Islamic Brotherhood - or Free Democracy?
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down after prevaricating for weeks as thousands protested in the streets of Egypt. Just what type of government will emerge from the turmoil - and the fallout the crisis will have - are mysteries the world waits to have answered. But, unbeknownst to most of the world, while the protests raged, the Muslim Brotherhood - which has been responsible for the training of legendary jihadist leaders - waits on the sidelines. Having had over 60 years to get organized, this faction of the opposition Islamic movement could direct the transition to 'free democracy' - which many in the West naively 'expect' almost as a given - towards an Islamic regime not dissimilar to Iran and others in the region.
The Muslim Brotherhood started in Egypt back in the 1920's, but they remained a small, ineffective group until they gained a powerful new mentor - Adolph Hitler. Under his guidance, the Muslim Brotherhood launched the original global jihad against the Jewish people. Matthias Kuntzel (German author, political scientist, Research Associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) said:
"The significance of the Brotherhood to Islamism is comparable to that of the Bolshevik Party to communism: It was and remains to this day the ideological reference point and organizational core for all later Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hamas."
Following World War I, Egypt had a secular constitution that guaranteed rights for everyone and Christians and Jews were protected and respected and were free to fully participate in every part of life. Yet over time, that freedom and tolerance were replaced by a radical Islamic view that demanded that all should submit to Muslim doctrine. In 2011, history is repeating itself in Egypt as millions take to the streets in Egypt recently to demand freedom. Once again we see the process of that freedom being usurped by an Islamist government that will carry their Muhammadan hatred of the Jewish people to violent conclusions. Though Egypt and Israel have officially been at peace for more than thirty years, a vast majority of the people, being Muslims, are bitterly opposed to peace with Israel. It is telling that the most famous Palestinian terrorist in history, Yasser Arafat, was born in Cairo. Events in the Middle East are making the threats to Israel more deadly than ever.
Concern over Egypt's future governance was shared by many experts, as the world watched the events (which began on January 25, 2011) as Egypt's young protesters used social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to call for the ousting of Mubarak. While the protesters appear to have little official organization among themselves the Muslim Brotherhood (also known by its Arabic name, the Ikhwan) quickly joined negotiations over the initially proposed transitional government with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman to become the largest organized group among them - and herein lies the rub!
Given the Muslim Brotherhood's support of the opposition to Mubarak, commentators acknowledge that many young (naive and gullible?!) people will accept their leadership or participate with them as the scenario unfolds.
Why should the 'free world' be concerned about this situation? Founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood was eventually outlawed in Egypt in 1954, following their assassination of Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud Nokrashy Pasha (1948) and their attempted assassination of Pasha's successor, Abrahem Abd El-Hadi (1949). They failed in this second assassination attempt but killed Supreme Court judge Moustashar Ahmad El-Kazendari and then also attempted to assassinate Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser who began to crack down heavily on them with his own brand of Muhammadan violence. It has since lost many leaders who openly and vociferously proclaimed their intention to employ classic, historical, Muhammadan jihad to overthrow world governments - including that of Egypt - that it had to change its tactics, reverting to 'soft jihad', while retaining the long-term goal of creating an Islamist state that would be an enemy of every kind of freedom.
While biding their time in Egypt, they formed offshoots which continued the jihadist ideal of violent overthrow of governments, e.g. the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which launched several terrorist attacks in Egypt and assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981, and Palestinian Islamist extremist group Hamas, which launches regular attacks against Israel and was responsible for the overthrow of the predominantly Christian rule of Lebanon.
In the mode of typical 'moderate' Islamic leadership, Mubarak crushed much of the secular opposition while allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to exist sufficiently to persuade the U.S. and the rest of the gullible West that only Mubarak stood between the fundamentalist Islamists and collapse of another Islamic-pseudo-democracy.
Doubtlessly the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy will be to continue to bide its time in the current crisis and work behind the scenes, whether it is to manipulate any broad opposition coalition, or to transform the disjointed popular revolt into an outright Islamist revolution.
The implications of the Brotherhood gaining substantial power in Egypt has not been recognised by the majority of the population in the nations of the world who remain blissfully unaware of their long-term evil influence across the Middle East in the United States and worldwide.
If the Muslim Brotherhood has gained sufficient power - and some commentators suggest as many as 60% of the Egyptian population are 'sympathetic' to their cause - they will continue to assist terrorist groups, as they have done within Iran for many years, in obtaining materials for a nuclear weapon. The Brotherhood appears to be the largest and best-organized Egyptian opposition group, with an estimated 600,000 members, including many educated, 'middle-class' men, and they are not just political but run social and economic programs that help fill the gaps in Egypt's public services.
The incorrigible clowns of the BBC excelled in their own brand of stupidity in a recent article - 'Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Promotes Moderate Path' - in which they praised the aid that the Brotherhood gives Egypt as evidence that it was somehow proof that they weren't so bad after all. They BBC wrote:
'The popularity of the movement among the millions of Egyptians living in poverty is widely explained in terms of the efficiency of these services.'
The Brotherhood is simply following the same tactics as terrorist organizations all over the Muslim world. Organizations provide aid to the poor and destitute, provide work, and help any way they can as a route to gain the unyielding support of the people. It worked for Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine, and many other nations, and clearly appears to be working in Egypt as they are considered the primary reason why many people in Egypt have jobs. Too many in the mainstream media recognise that the Brotherhood have the support of the vast majority of the people for it to be a myth and a new government offers them their first real chance to cash in on all their favours. The Brotherhood has flexed their muscle already in also calling for a purge of corrupt businessmen, officials, and media figures who, strangely, backed the former government.
Egypt's fate is yet undecided and the optimistic in the West continue to hope it will lean toward a more free and open society. A key factor remains in the leadership of the Egyptian army and their willingness to change a system that has been in place for over 60 years. If it takes over the transition of the regime and co-operates in establishing a constitution and a fair democratic election, the result could be good but, as is always the danger in such situations, if a popular/powerful leader in the army decides to snatch power, the outcome could lean the other way.
Egypt has a long recent history of suppressing the opposition and, over the last 60 years, individuals who stood up were usually exiled or killed. Fortunately, for those in the West who carry on blissfully unaware of the growing Islamic storm, most of the time those 'eliminated' by the 'moderate' Muslims, such as Mubarak, were more potential rabid fundamentalist 'bin Ladens'! This proves yet again the truth of Jesus words concerning Satan's kingdom (Matthew 12v25-26):
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand and if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? (cf. Mark 3v24-26; Luke 11v17-18)
While the situation in Egypt remained chaotic for so long the Obama White House employed its usual doublespeak until deciding that Hosni Mubarak, lynchpin of Middle-Eastern stability for the last 30 years, should be abandoned to be replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood - anti-Semitic, anti-American supporter of every jihadist organization from Hamas and al Qaeda - or whoever!
President Obama's flabby, spineless, 'Cairo speech' of June 2009, in which he foolishly delivered a message of appeasement and grovelled 'apologetically' for U.S. misbehaviour, may even have been a major reason for the potentially cataclysmic changes that have occurred in Egypt. Mubarak had already witnessed the double-crosses, lies, and humiliation inflicted by the Carter administration, but his dark side was intentionally ignored by past presidents because of the hawkish foreign policy which necessitated strategic allies, whether dictators or not. It worked well for the U.S. during the days of Naziism and Communism but, under Obama, a new pro-Islam game is being played.
Mubarak, who had vowed not to be driven from his homeland, may suffer the same fate as the Shah who was forced to wander from country to country until his death. He faces the same maze of betrayal at the hands of his 'allies' as that which was forced upon Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. Mubarak's predecessor, Anwar Sadat, extended an invitation to Pahlavi's family (July, 1980) to bury him at Cairo's Al-Rifa'i Mosque because he had become a man without a country. Radical Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood are at work in the wings, playing the democratic 'game', just as they do in the West, until they sense a moment to strike.
The Muslim Brotherhood has sourced jihad in the Middle East and even in the U.S., where the FBI has proven that it operates through the Muslim Student Association and other fronts. Its Palestinian branch, Hamas, is a terror organization whose charter calls for the annihilation of Israel. In fact, Osama bin Laden was a graduate of the Brotherhood, as was the mastermind of the 9/11 atrocity, Sheik Khalid Mohammed! So, in suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood can be a 'democratic partner' in Egypt, the Obama White House - so quiet when real democrats were being killed on the streets of Teheran in 2009 - has outdone even the peanut-brained Carter administration's destabilisation of the Shah of Iran in 1979 and its welcoming of the theocratic fascist Ayatollah Khomeini as a 'Gandhi-like' figure! Obama weakened Mubarak in rejecting Richard Nixon's twin-pillar doctrine of strong allies empowered by the U.S. to serve its interests in the Middle East, chosing to play cards with the Muslim Brotherhood, the most well-organized terrorist organization in Egypt.
Now, it appears, President Obama does not consider America at war against Islamo-Fascism, and there is no longer a need to undergird an ally. Instead, the Liberal Left White House and press are dumbing-down the American people into thinking this is simply a battle between democracy and tyranny. The threat this poses to America and to Israel is grave indeed. In his Cairo speech, Obama sent the Islamic world a weak message that America wants to be 'their friend' and that 'America respects Islam'. There was not a single word about Islam's well-known history of conquering by the sword - as instructed by their 'prophet' Muhammad and not a new doctrine invented by loony fundamentalists who are twisting the words of their founder! Obama failed to make reference to the worldwide indoctrination of Islamic youth to steer them toward this historical violence - or to the fact that Islamic suicide bombers continue to blow themselves up around the world (>99% of all suicide bombings in the world are by Muslims!) and their Muhammad 'inspired' instruction to behead innocent people (any infidel who refuses to embrace 'Islam'). No mention was made of the worldwide 'honour killings' against family members who prove to be an embarrassment, thus giving a pass for Muslims to keep knifing and stoning their women for various offenses. We have seen enough examples in the U.K. and a Phoenix jury recently convicted an Iraqi Muslim immigrant, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, of second-degree murder Tuesday for running over and killing his daughter in a case termed an 'honour killing' by prosecutors (which brought nationwide outrage) who said the father carried out the attack because he believed his daughter had become 'too Westernized'! The father was also convicted of aggravated assault for injuries suffered by the mother of his daughter's boyfriend during the October 2009 incident in a suburban Phoenix parking lot, as well as two counts of leaving the scene of an accident. Maricopa County prosecutors told jurors during the trial that he mowed down Noor Almaleki, 20, with his Jeep Cherokee because he believed she brought dishonour to the family. He had wanted her to be a traditional Iraq woman, while she refused an arranged marriage, went to college and had a boyfriend. In Egypt, 85% of the population is on record as approving the death penalty for apostates who leave Islam and it would appear that the same people also believe that the death penalty for defectors from the faith is a form of democracy and religious freedom.
Obama extensively and fawningly complimented Islam in Cairo, telling us that we should respect Islam as he does. The sweetest sound to him is the Muslim call to prayer and he strongly inferred in his writings that if, ever the ill-winds blow, he will stand with the Muslims. Thus he has sent a clear message that he is sympathetic to Islamic causes (witness the 'Ground Zero Mosque' prevarication) and set the stage for violence in nations with a significant Muslim influence for political insurrection and for toppling governments. His inference was taken to mean that he would be in agreement - or would otherwise look the other way. In a recently televised interview on Super Bowl Sunday, with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Obama specifically included the Muslim Brotherhood in the groups that must be included in any new Egyptian government. This has been called the equivalent of President Woodrow Wilson welcoming the Bolsheviks into the Russian government back in 1917. Some feel there was Egypt-overload for weeks but the stakes were enormous! Victor Sharp writing in The American Thinker stated:
'Our president has now opened a Pandora's Box in the Middle East. It may well usher in a catastrophe not seen since World War II. From his notorious Cairo speech to the present, Obama's speaks and disaster follows. Some commentators believe that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are so utterly naive as to make themselves unable to understand what will happen in Egypt as a result of their undermining of the Mubarak regime.'
