There’s growing belief among some commentators that the Muslim Brotherhood may be behind the new protests in Cairo. Jerusalem Post author and correspondent Yaakov Lappin says that there is a chance that Islamists could eventually take power in Egypt.
“Unlike the first round, the first time that Egypt blew up with this kind of anti-regime violence, the Muslim Brotherhood is now leading these demonstrations, this civil unrest,” he told RT.
“The Muslim Brotherhood has gone from being a low-profile stealthy player to being very much a higher-profile one, because it senses that its time has come.”
The biggest threat coming from the movement’s potential victory, Lappin pointed out, are the views it promotes.
“If you look just at some of the statements that have been coming out of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and its new party, the Freedom and Justice Party, they are saying that nobody in Egypt would dare even question the notion that Islamic law, Sharia, should be the law of the land, which is, I’m sure, a statement that a lot of factions in Egypt would disagree with,” he explained.
According to the journalist, other leaders in Egypt are already saying that those who question the idea that Sharia should be the law of the land, are being described as adulterers, alcoholics, and drug addicts.
“This process of demonizing anybody who is opposed to this fundamentalist view is already underway,” he said, also adding that up until now, the Muslim Brotherhood’s vision for Egypt has not been a moderate one.
“It’s a vision where a fanatical interpretation of the Koran would be the law of the land,” Lappin concluded.