Posted: 06 Feb 2011 06:59 PM PST
Today’s astonishing fact is that the Obama Administration is pumping for the inclusion of the granddaddy of all terrorist outfits, the Muslim Brotherhood, in the next Egyptian regime. In an obvious reference to the Brotherhood, the White House has stated that the new government should “include a whole host of important non-secular actors.” Over at the State Department, a spokesman noted that the Brotherhood is “a fact of life in
Who Are These Guys?
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928, with a credo of “Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” During the 1930s and 1940s, it collaborated with the anti-Semitic campaign of the Nazis, distributing copies of both Mein Kampf and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In the early 1950s, it cooperated uneasily with secularist Gamal Abdel Nasser in his bid to unseat the British puppet king, and
So in 1954, the Brotherhood tried to kill him.
In recent years, the Brotherhood claims to have renounced violence. Yet it launched the violent demonstrations against the Danish newspaper cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and demanded a boycott until
Why all the bloodshed? The ideas underlying the Muslim Brotherhood were detailed most articulately in the 1960s by Sayyid Qutb, its chief theoretician. Qutb had actually spent several years in the
Qutb characterized the secular form of government, in which humans do their imperfect best to govern themselves, fixing errors as they go, as “Barbarity,” contrasting it profoundly with his preferred world in which God experts would rule:
Qutb was hung for treason in 1966; much of the evidence at his trial was drawn directly from his writings. But his spirit lives on. Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is a Brotherhood graduate; Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker on September 11, belonged to the Brotherhood-affiliated Engineer’s Syndicate. Osama bin Laden himself learned his trade directly from Sayyid Qutb’s brother.
There isn’t the slightest doubt about the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda today, because it was published for all the world to see in 2007. The model is shamelessly copied from
The Brotherhood’s PR wing is now engaged in a full-blown “charm offensive,” convincing a number of woolly-headed pundits that we should welcome these tame and pious elders into the Egyptian power structure. There is no danger, we are assured, because a majority of Egyptians oppose the radical Islamist agenda. Well, guess what: a majority of Russians opposed the Bolsheviks, a majority of Germans opposed the Nazis, and even more to the point a majority of Iranians in 1979 sought democracy and tolerance, not the repression they ultimately suffered. A ruthless minority can work its will most readily when its adversaries are as naïve as we are.
Maybe a zebra can change its stripes. Maybe if I go walking in the woods, I’ll find a giant diamond, and live happily ever after. But Daniel Kurtzer, President Clinton’s ambassador to
Just last September, the current head of the Brotherhood preached that “the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life.”
The Obama Administration lost no time after taking office in slashing funding for programs to promote democracy and civil society in
In the streets of Cairo, Brotherhood demonstrators disdainfully call people like ElBaradei “donkeys of the revolution,” to be used and then pushed away, exactly as the Ayatollah Khomeini used and then pushed away the true democrat Abulhassan Banisadr in 1979.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if, just once, we stand up and say what we believe? Couldn’t we just say that we detest the Muslim Brotherhood and everything it represents, and if
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