Arab allies of US welcome push against Muslim Brotherhood

Fox News, by Ben Evansky, Aug. 8, 2017:

Arab allies of the U.S. are expressing support if the Trump administration declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to statements from foreign officials and a senior administration official who spoke to Fox News.

Speaking last week at the United Nations in response to a question from Fox News, the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.N., Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, expressed support for such a move.

“It would be a positive step forward indeed,” he said.

Salman Al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Affairs Committee, told Fox News that the West is suffering from “laziness and must do its homework.”

“The U.S. needs to confront the evils of the Brotherhood as soon as possible,” he said. “If you have Saudi Arabia saying the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group, if you have Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) saying it’s a terrorist group, then what should stop the U.S. from designating the MB as a terrorist group as long there are hundreds of pieces of evidence that prove this fact?”

The Brotherhood is banned as a terrorist organization in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.

Fox News previously reported on the internal debates and deliberations in the Trump White House on the move to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO.)

“The fight is far from over,” a senior administration official told Fox News.

“The commitment inside the West Wing to the question of designating the Brotherhood has not waned,” the official told Fox News.

“The White House completely understands how the modern global jihadi threat, which the president has rightly described as radical Islamic terrorism, can be driven back at its roots to the Brotherhood.”

“This president is unprepared to follow the disastrous policies of prior administrations, especially the Obama White House’s empowering of the Brotherhood that led to the catastrophic consequences of the so-called Arab Spring and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from the Sinai to Sinjar,” the official concluded.

Christopher Holton of the Center for Security Policy, a group that has been at the forefront of efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, told Fox News, “It is an absolutely essential step. As the Egyptian ambassador well knows, the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are identical to those of all the jihadist organizations, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and Hamas: the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by Sharia.”

Holton blamed what he called “The Swamp in the State Department” for stopping the designation so far. He blamed some members of the Trump administration, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

“Combined with all the other distractions that have largely paralyzed so many initiatives on Capitol Hill, the effort to block the designation has thus far succeeded,” he said.

Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News that during the early weeks of the Trump presidency a large number of analysts warned that the move was, “ill-advised,” arguing that the move “would alienate the Muslim world and encumber diplomacy.”

Schanzer, a former terrorism finance official at the Treasury Department, said he does not believe the administration has given up on designation of the Brotherhood but he suggested it would be easier to target certain Brotherhood groups through the U.S. Treasury’s targeted sanctions program.

“The way forward is not to pursue the FTO approach at the State Department, primarily because the initiative is likely to fail,” Schanzer said. “The State Department will remain opposed…the Muslim Brotherhood is not a homogeneous organization, rather, it is made up of disparate affiliates, some of which could likely be classified as terror groups, and some not.”

“The right move is to pursue these designations in the less-politicized Treasury process in a way that is incremental and pragmatic. From there, additional affiliates can be added,” Schanzer said.

David Reaboi, the senior vice-president for strategic operations at the Security Studies Group, added, “Designating the Muslim Brotherhood would be a tremendous step in the right direction. The Muslim Brotherhood has been identified, rightly, as a threat by the countries that know it best — like Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia — among others.”

“These countries understand that the MB isn’t just another political or religious movement,” Reaboi added. “It’s the main engine driving the terror radicalization process. Any effort to combat Islamist terrorism needs to take the MB’s global network into account.”

Ben Evansky reports for Fox News on the United Nations and international affairs. He can be followed @BenEvansky

One thought on “Arab allies of US welcome push against Muslim Brotherhood

  1. Who said this? When, why, and what has our government done about it?

    Our USELESS politicians have been kicking this can down the road for over 231 years now and refuse to address this challenge. Here is an example:
    “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
    This statement was a part of a March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Continental Congress, concerning their conversation with Tripoli’s to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman as to why his pirates/terrorists hijacked our merchant ships, stole the ships and cargo while holding the sailors for ransom. (Source: Founders Online: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-09-02-0315

    Why are we failing to mention the obvious issues in the 1786 letter that still exists today? The ultimate goal of Shariah/Islamic law is a GLOBAL Caliphate, an Ummah ruled by SHARIAH LAW and it is absolutely against our Constitution!
    PLEASE READ: a guide to Shariah Law vs. the Constitution https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/upload/wysiwyg/article%20pdfs/Shariah_VS_Constitution.pdf
    ARTICLE VI: THE CONSTITUTION IS THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND • CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE VI: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby”
    • SHARIAH: “The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah.” a1.1, UMDAT AL-­SALIK or The Reliance of the Traveller, commonly accepted work of Shariah jurisprudence); “There is only one law which ought to be followed, and that is the Sharia,” SEYED QUTB;
    “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and program.” SEYED ABUL A’ALA MAUDUDI
    For example:
    ISIS/ISIL/Islamic state formed a caliphate, an Ummah and it is ruled by Shariah/Islamic law and they are working to make it GLOBAL. So is the United Nations (UN), the 57 Muslim nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their political party in the U.S., the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of national, regional, and local Muslim organizations
    They all want to form a GLOBAL Caliphate, an ummah and be ruled by Shariah/Islamic law. Our USELESS politicians at all levels of government ignore their Oath of Office, our national security and our Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 “provide for common defense” of this nation and replaced it with Cultural Marxism i.e. political correctness!
    Their 1,400-year-old Shariah/Islamic law movement is not allowed by our Constitution Article VI.
    Here are the main points in 1786; they the same today with the Muslim Brotherhood in America and their plan they wrote to destroy us from within by what they call their “Civilization-Jihad Process” plan.
    a. “it was founded on the Laws of their prophet”;
    b. “that it was written in their Koran”;
    c. “that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners”;
    d. “that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and”;
    e. “to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and”;
    f. “that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
    g. “that it was a law that the first who boarded an Enemy’s Vessell should have one slave more than his share with the rest”;
    h. “which operated as an incentive to the most desperate Valour and Enterprize;
    i. “that it was the Practice of their Corsairs to bear down upon a ship;
    j. for each sailor to take a dagger in each hand, and another in his mouth, and leap on board, which so terrified their Enemies that very few ever stood against them.”
    k. “That he verily believed the Devil assisted his Countrymen, for they were almost always successful.
    The Muslim Brotherhood wrote a plan they call their “Civilization-Jihadist Process” plan dated May 22, 1991 designed to infiltrate American and destroy us from within thus helping them form a global caliphate, an Ummah ruled by Shariah/Islamic law just like ISIS, ISIL, Islamic however, much slower thus not raising suspicion to their motives.
    This is coming to America thanks to the “NEW” Treason Party i.e. ole’ Democrat Party and the RINO/GOP leadership/followers in the soon to be defunct Republican Party!
    I started doing a little research on what is happening in Sweden with the Muslim migration (Hegira or Hijrah – Muslim jihadists who seek to populate and dominate new lands by spreading Islam) and it brought to mind a conversation I had in 1988 with an Israeli fire officer on how he dealt with the massive bombings by Muslims in Israel. He told me simply, do not have them in your country, just watch what is happening in Israel, Middle East, and Africa around the globe because multiculturalism will be coming to your shores! He was correct!
    The Muslim Brotherhood includes:
    • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT);
    • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA);
    • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA);
    • Muslim Students Association of the U.S. (MSA);
    • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT); and 23 more.
    The bottom line is this; Islamists that believe in Shariah/Islamic law want to form a GLOBAL Caliphate, an Ummah just like the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State/Islamic Caliphate/Daesh and the 57 Muslim nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the only difference is the time to reach it and the methods they use to achieve global domination! What is being called a “refugee” crisis is actually. Hijrah, “Jihad by emigration”.

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