The supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the head of the Islamist snake, Muhammad Badie—who had slipped security forces by traveling in and out of the Brotherhood torture camps (known as "peaceful sits ins" by the mainstream media")—has finally been arrested in Egypt and is awaiting trial. Not only was he the leader of the Brotherhood, but, according to Brotherhood members themselves, he was giving orders to his underling, Muhammad Morsi, the now ousted Egyptian president.
Among other serious accusations, Badie is being charged with inciting widespread terrorism and murder and playing a key role in the current violence and unrest in Egypt—also known as "the jihad"—which has led to the destruction of some 80 Christian churches and monasteries, the violent slaughters of Egyptian police, and any number of other criminal activities.
If Badie, as a Brotherhood member on live TV slipped into saying, used to order president Morsi around, surely his authority over the average Brotherhood member—the very fellows now burning and slaughtering—was ironclad.
Nor was Badie's terrorism limited to domestic Egypt. After his protégée Morsi became president, an emboldened Badie publicly proclaimed "the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims." More specifically, he "called on all Muslims to wage jihad with their money and their selves to free al-Quds"—the same exact language one finds in al-Qaeda's tracts. Unsurprisingly, the Wiesenthal Centernamed him the top anti-Semite of 2012.
Nor did the United States escape his venom. Badie has described the U.S. as an infidel nation that "does not champion moral and human values and cannot lead humanity," while referring to both the U.S. and Israel as "the Muslim's real enemies," asserting that "[w]aging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded." And he maintains that the "change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life."
"Mastership of the world" was his stated goal and ultimate aspiration for the Brotherhood.
In a normal world, then, Americans—like millions of anti-Brotherhood Egyptians—should be glad to hear that this leading inciter of terrorism and hate has been arrested.
But of course, in the bizarro world that is the mainstream media of America, the arrest of the Brotherhood chieftain is bad news. For example, the consistently pro-Islamist and terrorist-apologist David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times is portraying the arrest of Badie and possible release of president Hosni Mubarak—whose predictions concerning the Brotherhood, including how they exploit democracy to eliminate democracy and engage in terrorism but then portray themselves as victims before the world, have all come true—as "a measure of how far and how quickly the tumult shaking Egypt in recent days and weeks has rolled back the changes brought by the revolution of 2011." In other words, arresting the man responsible for the slaughter of innocent officers, the burning of dozens of Christian churches, and the sexual harassment of nuns—is a return to "autocracy." Such is the whole tone and tenor of the silly NYT report.
As for the murders and terrorism attributed to the Brotherhood, Kirkpatrick tries to brush these away as "claims" that cannot be trusted, since they are being broadcast on "Egyptian media"—the bogey man word, as if Egypt's media was as corrupt as America's leftist media—without bothering to mention that any number of free, independent media have also been reporting the same things the Egyptian media has—that the Brotherhood are terrorizing Egypt.
But of course the NYT is simply following the White House's lead, which, when recently asked at a press conference about the idea that Egypt is considering dissolving the Brotherhood due to the organization's terrorist activities, said that dissolving the Brotherhood would be a "bad idea." Such are the signs of our times: when 30 million Egyptians march in the streets calling for the ouster of the Islamist Brotherhood, and the people's military obliges them, and then the Brotherhood responds with nonstop terrorism against Egypt—the U.S sides with the terrorists.
Thus we are left with good news and bad. With the June 30 revolution, millions of Egyptians awoke to the reality of a corrupt, Islamist government, and rejected it. That would be the good news. Meanwhile, the U.S. media and government continue lying to a half-asleep people—portraying good as evil and evil as good. That would be the bad news.
Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians (published by Regnery in cooperation with Gatestone Institute, April 2013). He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum.