The Brothers’ Betrayal

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 2 2012 @ 5:55pm


Khalil al-Anani explains growing dissatisfaction with the Muslim Brotherhood among Egypt's revolutionaries:

The conformity between the MB and the [Army] in dealing with the revolution comes as no surprise due to their mutual interests. The MB seeks to consolidate the extraordinary gains it attained since Mubarak's disposal without risking its internal coherence. And the junta wants to maintain their unusual privileges without any civilian oversight. Clearly, both are exemplifying an obsolete mindset. They promote "reform" over "revolution," "stability" not "change," and "procedural" instead of "genuine" democracy. Not surprisingly, they are involved in negotiating, compromising, and brokering the future of the country behind the scene.

(Photo: Eyptian anti-government protesters (R) clash with members of the Muslim Brotherhood group (L) as they prevent them from reaching the parliament in Cairo on January 31, 2012. Hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the end of military rule were prevented from reaching parliament by backers of the Muslim Brotherhood, which holds the majority in the assembly. Activists had called for a march from Cairo's Tahrir Square — the epicenter of the uprising that toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak last year– to parliament. By Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.)