The Muslim Brotherhood

…and Obama’s strange love affair with it:

What is the explanation for this absolutely self-destructive, even idiotic, policy on our part?

There can be only one — the president of the United States is actually psychologically disturbed. He does not react in a normal manner. I know that’s a vicious and importunate thing to say, but the reaction to Egypt (and to Benghazi, for that matter) is not one of a psychologically healthy human being.

It’s more than the narcissism of which he is often accused, as bad as that is. It’s a form of extreme neurotic attraction to (notably Islamic) religious fascism. Obama is not a Muslim, but he has these deep feelings about it (some of them related to imperialism, others to his absent father, no doubt) that allow him to overlook, or rationalize, all that hideous misogyny, homophobia, and jihadist fanaticism, that loathing of democracy and freedom, even when it could not be more obvious. To Obama, those abhorrent — monumentally illiberal — behaviors and ideologies almost seem irrelevant. But they are the most relevant of all.

And then there’s this:

It’s not as if the MB is subtle. They have proclaimed who they are since their founding by Hasan al Banna in 1928 and have not wavered in any significant way since in their global jihadist goals. They have also been unstinting in their massive misogyny, homophobia and rigid support of Shariah law über alles (quite literally über alles, since the Brotherhood were — virtually the last still unrepentant — allies of Hitler in WWII).

You know, liberal stuff.

He would never say it of course, but the president must at some level admire the old ally of the MB. Interestingly, yesterday was the 79th anniversary of the plebiscite that gave him supreme power in Germany. I imagine the president is envious of 90% approval of 95% of the electorate. But not so much so that he’s unwilling to use his 53% from last year to behave as though he has just as much support for his dictatorial lawlessness in the support of his agenda.

[Update a couple minutes later]

Even ignoring the Nazi connection, his sympathy for the MB really shouldn’t be that surprising. His father was Muslim, he was raised as a Muslim. As I’ve said many times, I don’t believe that he is really a Muslim (or a Christian) because in order to be either one must believe in a higher power than yourself, and he’s far too narcissistic to be either. Plus, as Glenn notes, he “grew up on already-outdated anticolonial twaddle.”

[Update early afternoon]

Kristallnacht in Egypt.

Well, they are the heirs to the Nazis.

[Bumped]

[Update a few minutes later]

This is key, from that last link:

Many forget that Hitler had a very uneasy relationship initially with the German military. It was the only viable force in Germany that could have deposed Hitler and the Nazis as they started to consolidate power. But the military never did so and Hitler acted quickly to take control of the military to prevent any such opposition from developing. It was only late in the war in 1944 that a small number of senior military officers finally tried to assassinate Hitler to get rid of him and end the war.

But what if the German military had acted much earlier? Hitler in essence consolidated his power in the two years from 1932 to 1934 through a complicated series of actions, including plots like the Reichstag fire, the Night of the Long Knives, and the passage of various laws that effectively swept away all of his opposition. If the German military had crushed Hitler, his SA Brownshirts, the Hitler Youth, the SS, and all of the other Nazi Party affiliates in 1933, perhaps millions of people would not have died in a genocidal war and Nazi concentration camps. The history of Europe might have been completely different.

Fortunately, the Egyptian military has acted before Morsi and his own Muslim Brotherhood Brownshirts had the full opportunity to consolidate their power. Morsi and his clan are thugs with views no different than those who stood in the docks at Nuremburg from 1945 to 1949. If we can learn anything from the history of the 1930s and Nazi Germany, we should be hoping that the Egyptian military is successful in crushing the new version of the Nazis in the Middle East. That is the only way that a real democracy will ever have a chance to be born in Egypt.

Yes.

10 thoughts on “The Muslim Brotherhood

  1. Jim

    Let me get this straight: Obama is showing his “strange” love for the Muslim Brotherhood by sending aid to the generals who overthrew MB leader Morsi, the generals who are busy killing MB members and supporters?

      1. Dave

        The Obama administration goes to great lengths to not call the military takeover in Egypt a “coup” precisely to avoid cutting off aid to Egypt’s military. Then, he doesn’t cut off $1.5 billion in funding — instead, he makes the largely symbolic gesture of canceling joint exercises. You’re paying far too much attention to rhetoric aimed at cooling the rioters in the streets, and not enough to who is actually being supported.

        1. Leland

          What if we are paying attention to the people of Egypt, who hold signs saying they love the US, but wish Obama would quit supporting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood?

    1. George Turner

      Obama seems to be withholding aid (reports are mixed and the White House lies about everything anyway) and he is definitely threatening to cut off their aid (as is McCain). This, of course, has really pissed off all the Egyptians who don’t support the Muslim Brotherhood, and of course those are the Egyptians we’ll have to deal with in the future.

      In partial response, the autocratic Gulf states have stepped in with huge amounts of money for the Egyptian military, leaving the US with even less influence in Egypt than it had after The Great Squandering, and giving Wahabists and oil-rich autocrats more influence over the liberal forces in Egypt.

    2. wodun

      The criticism stems from ongoing statments supportive of the MB by the Obama administration throughout the protests.

  2. Martijn Meijering (@mmeijeri)

    There were in fact very high ranking officers in the Wehrmacht (joined by Hjalmar Schacht of all people) who made plans for a coup in case Hitler went to war with Czechoslovakia and communicated this to the British government. Who knows what might have happened without Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement.

    And a few years earlier Hindenburg threatened Hitler with dismissal and martial law if he didn’t act against the SA, which led to the Night of the Long Knives, for which Hindenburg apparently personally thanked Hitler.

  3. f1b0nacc1

    Q: Why is Obama always depressed at Christmas?
    A: Because he used to believe that HE was God’s gift to mankind

    1. Larry J

      Obama isn’t a Jew, Christian, Muslim or member of any other known faith. Being religious means you believe in something greater than yourself. Obama shows no evidence of being capable of such belief.

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