by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
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Allah is our objective.
The messenger is our leader.
Quran is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
The words of The Muslim Brotherhood as printed in The Muslim Brotherhood Movement Homepage. Sound familiar? Have the same notable ring to it as Islamic terror groups?
As the administration of President Barrack Hussein Obama prepares to throw Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the stability of a tested ally under the bus of radical Islam it would serve the administration (and our people) well to deeply contemplate the above.
Remember 1979 and the take over of Iran's secular government by the radical Islamist Ayatollah Khomeini? Note the connection and role the Muslim Brotherhood played.
"I herewith proclaim to those (Western leaders) who still do not want to see the realities that the political axis of the new Middle East will soon be Islamic rulership and a democracy based on religion," senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said on Friday during public prayers in Tehran.More.
"All these protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen are inspired by Iran's Islamic revolution and these countries are de facto rocked by the aftershock of the Iranian revolution," Khatami claimed, according to Haaretz.
At first blush, Khatami's words may seem like mere hyperbole -- using the unrest throughout the greater Middle East to pat his regime's collective back for their own revolution, which has little to do with today's events. But it would be wrong to dismiss Khatami's rhetoric entirely. A brief history, with an eye on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular, is in order.
Iran's revolution has continually served as a model for both Sunni and Shiite Islamist organizations seeking power. In 1979, the Egyptian public was captivated by what was happening inside Iran. As Islamist fervor gripped the nation, pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini were prominently displayed. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood openly sided with Khomeini's revolutionaries as they overthrew the Shah. So did two groups that split off from the Brotherhood only to become core components of al Qaeda: Sheikh Omar Abd al-Rahman's Gama'at Islamiyya (the Islamic Group, or IG) and Ayman al Zawahiri's Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). (I will return to Zawahiri and the EIJ below.)
Indeed, ties between the Brotherhood and Iran predate 1979. Hassan al Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, believed that Sunnis and Shiites should overcome their differences to face their common enemies. So, too, did Ayatollah Khomeini, who openly advocated an alliance between the two main branches of Islam. Al Banna and Khomeini were also linked by a prominent Iranian scholar named Nawab Safawi. Khomeini was close to Safawi and al Banna also embraced the Iranian cleric. As others have written, Safawi introduced Khomeini to the Brotherhood and its political ideology.
Through Safawi, the Brotherhood's ideas were imported into Iran and had a lasting impact on Iranian Islamist thinking. Consider this stunning example.
One of the principle architects of jihadist thinking is Sayyid Qutb, a prominent Muslim Brother who was executed for his machinations in Egypt in 1966. Qutb is widely, and correctly, described as the intellectual forefather of al Qaeda, which still references his writings to this day -- almost 50 years after his execution. Well, Qutb didn't just influence al Qaeda's thinking. Ayatollah Khameini, the current supreme leader of the Iranian revolution, translated two of Qutb's most important volumes into Persian. Those two translated volumes have been widely read inside Iran and some say they are the most circulated Islamist tracts.
All of this is a shorthand way of saying that the Iranian revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood share a similar political ideology, even if their theology is different. In other words, the differences between Sunnis and Shiites are not insurmountable from either Iran's or the Muslim Brotherhood's point of view. When Ayatollah Khatami roots for the protesters in Egypt, then, it is a safe bet that he and others in Iran are specifically cheering on the Muslim Brotherhood.
It should be clear TMB (The Muslim Brotherhood) that while publicly presenting itself as a moderate group supporting democratic reform TMB is in fact working to achieve the goal of all radical Islamist and Jihadist organizations. Ultimate world dominance of Islam and worldwide acceptance of, or subjugation to Sharia law.
Denial seems to be the modus operandi of Barrack Hussein Obama, most of the progressive element of America, and the rest of a naive world. You will forgive me if I fail to understand the lefts love affair with radical Islam.
If the above has failed to give concern with respect to TMB perhaps this one will get your attention. From Forex Crunch.
Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it’s eastern neighbor.More.
Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam, Mohamed Ghanem blamed Israel for supporting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Ghanem also said that the Egyptian police and army won’t be able to stop the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
Update: February 1, 11:15 GMT: Opposition plans to Declare Liberated Zone in one Delta City.
Egypt, like pre 1979 Iran has been a reliable ally. Egypt has been a moderate voice in the region and has continued to recognized Israel's right to exit since the two countries signed the 1979 peace accords in March of that year. This may be soon changing once Mubarak, Like the Shah is displaced by a more radical and obviously dangerous ideology. That of extreme Islam and Jihad.
I hope this thinking is wrong and I am proven to be doing nothing more than blowing the horn of an alarmist. However, given the events of history since 1979, and what they have taught us about the Islamist movement it is difficult not to be wary and indeed distrustful of groups such as TMB. For in the religion of Islam it is accepted, even encouraged, the "faithful" lie to deceive the enemies of Islam. Read infidels. Read the west. Read the United States of America.
Cross posted to Rational Nation USA