Blacklisting Muslim Brotherhood Carries Risks

T. BELMAN. This article is very soft on the MB. Much more could be said to condemn them. The fact that Erdogan, who is also an Islamist supports them is no recommendation. The US should ban them without delay and deport their members. This ban should include CAIR.

Trump administration taking radically different approach than Obama, Bush; designation could trigger unexpected consequences

By Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters run from tear gas fired by police in Cairo in August 2013 during a police crackdown that the Brotherhood said killed hundreds of the group’s supporters. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering designating the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters run from tear gas fired by police in Cairo in August 2013 during a police crackdown that the Brotherhood said killed hundreds of the group’s supporters.

In the immediate aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates were winning elections across the Middle East—a testament to the Islamist movement’s popular appeal.

Now, President Donald Trump’s administration is considering declaring the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, something that could trigger a slew of unexpected consequences across the region.

Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood says that it is opposed to political violence and wants to reach its goal of establishing an Islamic society through democratic means. This doesn’t mean that Brotherhood members haven’t pursued violence in the past. The group’s Palestinian affiliate, Hamas, has been designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization since 1997.

Over the past decade, however, the administration of George W. Bush and, to a much greater extent, the White House under Barack Obama maintained a policy of engaging with Muslim Brotherhood members elected to public office. That was especially true after the organization’s candidate Mohammed Morsi won Egypt’s presidential elections in 2012.

The Trump administration, so far, is taking a radically different approach, with some advisers saying the president would support formally designating the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Rex Tillerson, Mr. Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, made little distinction between the Brotherhood and murderous jihadist groups such as Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

“The demise of ISIS will also allow us to increase our attention on other agents of radical Islam like al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and certain elements within Iran,” Mr. Tillerson said in his Senate confirmation hearing this month.

Any U.S. move against the Brotherhood would come as part of Mr. Trump’s broader campaign against Islamist terrorism—a campaign that also includes a planned executive order to temporarily ban entry to citizens of several Muslim nations.

Blacklisting the Brotherhood isn’t something that can happen immediately, cautioned Shadi Hamid, a specialist on political Islam at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

“There is definitely an intention of doing it. But the terrorist designation process is a difficult one and requires a high evidentiary threshold,” he said. “It’s not something that can be done overnight just because you feel like it.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, who ousted Mr. Morsi in a 2013 military coup, already considers the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, as do the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia, however, has softened its stance since King Salman came to power in 2015.

Egyptian officials were especially resentful of what they viewed as misguided Obama administration attempts to cooperate with the secretive group.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is the legitimate parent of every violent movement in the region, historically,” Arab League Secretary-General and former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said in an interview before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

“I want the U.S. to take firm positions against extremists in the region, against the political Islamists,” he added, declining to say whether he would like Washington to formally designate the Brotherhood as a terrorist group. “The U.S. would have to reach its own conclusions.”

Blacklisting the Brotherhood has several pitfalls. Though the group’s reputation took a hit after the crackdown on dissent and economic meltdown during Mr. Morsi’s turbulent year in power in Egypt, it still retains millions of supporters. Outlawing the Brotherhood could complicate U.S. relations with critical allies in the region.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in particular, is a strong supporter of the group and has allowed the Egyptian Brotherhood to set up offices and TV stations in Istanbul. Mr. Erdogan’s own party stems from Islamist roots and he has refused to recognize the legitimacy of President Sisi.

Elsewhere in the region, a member of a Brotherhood spinoff serves as the prime minister of U.S. ally Morocco, and another Brotherhood offshoot is a key part of the governing coalition in Tunisia. Brotherhood affiliates are represented in the parliaments of Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait.

“Muslim Brothers are part of the society. If you go and try to make pressure against them, you are supporting the violence. You are supporting ISIS. You are supporting al Qaeda,” said Mohammed Dallal, a Kuwaiti lawmaker affiliated with the Brotherhood. “Those kind of terrorist people will be saying: ‘We told you so.’ They will never accept democracy. They will never accept your participation in elections.”

Even if it were to be blacklisted by the U.S., the Muslim Brotherhood would remain committed to nonviolence, said Maha Azzam, head of the Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian Revolutionary Council, which unites exiled opponents of Mr. Sisi’s administration.

Yet, forcing the organization underground would inevitably radicalize some of its members, she added.

“It will make a lot of young people angry. And if they are labeled as being in a violent group, that may actually encourage some of them to move in that direction.”

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  1. The Brotherhood is committed to destroy the West; eradicate the Jews off the face of the earth; slowly destroy, persecute the Christians worldwide, and is committed to Sha’aria Law. They lie about their methodologies – They are violent and greedy and extremely wealthy. They are supported secretly by Saudi Arabia. Just as Saudi Arabia does business with the West and makes oil deals and recently has some sort of ties with Israel in combatting ISIS, the Saudis give $25,000 to families of terrorists as a reward for murdering Israelis. Such is life. Such is reality.

  2. Email received:

    Labeling MB key element in fighting the stealth jihad in the US and absolutely crucial for Trump Administration to accomplish. More important than moving the Embassy

    This WSJ article omits the fact that the process alone of identifying MB as terrorist org will go far in educating the public about the infiltration of American universities. Esposito at Georgetown attended Opening Ceremonies for QARADAWI Center in Qatar

    Huma Abedin had all the connections w the MB including QARADAWI

    A few years ago Clapper famously argued MB was mainly secularist

    All this needs to come out

    Everything should be done to open this up to public examination and reveal the aspirations of all the MB front groups in the US including CAIR and all the rest

    It’s the penetration of academia that needs the greatest attention.

    Esposito at Georgetown attended Opening Ceremonies for QARADAWI Islamic Center in Qatar. Along w Tariq Ramadan and QARADAWI

    This is the crux of the stealth jihad in the US.

  3. @ Ted Belman:
    I absolutely agree with this email and beleive that both the MB and the unidicted co conspirator CAIR and affiliates should receive the same designation in order to begin the weeding out of the stealth jihad terrorists from all of the major institutions they have infected by invitaiton from the Clintons and barack hussein.
    Whether the jihad terrorism is by violence or by stealth does not matter…. seditous moles are already placed and must be purged… they are already taking over, or have taken over the dem party.
    A further advantage is that anyone with those affiliations can be denied immigration and not just geographic areas. The danger is Islam and muslims not areas. The ideal immigration ban for now is donalds original concept of banning muslims as it is the muslim ideology which is the danger and those who adhere to it.
    Of interest to me is the motivation of the WSJ, my wager is that this article is an example of stealth jihad…. advising americans with a scare tactic not to impede the stealth jihad. IMO, the MB is a taquiyya entity which can only be obstructive and cannot be helpful to weeding out islamic terrorists or islamic sedition by stealth… they are the fox in the henhouse so why does WSJ want us to keep the fox? Who paid for this article, who has the influential shares, etc etc.

  4. Any US organization associated even remotely to MBs must be banned. They are part of the International SuShi Islamofascism. ISIS, the tip of the iceberg. But there are other Islamofascists Org. in the US!

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