'The question is justifiably asked: Do they truly believe that the next regime that comes to power will have the interests of the U.S. and the West at heart? My fear is that Obama is not naive at all, but he instead knows only too well what he is doing, for he is eagerly promoting power in the world while diminishing the West and Israel, however much innocent blood will flow as a result. Inevitably the Muslim Brotherhood will take power, usher in a barbaric Islamist power in Egypt that will control the Suez Canal, and show no mercy to its own people or its perceived foes.'
Egyptian, and former Muslim, Nonie Darwish likewise stated:
'Wherever Muslims go, the Brotherhood will follow. It has now even infiltrated many non-Muslim countries, including the U.S. and our government. As a fellow Egyptian, I have no doubt that the head-covered, Egyptian-born White House adviser Dalia Mogahed is herself a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas sympathizer. She is also a sharia defender. She helped write President Obama's Cairo speech, which was geared to appease and legitimize the Brotherhood, the very organization that inspired Al-Qaeda. Obama believed that he would be the hero who would make the Muslim world love us, but he ended up only empowering the Brotherhood against both Arab reformists and Western interests.'
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch suggests that the Brotherhood won't immediately seize control of the country, but will dominate a coalition government and later begin ousting rival parties. Spencer is blunt that Obama favours the Brotherhood despite their hostility to America and noted that Brotherhood leaders were invited to his June 4, 2009, Cairo speech. This is despite the known facts about the Brotherhood's infiltrating groups at work in the U.S. and constant seeking of targets for maximum damage.
The ultimate goal for Islam is to take down the Promised Land, Israel, and destroy her people down to the last baby. To Islamists, Israel is a cancerous sore that never heals and Hosni Mubarek was committed to a peace treaty with Israel, not out of love for the Jewish state but, partly, to continue receiving foreign aid from America. America may offer Israel little support in the future, for Barack Obama may be a president who cares less about peace in Israel than previous presidents.
The winds of a coming Muslim caliphate are blowing stronger than they have in centuries. This is not the end of the revolution in Egypt, it is just the beginning. They, and their neighbours, will likely have a wake-up call from hell in their future. The ghosts of the Shah of Iran and Iran's Ayatollah Khoumeini, so prominent 30 years ago, still stalk that nation. The war between the West and the Mullahs has new life to it. But they could not have achieved their goal without an inexperienced, Muslim-friendly, American president.
God called Israel out of Egypt and, generations later, brought the Messiah out of the same Satanically controlled country when Joseph and Mary carried Him there for protection from King Herod. Egypt is mentioned prominently in the Bible, second only to Israel and we read (Isaiah 19) prophecy concerning her in which her lamentable condition under the Babylonians, Persians, etc., is forcibly pointed out (19v1-17). But the promise is that the true religion of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be propagated in Egypt, referring primarily to the great spread of Judaism in that country in the reign of the Ptolemies, and ultimately to its reception of the Gospel in the latter days (19v18-22) so that profound peace between Egypt, Assyria, and Israel results and a truly blessed condition because of the true Gospel (19v23-25). However, the latter part of Isaiah 19 is yet future and, before that, a great deal must happen!
A takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood would be the most dangerous possible outcome for the U.S. and Israel. The Brotherhood will never be committed to 'democracy' for it is committed totally to the 'theocracy' of Allah wrought through hatred and violence and admits that it will tear up the Egyptian-Israeli agreement of 1979 so that Israel would once again be under the threat of multiple invasion from the surrounding Islamic nations - as it has been since the earliest days of its gathering in 1948. But a united front from the Islamic nations surrounding Israel would lead to a war that could engulf the whole of the Middle East as the End Times scenario plays out.
But a sinister plan against Israel is also taking shape as (Psalm 2) the 'kings of the earth' take counsel together against the plans and purposes of God to launch an attack against His Chosen People. The evil plan to divide Jerusalem and to curse Israel - and thus bring God's curse on the nations of the earth - is underway but may yet stall. Leaders from the nations of the world are determined that the United Nations will unilaterally declare a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Their plan to present Israel with a fait accompli without any input from the Jewish people on their fate, or the chosen borders and security issues, would mark another colossal reneging on the original 'Balfour Declaration' and its subsequent hypocritical and disgusting betrayal! No other nation on earth would be treated this way but, when Satan 'unites' his shabby kingdom against God's Chosen People, only the Almighty God of heaven and earth can overturn their plans:
'I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee.' (Genesis 12v3)
Christians have yet another opportunity to be a blessing to the children of Abraham by standing together in defence of Jerusalem as this End-Time prophecy plays out.
While men like Essam El-Errian, a member of the guidance council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, tries to paint a moderate portrait of the Muslim Brotherhood as a peace-loving group that stands 'firmly behind the demands of the Egyptian people' we must not be fooled. He is merely engaging in the time-honoured, Muhammadan tradition of lying about the intentions of their own faith while concealing its true nature - a practice known as taqiyya. Those with a bent to sounds-like in the English will agree - this is a practice that is 'tackier' than anything almost any other religion could come up with - and if it sounds Satanic it is because it is!
Laughably, El-Errian claims the 'Brotherhood' has a history of non-violence when, utterly unbelievably, he states: 'Our principles, clearly stated since the inception of the movement in 1928, affirm an unequivocal position against violence.'
