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Revisiting “The Fight for Egypt – The Muslim Brotherhood Unveiled”

The Crisis for Egypt that will Affect the World.

Over a year ago, I wrote a piece about the Muslim Brotherhood.  At the time, Egypt was in flux, resisting the leadership of Hosni Mubarak.  Media and leaders around the world praised the “Arab Spring.”  Even recently, with the democratically elected Morsi, our own President has called to congratulate his election and just days ago announced the formal invitation to visit the United States and hobnob with the Obama administration.  However, dissent is still in the ranks.Literally.

While Morsi assured the military forces that he would not, he has reconvened the parliament, mainly Islamists who have been questioned about thier legitimate electoral status.  Morsi, just weeks into his power, has blown through this promise.  Coptic Christians are fearful.  The military is on the verge of a coup.  In early 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood assured that they were not looking for their own place in politics, they only wanted to support Egypt’s right to democracy.  We now see their political prescence in Libya, Tanzania, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern nations teetering on regime changes.

It is clear what they desire is a revived Islamist calliphate. 

While they speak a desire for cooperative government with diversity, they spew hatred for Israel.

This election is so fresh and the Muslim Brotherhood is just entering the platform on the international stage.

And now, we dance.

The Fight for Egypt – The Muslim Brotherhood Unveiled.  (Original publication date: February 2011)

Most of us watching the media coverage in Egypt regarding the political crisis have come to understand the key players involved.  Obviously the central character is that of Hosni Mubarak, the President of Egypt.  Then there are the protestors.  There are the “pro-Mubarak or pro-government” protestors and the “anti-government protestors.”  And then there is the “Muslim Brotherhood,” residing in the mix of the mayhem.  Without any further investigation, at the onset, one is initially led to believe that this Muslim Brotherhood is merely the opponent of Mubarak.

Since coming to power in 1981, Mubarak has staunchly rejected and attempted to ban the Muslim Brotherhood from obtaining any power or influence within Egyptian culture.  However, now 30 years later and with the rapid decline of law, the Muslim Brotherhood, or MB, is making a strong and explicit presence in Egypt.  Though there were several days of violent protest, the MB claims that they renounce any form of violence, blaming all of the violence on the government and their “pro-Mubarak” protestors. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood insist that they have adopted a peaceful stance for over sixty years.

So, then, who is the Muslim Brotherhood?  What do they stand for?

Historical compunctions to the Muslim Brotherhood can be negative in looking to another Islamist organization, one in which we are all familiar with.  Hamas.  Incidentally, one might find the fact that Hamas is an official American terrorist organization with the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood is not, concerning.  Upon further investigation into how Hamas got started we find some dark spots on the MB’s claim at innocence.

Hamas grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious and political organization founded in Egypt with branches throughout the Arab world….In 1973, Yassin established al-Mujamma’ al-Islami (the Islamic Center) to coordinate the Muslim Brotherhood’s political activities in Gaza. Yassin founded Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood’s local political arm in December 1987, following the eruption of the first intifada, a Palestinian uprising against Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas published its official charter in 1988, moving decidedly away from the Muslim Brotherhood’s ethos of nonviolence.

Non-violence? Are we sure about that?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abdullah Azzan are two important names to consider.  The first name is likely familiar.  KSM is known as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.  The second, Abdullah Azzan, was the mentor for Osama bin Laden, the point man behind 9/11 and the most wanted man in the world.

Both were members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

(Exhibit A)

 Naturally, we can count on the Obama administration for a full display of their “speak first, think later (or never)” policy.  Mere days into the political decline in Egypt, the administration was giving their critique of Mubarak and support to the MB.  A wide range of media outlets were posting the raving (no pun intended) reviews of Obama behind the Egyptian protestors, subtly condemning the government and welcoming the MB as potential captors for the political crown.  NPR reported that while the U.S. has had limited contact with the MB,

“’The White House isn’t overly concerned with the Brotherhood being part of a more open and participatory politics in Egypt…There’s not a deep fear that if there’s any Brotherhood participation that that spells the end of U.S. interests in Egypt. In fact, there is a sense that U.S. interests in Egypt dictate that Islamists should be participating in more vibrant politics along with everybody else.’” 

Further, the article asserted that,

 “The Obama administration understands that a lot of people in Egypt think religion should have some role in public life, whether they belong to the Muslim Brotherhood or not — and that the U.S. shouldn’t turn its back on the group just because it’s Islamist.” (emphasis added)

(Based on that gripping and oh-so-comforting thought, an elaboration on certain terms, free of charge, will be provided to assist in our understanding of the insanity that lies within.  The first in our lesson today, courtesy of Dictionary.com, will be “islamist.”)

Islamist  (ˈɪzləmɪst) 

 — adj

1.  supporting or advocating Islamic fundamentalism

— n

2.  a supporter or advocate of Islamic fundamentalism

Let us continue. 

The article went on to highlight the striking similarity of these events and that of the 1979 Iranian revolution, which landed us where we currently reside with Iran.  (That, being a maniacal, genocidal, psychopath at the helm in pursuit of nuclear weapons.)  Isn’t there some wild notion going around that we should learn from history?  I guess this particular event isn’t ringing any bells. In the same article, Samer Shehata, an assistant professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University, conveys his fear that “too many people will draw parallels with that time.”

