TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton, who traveled to Egypt and Jordan just over a week ago to gain a greater perspective of the realities on the ground, called into the Glenn Beck radio program on Tuesday to weigh in on the latest alarming developments in Egypt.
After a series of demonstrations on a scale not seen since the “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s powerful military declared Monday that the country’s elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, has only 48 hours to make peace with the protesters before it intervenes.
“This is déjà vu all over again,” Sexton said. “They have not had a democracy for very long. Already, [they're] seeing that street protests don’t necessarily lead to Jeffersonian democracy…There’s a lot of hard work that goes into creating a civil society…that hard work has not been done.”
So what’s next for the most populous country in the Arab world?
The Fate of the Muslim Brotherhood
Sexton said he is receiving real-time messages from contacts on the ground that people are training with sticks and nunchucks to prepare for street clashes.
In Sexton’s estimation, the old and powerful Muslim Brotherhood is not the type to say “let’s just give up power.”
“This is the Muslim Brotherhood,” he pointed out. “These are the guys that produced Ayman al-Zawahiri. These are the guys that gave al-Qaeda its foundational ideology.”
“These are the guys that we’re supporting,” Beck interjected. “These are the guys that we have held up.”
Even if they lose governing power over Egypt, which may not happen without a fight, Sexton said it would be unwise to think the Muslim Brotherhood is just going to “go away.”
“They didn’t go away when Mubarak was throwing them in dungeons and torturing them,” Sexton said. “They don’t really care about [democracy]. It was just a means to an end for them anyway.”
‘This Country Is Effectively Going to Become Ungovernable…’
Though Sexton remained firm that the Muslim Brotherhood will remain a player on the ground even if Mohammed Morsi is forced to step down, he said there are “unintended consequences” that few are examining regarding the military’s declaration.
“Think about this,” he said. “The military has told the duly elected – granted odious and hateful – the duly government of Egypt [that] they’re no longer running the show.”
“The fact that they may step down or they may not is not going to change that this country is effectively going to become ungovernable,” he said. “You’re going to have a [80-million] person mess and it’s going to be very close to, if not devolving directly into, anarchy, unless someone is able to bring things together here.”
“Just coming out and protesting doesn’t make the problems go away,” he said.
Sexton asserted that while many may be happy to have the U.S.-backed military step in to rid the country of the Brotherhood, it effectively tells the rest of the country that democracy and elections are a failure. Apparently if you get a mob together, the military will step in and depose the elected government.
So who does that leave looking like they’ve remained true to their values all along?
Beck and Sexton pointed to the hardline Islamists, known as Salafists.
“There are crazier people than the Muslim Brotherhood,” Sexton warned, “and by the way they won substantial seats in the last round of parliamentary elections.”
This is not to say a theocracy is the desired end of the public face of the protests, largely concentrated in Cairo and Tahrir Square.
But “what holds it together there is various forms of Islam,” Sexton said, “[and] any consideration they may have given to democracy will probably be gone now.”
The two predicted that the military will not necessarily facilitate the transfer of power to the hardline Islamists. More likely, they will hold elections and the Salafists will win.
“This is really dangerous stuff,” Sexton said.
Beck concluded on a more chilling note: “Never, ever, ever screw around with people who are willing to die because God tells them to…In the end, the extreme hard-line Islamists are the ones that will take power of Egypt, Syria, eventually Turkey, and you are going to see the restoration of the caliphate.”
“It is bad news for Israel, and is death for hundreds of thousands if not millions of people all across the globe when this thing shakes down,” he added.
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