Examine the teachings of the founders of the 'Brotherhood' and you will find transparent calls to Muhammadan violence from the moment that the 'Founding Father' of modern jihad, Sayyid Qutb, wrote:
'The way that life is lived today is an insult to Allah and his authority on earth. It contradicts godly principles. This idolatrous world gives the authority of Allah to humans as if they were God. We have become our own gods. These heathens are not like the ones before Islam, but far worse. Today's heathens reverence and honor man-made constitutions, laws, principles, systems and humanistic methods. they disregard Allah's law and his constitution for life.' (Signs Along the Road by Sayyid Qutb, p10)
Qutb accepted Muhammad's teaching that Muslims should rebel and resist any human power on earth until they overturn all man-made governments. No compromise or deviation is acceptable and pagan influence of any kind should be eliminated by overturning the less than 100% Muhammadan society, no matter what level of 'culture' or standard of leadership by the non-100% Islamic infidels! This was the first priority of Qutb and it remains the same goal for all his successors - to destroy as rapidly as possible all the foundations of the 'heathens'. They are adamant in their determination to destroy whatever conflicts with 'true Islam' - the cult of Muhammad. Whatever keeps the 'true Muslim' from living in the ways of 'Allah' must be removed, by persecution and killing if necessary, for only Qur'anic teaching is the truth. Good and evil cannot live together and people cannot live under the authority of both man and Allah so, to please Allah, they must destroy the ways of man. Thus Qutb also wrote:
Demolish all governments and organizations that are established by man. Eliminate human racism that exalts one over the other. The return of God's kingdom can only he established by a movement of power and the sword. (ibid., p22)
Qutb rejected all man-made systems of government, including democracy, socialism, dictatorship and communism, and declared that even some Islamic leaders were renegade infidels. Thus we can understand why men such as Anwar Sadat have to be eliminated by those who accept literal interpretations of the Qur'an - as Qutb and his 'Brotherhood' do! Qutb not only applied these methods within his country, but he also called the movement to enforce his beliefs all over the world. Although he did not specify exactly what should he done to accomplish this, Qutb probably dealt in inferences so that those who were not on the 'Muhammadan wavelength' would not easily recognise that his book was a blatant plan for a new Islamic revolution to overturn their government.
Qutb was clearly frustrated with Muslims who questioned the call to jihad as a command to be followed by every Muslim for all time and he considered them to be Muslims only in name. They like to carry the title of Islam without the responsibility of overturning the entire earth with all of its politics and earthly governments. These Muslims choose to compromise the message of Islam by not even forcing high taxes (jizyah) on people who refuse the message of Islam. He also complained about weak, liberal, 'Muslims' distorting the meaning of jihad and writing about jihad in Islam as just 'a spiritual jihad' against evil when he openly declared the historical truth: Islam is nothing but Allah declaring his liberation to the human race on earth from slavery, declaring his lordship over the entire earth, that total rebellion is a must against anything on earth that conflicts with Islam, and Muslims should use everything in their power to eliminate and destroy anything that stops Allah's theocratic rule through his slaves on earth.
Qutb was executed, but his followers in the Muslim Brotherhood attempted to kill Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser twice, in 1954 and again in 1965, and planted bombs in the Cairo Bab El-Kalk Court and many police stations, murdering many Egyptian policemen in these years. In retaliation, Nasser ordered the Egyptian government to detain many of the 'Brotherhood' leaders in prison where few went to trial but were quietly eliminated in 'escape attempts' in which they were simply shot by prison guards.
Thus the contemporary philosophy of jihad grew through a gradual growth of groups led by men who built on Qutb's foundation, e.g. Dr. Salah Serea started a new radical movement called the 'Islamic Liberation Movement' (Hezb al-Tarir), 'Repentance and Holy Flight' (Al-Takfir wal-Hijra) founded by Shokri Ahmad Moustafa, and the Islamic Group Movement (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya) which recruited and discipled many young men from Egyptian high schools and colleges and, in turn, spawned a splinter group led by Mohammed Abdul-Salam Farag called al-Jihad who murdered philosophers, journalists and the head of the Egyptian Parliament in the 1980s. While the government of Egypt fought against these groups who sought their overthrow, in the 1970s they also tried to play another game and released many of the members of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement and its offshoots from the prisons because 'liberal Muslim' President Sadat thought that their activity would counteract the influence of the Soviets and communism in Egypt. This strategy worked after a fashion, just as the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan kept Russian communism at bay for a season but, at the same time and in a similar manner, the Jihadist Movement expanded, gained power and became dangerous to the Egyptian government as well. Many of the older generation that were released from the prisons were former professors from Al-Azhar University and they promptly re-energised their work as mentors for the new generation of jihadists.
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic professor of Qur'anic science at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, was chosen by al-Jihad and the like-minded supporting groups to lead the attempt to overthrow the Egyptian government and he issued a fatwa that President Sadat and his government were renegade infidels who must die. His plan was to kill Sadat and gain control over strategic places in Cairo, such as the defence department, national security department and the national radio and TV stations. He also planned to take over the Asyut region in South Egypt and call Muslim Egyptians to join a new Islamic revolution. Khaled Ahmed Showky al-Islambouli, an officer in the Egyptian military, national champion in long-range shooting and an active member of al-Jihad, was chosen to assassinate Sadat and the president was duly eliminated on October 6, 1981, during an annual military celebration of 'winning' the 1973 Israeli war. The Asyut region was briefly in the hands of the movement, but they failed to take over Cairo and Vice-President Mubarak immediately ordered the military to go and liberate the Asyut region and to arrest the leadership of al-Jihad, including Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. The leaders faced Egypt's highest military court but, inconceivably, Rahman was set free because they did not have material evidence that he was the one who gave al-Jihad the order to kill Sadat - although he made it clear in his defence that he held Sadat in utter contempt and totally approved the assassination! Rahman never changed his rhetoric, becoming infamous for inciting Muslims to 'kill Americans wherever you find them; destroy their embassies, sink their ships, shoot down their planes.'
