Democratic Coaltion? Sounds great! Who here wouldn’t support a Democratic Coalition, especially one in the Arab world?
But left unsaid and unexplained is that Egypt’s Democratic Coalition is headed by the Muslim Brotherhood, as oppressive and undemocratic as its name suggests.
The second most powerful group within this Democratic Coalition, also left unreported within too-polite and/or too-stupid newscasts here, are the Salafis, ultra-fundamentalist Islamists who promise to mandate Shariah law throughout Egypt.
Not that it gets reported here — outside of print — but ladies and gentlemen and TV news watchers of all ages, those are the two strongest factions within Egypt’s Democratic Coalition!
But it sure sounds good.
In fact, the liberal, more Western-minded members of this Democratic Coalition, perhaps fearing harm at the hands of the Islamist members, no longer have any apparent presence within the Democratic Coalition.
And, as Billy Mays used to shout in commercials, “But wait, there’s more!”
The Muslim Brotherhood, likely playing the Western news media for the fools we are, has named its faction the Freedom and Justice Party. Sweet! Freedom and justice!
Of course, the freedom and justice they advocate is their freedom to impose their will on the country — if not the entire Middle East — or opponents will suffer their sense of justice.
But such absurdities, such sick word-play devices designed to fool the foolish, have done just that. “Democratic Coalition” sounds good, and that’s plenty good enough for the nightly news, and for you.