Fox Noisers seem to be directing a lot of cynicism and vehemence toward Egypt’s democracy movement leader, Mohamed ElBaradei, and when I first noticed it, I was a bit stunned. Mohamed ElBaradei, after all, is not an Islamist, but a secular person—and a Nobel Prize winner to boot.
And he’s not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Honestly.
Given this, you would think that the right, terrified (or at least suspicious) of Muslims generally, would be relieved.
But no. America’s Herderian propaganda machine is determined to make Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood indistinguishable in the minds of conservatives (obviously with the purpose of inflicting domestic political damage on President Obama, as in “Barack Obama lost Egypt”).
But the reality is that Egypt is moving in a positive democratic direction—a direction that can only be good for humanity (and the United States) over the long run.
There is danger in the change, obviously. And that’s why thoughtful conservatives ought to be cheering Mohamed ElBaradei (and not jeering him in an attempt to score political points against President Obama). Egypt needn’t evolve into an Islamic Republic dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and it needn’t do this because of Egyptians like Mohamed ElBaradei.