At the conclusion of the trials five men were executed military style, including Khaled al-Islambouli, the sharpshooter, and Mohammed Abed al-Salem, the author of the book, 'The Missing Commitments' (Al-Fareda Al-Gaaba), which supplied the philosophy which bound al-Jihad together and which was banned from open sale so that it can 'only' he found on the black market now. In spite of these actions by Mubarak and his Egyptian government, al-Jihad survived 'underground' and, worse, many of the leaders escaped to other countries, e.g. Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan where they infamously united with Osama bin Laden, who based his movement on the same beliefs and principles and named it al-Qaeda. Thus Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the Egyptian al-Jihad leaders, became bin Laden's right hand man and, later, the fundamentalist Islamic group in Afghanistan, the Taliban, welcomed these fellow believers and supported them as partners in the same call of jihad - to be partners in death but hoping to be the victors when Allah's people rule the world.
Thus the foolish action of paying only lip-service to the 'Brotherhood' in Egypt resulted in Sadat's assassination by them and the rise of the Afghanistan Taliban via Al-Qaeda and, finally but not yet decisively, the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.
Hamas, another violent terrorist organization offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood allowed one of their leading members to instruct the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam (Jan, 2011) that:
'the [Egyptian] people should be prepared for war against Israel ...'
Warring with a country that has been at peace with Egypt for thirty years, or sanctioning suicide bombings that kill innocent women and children, is not violence in the perverted world of the jihadist - it is the 'resistance' of freedom fighters. According to the Brotherhood's supreme leader Muhammad Badie:
'Resistance is the only solution against the Zio-American arrogance and tyranny.'
And in the words of the Muslim Brotherhood's credo:
Allah is our goal; the Prophet is our guide; the Quran is our constitution; Jihad is our way; and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition.
Author Essam El-Errian, a member of the guidance council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, tries to paint them as a peace-loving group that 'stands firmly behind the demands of the Egyptian people as a whole.' But he is simply engaging in the time-honoured Muslim tradition of lying about their real devices and intentions to conceal its true nature (the practice known as taqiyya).
'Our principles, clearly stated since the inception of the movement in 1928, affirm an unequivocal position against violence.'
Clearly this is a blatant lie! El-Errian also writes in his New York Times op-ed column that:
'We aim to achieve reform and rights for all: not just for the Muslim Brotherhood, not just for Muslims, but for all Egyptians.'
What does El-Errian's boss, the Brotherhood's supreme leader Muhammad Badie, say about Islamic supremacy?:
'According to the Islamic shari'a that Allah [has bequeathed] to mankind, the status of the Muslims, compared to that of the infidel nations that arrogantly [disdain] his shari'a, is measured in a kind of scale, in which, when one side is in a state of superiority, the other is in a state of inferiority ...'
How does El-Errian deal with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's decision (in its 2007 party platform) to exclude women and Christians from being considered for Egypt's highest political office? Deputy leader Mahmoud Ezzat explained:
'The Muslim Brotherhood hasn't invented any new text or ruling in Islam, and it hasn't presented any kind of deviation from the right path of Islam…The majority of scholars agreed that the highest office in the state cannot be run by a woman or non-Muslim.'
So they really mean that they looking out for the rights of Muslim males - not all Egyptians!
El-Errian argues that Egypt has more choices than just secular democracy or tyranny:
'As our nation heads toward liberty, however, we disagree with the claims that the only options in Egypt are a purely secular, liberal democracy or an authoritarian theocracy. Secular liberal democracy of the American and European variety, with its firm rejection of religion in public life, is not the exclusive model for a legitimate democracy.
'In Egypt, religion continues to be an important part of our culture and heritage. Moving forward, we envision the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, which are central Islamic values. We embrace democracy not as a foreign concept that must be reconciled with tradition, but as a set of principles and objectives that are inherently compatible with and reinforce Islamic tenets.'
If he really believed this he might have held up Turkey as a 'model' democracy incorporating Islamic principles. But when a senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Kamal al-Halbavi, had a chance recently to cite a model of good government, he said he hoped Egypt would have 'a good government, like the Iranian government, and a good president like Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is very brave'.
These statements thoroughly expose the Muslim Brotherhood's true view on an Islamic state free of 'authoritarian theocracy.' El-Errian asserts that the Muslim Brotherhood would draw 'on universal measures of freedom and justice,' while the Muslim Brotherhood's website gives this view of intellectual freedom:
'... intellectual freedom can't be cited in matters related to beliefs'
El-Errian tries to claim that 'universal measures of freedom and justice' are 'central Islamic values' while the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi openly admits that apostate Muslims (those who dare to leave the Islamic faith), and married adulterers and adulteresses, are subject to punishment under sharia law - and this is often the death penalty!
Despite the usual Satanic cover-ups by Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood remains a blatant terrorist-sponsoring, Islamist supremacist, misogynist enemy of individual freedoms, self-government and equality of all under the law.
President Hosni Mubarak had played his own flawed game for long enough and the widely recognised corruption in the country inevitably led to easily stirred up emotions, resulting in massive demonstrations as hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square in Alexandria, and elsewhere across Egypt, in eager anticipation of Mubarak's removal.
Mubarak attempted to stall by claiming he planned to stay on as president until scheduled elections in September and that he would then 'delegate' responsibility to his vice president Omar Suleiman, Egypt's intelligence chief who was eventually appointed vice president (January 29, 2011). Unfortunately, Mubarak also declared that he would not flee the country, and planned to die in Egypt, and nowhere else:
'Egypt will remain until I hand over the trust and banner ... I will not separate from the soil until I am buried underneath.'
