BY RYAN MAURO:
If you’re getting your news about Egypt from the mainstream media and the Obama Administration, you’re probably feeling sorry for the “peaceful demonstrators” of the Muslim Brotherhood—but there’s a different side to the story; one that the Egyptian anti-Islamist activists are eager to show.
“Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some Western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by the group … ,” the Egyptian State Information Service said in an official statement on August 17.
The statement details facts that the Western media is not covering, such as the “peaceful” protestors’ damaging of public and private property including the burning and destruction of churches, storming of and damage to police stations and blocking of roads.
Foreign extremists from the Palestinian territories, Syria and Pakistan have joined the Egyptian militants in committing these acts of violence.
“[V]ehicles have entered Ramsis square, in Cairo downtown, carrying masked elements carrying the black flag of Al-Qaeda along with automatic weapons amid celebrations by the Muslim Brotherhood elements who were present in the square,” the State Information Service said.
The defection of a Muslim Brotherhood official named Amr Amara substantiates the accounts of the Egyptian government and the anti-Islamist activists. He was a strong Brotherhood supporter until he saw the group provoke the violence that caught the world’s attention.
“[W]e realized that the group [MB] was trading with the blood of its youth and innocent demonstrators, which pushed us to leave the sit-in on Tuesday August 6 and found this coalition [which] aims to pull the group off the wrong track which might endanger its own existence and extinguish it forever,” he says.
The tone of Egyptian social media outlets and activists, including some specifically translated for the Clarion Project, reflects this frustration. You won’t blame them after watching these videos.
The Western media needs to be taken to task. The violence in Egypt — and the Brotherhood’s manipulation of it — is going to continue. Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi recently declaredthat the Egyptian government is guilty of a greater massacre than even Israel.
Think about that. The top Brotherhood spiritual guide claims that the Egyptian government has shed more Muslim blood than Israel — its number one enemy. And we know the type of violence that Qaradawi and the Brotherhood/Hamas support against Israel.
Comparing the Egyptian government’s alleged sins to those of Israel is nothing less than a declaration of war—or, in Islamic terminology, jihad.
Read the rest at The Clarion Project