Muslim Brotherhood Offices Torched As Egypt Turns Against US Muppet President Turned "Temporary Dictator"

Tyler Durden's picture

Shoe-throwing has escalated to building burning as demonstrators clash in Egpyt over Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mursi's 'coup-like' decision to make his decisions above judicial review. The self-annointed omnipotence comes after the judiciary were about to undo the Islamist-dominated panel drawing up the country's new constitution. This so-called "coup against legitimacy" has brought back painful memories as opposition leaders (ElBaradei) calls the 'temporary dictator' a "new pharaoh" - the same term of derision used against Mubarak when he was in power.

As Reuters notes, the protests and accusations are worryingly reminiscent of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising as the infamous Tahrir Square is dominated by calls of "the people want to bring down the regime." The Muslim Brotherhood offices have been set ablaze as a consequence of this 'decree' and the US (a generous benefactor to Egypt's military) is "very concerned about the possible huge ramifications of this declaration on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt." But it is leading protesters that perhaps summarize the situation best: "The decree is basically a coup on state institutions and the rule of law that is likely to undermine the revolution and the transition to democracy, I worry Mursi will be another dictator like the one before him."


Via Reuters:

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.


Thousands of chanting protesters packed Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, demanding Mursi quit and accusing him of launching a "coup". There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.


Mursi's aides said the presidential decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Mursi's rivals were quick to condemn him as a new autocratic pharaoh who wanted to impose his Islamist vision on Egypt.




"Mursi a 'temporary' dictator," was the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.


Mursi, an Islamist whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood, also gave himself sweeping powers that allowed him to sack the unpopular general prosecutor and opened the door for a retrial for Mubarak and his aides.


The president's decree aimed to end the logjam and push Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, more quickly on its democratic path, the presidential spokesman said.




The president's decree said any decrees he issued while no parliament sat could not be challenged, moves that consolidated his powers but look set to polarize Egypt further, threatening more turbulence in a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring.




"The people want to bring down the regime," shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing one of the chants that was used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down.


In Alexandria, north of Cairo, protesters ransacked an office of the Brotherhood's political party, burning books and chairs in the streets. Supporters of Mursi and opponents clashed elsewhere in the city, leaving 12 injured.


A party building was also attacked by stone-throwing protesters in Port Said, and demonstrators in Suez threw petrol bombs that burned banners outside the party building.




The decree is bound to worry Western allies, particularly the United States, a generous benefactor to Egypt's army, which effusively praised Egypt for its part in bringing Israelis and Palestinians to a ceasefire on Wednesday.


The West may become concerned about measures that, for example, undermine judicial independence. But one Western diplomat said it was too early to judge and his nation would watch how the decree was exercised in the coming days.


"We are very concerned about the possible huge ramifications of this declaration on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt," Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, said at the United Nations in Geneva.




"The decree is basically a coup on state institutions and the rule of law that is likely to undermine the revolution and the transition to democracy," Mervat Ahmed, an independent activist in Tahrir protesting against the decree, said. "I worry Mursi will be another dictator like the one before him."


Leading liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, who joined other politicians on Thursday night to demand the decree was withdrawn, wrote on his Twitter account that Mursi had "usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh".






An assembly drawing up the constitution has yet to complete its work. Many liberals, Christians and others have walked out accusing the Islamists who dominate it of ignoring their voices over the extent that Islam should be enshrined in the new state.


Opponents call for the assembly to be scrapped and remade. Mursi's decree protects the existing one and extends the deadline for drafting a document by two months, pushing it back to February, further delaying a new parliamentary poll.


Explaining the rationale behind the moves, the presidential spokesman said: "This means ending the period of constitutional instability to arrive at a state with a written constitution, an elected president and parliament."




"There was a disease but this is not the remedy," said Hassan Nafaa, a liberal-minded political science professor and activist at Cairo University.


"I can see from the reaction of the political forces that we are going towards more polarization between the Islamist front on one hand and all the others on the other. This is a dangerous situation," he said, adding it could spark more street trouble.


The streets have been relatively quiet since Mursi took office, ...


The new army leaders are now appointees of Mursi and have stepped back from politics. The military still wields hefty influence through its huge business interests and security role. But one analyst said the generals had been "neutralized."

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PaperBear's picture

Meet the new guy, the same as the old guy - equally bad.'s picture

Israel violates ceasefie:


1 killed, 9 wounded in Israeli gunfire near Gaza


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza's border fence with Israel on Friday, a Gaza health official said, reporting the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold a day before.

BigJim's picture

Oh no, Israel didn't break the ceasefire, the Palestinians did, by going near their border.

Didn't you know? Israel is within their rights to tell Palestinians where they may or may not go.. within Gaza.

Que Obama issuing a statement condemning Palestinian aggression against the poor little Judeofascists.

CrazyCooter's picture

Um, call me a dumb red neck, but when I see a word like "ceasefire" which in the area in question simply means "still shooting at each other" I make mental note.

The shooting will continue along with half ass reporting. Next up, peace talks. SSDD.


Cooter's picture

Let it not be said that I failed to oblige: You're a dumb redneck. And you're making the rest of us rednecks look bad. ;-)

TBT or not TBT's picture

Except that Egypt is socially and culturally a basketcase, arab, nuts, and oil free.    They're on the verge of starving people to death over there, for lack of any good or service to sell to the rest of the world, and lack of food production capability, and way way too many people for the land's carrying capacity.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

The legacy of Islam is poverty, endless war, intolerance and ignorance. A consistent track record for over 1300 years. So it's safe to say nothing's going to change anytime soon.

CrazyCooter's picture

I wouldn't tag that on Islam per se, just the region. Arabic culture has a lot of challenges.

This is PRE-9/11 and very, very interesting stuff. Originally from "American Diplomacy" magazine.



onelight's picture

He was educated in the US, at USC...a big Trojans fan, he said in an interview not long ago, just a small irony there..

FrankDrakman's picture

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

The Libs think they are "using" the Muslim Bros. and the Muslim Bros. think they are "using" the Libs. You can't bargain matters of faith with religious zelaots and these guys HATE the satanic Western way of life. The only thing they want right now is to reestablish the Caliphate and setting up Sharia Law worldwide. That has been a stated goal since their formation in the 1920s.

Morsi is going to give the West more than they bargained for. The kinder, gentler globlalist liberals think that by giving the Muslim Bros. a few countries will allow them to be bridled. That is laughable.

Muslim Sharia Law is the only way to govern properly in the eyes of the Brotherhood and it is a dictatorship, it is incompatible with the touchy-feely democracy (*gag*) they saw in the Arab Spring. The idiot liberals running the world are about to set the Middle East alight with their ignorance.

BigJim's picture

The 'liberals' don't want a Muslim caliphate despite the risk it will be hostile to the West - they want a Muslim caliphate because it'll be hostile to the West and give our MIC an excuse to continue hoovering up resources.

No enemies = no need for a bloated national 'defence' - can't have that now, can we?

Randall Cabot's picture

Well, if the following is true it looks like the chess pieces are being put into position and Morsi is more of a jew supremacist puppet than Mubarek by allowing US troops to be deployed in Egypt to supposedly stop Iranian smuggling. This sets the stage for all kinds of propaganda to justify attacking Iran. Give Netanyahu credit for maneuvering Obama into getting American soldiers to do israel's fighting in Egypt and eventually Iran:

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week..."’s-pledge-of-US-troops-to-Sinai-next-week-won-Israel’s-nod-for-ceasefire


Randall Cabot's picture

Does the name Ostrog come to mind?

Winston Churchill's picture

Out of the frying pan.

Nothing changes...

DosZap's picture

Out of the frying pan.

Nothing changes...

The hell it didn't.

Now, instead of Mubarak,and Kaddaffi, we have ANOTHER frigging Islamic Radical Shia sucking pig govt,courtesy of their adopted SON.

Just like Libia.................

Now, we have another soon to be IRAN.

What's all this talk of Democracy spreading?.

This is why we have got 7000+ of our best men & women killed,mutilated, and  PSTD'd screwed for life OVER?.

Eireann go Brach's picture

There is no difference between this behavior and the behavior of the stampeding 300 pound American elephants storming stores for a $19 phone!

prains's picture

yes there is


one is pure zombie love and the other is a calculated extraction of power to control the people, altogether different

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Well, aside from the completely lopsided death toll, you mean. Assuming that matters to you.

Confundido's picture

Odd as it seems, I have hope in Egypt. Pure intuition on my part...Nothing rational. And by the way, it would make the perfect experimenting ground to launch a gold standard...just thinkin loud...

Sudden Debt's picture

"Rogue" missile incomming in 2 minutes...

DanDaley's picture

 "Democracy is a tram you ride until you arrive at your destination, then you step off." Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan


OneTinSoldier66's picture

Well that guy is certainly wrong imo. Democracy rides you! Whether you vote or not makes no difference, the constitution be damned majority rules democracy monkey rides your back no matter how hard you try to shake it off.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Democracy is more like a mile long train of cattle cars that get filled with the ignorant crowd that believe is headed to a new place called Utopia where everything is sunshine and lollypops, but is really just a happy prison camp for everyone except the few at the top.

swissaustrian's picture

Halflives of US muppets have been massively deflating lately

dinastar2's picture

Oy Vey Mr Durden, I do not read in your mentionned article the involvement of the zionists, and the dark jewish plot manipulating all those arab simpletons for the greater profit of the banksters.What happened to your militancy ? Did you took a relapse following the failure of your arab militants friends in Gaza ? That's not correct mr Durden, ounce you sideline with us, there's no reverse gear. Remember that your ultimate bliss in this life is to fill your underpants with two tablets of C-4, cordite, dynamite, a battery, elctric rope, a switch, and kaboom, you're will meet in Allah's paradise the 72 virgins with their damp lips giving you the kiss of your after-life.  So please Mr Durden, the next trouble in the mideast or anywhere else, do not forget to mention the zuionists, the jews, the crusaders, Napoleon and all your western imperialists.Otherwise , the gates of paradise are closed for you.