Unfortunate, because he increased his chances of dying in another Middle-East coup, and he came to his senses and gave Suleiman the job of shouldering a responsibility to 'safeguard the interests of Egypt, to restore peace and security to the Egyptian public, [and] to restore the way of life.' In other words, he was there to carry out the will of the president, and that would be no real shift in direction.
Suleiman employed the usual Islamic tactics of looking to spread the blame elsewhere and putting 'the unrest' down to 'foreign influence', which he urged Egyptian youth not to follow:
'Do not listen to the satellite television stations whose main purpose is fuel sedition and drive a wedge between the people.'
Hosni Mubarak may be gone, but will Egypt become a fairer nation for its poor and disillusioned? Suleiman and the rest of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces (in effect the interim government) is made up of senior men and officers with major stakes in all the money making enterprises that the corrupt West covet too - oil exploration, petroleum services, machinery, highway building, cement production, mango farming, cotton exporting, banking etc.
So should we really expect them to be too co-operative, or enthusiastic about repatriating the billions Mubarak is alleged to have squirrelled away when they will doubtlessly also have shared in the gravy-train and deposited their own fortunes in foreign banks?
The military being in charge does not signify a significant departure from the old regime, given that the military was the real power behind Mubarak all along, but Egypt has mandatory military service so, to a certain extent, it is seen as the people's army. The army further strengthened its social currency by allowing the demonstrations to take place. Moreover, throughout the crisis they maintained regular contact with protesters and largely protected them and the rights of the Egyptian people. But, with Mubarak gone, there is obvious uncertainty about how the military will manage the transition, rescind emergency law, and handle any further demands of the protesters.
Elections will be dangerous if the opposition have insufficient time to prepare for its first 'free and fair vote' because it has been kept very weak by Mubarak's efforts to ensure it could never organize fully. The strongest element of opposition remains the Muslim Brotherhood - although the military has traditionally been against them. However, if free and fair elections do take place, there is a strong likelihood that they would win substantial support because, in spite of being officially banned in Egypt, the Brotherhood candidates running as independents took almost 20 percent of the seats in parliament in 2005. However, in last December's vote they didn't win any seats in an election widely considered rigged by the Mubarak regime - and this was possibly a major reason for the current unrest and street uprising.
Since the uprising began the Muslim Brotherhood has wisely kept a low profile, thus denying Mubarak the opportunity to play the 'fear of a Muslim Brotherhood take over' card as an excuse to stay in power - not that many in Egypt 'fear' them in the way the West should. Although the Brotherhood has formed multiple factions with varying views on seeking power, in the new environment of a possibly open political system the organization has been involved in disagreements resulting in bloodshed in the past.
The Brotherhood and its allies have worked hard to clean-up its radical image and Obama's head of National Intelligence, James Clapper, declared the Muslim Brotherhood as being 'mostly moderate.' Rather like describing Hitler as a 'lover of children and animals'! Western media coverage and political commentary on the Egyptian events frequently leaves Muslim moderates shocked and dismayed at their ignorance for clearly, if the Muslim Brotherhood gains control of Egypt, they will be a more direct threat to the United States and Israel, and also to every Egyptian who yearns to live in a free and open society. We should be mindful that, like the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical clerics in Iran in 1979 promised to be peaceful and uninterested in taking power! In the wake of the growing turmoil in Egypt, a retinue of pundits, professors and former government officials has publicly insisted that we have nothing to fear from the Ikhwan, since it has eschewed violence and embraced democracy. Bruce Reidel, a controversial former CIA analyst and advisor to President Obama, declared:
'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.'
Former President George W. Bush's former press spokeswoman, Dana Perino, also went so far (January 28th, 2011) as to tell Fox News: '… don't be afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. This has nothing to do with religion.' As the Center for Security Policy's new, best-selling Team B II report entitled, Sharia: The Threat to America found:
'It is now public knowledge that nearly every major Muslim organization in the United States is actually controlled by the MB or a derivative organization. Consequently, most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.'
It is a fact that, for much of the past two decades, groups originating in the Brotherhood and their backers (including, notably, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal) have cultivated extensive ties with U.S. government officials and agencies under successive administrations of both parties, academic centres, financial institutions, religious communities, partisan organizations and the media. Thus American leaders of every kind have been subjected to intense, disciplined and sustained influence from these dawah practitioners for many decades. In the U.K. successive governments have fallen for the same dawah 'flannel' and have been persuaded to employ seemingly moderate Muslims as 'advisers' (see Baroness Warsi)
Unfortunately, the misconceptions and deceptions swallowed by their leaders are shaping U.S. policy towards the unfolding Egyptian drama just as the deceiving groups, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), manage to do in certain government circles. A federal judge in the 2008 'Holy Land Foundation' trial, which successfully prosecuted the nation's largest terrorism financing conspiracy, found that CAIR was indeed a front for the Ikhwan's Palestinian affiliate, Hamas. This does make one wonder who is in the pocket of such Islamic groups when Fox News can interview the Executive Director of CAIR's Chicago office, Ahmed Rehab, and characterize him as a 'Democracy Activist.'
Even with the potential total removal of Mubarak's regime, and the institution of democratic elections in Egypt, we may see balloting achieving the same result that it did in Gaza a few years back: the triumph of the Muslim Brotherhood and the institution of brutally repressive theocratic rule, in accordance with the two-fold ambitions of the founders: to implement sharia worldwide, and to re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate). Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood clearly have the same objectives and differ only in the timing and tactics involved in realizing them. This is understandable, since al Qaeda was born out of the Brotherhood which is very active in over 80 countries worldwide.
The Ikhwan's clear mission in the West is sedition in the furtherance of sharia's supremacist agenda, not peaceful assimilation and co-existence with non-Muslim populations and they believe that its purposes are, for the moment, better advanced by the use of non-violent, stealthy techniques. In that connection, the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to establish relations with influence and, wherever possible, penetrate government circles in executive and legislative branches at the federal, state and local levels, the law enforcement community, intelligence agencies, the military, penal institutions, the media, think tanks and policy groups, academic institutions, non-Muslim religious communities, and any other useful élite.
