Although the Obama administration’s Egyptian talking points this week paint a rose-colored picture of the Egyptian presidential election results, behind the scenes — far from the TV news cameras and prying ears of the White House press corps — President Barack Obama and his minions are on edge over the possibility that the victorious Muslim Brotherhood will not live up to their promises of moderate Islamic rule, an Inside-the-Beltway source tells the Law Enforcement Examiner.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s success stems from a combination of political and social factors that peaked by the mid-twentieth century: its ideology was perceived as an authentic response to the hegemony of the “Western occupation”, winning over a public that had grown tired of other failed ideologies; it managed to take root among the urban educated middle class which was undergoing a process of Islamization; above all, it developed an extensive socio-economic system (da’wah) to be used as a tool in the battle for hearts and minds, according to Israeli analysts at the Meir Amit Information Center.
The Brotherhoods world view is based on the belief that “Islam is the solution” to all individual, social, and political problems, and that Islam is “both a religion and a state,” say the Israeli analysts.
Its ability to appear moderate in contrast with groups such as Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has turned it into a major challenge for the remaining Arab regimes.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political movement is quickly spreading into Muslim communities in European countries such as Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and other Western nations, often becoming “a major source of political and social power in those communities,” say Meir Amit terrorism analysts.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political section places its emphasis on this activity by addressing the problems of ordinary citizens through extensive social assistance systems, education and health infrastructure, and a network of mosques and preaching, according to a Law Enforcement Examiner source with the Israeli counterterrorism community.
These socializing community programs are often viewed as substitutes for state-run institutions and a means to spread the message of the Muslim Brotherhood’s religious-political agenda.
However, beneath the veneer of a reasonable and moderate organization lurks the same ambition as the more openly violent Islamic groups.
For example, the movement considers the land of Palestine an Islamic endowment (waqf), denies Israel’s right to exist, and opposes the peace treaties and any compromise with it.
“It consistently pursues an anti-Semitic line and spreads anti-Semitic ideas, including The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. At the same time, the movement opposes terrorism, except when it’s aimed against “Zionism” and the “occupation” in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., and strives for a gradual realization of its objectives while taking advantage of opportunities as they arise,” according to the Meir Amit Center.
What President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton refuse to acknowledge is that unlike the militant factions of other Islamist movements, which completely rule out democracy on the basis of it being a Western, pagan, and ignorant idea, the Muslim Brotherhood does use the term “democracy,” according to intelligence sources.
“In its view, it has two main connotations: a tactical, instrumental means of taking over countries through the use of the democratic process; and an “Islamic democracy” based on Shari’ah law (Islamic religious law) and a model of internal consultation with the leadership,” the analysts maintain.
These views have nothing in common with the ideas of liberal democracy, including minority rights, personal freedoms, rule of law, or pluralism, note the Meir Amit analysts.
Editor’s Note: Muslim Brotherhood’s logo features the crossed swords and the Koran next to the photo of the group’s founder, Hassan al-Banna. Photo credit: ISA/INP
Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he’s a columnist for Examiner.com.
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He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s.
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