Now that the Egyptian military has finally begun to neutralize Muslim Brotherhood terrorist bases, the so-called mainstream media are doing what they do bestâ??twist reality to the Islamistsâ?? benefit by casting them as innocent victims merely â??holding vigilâ? only to be slaughtered, while calling for the prosecution of the military for â??human rights abuses.â?Â They essentially follow the pro-Brotherhood Al Jazeeraâ??s lead of portraying these bases in Rabâ??a al-Adawiya and elsewhere as peaceful â??sit ins.â?
What the mainstream media have failed to report is that for over two months in these â??sit insâ?â??or more appropriately, mini-emirates in Egyptâ??many Egyptians have been tortured, mutilated, raped, and mass murdered in the name of Islam and/or Brotherhood rule.Â (Of course, this is unsurprising considering how the media also failed to report onÂ the nonstop and heinous attacks on the nationâ??s Christian minority and its churches, allÂ validated by Brotherhood leadership.)
The anecdotes are many.Â For instance, one man accused of stealing was tortured and had his finger chopped off (in accordance to Sharia).Â He appears inÂ this videoâ??his face beaten to a bloody pulpâ??describing his ordeal.Â Like so many in Rabâ??a, he was there not as a Brotherhood supporter, but because he worked in the area.Â Accused of stealing, he insisted he was innocent.Â When his accusers refused to relent, he said, â??Fine, if Iâ??m a thief, hand me over to police,â? but they said, â??No, we will hand you over to Allah.â? He was taken to a room and tortured for fourteen hours, including by being sprayed with water and repeatedly electrocuted and stabbed and sliced with a switchblade (in minute 3:47 he exposes his mutilated chest).Â Â Then, his â??piousâ? tormentors supplicated their god by saying, â??In the name of Allah,â? before hacking his finger off.
Women are also easy prey in the Brotherhood camp.Â According toÂ a recent report, they are being abused for refusing to have sex with Brotherhood supporters.Â One woman was reportedly tortured to death and another critically injured and hospitalized.Â An Egyptian organization concerned with female rights said it â??will expose in the coming days the extent of the violations and crimes against humanity which our sisters have been exposed to by the orders of the General Guide [of the Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie] to coerce women to engage in sex-jihad, with torture to death for those who refuse.â?
Here isÂ another live interviewÂ with an Egyptian reporter who was kidnapped in Rabâ??a, beaten, and told she must stay â??because we need women for sex.â?Â TheÂ logic behind the sex-jihadÂ (or in Arabicjihad al-nikah) is that women are permitted to copulate with single, male Brotherhood protesters to help alleviate their sexual frustrations so they can focus on empowering Islamâ??which among the Brotherhood is synonymous with empowering the Brotherhoodâ??without becoming too restless and possibly abandoning the jihad.
Then there are the corpses that are being found.Â According to journalist Ahmed Musa onÂ Tahrir TV channel, one of the arrested terrorists confessed that Brotherhood leadership murdered more than 80 people who were either suspected of being police informants or were trying to escape the Brotherhood camps. The Brotherhood then buried the bodies in a mass grave inside Rabâ??a.Â According to the arrested terrorist, the Brotherhood fears that, â??if their camps are broken up, their crimes against humanity will be exposed and that the Ministry of Interior will take pictures of this mass grave and broadcast them to the world.â?
Aside from these atrocities and accusations of atrocities, reports of general beatings were surfacing every day.Â The majority revolved around people working or living in Rabâ??a, who were pressured to join the pro-Morsi protests, only to be beaten savagely for refusing.
Despite the many serious human rights abuses that took place under Brotherhood auspices, the only Western media ever to allude to any of this was anÂ AP reportÂ that, after explaining how bound, dead bodies were found near Rabâ??a and how many in Egypt insist itâ??s the work of the Brotherhood, immediately went into default mode by suggesting these could all be false allegations and, if dead bodies are being found, perhaps itâ??s the work of the military trying to frame the Brotherhoodâ??exactly what the Brotherhood has been caught doing,Â killing their own supporters to frame the military.
Brotherhood exploitation of the media to garner sympathy is an old phenomenon.Â Years back, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, discussing how Islamists often turn to violence when â??dialogueâ? doesnâ??t go their way, said:
But when I see that you are firing at me, trying to kill meâ??well, I have to defend myself.Â Then the international news agencies go to these [Islamist] groups for information, and they tell them, â??They are killing us, they are killing us!â?Â Well, donâ??t you [news agencies] see them killing the police?!Â I swear to you, not one of the police wants to kill themâ??not one of us.
And now, as the Egyptian military disperses the Brotherhoodâ??s terrorist camps, right on cue, the Western press is doing what it does bestâ??skewing reality to the benefit of the Brotherhood.
Still, there is one positive side to all this.Â Because so many Muslim Brotherhood members and their Islamist allies had congregated in Rabâ??a and elsewhere, turning them into mini Islamist states where Brotherhood rule was enforcedâ??torturing, chopping fingers off, sexually abusing women, and murdering dissentersâ??we have gotten a glimpse of exactly what sort of state the Brotherhood sought to transform Egypt.
But just as it took several months beforeÂ even Fox NewsÂ told of the Muslim Brotherhood torture chambersâ??despite the fact that any number of Egyptian media had for months been disseminating pictures and videos of those torturedâ??no doubt it will take a while before news of the Brotherhood torture camps is ever disseminated in the West.
Update: Â Now that Egyptâ??s military has cleared out and is investigating Rabâ??a, buried bodies are indeed being found. Â So far,Â 28 bodies, most bearing marks of severe torture, including charring from electrocution, have been discovered â?? the handiwork of the Muslim Brotherhood.