Sunday, January 22, 2012

LA Times language about Brotherhood and Salafis

You have no doubt heard that these two groups now control, as the LA Times puts it, "nearly three quarters" of the seats in the Egyptian parliament. Here is some interesting language:
The relatively moderate Brotherhood and the puritanical Salafis will likely battle over how deeply Islam should shape the constitution and be ingrained in public life. Both parties have said social and economic challenges are the most pressing concerns, but the Salafis, who receive funding from Persian Gulf nations, are certain to push for an Egypt more rooted in sharia, or Islamic law.
This is an interesting example of how journalistic mannerisms protect extremists. The Brotherhood's General or Supreme Guide in Egypt sounds like this:
"Resistance is the only solution against the Zio-American arrogance and tyranny, and all we need is for the Arab and Muslim peoples to stand behind it and support it. The peoples know well who is [carrying out] resistance and who has sold out the [Palestinian] cause and bargained over it. We say to our brothers the mujahideen in Gaza: be patient, persist in [your jihad], and know that Allah is with you..."
Al-Qaeda is an example of a Salafi party.

(h/t: Isreallycool and Iraqi American Mojo)

Update: Speaking of media coverage of the Middle East, see this from Soccer Dad at Pajamas Media.

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