By bullet if not ballot . . .
The Arab Spring threatens to turn unseasonably hot, as we learn from the Egyptian newspaper Al-Misri al-Yawm (The Egyptian Today), by way of Michael Rubin, "Islamists Threaten Insurgency Should Secularists Win Egypt Election" (Commentary, May 20, 2012). Rubin tells us:
On May 19, Islamic Jihad Organization member Shaykh Usamah Qasim took to the pages of Al-Misri al-Yawm to warn that Islamists would not tolerate a victory by any of the non-Islamist candidates.Quoting directly from Al-Misri al-Yawm (translation via Open Source Center):
The victory of former prime minister Ahmad Shafiq or former Arab League chief Amr Musa in the coming presidential elections would lead some Islamic and non-Islamic groups to respond with "armed action." "Thus, the fate of any of them who reaches the presidency will be like that of former President Anwar al-Sadat, who was assassinated," Qasim said.In other words if the non-Islamists win . . . they lose.