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Friday, February 18, 2011

Egypt gets its Khomeni

On Friday, Egypt will get its Khomeni - the charismatic Islamic thinker with the chance to push its revolution from secular to Islamist. 84-year old Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has lived in exile in the Gulf for years, will deliver a Friday sermon at Tahrir Square in Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to come see him. Among other things, Qaradawi is a supporter of Islamists moving to the West, where they can prevent Jews from being influential, and a supporter of Islamists participating in elections, because they will always win them.

Barry Rubin, who refers to Qaradawi as a living legend, has lots more about him.

Read the whole thing.

Here's an example of a Qaradawi sermon. Let's go to the videotape.

Who do you think will win an election in Egypt? Yusuf al-Qaradawi or Google executive Wael Ghonim? What could go wrong?

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