The West will clearly be at risk if the Muslim Brotherhood succeeds in supplanting the present regime in Cairo and in the process takes control of the Arab world's most populous nation and its vast, American-supplied, arsenal. Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is clearly aware of such potentialities and has been careful to praise the cause of democracy while warning against the dangers of an Islamic takeover of this Arab state. Many Israelis have been less diplomatic - understandable in the light of their recent experience of Tunisia's revolution last month when the Jewish Agency mobilized to evacuate any members of the country's Jewish community who wished to leave. Until the end of French colonial rule in 1956, Tunisia's Jewish community numbered 100,000 members. But like all Jewish communities in the Arab world the advent of Arab nationalism in the mid-20th century forced the overwhelming majority of Tunisia's Jews to leave the country. Today, with between 1,500 and 3,000 members, Tunisia's tiny Jewish community is among the largest in the Arab world. Only six families were said to have decided to leave for Israel, but many more may follow in the light of previous Jewish experiences at the hands of Muslims who have robbed them blind right onto the planes and ships they boarded to flee from these anti-Semites.
The fear that increasingly grips the Jews of Tunisia is not surprising in the light of the knowledge of the experiences of the much smaller Iraqi Jewish community after the U.S. and Britain toppled Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003. The Iraqi community was the oldest and, arguably, the most successful Jewish community in the Arab world until World War II. Its 150,000 members were leading businessmen and civil servants during the period of British rule. Following the establishment of Israel, the Iraqi government revoked the citizenship of the country's Jews, forced them to flee and stole their property down to their wedding rings. The expropriated property of Iraqi Jewry is valued today at more than $4 billion.
Only 7,000 Jews remained in Iraq after the mass aliya (ascension) of 1951. By the time Saddam was toppled in 2003, only 32 Jews remained. They were mainly elderly and impoverished and, owing to al Qaeda threats and government harassment, they were all forced to flee. Thus these worldly-wise Jews are appalled at Western - and particularly American - willingness to pretend that the Muslim Brotherhood is anything other than a totalitarian movement that may easily take over Egypt.
Christians in Egypt are equally anxious about the prospect of increasing fundamentalist Islamic terrorism. On January 1, 2011, a suicide bomb killed 23 people at an Alexandria church, but many pastors and church leaders still urged Egyptian Christians, traditionally known as Copts, not to participate in the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
'The things that are happening now are against God's will,' Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III, 88, said on national television in early February, but many Copts joined the protests anyway, and even stood guard when Muslims paused for prayer. As the protests began, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Markos apparently told Christianity Today that he was surrounded by friendly protestors in his neighbourhood streets and believed:
'We are all one. There are no tensions between Muslims and Christians at all in this uprising.'
The bishop's statement may seem to highlight a kind of unity between Muslims and Christians over hoped for reform, whatever that may turn out to be, but the underlying issues of religious conversion, intermarriage, and new religious buildings will continue to fuel deep tensions - apart from the regularity of kidnappings, rapes, and killings by Muslims! At a recent congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., Nina Shea, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, stated:
'In Egypt, for the past two years, we've seen a dramatic upsurge in attacks against Copts.'
Christians are Egypt's largest minority, representing 6-10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, of which ~90 percent are Eastern Orthodox. Protestants and evangelicals (more than 250,000) are mainly located in Cairo and other major cities, most being Presbyterian, Methodist, or Anglican, and many of the congregations linked to the 'Evangelical Fellowship of Egypt'. In addition to churches, dozens of ministries and agencies maintain sizable operations in Egypt, e.g., SAT-7, the Arabic-language Christian satellite broadcast channel, has 65 employees at its offices in Cairo. But, while most Egyptian Muslims are Sunni like the Brotherhood, they are not yet as openly fundamentalist, and Coptic Christians were clearly relieved and surprised to find that, for once, their property was not targeted during the protests.
The governor of Alexandria claimed that the bombers were from outside Egypt, but Egyptian Christians are not convinced since the government often blames outsiders, believing that to admit the presence of sectarian tension would only spark more violence. Unbelievably, the same strategy was used in the wake of the January 12th attack by a police officer against Christians travelling on a train, which killed one and injured five. Instead of focussing on Islamists, many Muslim officials played their other predictable card and blamed the Jews in Israel:
' ... a Zionist conspiracy against national unity in Egypt.'
Coptic Christians have been around since shortly after the time of Christ, long before Muhammad and Islam was revealed, but growing hatred and violence of Muslims against Coptics has been the norm the past couple of years. A two-year study recently documented 52 anti-Christian incidents between 2008 and 2010 in which none of the perpetrators were punished for their crimes but the Muslim response was, unfailingly, to point to Israel! So Egypt supplies a clear history of Islamists attacking Christians and then blaming Israel as a rallying cry for unity. Coptics, and other Christian observers, are right to be concerned about the situation.
The Muslim Brotherhood has long been thirsting for power in Egypt and, if we observe what is happening in Gaza today, we will have a very good idea of what could happen in Egypt if Hamas' friends and allies, the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt come to power. It will not only spell disaster to the West and to Israel, but also to Christians and secular-minded Muslims.
