Despite the political coups of Hamas and Hizbullah minorities in the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon, U.S. President Barack Obama insists that the radical Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat because it is not a majority.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, the president, responding to a question if the Brotherhood is a “threat to the USA,” answered,” I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt.
When pressed to answer if the Brotherhood is a “threat,” President Obama did not directly answer and instead stated, “They are well-organized, and there are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S. There's no doubt about it.
"But here's the thing that we have to understand, there are a whole bunch of secular folks in Egypt, there are a whole bunch of educators and civil society in Egypt that wants to come to the fore as well. And it's important for us not to say that our only two options are either the Muslim Brotherhood or a suppressed Egyptian people… What I want is a representative government in Egypt.”
Neither interviewer Bill O’Reilly nor President Obama referred to two recent precedents, Hamas and Hizbullah, the well-organized terrorist groups that have manipulated their minorities into controlling Gaza and Lebanon, either directly or indirectly.
Hamas lost out to Fatah in the 2005 presidential election in the Palestinian Authority, in which Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas was elected. However, it later won the first and only legislative elections and then staged a coup in Gaza.
Hizbullah has manipulated its minority presence in the Lebanese government into an effective majority by gaining veto powers, toppled the ruling coalition and forcing the appointment of a prime minister acceptable to its interests.
Middle East expert Prof. Shimon Shamir explained on Israel public radio Monday morning, “Do not expect the Muslim Brotherhood to relinquish its platform for Shania,” a reference to their plan to make Muslim law the supreme legal authority.
“They talk about coalitions, but they are much stronger than the other parties, and we saw in Europe how they go into a coalition and then the radicals take over. However, it is too early to say that they are actually in power.”