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The Region: Egypt gets its Khomeini
By BARRY RUBIN 20/02/2011

Up until now, the Egyptian revolution generally, and the Brotherhood in particular, has lacked a charismatic thinker, someone who could really mobilize the masses. Qaradawi is that man.

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Friday, February 18 may be a turning point in Egyptian history. On that day Yusuf al-Qaradawi spoke to a giant cheering crowd in Tahrir Square. He praised the army – to ward off it’s repression and to encourage it to support a transformation of the country. He preached caution and patience, working with the army. And he also lavished praise on the pro-Islamist chairman of the committee to write the new constitution, which may not be a good sign at all. There is one easily missed word in his speech that is the most significant. That word is “hypocrites.” In the Islamist lexicon, hypocrites means Muslims who do not practice “true” Islam according to the radicals. To take Egypt out of the hands of “hypocrites” is to put it onto the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood – or at least similarly minded people – which, contrary to the best and the brightest policy makers, intelligence analysts, experts and journalists, is not a moderate organization. History may show that while president Jimmy Carter may have “lost” Iran, one of his successors may have helped give away Egypt. Is that alarmist? I hope so. Watch and see. As so often happens, Israel will be left to pay the bill. Qaradawi said he looked forward to a similar ceremony in Jerusalem, and he did not mean after a two-state negotiated solution. IT WAS 32 years ago almost to the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned in triumph to Tehran to take over the leadership of that country. Qaradawi has a tougher job, but he’s up to the challenge if his health holds up. Up until now, the Egyptian revolution generally, and the Brotherhood in particular, has lacked a charismatic thinker, someone who could really mobilize the masses. Qaradawi is that man. Long resident in the Gulf, he

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in critiquing Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.” There is no doubt.rubinreports. idolators and communists. the works.com. should not be left to the influence of the Jews alone.blogspot. He is literally a living legend.” He contends that the three major threats Muslims face are Zionism. Facebook-flourishing liberals who made the revolution? As he said in 2004: “Some Arab and Muslim secularists are following the US government by advocating the kind of reform that will disarm the nation from the elements of strength that are holding our people together. About Us | Advertise with Us | Subscribe | RSS 2 of 3 2/22/2011 10:28 AM . One of his initiatives has been urging Muslims to settle in the West. a Google executive and an unorganized band of well-intentioned liberal Egyptians. foment jihad. he has been an articulate voice for revolutionary Islamism. He is now 84 – two years older than the fallen president Hosni Mubarak – but tremendously energetic and clear-minded. “that powerful West. Under the old regime. he argues. stone homosexuals.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle. Symbolically. which has come to rule the world.in short. Though some in the West view him as a moderate. The context is also the thanking of Qaradawi for his support of the revolution – an implication that he is somehow its spiritual father. It was Qaradawi who.jpost. Muslims must fight the Zionists. not bin Laden. argued that Islamists should always participate in elections because they would invariably win them. The massing of hundreds of thousands in the square to hear a sermon by a radical Islamist is not the kind of thing that’s been going on under the 60-year-old military regime that was recently overthrown. He is brilliant and innovative. He blogs at www. or the world champion radical Islamist cleric? The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal. the center of the revolutionary movement. Make no mistake. Qaradawi is not some fossilized Islamic ideologue. wipe Israel off the map.. is the most dangerous revolutionary Islamist in the world. Hamas and Hezbollah have shown that he was right.Jpost | Print Article http://www. Qaradawi. of which he said. radio. Who are you going to bet on being more influential. Qaradawi supports the straight Islamist line: anti-American. he gave the Friday prayer/sermon in Tahrir Square.aspx?id=209102 is returning to his homeland in triumph. internal integration and globalization.. his 100 books and his weekly satellite television program. To survive. anti-Western. Crusaders. and he is about to unleash the full force of his persuasion on Egypt. A shorter version of this article was published in American Thinker. Through Internet. tactically flexible and strategically sophisticated.. What is his view of both the Mubarak regime and the young. He is subtle enough to sell himself as a moderate to those who don’t understand the implications of his words or able to look beneath the surface of his presentation. Qaradawi had been banned from the country.

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