ME Meltdown & the Muslim Brotherhood

19 Private Jets Carrying Wealthy Egyptians Leave Cairo Airport (GWP)

Egyptian gather around the burning headquarters of the of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in central Cairo. Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak called out the army and declared a curfew in key cities on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rampaged through the streets demanding an end to his three decades in power. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Forbes reported:

An official at Cairo airport says 19 private jets carrying families of wealthy Egyptian and Arab businessmen have flown out of the capital. The official said the jets left Saturday carrying dozens of family members of Egypt’s business elite. He said most of the planes were headed for Dubai.

Egypt Is the New Iran

Another Islamist hell like Iran awaits the Egyptians, the Middle East and our world.

How is Obama handling such a crisis in order to not let it go to waste? The exact same way that Jimmy Carter let the congruent 1979 situation in Iran go to waste. (GWP)

Egypt: Armed gangs attack jails, free hundreds of Islamic jihadists

Including 34 members of the Muslim Brotherhood. “Gangs free militants, foreigners try to flee Egypt,” by Hamza Hendawi And Maggie Michael for Associated Press, January 30 (JW)

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood leader: “Obama must understand that the people have woken up and are ready to unseat the tyrant leaders who remained in power because of U.S. backing”

Hammam Saeed, like Sheikh Qaradawi and others, apparently believes that if the people in Arab Muslim countries express their general will, Sharia states — which the Brotherhood is dedicated to establishing — will result.

“Jordan’s opposition: Arabs will topple tyrants,” by Jamal Halaby for AP, January 29 (JW)

Surprised? I’m not:

Hussein Obama secretly backed rebel leaders behind Egypt’s riots

The American Traitor-in-Chief secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years.  (Barenaked)

Economic Dilettante Teaches Economics:

Oh, Good Grief… In Phone Call Obama Lectures Mubarak On Economics

Barack Obama tonight lectured Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (photo) on instituting a sound economic policy.

The turmoil in Egypt has nothing to do with Israel. (Correct) The turmoil has to do with the economic conditions in these Muslim nations. (Not. Their problems are caused by overbreeding and Islam, which causes overbreeding…) YNet News

Brother Tariq is coming to the US of A:

The Obama Administration lifted the ban on Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan earlier this week.
Israel National News reported, via Free Republic>>>

Bad for Israel:

Israel fears that a power shift in Egypt may result in a another radical republic on its southern border.
YNet reported>>>

The Muslim Brotherhood Gets Ready For the Takeover

That the CIA ever employed closet Muslims like Obama advisor Bruce Riedel speaks volumes. No wonder America is in deep doodoo…..

Thomas Joscelyn rips him a new one:

Writing for the Daily Beast, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and adviser to the Obama administration, argues that the U.S. can coexist with a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egypt. The Obama administration “should not be afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Riedel writes. “Living with it won’t be easy but it should not be seen as inevitably our enemy. We need not demonize it nor endorse it.”


Here is the key rationale Riedel offers:

The Egyptian Brotherhood renounced violence years ago, but its relative moderation has made it the target of extreme vilification by more radical Islamists. Al Qaeda’s leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, started their political lives affiliated with the Brotherhood but both have denounced it for decades as too soft and a cat’s paw of Mubarak and America.

The first part of the first sentence quoted above is flat wrong. The Brotherhood has not renounced violence; it has simply advocated a more selective approach to using it. The rest of the paragraph is only partially true, and masks a much more complicated relationship between the Brotherhood and al Qaeda.

First, we must understand that the Brotherhood is not confined to Egypt, but actually operates around the globe, with full-fledged branches throughout the Middle East and influence organizations in the West. Everywhere the Brotherhood has implanted its radical Islamist seed the organization has adapted to its environment. So, for example, in Egypt, where the Brotherhood was ruthlessly oppressed by Mubarak’s regime, it began to advocate open participation in Egypt’s elections. This was a necessity, as violent attempts to overthrow Mubarak were systematically crushed.  Even so, we cannot pretend, as Riedel does, that the Brotherhood has completely eschewed violence.

Barry Rubin argues convincingly in The Muslim Brotherhood, an excellent compendium he edited, that in fact the Brotherhood has no problem with violence.

“Regarding al-Qa’ida,” Rubin writes, “the Brotherhoods [in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan] approve in principle of its militancy, attacks on America, and ideology (or at least respects its ideologues), but views it as a rival.”

Rubin goes on to quote Rajab Hilal Hamida, a member of the Brotherhood in Egypt’s parliament:

From my point of view, bin Ladin, al-Zawahiri and al-Zarqawi are not terrorists in the sense accepted by some. I support all their activities, since they are a thorn in the side of the Americans and the Zionists. … [On the other hand,] he who kills Muslim citizens is neither a jihad fighter nor a terrorist, but a criminal murderer. We must call things by their proper names!

