''Arab Spring'' Egypt Muslim Brotherhood


The situation is not unlike a shark trailing a sinking ship, it hasn’t caused the disaster, but it’s more than willing to take advantage of the situation when the right moment arises. KGS

NOTE: The Muslim Brotherhood’s shadowy involvement in the protests can help explain the very apparent lack of females joining in the protests, unlike what we saw over a year ago in Iran, where women protesting the government were very noticeable.

Egypt and the Chameleon Muslim Brotherhood

Divergent views of what that means for the Egyptian people, the United States and its allies have emerged in recent days. Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center, wrote that Brotherhood power might be troublesome but is not a cause for anxiety. Likewise, analyst Peter Bergen told CNN that the Brotherhood “could well play a quite constructive role.”

Both men argue that the Brotherhood is a relatively moderate movement in a sea of Islamic radicalism. The group has renounced violence, both say, and are far from subscribing to the blood-lust ideology driving al-Qaida.

That view glosses over the Brotherhood’s core fundamentalist attitude that could subject women and Egypt’s religious minorities to second-class status, threaten the 30-year peace between Egypt and Israel, and benefit terrorist groups including Hizballah and Hamas, a group created by the Brotherhood to carry out terrorist violence against Israel.

This belief was made clear in August during a sermon by Brotherhood General Guide Mohammed Badie. “The Zionists, the West and the lackey rulers conspired together. If the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in the field, the Zionist Entity would not have stood nor its flag raised,” he said.

Brotherhood power in Egypt “would be calamitous for U.S. security,” counters Council on Foreign Relations President Emeritus Leslie Gelb. “What’s more, their current defenders don’t really argue that point, as much as they seem to dismiss it as not important or something we can live with. The MB supports Hamas and other terrorist groups, makes friendly noises to Iranian dictators and torturers, would be uncertain landlords of the critical Suez Canal, and opposes the Egyptian-Israeli agreement of 1979, widely regarded as the foundation of peace in the Mideast. Above all, the MB would endanger counterterrorism efforts in the region and worldwide. That is a very big deal.”

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