Possible? Retaliation for bin Laden

With the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, terror alerts around the world were raised out of concern for possible retaliation attacks. Some of the more ardent followers of Islam were bound to be offended and would want to seek justice in their eyes. This makes sense and should not have been a shock to anyone.

Osama’s administration has gone to great lengths to try and not offend the Islamic community. I do not blame them for this approach. Why cause a division among all people over the actions of a few. In an effort of doing what they considered was right, the military tried their best to follow Islamic burial practices and treat Osama’s body with respect. Osama was buried at sea as there was no desire to make his grave a shrine to ardent Islamic followers.

Now, we find out that their might be a retaliation because we did not handle his body in true Islamic fashion. Burial at sea is not an approved burial manner and now ardent Islamic followers might wage terror attacks for this.

What I am surprised at is that the media keeps wanting to alert the people that there might be terror attacks. This should be a given and it is odd to think that rational people would not be expecting this. Terror attacks were waged before 9/11. They were waged after 9/11. Attempts are averted almost daily in the U.S. as around the world. The possibility of a terror attack should not be news. It should be assumed.

US makes anti-Israeli move in Egypt

The below article is from WorldNetDaily. The US is making a move to openly supporting an anti-Israeli group in the restructuring of Egypt.

JERUSALEM – The Egyptian government has information a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Cairo secretly met yesterday with a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the nation’s major Islamist opposition group, WND has learned.

The topic of the meeting was the future of Egypt following the “fall” of President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian intelligence official told WND.

The claim comes amid charges from Cairo that the Obama administration has been encouraging the protests rocking Egypt and targeting the rule of Mubarak, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

The Egyptian intelligence official told WND his government has information of a meeting that took place yesterday between Issam El-Erian, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Frank Wisner, a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt.

The Obama administration dispatched Wisner to Egypt this past weekend to report to the State Department and White House a general sense of the situation in the embattled country.

The Egyptian intelligence official speaking to WND said the meeting took place inside the American embassy in Cairo

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department did not immediately return a WND request for comment.

The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world, in large part using nonviolent means. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.

The latest information is not the first charge by the Egyptian government that the Obama administration has been working with or encouraging the opposition to Mubarak.

Last week, a senior Egyptian diplomat stated the Egyptian government suspects elements of the current uprising there, particularly political aspects, are being coordinated with the U.S. State Department and Obama administration.

The senior Egyptian diplomat told WND the Mubarak regime suspects the U.S. has been aiding protest planning by Mohamed ElBaradei, who is seen as one of the main opposition leaders in Cairo.

ElBaradei, former International Atomic Energy Agency chief, has reinvented himself as a campaigner for “reform” in Egypt. He is a candidate for this year’s scheduled presidential elections.

ElBaradei arrived in Cairo just after last week’s protests began and is reportedly being confined to his home by Egyptian security forces.

He is seen as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This past weekend, the London Telegraph reported the U.S. embassy in Cairo in 2008 helped a young dissident attend a U.S.-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

The Telegraph would not identify the dissident, but said he was involved in helping to stir the current protests. The report claimed the dissident told the U.S. embassy in Cairo that an alliance of opposition groups had a plan to topple Mubarak’sgovernment.

The disclosures, contained in U.S. diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.

The White House has been almost openly championing the unrest in Egypt.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an “orderly transition” to democracy in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood is the main opposition group.

Obama reportedly voiced support for an “orderly transition” in Egypt that is responsive to the aspirations of Egyptians in phone calls with foreign leaders, the White House said.

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, speaking in a White House webcast, also urged the government and protesters in Egypt to refrain from violence.

Egyptian officials speaking to WND, however, warned the Muslim Brotherhood has the most to gain from any political reform.