(Reuters) – An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences on Saturday against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, in a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged in connection with violence that erupted in the southern town of Minya following the ousting of the Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Mursi last July, led by then army chief Sisi. One police officer was killed in the violence. Read more here.
It seems that current president and former General Abdel Fatttah al-Sisi is following the “learned lesson” of al-Qaeda’s core leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Zawahiri is quoted by Seth G. Jones in his RAND Corporation report entitled, “A Perpetual Threat – the Evolution of Al-Qaeda and other Salafi jihadists” as follows:
“What happened is the biggest proof for the failure of taking the way of democracy,” Zawahiri chided Muslim Brotherhood leaders. “In the beginning, we have to recognize that legitimacy isn’t in elections and democracy, but legitimacy is the shar’ia, since who is outside the shar’ia is out of the legitimacy, …1
Perhaps former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi might do things differently as well after being removed by al-Sisi and the populous a year ago.
So much for democracy in Egypt. Can you imagine the plight of American leaders if President al-Sisi follows through with the executions!
Jesus come quickly.
Jack SmithFootnotes to post:
- http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR637.html, p 12-13; Seth G. Jones in his RAND Corporation report entitled, “A Perpetual Threat – the Evolution of Al-Qaeda and other Salafi-jihadists [↩]