First, a word from Fjordman, who just left this observation with the Tundra Tabloids:
Barack Hussein Obama in his infamous 2009 Cairo speech effectively pledged himself to aid Islam’s continued global expansion. He is a man of his words. Some of the inspiration for the Jihadist terrorists of September 11th 2001 came from Muslim Brotherhood ideologues like Sayyid Qutb. A decade later, the President of the United States and his Administration are actively siding with and promoting on an international basis the very forces that murderered nearly 3,000 Americans. In saner times, this would be called high treason.
Energized Muslim Brotherhood in Libya eyes a prize
(CNN) — Dr. Abdulmonem Hresha knows first hand how Moammar Gadhafi’s regime works. He says the seeds of his opposition were sown when he was age 10.
He and classmates were taken to witness the public execution of a political opponent of Gadhafi.
“They hung him up in front of thousands of small kids,” Hresha said. “He did that to scare people.”
Hresha, who taught physics at Tripoli University, later fled to Canada.
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The prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood now lives in London, and anticipates the group could become an important player in a post-Gadhafi environment.
As in Egypt and Tunisia, the Brotherhood in Libya has been energized by the sudden upheaval sweeping the Arab world.
It says it has no organizational links with the Brotherhood elsewhere, but shares the philosophy of the pan-Arab Islamist movement founded in Egypt in the 1920s.
Largely drawn from the devout educated middle classes and university campuses in Tripoli and Benghazi, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood was founded in the mid-1950s.
Islamist opposition to the Libyan regime gathered force in the late 1980s, as part of a wider Islamic awakening or “Sahwa” in the region and in reaction to what many saw as an attempt by Gadhafi to hijack and interpret Islam for his own purposes.
While jihadists launched a brief but unsuccessful campaign to overthrow Gadhafi in the 1990s, the Brotherhood focused much of its efforts on clandestine preaching and social welfare efforts in Libya.