U.S. Facilitating Muslim Brotherhood’s Extremist Agenda

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu at the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul. (Photo: Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu at the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul. (Photo: Reuters)

By Clare Lopez:

The U.S. government has become an agent of influence for the Brotherhood, as it helps to establish the “International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.”

First the U.S. allowed itself to be gulled into co-sponsoring an international “Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)” together with Turkey that deliberately excluded Israel. Now, at the most recent GCTF conference, held December 14, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in getting the U.S. to lend its name – and its taxpayers’ money – to the so-called “International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.”

In this context, the only officially permitted “violent extremists” are al-Qa’eda and only al-Qa’eda. “Violent Extremism” does not include, for instance, HAMAS, Hizballah, the Muslim Brotherhood or the Taliban, all of which espouse the exact same ideology and goals as al-Qa’eda.

The GCTF, which comprises 30 members (including the U.S. and the European Union, but not Israel), bills itself as “an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs and enhance global cooperation.”

One third of its members are Muslim countries, including some of those most often identified as sources of funding for jihadist organizations such as al-Qa’eda, Ansar al-Shariah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Its Plan of Action on Victims of Terrorism, developed at a July 2012 conference in Madrid, is suitably bland and, naturally, makes no mention of either Islamic terrorism (which is responsible for the vast majority of victims of terrorism), or of Jews and Israelis, who often are the target of such terrorism.

The GCTF’s ominously named “Cairo Declaration on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law” was adopted September 22, 2011 and spawned the GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group, which is co-chaired by Egypt and the U.S. At the time of the group’s inaugural meeting (held November 3-4, 2011 in Washington, D.C.), it will be recalled that Egypt had recently installed a Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, who is pledged to the global imposition and enforcement of Islamic law (sharia).

Further, Egypt, as well as the other nine GCTF Islamic member countries, is also a signatory to the 1990 Cairo Declaration, which rejected the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and declared that the only human rights Islamic members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recognize are those allowed by the sharia. Egypt is also the co-sponsor, together with the U.S., of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which calls on Western governments to criminalize “any advocacy of religious hatred against individuals that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence,” which is, in fact, a thinly disguised assault on the U.S.’s First Amendment free speech rights.

Hard on the heels of the Muslim Brotherhood’s blitzkrieg takeover of Egypt, the sharia-adherent Egyptian judiciary has wasted no time in moving to suppress criticism of Islam, both at home and abroad. Even before the new sharia-elevating constitution’s late December 2012 referendum, an Egyptian blogger was convicted for blasphemy and “contempt of religion” and the conviction of a Coptic Christian was upheld for “insulting the prophet” by pointing out that Muhammad had more than four wives (which is amply documented in both the Sira and ahadith). Not content to crush free speech only at home, in November 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced seven people, including an American citizen, to death on blasphemy charges for their involvement in the online video, “Innocence of Muslims.”

To date, there has been no official statement from the U.S. State Department on exactly how it intends to work on ‘Criminal Justice and Rule of Law” with a sharia champion GCTF co-chair like Egypt and reconcile that with its Constitutional obligations to the American people.

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Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at RadicalIslam.org and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez served for 20 years as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

There’s More Missing from the Democratic Platform Than God and Jerusalem

by Andrew C. McCarthy:

Do you see the words “Hamas” and “Hezbollah” in here? Me neither.

Of course, there’s a difference. The omission of God and Jerusalem from the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform was quite intentionally meant as a demotion, very much in keeping with Obama administration policy. The jihadists, by contrast, are moving up in the world.

As for God, there’s not room in this universe for two The Ones. In cases of conflict, the president has made it abundantly clear that his pieties control, and the pious better get with the program: Domestically, abortion-on-demand and wealth-redistribution to assure free contraceptives for thirty-something co-eds; internationally, close cooperation and billions in U.S. aid for regimes that abet the persecution of Christians, Jews and other religious minorities.

On Jerusalem, administration mouth-pieces and apologists remain as tongue-tied as they were before The One completed his “evolution” on gay marriage. And for precisely the same reason: their grudging public position — Jerusalem is sorta Israel’s capital, but we’re mulling that one, so get back to us on, say, November 7 or so — is miles apart from their private conviction — Jerusalem (or as Obama’s counterterrorism czar, John Brennan, puts it, “al-Quds”) is a “final status” issue that we can’t prejudge because our Muslim friends consider it theirs.

And about those Muslim friends … my friends at the Center for Security Policy remind us of what the Democrats’ 2008 platform had to say about Hamas and Hezbollah:

Our … commitment [to Israel], which requires us to ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense, is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region – a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of Al Qaeda, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah…. [W]e must help Israel identify and strengthen those partners who are truly committed to peace, while isolating those who seek conflict and instability, and stand with Israel against those who seek its destruction. The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abides by past agreements.

