Egyptian media reported last week that the US State Department officials expressed concern over the Egyptian decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. According to a Daily News Egypt report:
December 24, 2013 The onus is on Egypt’s military leadership to ‘move the process forward and to create a climate that’s inclusive for all parties and groups in Egypt,’ said the United States Department of State on Tuesday.
Deputy spokesperson for the department Marie Harf reiterated her government’s concern regarding the Egyptian cabinet’s decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation on 25 December, along with the ongoing detentions and arrests ‘including for peaceful demonstrators, civil society, and political activists’.
Secretary of State John Kerry first voiced the concerns last week to his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy in a phone call one day after the cabinet had announced that it had classified the Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
Fahmy released a statement on Monday saying that the relationship between the two countries had made positive developments from a ‘troubled’ state but had not yet reached the desired status.
He added that Egypt’s dealing with China and Russia were not responses to turbulent US-Egypt relations, but rather part of an independent foreign policy framework that sought a ‘diversification of options’.
US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel called Egyptian defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to offer assistance in the investigations of the recent waves of bombings and discuss the ‘balance between security and freedom’, as Hagel stressed the ‘role of political inclusiveness in the democratic process’.”
The GMBDW reported yesterday on the Egyptian designation.
The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) was founded in 1998 in what appears to have been a cooperative effort among the US Muslim Brotherhood, the US State Department and Georgetown University academic Dr. John Esposito who served during the 1990′s as a State Department “foreign affairs analyst” and who has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations. Past CSID board members included Jamal Barzinji and Taha Al-Alwani, both associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and both important leaders in the US Muslim Brotherhood who helped to establish many of the most important U.S. Brotherhood organizations. Antony Sullivan, the current CSID Vice-Chair, has many ties to U.S. Brotherhood groups including the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), the United Association for Studies and Research (USAR), and the Circle of Tradition and Progress (COTP), a group whose other founding members included Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi. From its inception, CSID has argued that the U.S. government should support Islamist movements in foreign countries and has received financial support from the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Institute of Peace.
CJR: This is how the Muslim Brotherhood influence operation is succeeding in “destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
The US will not designate the Muslim Brotherhood as an FTO. Not unless we elect a congress and president with the political will to do so.
Read the following links to see how they are working towards taking Hamas and Hezbollah off the designated terrorist organization list.
- DHS Law Enforcement Guidelines Rely On Saudi-Funded Georgetown Professor For Views On Muslim Brotherhood (globalmbwatch.com)
- Part 2: Muslim Brotherhood At The US Department Of Homeland Security (globalmbwatch.com)