The Muslim world is more than willing to express anger at violations of civil rights by Israel, but it remains strangely quiet when issues arise concerning destruction of human rights in nations such as Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood in a democratic nation would secure at least 40% of the votes but it is banned in Egypt due to its fundamentalist ideas. Technically, Muslim Brotherhood candidates can not run as members of this group which necessitates running as an independent. During the past week over 400 members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested and dozens of others brutally beaten by Egyptian police. If there ever was an honest election in Mubarakland, the MB as well as other parties would sweep to victory. President Mubarak will not allow dissident voices to gain power since his goal is empowering his son, Gamal, as the man who follows him as president.
Once again, the United States, as in Iran, supports brutal leaders on the theory we must back those in power in order to prevent Muslim fundamentalists from gaining power. This theory failed in Iran and it will fail in Egpt.