Editorial: The U.S. Legitimizes A Terrorist Group
Posted 07/06/2011 07:08 PM ET
Yusuf Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, called for “days of rage” before the riots in Egypt.
Foreign Policy: It’s official — the radical Muslim Brotherhood has co-opted America’s agenda in the Mideast and possibly the broader war. The Obama administration has formalized ties with the group.
In a shocking first, the State Department will now allow diplomats to deal directly with Muslim Brotherhood party officials in Cairo, where the international organization is based.
The terror-supporting group — whose credo is “Jihad is our way, and dying in the cause of Allah is our highest hope” — was formally banned by the secular Mubarak regime. Now it threatens to take power when elections are held in September.
Legitimizing the Brotherhood and its agenda has dangerous consequences both at home and abroad.
The group, which founded and still controls Hamas, does not recognize Israel. In fact, its leaders have called for its destruction. So the administration’s diplomatic overture is another affront to our key Mideast ally.
Closer to home, the Brotherhood seeks to destroy Western societies by incrementally expanding Saudi-style Sharia law throughout the West, including in America.
Last decade, the FBI uncovered documents from a Muslim Brotherhood leader’s home outside Washington that describe a “grand jihad” aimed at the “elimination and destruction of Western civilization from within” by “sabotage.”
Further investigation found that major Islamic groups in the U.S. are Brotherhood fronts secretly funding and supporting Hamas and other terror groups.
These include the largest Muslim charity in the country — the Holy Land Foundation — and the largest Islamic umbrella group — the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, which controls most of the mosques in the country through a Saudi-funded trust.
You’d think the investigation would have marginalized the U.S. branch of the Brotherhood. Instead, the Obama administration has empowered it by reaching out to its front groups and leaders.
The Brotherhood’s newfound ascendancy both in Egypt and in the U.S. may be by design — engineered by a president who is sympathetic to Islamists and antipathetic to Israel and American foreign policy supporting the Jewish nation.
Consider this timeline:
2009: The White House invites ISNA’s president to President Obama’s inauguration ceremonies, even though the Justice Department just two years earlier had blacklisted the Brotherhood affiliate as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial — the largest terror-finance case in U.S. history.
2009: Obama delivers his Cairo speech to Muslims, infuriating the Mubarak regime by inviting Brotherhood leaders to attend.
2009: The White House dispatches top presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to give the keynote speech at ISNA’s annual convention.