Watch the Associated Press recap of the 18-day protests in Egypt.
The current uprising in Egypt could very likely bring about a chain of events similar to those in Iran in 1979 – democratic protests followed by an Islamist regime. While the Muslim Brotherhood may not be the leader of the uprisings in Egypt, it is the only large organized opposition group. It is bound at some point to become the leading force of the protests, especially if the regime is overthrown.
According to the latest Pew poll, 30% of Egyptians are pro-Hezbollah, 49% are pro-Hamas, and 20% “smile” at al-Qaeda. 1 out of every 5 Egyptian favors extreme Islamist terrorist groups, while 1 in every 3 supports revolutionary Islamists in other countries. This does not tell us exactly how many Egyptians would favor an Islamist government in Egypt, but certainly paints a very frightening picture.
Furthermore, 82% of Egyptians want stoning as the punishment for adulterers, 77% prefer whippings and hand amputations for stealing, and 84% want the death penalty for converts from Islam.
These findings indicate that a large majority of Egypt’s population would support the Muslim Brotherhood as the future leaders of the country. This prospect has the potential for very negative repercussions throughout the Middle East – for Israel in particular – for America, and for other Western democracies.