Sad, sad, sad, sad.
Predictable, predictable, predictable, predictable.
As I wrote in February of 2011, not long after the whole Egyptian joyride began:
Amidst all the speculation, I think we discount the possibility of an Islamist state at our peril—and, to speak bluntly, those who discount it are fools, no matter how learned they may be.
The Muslim Brotherhood—the Islamist fundamentalist group based in Egypt—is such a fine name. Who could be against brotherhood (well, a few feminists; but you know what I mean)? The history of the group is a chilling one, however.
I have been concerned from the start about the possible influence and popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood, a currently-banned Islamist fundamentalist group that has its roots in Egypt in the earlier part of the twentieth century…As a person who remembers the turmoil of the Iranian revolution of 1979—the different groups temporarily united for the Shah’s overthrow and then jockeying for position (vainly) against the fundamentalist Islamists who quickly established their dominance—I have to say the situation makes me nervous.
I must once again say that I claim no special expertise or prescience. This development was very obviously a serious risk from the start, and the Obama administration appeared not to understand that—or if they did understand it (and they gave absolutely no indication of it), to not care.