Last year, the Obama administration fully supported the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A large part of the US backed opposition was none other than the militant group known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
One year later, Egypt is holding elections and one of the favored candidates for the Egyptian presidency is Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. In a reported interview with Samuel al-Ashay, that was published online at El Bashayer, Morsi spoke of the second Islamic Conquest of Egypt saying,
“We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt.”
After al-Ashay told Morsi that the first Islamic conquest of Egypt took place in 641 by Amr bin al-As, he asked who was going to carry out the second conquest. Morsi responded,
“The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi, and history will record it.”
Al-Ashay then reportedly asked him about all of the Christian Copts, Morsi supposedly replied,
“They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate.”
Jizya is a per capita tax levied on non-Muslim’s in a Muslim state. In other words, if the report of Morsi’s interview is correct, he will give all Christians and other non-Muslims three choices if they wish to remain in Egypt. They will have to convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax or leave the country.
Some wonder if the reported interview really took place as Morsi seems to be trying to win over women and non-Muslim voters including the Christian Copts that make up about 10% of the population. However, the interview was reported to have taken place inside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters where Morsi may have felt safe in saying what he really believes. It has also been picked up by numerous media outlets and online news reporting.
If those were Morsi’s words and he does win the election, I seriously doubt if the Obama administration will do anything about the treatment of Christians. There have already been numerous reports from Egypt of government support police and troops attacking Christians on the streets, in their homes and in their churches and Obama and Hillary Clinton have nothing to say except how great it was to oust the terrible Mubarak.
This is the same administration that is criticizing Mitt Romney for not having any foreign policy experience. Come to think of it, the only foreign experience Obama had prior to his election was his birth in Kenya and growing up in Indonesia. Other than that, he had zero foreign policy experience when he took office and it appears by his record that he hasn’t gained much in the past three years.
And they expect us to want 4 more years of this?