Sen. Menendez: Muslim Brotherhood needs voice in Egypt’s future

Cairo signSen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said Sunday that the Muslim Brotherhood, recently expelled from power, needs to be given a voice in Egypt’s political future.

“[A]n Egypt for all includes in my mind, participation from the Muslim Brotherhood,” Menendez said on “Meet the Press” Sunday, according to The Washington Examiner.

“But, you know, President Morsi himself acted rather dictatorially back in November when he said that his decrees were not subject to judicial review, when he said the constitutional assembly was not subject to, to judicial review,” Menendez noted.

“So at the end of the day, while I would have liked to have seen early elections and then see him test his support among the people and the people would have had a choice and, therefore, less likely to have them be further … radicalized, at the end of the day, that’s not what happened. So now the question is can we bring everybody together to create a more inclusive society in terms of the representation that it has in government? If we can do that, then Egypt has a possibility.”

Meet the Press host David Gregory had previously noted that “If you look at the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, the intellectual fathers coming out of the brotherhood of al Qaeda.” Now an al Qaeda ally, Ansar al Sharia — the same group that carried out the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 — is trying to intervene in Egypt now that President Morsi has been deposed.

“Islamist terror group Ansar Al Sharia, which was linked to the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, said it would gather arms and start training for the imposition of Islamic rule,” the Mirror reported, according to the Examiner.

Would it really be in America’s interest to return to the Muslim Brotherhood any power whatsoever? My mind keeps returning to a lone, brave protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, who in January carried a huge sign proclaiming, “Obama you jerk, Muslim Brotherhoods are killing the Egyptians.”

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