While we are re-fuming and re-debating and re-churning over the SCOTUS’s ruling on
ObamaCare the new mega-tax on the American people, there are a couple things the media is probably grateful they don’t have to mention, even in a quick blurb.
Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, is building his agenda and presenting it to the Egyptian people.
The Muslim Brotherhood apparently is in agreement with Salafi leaders that Sharia is not to be the “principle” but “the main source” in drafting Egypt’s new and future legislation.
In addition, here is just a bit of Morsi’s diplomatic plans…
The country’s first Islamist president also made a pledge likely to complicate relations with the U.S., vowing to seek the release of blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, jailed in the U.S. for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks and assassinate then-President Hosni Mubarak.
“We love you Morsi!” the crowd roared in response as the 60-year-old U.S.-trained engineer left the podium to get closer to the cheering crowd.
The promise to seek the release of the Egyptian-born Abdel-Rahman reflected the populist tone of Morsi’s speech — his first in the square that was the epicenter of the popular uprising that ousted Mubarak. He also said he would release all detained Egyptian protesters facing military tribunals.
Pointing to protesters holding photos of prisoners, including Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Morsi declared: “I will make every effort, I will do it, starting tomorrow, to free them all, including Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.”
“Everybody is hearing me now. The government . . . the military and the police. . . . No power above this power,” he told the tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters packing the square. “I reaffirm to you I will not give up any of the president’s authorities. I can’t afford to do this. I don’t have that right.”
Morsi’s words were a show of defiance as he gears up for a power struggle with the country’s ruling generals, who took over major presidential powers and disbanded the Islamist-controlled parliament in the days before the election results were released.
Pres. Morsi might be emboldened even more so by the Obama Administration’s past practice, and its currently contemplating the transferring of longtime Taliban detainees out of full U.S. control in Gitmo to a prison in Afghanistan as a restart move toward peace talks with the Taliban.
Under the proposal, some Taliban fighters or affiliates captured in the early days of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and later sent to Guantanamo under the label of enemy combatants would be transferred out of full U.S. control but not released. It’s a leap of faith on the U.S. side that the men will not become threats to U.S. forces once back on Afghan soil. But it is meant to show more moderate elements of the Taliban insurgency that the U.S. is still interested in cutting a deal for peace.
So, anything’s possible. Hope and change. Arab Spring. And Western journalists are always welcome … Mmm-kay?
HT: Weasel Zippers