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Published:January 31st, 2011 12:11 EST
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Nightmare Scenario In Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Takes Over

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood`s agreement to back the secular, liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei as lead spokesman for the country`s opposition groups in reform negotiations suggests the group`s once sidelined moderate wing is regaining strength.

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The move marks the latest step by the controversial Islamic organization to subordinate its religious goals to what opposition groups are describing as a battle for democracy, in a country run under a state of emergency by President Hosni Mubarak for more than 30 years. It also suggests the movement may be positioning itself as a significant political actor in future Egyptian politics.

Mr. ElBaradei, 68 years old, is the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for the group`s nonproliferation work. He returned to Cairo on Thursday from Vienna after a long absence, to join protesters and to offer to lead a transitional government."

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The tens of thousands of Egyptians demonstrators are students yearning for democracy, workers desperately seeking respect and a living wage, and moderate women with an education but little prospects for meaningful jobs.

This swirling mass of protesters has no leaders, no coherent strategy, and one immediate goal: To bring down the despised Mubarak.

ElBaradei, with the blessing and support of the Muslim Brotherhood, is seeking to establish himself as the leader of the disenchanted mobs.

The Muslim Brotherhood will use ElBaradei for their own purposes, but if Mubarak is overthrown they will crush the intellectual pinhead as if he were a cockroach.

In the Middle East it`s strongmen and militants who rule, ElBaradei is out of his element.

The natural inclination is for Americans to root for the Egyptian masses yearning for democracy, but if the Mubarak regime falls it won`t be students, intellectuals, or moderate women who will take over.

If Mubarak is overthrown, the eventual rulers of Egypt will be the Muslim Brotherhood, and that spells disaster for America, Israel and the West.

"The Muslim Brotherhood is an transnational movement and the largest political opposition organization in many Arab States. The group is the world`s oldest and largest Islamic political group and the `world`s most influential Islamist movement` It was founded in 1928 in Egypt by the Islamic scholar and Sufi schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna."

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The Muslim Brotherhood gave birth to al Qaeda and Hamas and many other radical Muslim organizations. If you want to see what the future of Egypt will be like, take a trip to Gaza.

This article obviously isn`t meant to be an in-depth scholarly work with footnotes. It`s a wake-up call to Americans who think that democracy will prevail if Mubarak is unseated.

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