Inthemix96's picture

Ten past Ten and you are already pissed dinastar?

Leave the bottle alone mate, it has no answers for you.

ronaldawg's picture

I am a crusader - what are you going to do about it?

falak pema's picture

call u bararbas! 

You know how that ended!

read how the Templars got treated in holy land in true history! 

Pech Souleila: Sidi Kafir: Falakpema: Kindle Store

BigJim's picture

Taking a quick break from dropping white phosphorus on Arab children, Hasbara?

WTFx10's picture

Give the Egyptians credit for torching something. Our Zionist puppet in the US has done the same thing and we have blogged about it. Our Military applauds it,our elected officials endorse it.

I'm waiting on the name change so its official. The United States of Israelica

Will probably happen when Iran finally gets attacked over some fucking lie.


shovelhead's picture

Irish Sping leaves you with a delightfully fragrant fresh scent...

Egyptian Spring smells like camel dung.


Bubble's picture

PMs ramping here. Gold through highs triggering stops in thin Thanksgiving trade. Going off the shelves like $5 headphones on black friday bitchez!

Inthemix96's picture

Its about time we done away with leaders of all kind.  Do you need one in you're day to day life?  Do you need one to tell you how to behave and control yourself?

Humanity will be the death of itself.

Oh, and fuck you bernank

slaughterer's picture

If gold blasts through the 1750 stop, uh, it is going to test 1780.  Have no idea what is happening here.  

jjsilver's picture

If you want to know why our government gets away with what they do, you need to see these videos for an excellent explanation. I recommend watching number two first then number 1 and then number 3

Corp. U.S. - the Columbia Organic Act of 1871

Season of Treason I

Season Of Treason II - America's Cancer

Season of Treason III Full - The King's House

Canucklehead's picture

I am shocked, Shocked! that Mursi would pull something like this!

What is he trying to achieve?  The eyes of the world are upon him.  Don't act like a savage...

CrazyCooter's picture

See my American Diplomacy link up thread.

Unless that was sarcasm, then you are probably ahead of me, LOL!



lolmao500's picture

Give me a break America, you LOVE Mubarak because he was your dictator... but now that Morsi does the same thing, you're all of a sudden worried about freedom and human rights??


Canucklehead's picture

You are missing the point.  How do you make the world better for "all" people, not just your pet favorites?

For example, is Mohammed being treated as an Idol?  Does the Muslim Brotherhood want all Egyptians to worship the God of Abraham via the Mohammedan idol, or can they worship him in their own way?  If you do not submit to the idol, should you be dealt with in a culturally sensitive manner and then have your body dragged through the streets behind a motorcycle?

lolmao500's picture

Also interesting in the black swan department..

N. Korea preparing to launch new long-range missile: Seoul officials

South Korea's military and government have confirmed that North Korea is preparing to launch a new long-range missile at a launch pad that has been used for previous rocket launches, Seoul officials said Friday.

North Korea has said it will continue to put a "working satellite" into orbit and South Korea is "judging that the North's side will go ahead as it has declared," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Money Squid's picture

Oh noes, not another Long-Dong no fry rong time missle of terror?  Where is Hans Blix when you need him?

lolmao500's picture

MAYBE it could work this time... if it does, the NKorean BS will only go up from there. And then the US will move even more hardware in Japan/SKorea, which will piss off China... not to mention, Japan's right-wingers will take even more power... all leading to bad things.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

Another "President" for life making his debut today.

PGR88's picture

Are there truly any people out there who are so stupid they did not expect this Jacobin stage to come quickly to Egypt.


Only Obama and Rice are still dumbfounded by it all.

surf0766's picture

"dumbfounded"  hardly. More like cheerful.

magpie's picture

I doubt he can be easily unseated, or for the matter thrown under the bus...just ask if the USA would recognize any non-MB president coming to power...i would say no.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Mohamed ElBaradei can fuck off.

Ex-head of the IAEA and Nobel Peace prizewinner - the guy is a USSA sock puppet.


falak pema's picture

Lets just remember the sequel of events  as I understand it:

1° Obama telephoned Mursi for 6 hours from Myanmar, found him practical and conciliating; and declared "we can work with this guy".

2° In the very next step, Hillary and Israel delcared a cease fire.

3° Next day Mursi fired the Procurer and decreed he was Pharoah.

4° The mob hit the streets in Cairo.

What does it tell us about who is the King and who is the man like a puppet on the string...?

If you get that you know how important Mursi now is to Pax Americana, but that the people in the street know that too! 

If Egypt falls to rabid nationalism PAx Americana will tremble in ME.