Egypt Gets Its Khomeini

(Jerusalem Post) Barry Rubin - On Friday, Feb. 18, Yusuf Qaradawi spoke to a giant cheering crowd in Tahrir Square. Qaradawi, the world champion radical Islamist cleric, said he looked forward to a similar ceremony in Jerusalem. Until now, the Egyptian revolution has lacked a charismatic thinker, someone who could really mobilize the masses. Qaradawi is that man. Banned from the country under the old regime, he is returning to his homeland in triumph. Through Internet, radio, his 100 books and his weekly satellite television program, he has been an articulate voice for revolutionary Islamism. He is literally a living legend. It was Qaradawi who argued that Islamists should always participate in elections because they would invariably win them.

2011-02-22 00:00:00

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