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Emergency law tyranny still rules. Electoral results change nothing.

Junta control permits suspending constitutional rights, instituting martial law, enforcing censorship, curtailing anti-regime protests, marginalizing opposition, and restricting assemblies and free movement.

It also mandates arrests and indefinite detentions with or without charges, trials in military tribunals, and overall extralegal police state harshness.

Muslim Brotherhood (MB) ties to UK and US intelligence are longstanding. CIA funds supported it. Likely they still do. MB leaders are considered silent allies. Earlier they were used against communism and opposition to Gamal Abdel Nasser, Pan-Arabism, and nationalism.

In the 1920s, Britain established MB's precursor, the Society of Propaganda and Guidance. It backed UK colonial rule. Its journal, The Lighthouse, attacked Egyptian nationalists wanting self-determination. It called them "atheists and infidels." 

Its Institute of Propaganda and Guidance taught regional Islamists political agitation methods to contest anti-colonialism back home. Hassan al-Banna was one its graduates. In 1928, he founded the MB.

Its leaders are pro-capitalist. They oppose class struggle politics on principle. They disdain poor, disenfranchised, and disadvantaged segments of society. In Egypt, they didn't make common cause with aggrieved workers or farmers.

They oppose unions and leftists. Earlier, they participated in strikebreaking. They're secretly supported by wealthy financial and business interests. Saudi money backs them.

They also created their own businesses and banks. In 1976, they established the Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt. Saudi Prince Mohammed al-Faisal runs it.

For 90 years, Washington, Britain and other Western governments supported Islamists strategically against nationalist, democratic, and other anti-colonialist movements. Support continues today. Obama maintains a longstanding tradition.

On May 23 and 24, Egyptians voted for president. Numerous candidates competed. None won a majority. On June 16 and 17, MB candidate Mohammad Morsi faced regime loyalist Ahmed Shafik.

With most votes counted, unofficial results show Morsi well ahead. Final totals will be announced later in the week.

Mass abstentions showed disdain for what most Egyptians call dysfunctional, corrupt, and dismissive of democratic change.

On Saturday, turnout approached 15% of eligible voters. Few numbers showed up on Sunday. Fraud at the polls was apparent. Voting by military and police forces is prohibited. It occurred anyway.

So did vote buying on pre-marked ballots. Each side accused the other of vote rigging. Democracy never had a chance. Junta mandates prevent it.

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