Four years later, with Israel’s security situation dramatically — and not coincidentally — worse than it was when Obama was elected, Hamas and Hezbollah have been dropped from the platform. They have not changed, mind you. They continue, without a scintilla of apology, to deny Israel’s right to exist and seek its destruction. But they are this administration’s friends — or, at the very least, friends of its friends.

Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose takeover of Egypt President Obama abetted and is now subsidizing with American taxpayer dollars. Hezbollah, which has killed more Americans than any jihadist organization other than al Qaeda, got the Brennan seal-of-approval in 2010 as “a very interesting organization” with many “moderate elements.” Both terrorist organizations are supported by the anti-Israeli regime in Turkey, whose Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is Obama’s closest confidant in the region. Erdogan insists that they are not terrorist organizations but “political parties.” (Erdogan’s Islamization of Turkey and support of jihadists bent on annihilating Israel are subjects of my forthcoming book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy.)

Regardless of U.S. law, which designates Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorists whom it is a crime to support, the administration has sided with the Islamists: When Secretary of State Clinton launched Obama’s “Global Counterterrorism Forum” — in conjunction with Turkey, and in partnership with Egypt and Saudi Arabia — Israel, the world’s leading terror target, was excluded. The administration’s preferred allies regard terrorist attacks against Israel as legitimate “resistance” against an illegitimate “occupier.” The Democrats are going along for the ride.


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Israel Still Ignored at Obama Administration’s Flagship Counterterror Initiative

Under Secretary of State Maria Otero / AP

By Patrick Goodenough

(Update: State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell on Tuesday had  no further information on Israel’s exclusion from the GCTF, but disputed  that opposition to Israel’s participation was coming from the  forum’s co-chairman, Turkey.)

(CNSNews.com) – As the Obama administration’s new international  counterterrorism initiative develops, the exclusion of Israel becomes  more glaring with each passing meeting — most recently on Monday, at  the beginning of a conference focusing on victims of terrorism.

Addressing the two-day Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) event in  Madrid, an administration official mentioned a dozen countries in the  context of victims of terrorism – but not Israel.

Launched last fall as a “signature initiative” in what the  administration calls its “smart power approach to counterterrorism,” the  GCTF comprises 29 countries, with the U.S. and Turkey serving as  co-chairs.

Israel’s exclusion provoked comment from the outset, given the country’s long experience both as a target of and fighter against terrorism.

The State Department says future Israeli participation is not ruled  out. Still, Turkey’s Islamist-leaning government – which disputes that  Hamas is a terrorist group – has worked actively to isolate Israel in  the international community.

Further, 11 of the 29 GCTF members are members of the Organization of  Islamic Cooperation (OIC), some of which are hostile towards Israel.  All subscribe to the OIC’s 1999 Convention on Combating Terrorism which  states that “armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression,  colonialism, and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination in  accordance with the principles of international law shall not be  considered a terrorist crime.”

According to the State Department, Monday’s opening of the GCTF  “High-Level Conference on Victims of Terrorism” in the Spanish capital   “brings together government officials, civil society leaders and other  stakeholders to discuss how countries can increase their support of  victims of terror while cooperating to counter extremist ideologies.”

Addressing the event, U.S. undersecretary for civilian security,  democracy and human rights Maria Otero noted that Spain, “like the  United States and so many countries around the world,” has had firsthand  experienced of terrorism and the pain it inflicts on society.

Later, she referred to a documentary that was shown at the GCTF  launch last September, recounting the stories of the victims of terror  attacks in Pakistan, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Turkey,  Indonesia, India, Spain, Columbia and the United States.

Similarly, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed a GCTF event in Istanbul last month, she mentioned the challenge of  terrorism in Turkey, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the Maghreb and  Europe, referred obliquely to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and commented on  terrorist kidnappings in Latin America and the Sahel.

Israel was not mentioned, either by Otero in Madrid on Monday or by Clinton in Istanbul on June 7.

According to the MIPT (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of  Terrorism) Terrorism Knowledge Base, which covers the period from  1968-2006, Israel suffered the fifth highest number of terror fatalities  of any country over those years.

Only Iraq, the United States, India and Pakistan had more terror fatalities.

Calculated per capita, however (using today’s population figures),  Israel moves into third place, having lost 19.2 lives per 100,000 people  to terrorism over that period. Iraq and Lebanon have higher rates per  100,000 – 37.6 and 30.8 respectively. Other rates per 100,000 include:  Colombia 3.09; Afghanistan 2.92; Algeria 2.77, the U.S. 1.03; Pakistan  0,82 and India 0.13.

After the State Department was pressed last month about Israel’s  exclusion from the GCTF it issued a statement saying that the  administration’s idea with the forum “was to bring together a limited  number of traditional donors, front line states, and emerging powers  develop a more robust, yet representative, counterterrorism  capacity-building platform.”

“A number of our close partners with considerable experience  countering and preventing terrorism are not included among the GCTF’s  founding members,” it said. “We have discussed the GCTF and ways to  involve Israel in its activities on a number of occasions, and are  committed to making this happen.”

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