I didn’t know that it was a bad thing to be mindful of heinous events that begin to play out in similar fashion, Mr. Shehata.

 “’There are many people in Congress, and in the general public, of course, that when they hear Islamist politics or the Muslim Brotherhood and so on, there’s no understanding. They immediately think of al-Qaida or Hamas or Hezbollah even. And this is a fundamentally different type of organization,’ Shehata says.”

Right.

 “Leslie Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, says no one knows for sure if that will change once the ban on the Islamist group is lifted. The Muslim Brotherhood says it supports democracy and free speech, but it is also anti-Israel and opposes the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement.” (emphasis added)

Are you scratching your head, yet?  Don’t worry, I didn’t know that you could be pro-democracy, pro-free speech and genocidal either. Let’s call this “Exhibit A.”

Now let’s investigate some key historical documented evidence that might weigh against the MB’s new-found utopian movement, shall we?

In a piece, entitled, An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America, detailed goals and instructions are given by the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.  As I sifted through and read the document, I came across two passages that were highly troubling.

 “4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.” – Goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, Page 21

Oops. I guess they forgot about the non-violent change of heart. Perhaps this was prior to their renunciation?  Not so.  The document is dated, May 22, 1991.  A mere twenty years agoNow, I’m no math whiz, but last I checked twenty was less than sixty.  

 I think it’s safe to say the claim of a “heart change” sixty years ago can officially be busted.  (Exhibit B)

Maybe the warm fuzzies came over the Muslim Brotherhood within the last few years?  At first glance their official website, Ikhwahnweb.com, you would think “peace and love” were key components to the MB.  A beautiful Egyptian little girl’s face adorns the heading with the word, “peace,” after all.  You can even click on their statements and see all of the condemnations of violence, repugnance of Al-Qaeda, and commitments to social justice and reform.  But even hidden within their Western-marketed, English website shades of their truest, darkest colors shine through the pretty words.  Go to the by-laws of the Muslim Brotherhood and deep within, you’ll find these statements,

G – The sincere support for a global cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Sharia, which would safeguard the personal rights, freedom of speech for  active and constructive participation towards building a new basis of human civilization as  is ensured by the overall teachings of Islam.

E –The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing an Islamic state.

A member of the Guidance office must acknowledge the country’s interests, constantly attend its meetings, preserve the confidentiality of its internal deliberations and commit to implementing the decisions even if it goes against what he believes. Has no right to criticize or challenge the decisions as long as they are issued  legally. He must completely  accomplish  tasks assigned to him. If the member breaches his duties, Member of the Guidance Office are entitled to reprimand, warn or suspend his membership for not more than a month or exempt him from office and he must be taken to the Shura Council at a meeting attended by the members in which he explains his arguments.

Whoa…does that sound like free speech to you?  How about democracy and non-violence?  I didn’t think so either…(Exhibit C)

And here is where our second word definition comes in. Wikipedia has this to say about “Sharia”:

Sharia can be divided into five main branches: ibadah (ritual worship), mu’amalat (transactions and contracts), adab (morals and manners), i’tiqadat (beliefs), ‘uqubat (punishments).

In most interpretations of Sharia, conversion by Muslims to other religions, is strictly forbidden and is termed apostasy. Muslim theology equates apostasy to treason, and in most interpretations of Sharia, the penalty for apostasy is death. During the time of Muhammad, treason and apostasy were considered one and the same; nowadays, many scholars differentiate between treason and apostasy, believing that the punishment for apostasy is not death, while the punishment for treason is death.

In an attempt at brevity, which I have sadly abused, time does not permit the specific, individual punishments for other issues, such as theft, adultery, and homosexuality, but, they range from maiming to death. Given Muslim Brotherhood’s goals for North America and their by-laws for members, one could deduce their intent to bring and enforce Shari’a law worldwide.

 Is this how you want your country governed? (Exhibit D)

So when Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman, makes comments that “Washington will try to work with any power brokers [in Egypt].” and “that a reformed government “has to include a whole host of important nonsecular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner.” I’ll admit, I’m a little skeptical. When Gibbs said the U.S. government has had no contact with the Muslim Brotherhood because of questions over its commitment to the rule of law, democracy and nonviolence. But the group is not listed on U.S. terrorism lists, as the militant Hamas and Hezbollah organizations are.  I’m thinkin’ we may want to pause for a moment and REALLY think about that.

Perhaps we should even reconsider the last bit, Bobby.  Just sayin’.

 (Case closed)

Update: Headline – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood honors Osama bin Laden

References

http://www.cfr.org/israel/hamas/p8968#p2 retrieved February 6, 2011

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/islamist  retrieved February 6, 2011

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=22687 retrieved February 6, 2011

http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf  retrieved February 2, 2011

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fg-us-egypt-20110201,0,2958266.story retrieved February 6, 2011

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133455504/post-mubarak-muslim-brotherhood-could-play-role  retrieved February 6, 2011

www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia_law retrieved February 6, 2011

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  1. May 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Sounds like Carters’, “Iran is an island of stability” just before the overthrow of the shah.

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