When Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won Egypt’s first ever general election, even the UK hailed it as a great event in the history of that country. But before Morsi even got a chance to become President his days were numbered – John Prescott, the former deputy PM who served under Tony Blair’s war cabinet was warning that the West was on a crusade to destroy political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa. He spoke on Russia Today arguing that the decision had been made at the time of the Iraq war. He was widely ignored.
Today, his words are ringing true as we witness the 28th day of the slaughter in Gaza – a war Israel says it is fighting in self defence against Hamas. Tel Aviv is joined in this enterprise by Egypt’s newly installed military dictatorship which itself massacred thousands of people as it overthrew the democratically elected government of the Muslim Brotherhood and set about destroying it as a political organisation. Cairo has closed the Rafah crossing which has caused untold suffering as injured civilians are denied any medical help in Egypt. Cairo, like many Arab states, is hoping Israel will achieve its aim of destroying Hamas, for the last thing they want is a change in the status quo – one which would mean an end to their corrupt lavish lifestyles. Political Islam is a threat to them because there would be no more sheikhs and kings, it would be a world where the oil wealth would be evenly spread out not concentrated in the hands of a few. To the West, political Islam is a threat because they would have to deal with independent rulers rather than puppets. Anyone who still believes that Gaza and Egypt are wars on terrorism only has to look at the horrific pictures that have emerged to know that that is not true.
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