2011-01-31 12:07:00

Premature to blame Islamic insurgency for events in Egypt Russian senator

Moscow, January 31, Interfax - The Islamist insurgency, even though it has strong support on the part of the poor and malleable, cannot be blamed yet for masterminding the disturbances in Egypt, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Mikhail Margelov said.

"Now is the time for monitoring, because hasty conclusions could lead to errors which might prove fatal for the leader of the Arab world - Egypt," Margelov said.

However, some sort of "participation" of the poor, mainly looters, points to the fact that representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, a clandestine organization, are prepared to fight against the corrupt, albeit secular and largely pro-Western regime," he said.

At the moment, the Egyptian society is divided into the rebelling crowds, some of whom demand the resignation of the incumbent president, and looters attacking shops and apartments. "We can see police crashed by this rebellion and the army which has so far failed to provide a distinct response to this outpouring of popular anger," Margelov added.

In this country, it is the army that is capable of reversing the situation in one way or another, he said.

Islamists have allies across various layers of Egyptian society, but the driving force of today's events in this country are precisely the poor who are easier to convince that their foes were caused solely by the secular nature of the state, he said.