Leave it to the Obama administration to let a trojan horse into the formation of a new Egyptian government. The Washington Times Editorial Page wrote on Tuesday:(bolding is mine)
Events in Egypt are being described as a “leaderless revolution,” but what that means is the best organized faction will take power. In this case, it’s the Muslim Brotherhood, the region’s oldest Islamic extremist movement, with deep roots in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest opposition bloc in the Egyptian parliament and is in talks with protest leader Mohamed ElBaradei to form a “national unity” government. On Monday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs genuflected to the group, saying the Obama administration believes a new 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.”
Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government.
The organization must reject violence and recognize democratic goals if the U.S. is to be comfortable with it taking part in the government, the White House said. But by even setting conditions for the involvement of such nonsecular groups, the administration took a surprise step in the midst of the crisis that has enveloped Egypt for the last week.
The statement was an acknowledgment that any popularly accepted new government will probably include groups that are not considered friendly to U.S. interests, and was a signal that the White House is prepared for that probability after 30 years of reliable relations with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
If the Obama administration really believes the Muslim Brotherhood “will reject violence and recognize democratic goals” just because the United States says so, they must be seriously kidding themselves. Predictably, this American liberal administration chose appeasement instead of strength in the face of a dangerous power.
The description below gives a detailed account as to what exactly the Muslim Brotherhood is all about. The organization has not only supported terrorist activity but one of its alleged officials is listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial.
According to the Anti-Defamation League:
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian seeking to overthrow Egypt’s monarchy, expel western influences and establish an Islamic theocracy. Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamic movement, has pursued these goals through political activity, ideological influence and acts of violence. The group became known for its extensive terrorist operations, including the failed assassination attempt of Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser. Its activities led to violent crackdowns by the governments of Egypt and Syria; it is banned in those countries.
While forced to limit its violent activity, the Muslim Brotherhood continues to have a large following throughout the Muslim world, where many of its supporters are politically active. The group has influenced many terrorist leaders – including Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri – and many of its members have engaged in terrorist activities.
Focus of Operations
Headquartered in Egypt; satellite groups throughout the Muslim world
The Muslim Brotherhood no longer openly conducts terrorist operations; it is primarily a political organization that supports terrorism and terrorist causes. Many of its members, however, have engaged in terrorist activities and the group has spawned numerous terrorist groups, such as Hamas and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
2002: Suspected in suicide bombing in Grozny.
1979:Suspected in attacking Syrian military academy in Aleppo. 50 Syrian artillery cadets killed
Leader:Muhammad Mahdi Akef (in Egypt)
Founder: Hassan al-Banna (assassinated, February 12, 1949)
Ideological influence:Sayyid Qutb (executed by Egypt, August 29, 1966)
The Muslim Brotherhood’s theology is based on the doctrine of salafiyya: the belief that present-day Muslims have been corrupted and must return to the pristine form of Islam practiced at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslim Brotherhood members believe in a radical application of Jihad, which was developed by their ideological leader Sayyid Qutb. Qutb advocated a violent and belligerent approach to the concept of Jihad. This ideology was adopted by terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, and Hamas. The group motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” The Muslim Brotherhood aspires to establish a caliphate unifying all the Muslim nations.
Establishing theocracy in Egypt, the Middle East, ultimately worldwide.
Preaching, political agitation and advocating terrorism. The brotherhood participates in elections and attempts to gain influence through the political process. Although it is banned in Egypt, members of the brotherhood have been elected to the legislature there and in Jordan. It also promotes violence against the U.S. and Israel.
Although banned by various governments, the Muslim Brotherhood presence is generally tolerated amongst Middle Eastern countries.
A document that has surfaced in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a charity long suspected of supporting terrorists by funneling money to Hamas and its officials, purports to outline a strategic vision of the future of Islamic work in North America. The document - An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America - appears to be the work of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is written by Mohamed Akram (Adlouni), an alleged Muslim Brotherhood official and one of many unindicted coconspirators in the HLF trial. Some observers suggest that this document identifies a conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood to convert the United States to an Islamic nation. Other observers suggest that the document proves how several Islamic organizations are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and are working together to achieve the goals listed in the document.