In other words, Hamida is not concerned with al Qaeda’s attacks against Americans or Jews. Their killing of other Muslims is what he finds objectionable. This should offer us small comfort.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s most influential theologian, Sheikh Yousef al Qaradawi, has repeatedly justified suicide bombings, called on Muslims to support the insurgency against American forces in Iraq, and justified the killing of civilians. “The martyrdom operations carried out by the Palestinian factions to resist the Zionist occupation are not in any way included in the framework of prohibited terrorism, even if the victims include some civilians,” Qaradawi said in 2003, according to MEMRI. “Those who oppose martyrdom operations and claim that they are suicide are making a great mistake,” Qaradawi added.

The Egyptian branch has asked Qaradawi to be its leader on multiple occasions, but he has turned them down to continue living it Qatar. Qaradawi has flourished in the Persian Gulf nation, where he has hosted one of Al Jazeera’s most popular programs, “Sharia and Life.”

Qaradawi has never “renounced violence” and it says much that the Egyptian Brotherhood looks to him as its de facto spiritual leader.

Perhaps the best example of the Muslim Brotherhood’s continued support for violence is found in its ongoing relationship with Hamas, which Riedel recognizes. Hamas defines itself as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in its own charter. Hamas is, of course, one of the premier suicide terrorism organizations on the planet today.

Riedel is correct in saying that the Muslim Brotherhood has drawn the ire of al Qaeda’s leaders for being “too soft.” But this glosses over the many ideological similarities between the two organizations. They both want to conquer lands in the name of Islam and establish Sharia law everywhere they can. They simply disagree about how to best accomplish that goal. Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, who were recruited by the Brotherhood as young men, did not leave the organization because they disagreed with its long-term goals. They were simply unwilling to compromise at a tactical level.

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has been willing to use non-violent tactics, whereas al Qaeda has endorsed violent jihad to the bloody end no matter what. This does not mean the Muslim Brotherhood eschews violence (as illustrated by the quotes above). It simply means that the Brotherhood is more practical than al Qaeda when it comes to achieving its long-term goals, and is willing to use non-violent tactics as well as violence.

Moreover, the rivalry between al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood does not preclude cooperation on the world stage. Here are just a few examples, chosen from many.

Osama bin Laden’s first real mentor was Abdullah Azzam, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Azzam had his own differences with some Brotherhood members and practices. But Azzam’s teachings are still widely cited by jihadists today, three decades after he first preached jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan. And it was Azzam’s connections to Brotherhood organizations in Pakistan that gave bin Laden a firm footing in South Asia.

In the mid-1990s, Osama bin Laden was taken in by another member of the international Brotherhood, Hassan al Turabi. When bin Laden could no longer live in Saudi Arabia, Turabi brought him to Sudan. There, Turabi built a network of connections between various nefarious actors and introduced bin Laden to many of them. Turabi was probably one of the three most influential Brotherhood ideologues at the time – that is, while he was mentoring and sheltering bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Then there is Sheikh Abdul Majeed al Zindani, who remains a prominent Muslim Brotherhood cleric in Yemen. The U.S. Treasury Department has designated Zindani a terrorist because of his close, decades-long relationship with Osama bin Laden. Zindani has frequently recruited jihadists for al Qaeda.

And just this week CNN reported that the Saudis found in a recent investigation that the Muslim Brotherhood maintains ties to al Qaeda. Some members of the Brotherhood have “historic sympathies and connections” with al Qaeda, according to Saudi officials. Thus, Brotherhood money “occasionally” finds its way into al Qaeda’s hands.

Hosni Mubarak’s regime is no friend of freedom, even though it is certainly an ally against al Qaeda.

In all likelihood, an Egypt dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood (if that is how the turmoil plays out) would be neither.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2 thoughts on “ME Meltdown & the Muslim Brotherhood”

  1. Another Islamist hell like Iran awaits the Egyptians, the Middle East and our world.

    You bet. And all those Muslims who think, that they can open vaults and find all those missing jobs, are in for a big surprise. There are no jobs and cushy salaries which the evil Mubarek regime has chiselled away. There will be greater economic stress after this revolution of it succeeds, as most inward investment will flee. Then guess where all these Muslims will be fleeing to the from economic deprivation and police brutality of the new regime. And they will have willing helpers here in the West.

    I sometimes think, that Muslims deliberately ruin their countries, just they can come to the West and replicate their idiotic Islam here.

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