Many in the press and in Washington think that the protesters are merely fighters for democracy and CNN, for example, regularly called the mob 'pro-democracy'. Ignorance of the facts, and of the Brotherhood's change of direction in planning to use any democratic methods that can be overturned at the right moment in time, mean that the protests that apparently followed a 'pro-democracy' uprising in Tunisia, can be used by Islamists to help with a surprise 'power grab.' The Muslim Brotherhood is now far more present and observable in Egypt, making more demands than they would have been if the secular government kept them under control, so the likelihood of the country becoming more Islamic is probably greater than of it becoming more secular. Egypt has long been seen as a moderate presence in the Middle East (e.g., the steel wall built on their borders to 'protect' Israel from the colossal arms smuggling carried on by terrorists via complex tunnels), but street demonstrations in the Middle-East have historically been geared toward Islamic dominance, rather than secular freedom. The presence of many young people on the streets should also fail to reassure the West, for the infiltration of political Islam into education, schools, teachers and school books has long been a source of dangerous infection of innocent children by fundamentalist, historical, Islam which does not accept 'moderate Islam' and preaches hatred of Christians and Jews!
Since 40 percent of Egyptians live below the poverty line there is an obvious factor fuelling the unrest, especially among the un-educated, youth, and the jobless. Such conditions are also likely to make any regime that promises big changes attractive - even if it is the Brotherhood. But the same old tensions are always created by Islamic elitism, such as the recent occasion (November, 2010) when a mob of young people rioted in Umraniyyah, a Cairo suburb, when government authorities tried to stop Christians from transforming a large service building into a church. Umraniyyah is a poverty-stricken quarter which was built illegally on fertile land in Cairo that was supposed to remain agricultural and dozens of narrow streets are lined with buildings six or more floors high.
Facebook and Twitter have been credited with being sources of much of the encouragement to rise up against Mubarak and his government because many unemployed youngsters spend hours in Internet cafes, or watching satellite television broadcasts. Bu they are also drawn to radical websites, both Muslim and Christian, who provoke each other so that many will be looking for the opportunity to gain revenge. Thus, when Christian youths resisted government efforts to stop the building of their church in Umraniyyah by blocking the nearby ring road and hurling Molotov cocktails at security personnel, the response with tear gas and live ammunition led to the deaths of two Christians, while dozens were wounded and scores arrested.
The problems for rural Christians have increased year on year for, just a century ago, 80 percent of all Egyptian Christians lived in rural Upper Egypt while the figure now stands at no more than 40 percent. In January 2010, the plight of Upper Egypt's remaining Eastern Orthodox Christians gained worldwide attention when gunmen shot and killed six Christians and a Muslim guard at a Nag Hammadi church. One year later, the State Security Court issued a death sentence for Muhammad Ahmed Hassanein after his conviction for first-degree murder and terror-related charges, while two more suspects await verdicts on their part in the atrocity.
In October 2009, a young Christian man from the nearby village of Farshut, who was involved with a Muslim girl, was accused by Muslims of rape. Some claim that the bloodbath outside the Nag Hammadi church was an act of revenge that got out of hand, while others maintain that any sexual contact was consensual and that the killings resulted from deep Islamic hatred of Christians. Another irony is the claim by Muslims that the violence began because Christians hide weapons in monasteries and churches, whereas the historical evidence reveals that Muslims are the ones who practice such dishonesty and, even in the U.K., training for jihad is extensively encouraged in many mosques.
Religious conversions are well-known causes of friction and one example of the more likely direction of faith-change occurred in 2004 when an Eastern Orthodox woman, Wafaa Constantine, claimed that she wished to convert to Islam and went into hiding after the church rejected her petition to divorce her husband, a priest. But state security officers found her and detained her for four days in a house owned by the church. However, Constantine eventually made the decision to remain a Christian which led Muslims to claim that the four-day detention indicated that she was pressured by the church. After stating that she wished to remain a Christian, she disappeared to a monastery leaving Muslims furious and blaming the government for handing over an adult woman to the church when she had clearly stated she wanted to convert to Islam. Apparently she did not have the freedom to change her mind!
Massive tensions clearly exist in the country and Egyptian government officials have repeatedly expressed in private their frustrations that the Eastern Orthodox Church has become 'a state within a state' that flouts the law. But this retaliatory behaviour has come about because of the disparities in decisions over the construction of mosques and churches. In Nag Hammadi, the church leader, Father Isidorus, explained that most of his monastery was built up over the past 30 years by constructing new buildings around 19th-century-era buildings, i.e. Christians have resorted to this kind of evasion of the highly restrictive state limits on stand-alone new buildings because they clearly recognise that different rules apply to Muslims, for a mosque with a minaret that is taller than the tower of the church has been built near the entrance of this monastery. In el-Tur, Sinai, a mosque has been built to rival in size the new church, which had been larger than the area's existing mosques. In Aswan, a cathedral dominates the skyline of the city, where only a few hundred Christians remain. This kind of rivalry among Egypt's Christians and Muslims is a source of continuing conflict which makes the state and the church look weak and such conflicts will be another factor utilised by those working against the changes sought by the protesters, no matter what their intentions may be.
The Muslim Brotherhood is not just the fountainhead of political Islam, spawning at least a dozen terrorist groups including al-Qaeda and Hamas, but is also a major political force in Egypt, willing to participate in elections and in the civil institutions of society, rather as the Communist movement played the democratic card when terrorism was 'inappropriate'. The Holy Land Foundation was another creation of the Muslim Brotherhood and the largest Islamic charity in America until it was raided by the FBI and put on trial in Texas for funding Hamas. One of the documents seized in a concealed basement at the Foundation headquarters, and introduced as evidence by the FBI, was the Muslim Brotherhood's plan for America where the stated goal was to 'destroy the American civilization.'
The plan openly called for building a secret leadership in America and for the creation of a series of Brotherhood front groups that would appear to be participants in America's democracy until the time came when force would be used, as necessary, to accomplish the Brotherhood's goals.
The front groups that the Muslim Brotherhood set up were identified in the captured document and included the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The latter has gained wide infamy, its front being as a 'civil rights organization' whose purpose was to use the American Constitution to advance the Brotherhood's aims. In a similar manner the Communist Party had several similar fronts to forward its subterfuges, including the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee and the Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born!
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