So, about that “Arab Spring” we were promised…it might not be as great as we thought, after all. At least, not if this video by Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi is any guide:

Higazi, apparently speaking at a campaign rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, spends much of the video predicting that Mursi will help reform what he calls the “United States of Arabs” – a highly ironic shorthand for what, it gradually becomes clear, is meant to be a second Caliphate. In fact, Higazi even uses the word “Caliphate” to describe his ambitions:

Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi Says Jerusalem Will Be Capital of New Caliphate at Campaign Rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohammed MursiMore frightening still, Higazi isn’t some crank with a microphone. After he vows that the capital of the Caliphate “will be Jerusalem,” a titanic cheer goes up from the crowd, which looks to contain thousands of people. He continues on in similar fashion:

Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi Says Jerusalem Will Be Capital of New Caliphate at Campaign Rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohammed MursiThis latter proclamation becomes a slogan that Higazi repeats for close on 30 seconds.  Want to know what else he picks as a slogan? Check this frightening little sound byte out:

Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi Says Jerusalem Will Be Capital of New Caliphate at Campaign Rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohammed Mursi“Martyrs” could mean any number of things, but it’s safe to say it’s a euphemism for military might at the very least, and possibly an incitement to suicide bombing. If only we had some way to tell which…oh, wait:

Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi Says Jerusalem Will Be Capital of New Caliphate at Campaign Rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohammed MursiEgyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi Says Jerusalem Will Be Capital of New Caliphate at Campaign Rally for Muslim Brotherhood Presidential Candidate Mohammed Mursi

The “Arab Spring,” ladies and gentlemen.