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article imageOp-Ed: Muslim Brotherhood’s rise brings suspicion

By Eliot Elwar     May 6, 2012 in Politics
The Muslim Brotherhood’s rapid rise in Egypt has elevated many peoples’ trepidation levels, including the group’s adherents as the Egyptian army signals willingness to transfer power by 24 May 2012.
Furthermore, many in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are wary of its political plunge, the Muslim Brotherhood‘s rise challenges Saudi-Egyptian relationships, and 20 people were Killed when unknown attackers targeted Cairo protesters.
According to al Arabiya news, Egypt’s military chief of staff says the army will transfer power to the elected president by 24 May, when the vote is decided during the first round. The military had said earlier that it would transfer power by late June. The presidential election was scheduled for late May and the run off for the elections was scheduled for mid-June if there is no outright winner in the first round.
The Bellingham Herald reported that the Egyptian revolution that occurred last year overturned the Mubarak regime and foreshadowed the Muslim Brotherhood's political ascendancy and its control of the Egyptian parliament. However, the world's largest Muslim group remains undecided about conflicts related to religion, politics, and calls from liberal youth to become more pluralistic and modern.
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia worries that Egypt, its greatest Arab ally and a foremost beneficiary of Saudi financial support, is submitting to the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence. They are concerned that Egyptian political uncertainty could undermine decades of strategic bond between the two pro-U.S. Arab allies, a union already weakened by the Egyptians overthrow the Mubarak regime in 2011.
Under Mubarak, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were both reliable adversaries against Iran’s efforts to expand its Shi’ite influence and destabilize the Mideast region. They observed Tehran's shadow behind Hezbollah’s increasing power in Lebanon, Hamas's military take-over of the Gaza Strip, and sectarian violence in Iraq. Therefore, any new Brotherhood-led government in Egypt could be less pro-Saudi, while maintaining a distance from Iran, according to Reuters.
The BBC news wrote that 20 were killed during a Cairo attack on a protest near the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. The aggressors employed shotguns, firebombs, clubs, and rocks. The protesters responded violently by beating some attackers. Soldiers and police officers interceded to stop violence roughly six hours after the hostilities began. Two leading presidential candidates have suspended campaigning in protest at the way authorities handled the situation.
The Saudis are concerned about the political nature of the religious group and how it could upset their own influence in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership fears that religious dissention, political division, and Egypt’s economic depression could be blamed on them. The upcoming elections offer the hope of Mideast regional stability along with the relaxing of tensions among Egypt's neighbors.
Nevertheless, terrorists continually damaged pipelines to Israel and Jordan, and the military is either conducting attacks on peaceful Egyptian protestors or failing in its responsibility to protect Egyptian citizens. Different presidential candidates have condemned the Egyptian government on behalf of their protesters. A few leading Egyptian candidates have protested the attacks by suspending their campaigns. The stage is now set for a strong dictatorial leadership that could prove more nefarious and pro-terrorism than the pro-West Mubarak regime. The new Egyptian government could wield a 7th century Islamist rod against its own people, while supporting anti-West terrorism operations worldwide.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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