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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mohamed Badie
Egypt's military-backed government extended its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday, arresting the group's spokesman and sparking fears that harsh Egyptian jails could prove a recruiting ground for terrorist groups.
As Egypt lurches toward the end of President Hosni Mubarak's regime, one way or another - by "an orderly transition to democratic rule" (as Hillary Rodham Clinton delicately puts it), through violent overthrow or simply through the demise of the ailing 82-year-old president - much is unclear. One thing that should not be is that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy, and whatever role it plays in Egypt's future will be to our detriment.
More telling still, the Brotherhood's incumbent "supreme guide," Mohamed Badie, asserts 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."
According to a translation provided by the indispensable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Mr. Badie declared: "[Today, the United States] is withdrawing from Iraq, defeated and wounded, and it is on the verge of withdrawing from Afghanistan. [All] its warplanes, missiles and modern military technology were defeated by the will of the peoples, as long as [these peoples] insisted on resistance. Its wealth will not avail it once Allah has had his say, as happened with [powerful] nations in the past. The U.S. is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise."