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article imageOp-Ed: Egypt expels Turkish ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood support Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Nov 24, 2013 in World
Cairo - Turkey's Prime Minister demands Egypt to reinstall ousted Islamist President Morsi, and Egypt retaliates by expelling the Turkish ambassador.
Turkey is in the news a lot lately. Their Islamist government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, has been criticized for allowing Islamic extremists to cross its southern border into Syria in order to aid the rebels, which have recently united into an "Islamic Front" intent on creating an Islamic State in Syria. On the one hand, Erdogan expressed regret for allowing groups with ties to organizations like Al-Qaeda to aid the Syrian rebels. On the other hand, he supports the Muslim Brotherhood's efforts in Syria and in Egypt. This stance has earned him criticism in Egypt and in Turkey, but he continues it.
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
BBC reported yesterday that Erdogan recently demanded, through his ambassador to Egypt, to restore ousted Islamist President Morsi to power. Egypt retaliated by expelling the Turkish ambassador. Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty accused Erdogan of "interfering in Egypt's internal affairs" and "attempting to influence public opinion against Egyptian interests, supporting meetings of organisations that seek to create instability in the country."
Last summer, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest Islamic President Morsi, accusing him of hijacking their revolution, favoring only Muslim Brotherhood members in government positions, imposing Islamic law on secular-minded Egyptians and thus denying them their human rights, and targeting minority groups like Christians.
Since Morsi's downfall, the Muslim Brotherhood has violently struck back in Egypt, especially against Christians. Many have been killed (recently at a wedding in front of a church), homes and businesses have been destroyed, and over 40 churches have been torched.
BBC reported that "Mr Erdogan, like Mr Morsi, has his roots in political Islam. Ankara and Istanbul have hosted a series of meetings of the international Muslim Brotherhood."
In fact, I witnessed one of those rallies in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last summer, I saw two different rallies in Izmit, Kocaeli, near Istanbul. Supporters held up banners and chanted "Allah Akbar!"
It is interesting to note that, when Erdogan was Mayor of Istanbul, he shouted in a speech (which later got him arrested, then freed, then put into power):
“Democracy is merely a train that we ride until we reach our goal. Mosques are our military barracks, minarets are our spears, domes are our helmets, and the faithful are our army.”
It's also interesting to note that Saudi Arabia, the center of Islamic rule with its Sharia system, has recently cooled ties with America because Obama did not strike Syria with missiles. Obama wanted to do so, but the U.S. Congress prohibited him, and Russia came up with the peaceful solution of controlling Syria's chemical weapons.
The Muslim Brotherhood clearly has plans to set up a new Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East (and beyond). Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's role in these plans remains to be fully seen.
Reporter's Update (November 28, 2013): Over 500 Turks have crossed the border into Syria to fight jihad with Islamist rebels, and about 50 young Turkish men have died. Their parents are worried about those still missing, and one father went into Syria in search of his 20-year-old twin boys who left over a year ago. Islamic rebels would not let him see his sons and threatened him at gunpoint, so he had to return to Turkey. Last summer a symbolic funeral for Turks killed in Syria was held at an Istanbul mosque. People are worried that Turks in Syria can be trained to return to Turkey for terrorist attacks like those carried out by Al-Qaeda in Istanbul in 2003. They car-bombed the British Embassy, a British bank, and 2 synagogues. Sixty-two people died in those attacks. Read this report by Reuters.
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
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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