On Saturday, The New York Times featured a piece by jailed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member Khaled Al-Qazzaz titled “Why Is the World Silent? Khaled al-Qazzaz: Disappeared by Egypt’s Military.”
The imprisoned Qazzaz, whose op-ed was “smuggled” out of prison and obtained by The New York Times, posits himself as an innocent “engineer” and “educator” who had just recently become “interested in politics” and was now being unfairly locked up by the newly elected Sisi regime.
The jailed dissident writes of his government service during former President Mohammed Morsi’s tenure:
Over the year of Mr. Morsi’s presidency, our government met with scores of world leaders, either through official visits or during international conferences. I attended almost every meeting as the president’s note-taker. We worked closely with Western leaders and their envoys to broker peace in the region.
In November 2012, we cooperated with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to successfully broker the cease-fire in Gaza. Syria and Mali, too, were regions where we wanted to foster peace, so we worked on an ambitious plan to achieve that.
What Qazzaz casually forgot to mention in his glowing portrayal of the Morsi regime is that under Muslim Brotherhood rule, Egypt had become akin to an apartheid state.
Under Morsi, Coptic Christians became second-class citizens overnight. Their churches, houses, schools, and businesses were burned to the ground on a regular basis. There was suddenly no place for Coptic communities in Egypt. Although they were older than Islam itself, there was simply no room for Copts under the Shariah state mandated by the charter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Although its Jewish population had long ago been expelled from Egypt, Morsi did not mince words when it came to the “Zionists.” Morsi echoed the sentiments of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, who was a stout Hitler and Nazi admirer. Morsi said the Jews were “bloodsuckers” who were “the descendants of apes and pigs.” He continued, declaring in Hitler-like fashion that the “Zionists” had been “fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout their history. They are hostile by nature.”
Under the Morsi regime, the Sinai peninsula that separates Egypt and Israel had become a breeding ground for salafi jihadist terrorists. Although the Al Qaeda- and MB-friendly groups such as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis were appearing in droves, Morsi refused to send the military to crack down on the jihadis who had declared war on Israel as well as the Egyptian military, along with anyone who had opposed their guerilla-like tactics. Morsi outright refused to condemn the brutality of the Islamist militants, who often committed suicide attacks and bombings upon innocent civilians. He worried that to place blame for the increasing attacks on innocents would appear un-Islamic. “I don’t want Muslims to shed the blood of fellow Muslims” is as far as Morsi would go rhetorically.
One of Morsi’s first acts as President was to release droves of Muslim Brotherhood terrorists from prison, including the brother of Al Qaeda mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri. Morsi had reportedly conversed with the AQ leader, aiming to smuggle him into the Sinai in order to lead a jihadi force in combating the Egyptian military. According to CBN News, Zawahiri told Morsi, “We will fight the military and the police, and we will set the Sinai aflame.”
As President, Morsi demanded the release of the ‘Blind Sheikh’ Omar Abdel-Rahman, the man serving a life sentence in the US for planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Qazzaz continued, talking about his government service in the MB regime under the banner of Egypt’s “Freedom and Justice Party:”
We set out a human rights agenda for Egypt that was spearheaded by the president’s office and that invited the United Nations to open a headquarters for UN Women Egypt in Cairo. We recommended legislative reforms to advance a new Egypt, and we met with all the local and international stakeholders we could to develop that agenda.
Qazzaz’s statement is a play on words. What Khlaed al-Qazzaz knowingly refused to articulate is that the human rights his party would like to “protect” are quite foreign to a Western understanding of the term. In fact, his former government’s morals and values may be viewed as a throwback mentality of barbaric and primitive proportions that should appropriately be placed in the 7th century. He knows very well as an MB member that under the Shariah law that is mandated by the Muslim Brotherhood as the “basis for controlling the affairs of state and society,” women are stripped of their basic human rights. Women under the Shariah are forbidden from owning property, must adhere to a strict dress code, and need their husband’s permission to simply leave the house or take up employment.
In December 2013, the Egyptian military that overthrew the Morsi regime designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
One may need to look no further than the logo of the Muslim Brotherhood to understand the true intentions of Khaled al-Qazzaz’s “Freedom and Justice” party and why it was ultimately overthrown in Egypt’s second revolution. It contains two swords and a Koran, the Islamic holy book. Their motto: “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. Allahu Akbar!”
By showcasing the op-ed under the guise of a human rights plea for action, The New York Times engaged in willfully promoting the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that shares Al Qaeda’s objective. It further allowed for the thorough whitewashing of the actual events that unfolded during Morsi’s tenure as President of Egypt.