Instead, a funny thing happened on the way to freedom and, today, nearly half of the country survives on less than $2 a day.
In an article in Foreign Policy, Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and leader of
Clearly Mr. ElBaradei is distressed about the plight of his country where 25% of the eligible work force gets up in the morning without a job.
“Freedom is still new to people,” says ElBaradei.
In a country like the
What was overlooked however, was the learning curve. Freedom is hard work. It does not come naturally, especially to societies that have never experienced it before. When
Russians came to the
Mohamed ElBaradei sees a similar situation in
Unfortunately, ElBaradei is only focusing on half of the problem. The Muslim Brotherhood has in no way modified. Whatever vibes the Brotherhood expressed regarding moderation were purely window dressing to gain control during and following the revolution.
In the forward to Serge Trifkovic’s book The Sword of the Prophet, former Canadiam ambassador to
Bissett continues, “The core problem is that under Islam there can be no separation of church and state. Islam is a way of life, and the faithful must accept and affirm their surrender to Allah, and live as members of the total Islamic community. The most virulent form of Muslim extremism owes its growth to shortsighted
Without realizing it, ElBaradei agrees, “The Brotherhood doesn’t have the qualified people, who hail mostly from liberal and leftist parties. You need to form a grand coalition, and you need to put your ideological differences aside and work together to focus on people’s basic needs. You can’t eat sharia.”
Simply put, even if the Muslim Brotherhood had modified, it is not equipped to govern primarily because the ideological construct of Islam with no separation of church and state does not allow for compromise that results in workable solutions.
Writes ElBaradei about present day
When other countries revolt, Americans logically think of our inherent understanding of Jeffersonian democracy as created by our founding fathers. To much of the rest of the world, such concepts are totally alien, particularly in many Muslim nations where the religion dictates the way of life.
The Muslim Brotherhood is ill equipped to handle the problems in
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