Department and the Pentagon.

According to FOX News at least three members of the security forces were confirmed to have died in the morning's crackdown in Cairo, while the Health Ministry said nine protesters were killed and over 80 were injured.

The political arm of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood claimed that more than 500 protesters were killed and some 9,000 wounded in the two camps on opposite ends of the city, but there was no official confirmation of the Islamist group's figures. However, according to FOX there was nothing in the footage provided by the Associated Press or local TV networks that suggests such a high death toll.

When Bachmann, Franks, Gohmert, Rooney and Westmoreland raised questions about Muslim Brotherhood influence in the U.S. government they were thoroughly trashed by none other than Senator John McCain.

The icons of democracy that McCain and Graham embraced so warmly and defend so vigorously are members of the anti-American terrorist group who backed ousted President Morsi in replacing Egypt’s nominally Western-law code for one based on Sharia – the Islamic-based code favored by the Taliban, al Qaida and other Islamic terrorist organizations.

As Newt Gingrich noted a year ago in an op-ed in POLITICO, the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

To further bolster his case that the establishment elite, such as McCain and Graham, discount the Muslim Brotherhood’s own words, and refuse to take them seriously, Gingrich also cited a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document called the “Explanatory Memorandum.”

“The Explanatory Memorandum” explains to Muslim Brotherhood supporters that the organization’s goal is “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western Civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

These are the people that McCain and Graham want let out of jail and put back in charge of the Middle East’s most populous country?

As Senator Rand Paul noted in an op-ed for CNN, with “constantly intervening in these troubled parts of the world is that there are often no clear good guys or bad guys. Today's ally can quickly become tomorrow's enemy. This should be a paramount and obvious concern, but in Washington it is almost always treated as an afterthought.”

Obama and the neo-cons in Congress, such as McCain and Graham, must begin to face the reality that, at least since the 1970s, our American government has done a lousy job of picking winners and losers in foreign political contests.

In rejecting a radical Islamic government headed by the Muslim Brotherhood the Egyptian people were doing a great job figuring out where their interests lie, and embracing our concept of freedom. McCain, Graham and Obama should keep America out of Egypt and let Egyptians decide where their future lies. 

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