Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Reuters fabricates history to protect the Muslim Brotherhood

Yesterday, we noted that Reuters has a tradition of publishing stories which fawn over former IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei and seek to conceal the true nature and agenda of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.  We also wondered whether this pattern would continue should Elbaradei and the Brotherhood come to power in Egypt.

We won't have to wait that long for an answer.  In a story on Israeli concerns over the Obama administration's apparent willingness to sacrifice its 30-year relationship with President Hosni Mubarak due to the unrest in Egypt, Reuters correspondent Douglas Hamilton literally invents history to absolve the Muslim Brotherhood of its record of ultra-violence:
Egypt, Israel's most powerful neighbor, was the first Arab country to make peace with the Jewish state, in 1979. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who signed the treaty, was assassinated two years later by an Egyptian fanatic.
It took another 13 years before King Hussein of Jordan broke Arab ranks to made a second peace with the Israelis. That treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated one year later, in 1995, by an Israeli fanatic.
Anwar Sadat was assassinated not by a lone and nebulous "fanatic" but by a team of Egyptian military personnel associated with the Muslim Brotherhood:
The attackers included four enlisted men, an army major and a lieutenant. The major and two enlisted men were killed in the swarm around the reviewing stand, once other members of the military realized what was taking place. The rest were arrested. The attackers would eventually come to be identified as Islamist nationalists associated with the Muslim Brotherhood under the name of Islamic Jihad.
The group was subsequently found to have hatched the assassination plot with Al Gamaa al-Islamiyya, a Brotherhood offshoot that would, in the mid-1990s, develop ties with al-Qaeda and be chiefly responsible for the 1997 terrorist attack in Luxor on Nov. 17, 1997, when six men dressed in black attacked tourists visiting the famous site in Upper Egypt. Sixty-two men, women and children were killed.
So the Brotherhood group which organized the Sadat assassination was also linked to al-Qaeda and responsible for the subsequent terrorist attack in Luxor Egypt which killed sixty-two tourists.

A history Douglas Hamilton and Reuters would apparently much rather we forget.

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