Representative Allen West denounced the Muslim Brotherhood’s recent victory in Egypt’s presidential election on his Facebook page, saying that the election results prove that “the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare,” on Sunday.
The Mohamed Morsi/Muslim Brotherhood win in Egypt has caused something of a divided reaction. Though many have seen it as an important step in international politics and Egypt’s progress toward a truly Democratic system, others have voiced reluctant fears stemming from the shift in power. Though congratulating Morsi on his win, the White House added that Egypt’s new administration should make moves to protect its non-Muslim population, signaling a minor concern that the shift in rule toward an Islamist system could cause trouble in the region, reports Fox News.
“We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens — including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.”
Some have been less delicate in voicing their concerns. Tea-Party Representative Allen West has expressed his concern that a shift toward more unilateral Islamist control is a danger to to the region, and even to the United States, reports Politico. He has since urged President Obama to “denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.”
“Now we need to unequivocally reiterate our support to the Coptic Christians and Israel,” West said on his Facebook page. “What an incredible foreign policy faux pas by the second coming of President Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration.”
West maintained that, “A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt,” continuing, “We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood claimed they would not run a presidential candidate. Clearly the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare,” the Florida rep said.
So what say you? Should President Obama denounce Egypt’s election, or is Allen West being over-dramatic here?