CAIRO — Spending more than a decade behind prison bars during former president Hosni Mubarak's rule, leading businessman Khairat el-Shater has emerged as the most decisive voice in the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, commanding a far-wider influence as the group’s chief policy architect.Yes, but it won't be a Leonardo da Vinci/Michelangelo sort of "renaissance." It will be--it is--a rebirth of sharia. (BTW, Senator Lindsey Graham: not a chick.)
“He is the behind-the-scenes guy,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who recently met with Shater along with a group of mostly Republican lawmakers, told The New York Times on Monday, March 12.
“Very impressive,” she added.
Known for years as the Brotherhood's most important internal advocate for moderation and modernization, Shater emerged after the revolution that toppled Mubarak last year as the most decisive voice in the leading political group.
Staying a dozen years behind bars, he helped chart the Brotherhood’s first steps into electoral politics, initially in Egypt’s professional associations of doctors, lawyers, engineers and the like.
“No need to be afraid of us” declared the headline of a 2005 article he wrote from behind bars for the British newspaper The Guardian.
“The Brotherhood,” he wrote, “believes democratic reforms could trigger a renaissance in Egypt.”...
Monday, March 12, 2012
Gullible Infidels Shmeered by Muslim Brotherhood's Smarm Offensive