LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES:Gehad El-Haddad paints a picture of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as a kind of Rotary Club for the middle east. It simply pursues "social justice, equality and the rule of law... uplifting society's most marginalised". Don't worry, we're benign, says El-Haddad. (Clarifying the Muslim Brotherhood, 22 Feb)
Let's not be fooled.
The MB set up Hamas, a proscribed terrorist and genocidal organisation. The two remain "as close as lips and teeth", as the Chinese say.
The MB inspired Osama bin-Laden and Al-Qaeda. Thence ISIS who also acknowledge their MB provenance.
The MB's founder, Hassan Al-Banna urged its members to follow Jihad as holy war in the name of Allah. That remains its aim.
An official document at the 1991 meeting of the MB in the US, outlines its strategic goals for North America. The document was entered as evidence in the 2008 Holy Land Terror Trial by US Federal investigators. This document says:
"The MB must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilisation from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hand and the hands of the believers."
Do you think, perhaps, that your running El-Haddad's opinion piece on the front page of the NYT might help this MB goal?
The aims of Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the MB are the same: a global islamic caliphate. The only difference is that Al-Qaeda or ISIS want to do this openly and by violence while MB wants to do this quietly and non-violently.
The MB mission statement makes it clear:
"God is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of God is our highest hope. God is greater!"
Surely that's pretty clear and has nothing much to do with the Rotary Club vision El-Haddad wants us to believe.
I'm not sure why the NYT would think that running a front page opinion piece, by an avowedly islamist organisation -- one of gross duplicity -- is a good idea.
it's not. Let's not be fooled.