As violence in Egypt crescendoes, my new Washington Examiner column asks if America’s Manhattan-Beltway media elite has done its basic homework on the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a sense, the Brotherhood’s struggle in recent weeks has been a return to painfully familiar ground. Banned for decades under President Hosni Mubarak and his predecessors, the group grew and matured under the pressure of constant police harassment. Its top leaders were shaped by long years in prison, and many of them were arrested again in early July when the military deposed Mr. Morsi.
The article does not explain why the organization was banned, why it has suffered “constant police harassment,” or why its leaders spent long years in prison. Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower offers a detailed history of the organization, but as my column points out, most American political and journalistic elites have not read this book by The New Yorker’s most accomplished reporter/writer.
Because the future of Egypt will surely impact the future of the Middle East and thus our future –and very quickly– do yourself a favor and buy and read the book. If you have resolved to do so in the past, get with it today. And send a copy to your favorite media personality and elected official.