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Why did Michael Oren think the state department applauded Morsi's election?

Reader comment on item: Michael Oren Interviewed by Daniel Pipes

Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Jun 28, 2015 at 22:13

Great interview.

I wish I'd been able to ask Oren why the state department officials hi fived each other when they heard the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi was elected.

Did they wish for that result because they actively wanted to help the Muslim Brotherhood, believing it's the sort of Islam they'd love to ally themselves with? Or would they have been just as happy if someone like Sisi had been chosen?

What do you think, Dr Pipes?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Like many others, State Department types tend to see the Muslim Brotherhood as the solution to Islamism because it is supposedly non-violent.

This goes back to 1992, as I explain at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2012/06/twenty-years-of-illusion-about-islamism. Note in particular the second comment there.

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