Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian MP Essam Al-Aryan, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood Party, which aired on Mehwar TV on August 25, 2012.
Essam Al-Aryan: We were accused of cutting deals...
Interviewer: Who accused you?
Esssam Al-Aryan: Some in the secular elite, who would rather die than see this country back on its feet. I'm not saying that they hate Islam. I don't want to go into their intentions... These are people who have their own interests and nothing else at heart, people who were associated with the Mubarak regime. What are they afraid of? Some politicians were associated with the Mubarak regime, as well as some businessmen and media personalities.
The global business called the "War on Terror" is done with. Almost. Its death notice is imminent. When things settle down in the Arab region, the story of the Global War on Terror, declared by George Bush, will come to an end.
This was a multi-billion dollar business. As a journalist, you know that some TV shows were funded for the sole purpose of distorting the image of Islam and the Muslims. We have all suffered because of this [War on Terror], and so have billions of people in airports worldwide. You enter that scanner – man or woman – and your entire body is shown.
Who is behind this? This business is run by a gigantic global octopus, with tentacles in Egypt.
During our meetings with former US President Carter, who visited Egypt two or three times in the past year and a half, we would blame him, saying: "You were the patron of the Camp David Accords, and therefore, you are responsible for our present tribulations." He would say: "No, neither I nor the Accords are to blame." "What, then, is the reason, Mr. President?" we would ask, and he would say: "It's because President Mubarak was in bed with the Israelis." He used this English expression, which means that he threw himself into the arms of the Israelis, and did not demand the things he was entitled to in the Accords.
What is the situation today? Egypt has pushed the Accords aside and is doing what it deems to be its right, even though it honors the Accords. As a state, Egypt honors the Accords, but the Accords do not prevent it from...
Interviewer: Can we expect Egypt to demand the amendment of the peace treaty soon?
Essam Al-Aryan: Carter said: "If you abide by the Accords, you can get what you are entitled to." This is what he said. Do you see what I mean?