According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will "achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya," the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute.I believe the proper response to these barbarians is, "Bite me."
In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, adding "We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt."
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was "carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641]," he asked Morsi, "Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?" Morsi, replied, "The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi," referring to himself, "and history will record it."
When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly said, "They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate."
War News Updates puts it succinctly: "Not a good sign on where Egypt is going .... not a good sign at all."
Nope. Not good at all. Good luck getting badly-needed foreign investment or tourists (their tourism has tanked since the Muslim Brotherhood reached prominence this year) with that kind of medieval attitude.
To be fair, Barry Rubin says the election was a defeat for the Islamists, but "maybe" only a temporary one. Except his column makes clear that the Islamists will definitely get control anyway. Good-bye pyramids, good-bye Sphinx, good-bye to all the treasures of Egypt's pre-Islamic past.
Heckuva job, Obama. Heckuva job.