Is the Muslim Brotherhood Worse as a Terrorist Organization or a Government?

 

Note the swords of peace

Note the swords of peace

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The new wave of Egypt spin relies on admitting that yes Morsi and the Brotherhood abused power and marginalized everyone but the Islamists, but if they’re removed from power, they will become “radicalized”.

So the question is whether the Muslim Brotherhood is worse as a government or a terrorist group?

The Obama administration’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood has been overshadowed by conflict between security forces and supporters of the Islamist group.

That sentence and the thinking behind it is completely and entirely ridiculous. More so than a dozen Monty Python skits wired together.

The administration has urged the Egyptian military to stop using heavy-handed tactics against the Brotherhood, according to two U.S. officials who asked not to be identified commenting on private communications. They said the administration is concerned that some in the military may want to provoke the Islamists to violence and provide a rationale for crushing the movement once and for all.

The Brotherhood was using violence before Morsi was elected, while Morsi was in office and after Morsi was removed. But as usual we’re supposed to tremble in fear of a radicalized Brotherhood using violence. When the Brotherhood is already radical and already uses violence.

Such a move would fail and probably prompt a shift to al-Qaeda type terrorist tactics by extremists in the Islamist movement in Egypt and elsewhere, the U.S. officials said.

Would that be worse than having a country run by Al-Qaeda’s allies?

Locking out the Muslim Brotherhood from the early elections promised by the military “would be a cure worse than the ill, almost certainly driving Islamist groups underground and giving rise to a generation of radicalized Islamists, in Egypt and beyond, who will have lost faith in peaceful, democratic change,” the International Crisis Group, a New York-based organization that offers recommendations to policy makers, said in a July 3 statement.

Thanks George Soros. Please tell us more about how the Brotherhood practiced peaceful change?

Participating in politics means agreeing that differences will be settled through political means, said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington policy group.

Is a brutal tyranny that destroys the rights of Christians and women, among others, better if it uses political means to take power?

A crackdown on the Brotherhood by Egyptian authorities in the early 1950s contributed to its radicalization. After an army coup ousted Egypt’s monarchy in 1952, the Brotherhood was accused of trying to assassinate the president. The party was banned and thousands of its members were tortured, imprisoned and held for years.

Was the Brotherhood, which allied with the Nazis during WW2, moderate before the 1950s?

Members of the group counseled a young Osama bin Laden in Saudi Arabia, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, was a member of the Brotherhood before joining al-Qaeda. Ayman al Zawahiri, the current al-Qaeda leader, also was a member.

Clearly we need them running a country.

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Walid Phares posts this observation on his Facebook page:

New special bedfellow joins the Jihad to support Morsi “against the coup”

None other than the supreme commander of al Qaeda, Dr Ayman Zawahiri, has declared his Jihad in support of the return of Mohammed Morsi to power, and “a fight with blood and flesh against the seculars, reformers, liberals, military and Christians of Egypt.” Zawahiri’s declaration makes it clear as stated by Dream TV in Cairo, “that the so-called difference between so-called Ikhwan moderates and Jihadists has vanished.” Now al Qaeda is in the same trenches as the Muslim Brotherhood. An observer in Washington noted that “since al Qaeda is now an ally to the Ikhwan and will fight for Morsi against the people and the Army in Egypt, it would be very odd to side with this alliance. If the US is at war with al Qaeda, it would be against US national security to side with the Brotherhood-AQ alliance against Egypt’s people and army.”

 

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