PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, July 13, 2017:
As the CIA continues to defend their investment in the Muslim Brotherhood to bring “moderate Islamist democracy” to the Middle East, much of the Middle East and our European allies are moving against the group.
I noted here at PJ Media last month that many of America’s Arab allies (Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia), as well as Israel, had moved well ahead of the U.S. in addressing the group’s toxic influence:
In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the central issues in the current Qatar crisis, where these Arab nations are taking active measures against Qatar for its support of the the Brotherhood:
Just last week the Foreign Minister of Bahrain, whose legislature includes representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, said that the group is a terrorist organizations and its sympathizers must be prosecuted:
Back in February I reported that the CIA and the National Intelligence Council (NIC) provided the funds to support Nixon Center researchers Robert Leiken and Stephen Brooke to create the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” narrative during the Bush administration and became the basis for their Foreign Affairs article of that same title:
And the CIA still supports and defends the Muslim Brotherhood until today:
Yet across Europe, intelligence agencies are warning about the group’s operations in their respective countries and some taking action.
Here’s a run-down of the actions being taken by our European allies, in addition to our Arab allies, against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Since the terror attack in Nice nearly a year ago, France has taken active measures against the Muslim Brotherhood, including shutting down the group’s mosques and charities, as well as banning leading members.
The Nice attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was the son of a well-known Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood figure. And earlier this year an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood fanboy, Abdallah El-Hamahmy, attacked police in front of the Louvre with a machete.
One of the concerns has been that the Muslim Brotherhood had been using France as a safe haven to engage in activity against their own foreign policy:
For decades, the Muslim Brotherhood exploited their opposition to the Egyptian and other Arab regimes as a means to request political asylum in some European countries on the grounds that they were persecuted in their own countries. However, they violated the internationally recognised rules of asylum by continuing their political activities in the host countries. Western nations turned a blind eye to these illegal activities until the forces of terrorism started to bite the hand that fed them. That was when some of those countries (not all) grew alert to the beast that they were sheltering within their borders.
The secret meeting that Muslim Brotherhood leaders held in France 17 December was a glaring example of the Brotherhood’s persistence in violating the principles of political asylum. The meeting took the guise of an intellectual seminar but, in fact, its purpose was to design a plan of action for the coming phase. It was held at the Centre for Arab and Developmental Studies, on Rue de Ste Helene in the 13th Arrondissement, ostensibly to mark the sixth anniversary of Tunisia’s “Jasmine” Revolution. As many journalists in France will tell you, the centre itself was built by a member of the Tunisian chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Hanid, with Qatari money.
Participants in that meeting called for, among other things, a revolution in Algeria similar to the Tunisian one, support for the terrorist Islamist groups fighting in Syria and a coup against Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. I learned from some French journalists who have been following the activities of Islamist groups in France that the original plan had been for a mass rally in which Muslim Brotherhood leaders, bent on escalating their confrontation against Arab states, would urge Arab masses in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Syria to rise up against their governments.
The French have responded by shutting down mosques operated by the Muslim Brotherhood and those preaching its ideology:
Last November, the Interior Ministry closed Sanabil, a Muslim Brotherhood charity, responsible for radicalizing inmates in the prison system:
In April, the French government expelled Hani Ramadan, brother of internationally known Islamist advocate Tariq Ramadan. Both are the grandsons of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna and the sons of Muslim Brotherhood “diplomat” Said Ramadan:
There are indications that the policy targeting the Muslim Brotherhood will continue under new French President Emmanuel Macron:
These actions against the Muslim Brotherhood in France are likely to continue, especially as they engage in destabilizing social activities across France: