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Sen. Bob Menendez: Muslim Brotherhood needs to be part of Egypt’s political future

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., believes the Muslim Brotherhood regime that was just deposed in Egypt due to dictatorial actions by the president needs to be part of the country’s political future.

“[A]n Egypt for all includes in my mind, participation from the Muslim Brotherhood,” Menendez said on "Meet the Press" earlier Sunday. “But, you know, President Morsi himself acted rather dictatorially back in November when he said that his decrees were not subject to judicial review, when he said the constitutional assembly was not subject to — to judicial review. So, at the end of the day, while I would have liked to have seen early elections and then see him test his support among the people and the people would have had a choice and, therefore, less likely to have them be further … radicalized, at the end of the day, that’s not what happened. So now the question is, can we bring everybody together to create a more inclusive society in terms of the representation that it has in government? If we can do that, then Egypt has a possibility.”

"Meet the Press" host David Gregory had previously noted that “if you look at the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, the intellectual fathers coming out of the brotherhood of al Qaeda.” Now an al Qaeda ally, Ansar al Sharia — the same group that carried out the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 — is trying to intervene in Egypt now that Morsi has been deposed.

“Islamist terror group Ansar Al Sharia, which was linked to the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, said it would gather arms and start training for the imposition of Islamic rule,” according to the Mirror. “More than 1,000 people were injured as fighting swept the country yesterday. A running battle took place in Cairo and 12 people died when Islamists opened fire at an anti-Morsi rally in Alexandria.”

 

 

 

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