Egypt’s “moderate” and “largely secular” Muslim Brotherhood sides with Bin Laden

posted at 6:35 pm on May 3, 2011 by Karl

Another bonus to the killing of Osama bin Laden is that it helps tell Americans who their friends are. That group does not include Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which may dominate the nation’s next parliament:

Most of yesterday’s headlines proclaiming the death of Osama bin Laden used epithets like “terror mastermind” or “bastard” to refer to the internationally feared mass murderer. (That latter headline is from the New York Post.) But in its first public statement on the killing of bin Laden, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood used the honorific term “sheikh” to refer to the al-Qaeda leader. It also accused Western governments of linking Islam and terrorism, and defended “resistance” against the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan as “legitimate.”

The Muslim Brotherhood’s response to bin Laden’s death may finally end the mythology — espoused frequently in the U.S. — that the organization is moderate or, at the very least, could moderate once in power.

The Atlantic has highlights from the statement:

“The whole world, and especially the Muslims, have lived with a fierce media campaign to brand Islam as terrorism and describe the Muslims as violent by blaming the September 11th incident on al-Qaeda.” It then notes that “Sheikh Osama bin Laden” was assassinated alongside “a woman and one of his sons and with a number of his companions,” going on to issue a rejection of violence and assassinations. It goes on to ominously declare that the Muslim Brotherhood supports “legitimate resistance against foreign occupation for any country, which is the legitimate right guaranteed by divine laws and international agreements,” and demands that the U.S., the European Union, and NATO quickly “end the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.” It closes by demanding that the U.S. “stop its intelligence operations against those who differ with it, and cease its interference in the internal affairs of any Arab or Muslim country.”

Read the whole thing to catch the obligatory references to “The Jews and the Zionist lobby” being responsible for 9/11. These sorts of statements don’t jibe with Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s description of the group as “largely secular,” do they? Clapper walked back that gaffe, but not his claim that the Brotherhood has no violent agenda internationally.

These oh-so-moderate supporters of bin Laden have launched a political party that will contest half of the seats in Egypt’s parliamentary elections in September, and is widely expected to win at least a third of the vote. Combined with the more overtly radical Salafist parties and a few fringe Islamist groups, the Brotherhood could well lead Egypt’s next parliament. The violent Salafists may or may not be doing the “dirty work” of the Brotherhood, but the results will be the same either way.

Bin Laden’s death ends a chapter in our post-9/11 history and Pres. Obama deserves his share of the credit for helping write it, primarily in choosing a method that would confirm that death. But with Egypt, Obama has tended to play a bad hand badly. Iran, Libya and Syria remain very much open chapters. Afghanistan grinds on and with Pakistan, Obama is stuck with the choice between a regime that to all appearances harbored bin Laden and possibly destabilizing it in favor of even more radical elements who would like to get their hands on the nation’s nukes. The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that killing bin Laden takes national security off the table as an issue in 2012. But the conventional wisdom last month would not have bet that bin Laden would be dead today.


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These aren’t the “moderates” you’re looking for.

PBoilermaker on May 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Were we not told that ‘peace loving Egyptians’ had taken over the government?

GarandFan on May 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

The conventional wisdom at the moment seems to be that killing bin Laden takes national security off the table as an issue in 2012.

Does anybody really think these nut jobs will cease their activity??? Terrorize is what the know and do. Another piece of conventional wisdom to be proved dead wrong I’m afraid.

winston on May 3, 2011 at 6:40 PM

oy!

rob verdi on May 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

well we know which side they are on. call in the drones.

CWforFreedom on May 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I side with the Navy Seals and the rotarheads you put them on target.

Limerick on May 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Yeah those poor short sighted protestors couldn’t wait to get rid of the mean old dictator. See what happens to their freedoms now, mainly the females.

Greed on May 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Say, aren’t these guys more of John McCain’s heroes?

JimP on May 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

We will regret throwing Mubarak to the wolves, and letting the inmates run that asylum.

Rebar on May 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I heard Medea Benjamin touting Egypt’s “successful” transition to democracy today on Michael Medved’s show.

Thanks lefties! We have Iran all over again!

jawkneemusic on May 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The Middle Eastern ‘spring’ turned to icicles, instantly.

Hey, the credit all goes to Obama.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Yet another inevitable result from the meddlesome Obama mob.

OldEnglish on May 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

The dictator was better.

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

European ‘intelligentsia’ and European inspired Americans hardest hit.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

“It was that great Cairo speech”, recall.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Word has it that the Boyz in the ‘Hood are also cozying up to Iran. Strange bedfellows…

Wow, that Cairo speech surely has worked its magic.

onlineanalyst on May 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM

and cease its interference in the internal affairs of any Arab or Muslim country

If by “interference”, you mean foreign aid, I am right there with you.

AndrewsDad on May 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

We need more SEALs~!

profitsbeard on May 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Muslim Brotherhood? The SEALS are training as we speak…

joejm65 on May 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I wonder how many in Egypt are saying…..I miss Mubarek?

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

And NATO is enabling the same thing to happen in Libya.

What happens if Gaddafi is removed? The same thing as Egypt?

Crux Australis on May 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I doubt Bin Ladin has a side left. He’s fish food.

Blake on May 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Goodbye to 21st Century Egypt………..

………hello 7th century rights and privileges for all (MEN)CLERICS.

PappyD61 on May 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM

And look how long it took Cat Stevens (Yusef Islam) to finally come back around to playing music like he had years ago…

JetBoy on May 3, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Wouldn’t it be just weird if al-Qaeda’s Number One, Dr. Z, is a Muslim Brotherhood alumnus?

I mean, talk about coincidence.

Christien on May 3, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I cant believe it

who would have known?

Lolol

well, tell them to line up for their very own skull effing so they can really be like oba,.. Osama

Sonosam on May 3, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Whoops, wrong thread :(

JetBoy on May 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Sure glad we didn’t send the rebel chimps fifty mil

could use it for things other than necessities

Sonosam on May 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

CBS’ Lara Logan Recounts Sexual Assault by Egyptian Mob

Some of these people are animals.

Fallon on May 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Goodbye to 21st Century Egypt………..

………hello 7th century rights and privileges for all (MEN)CLERICS. women

PappyD61 on May 3, 2011 at 7:04 PM

FIFY

txhsmom on May 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

“But with Egypt, Obama has tended to play a bad hand badly. Iran, Libya and Syria remain very much open chapters…”

The more I think about the possibility that Obowma didn’t call the shots going after Osama…

… the more clear this mess becomes.

It appears that we have an Executive Branch run by committee…

… driven by a globalist ideology that only succeeds in an ivy league class room.

Remember the gals insisting that we go into Libya…?

Obowma is nothing more than a figure head…

… along for the ride just to sign where he is told to, then free to go play golf or take a joy ride on Air Force One.

I wouldn’t mind so much if Obowma was actually calling the shots, and took full responsibility for his actions after gathering all of the facts and making the best decision possible…

… but who knows who is really calling the shots and shaping the world into what we see today?

Seven Percent Solution on May 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

On dogs and lions.

In a Youtube video uploaded by the imam he said: “The western dogs are rejoicing after killing one of our Islamic lions. From Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the future caliphate will originate with the help of God, we say to them – the dogs will not rejoice too much for killing the lions. The dogs will remain dogs and the lion, even if he is dead, will remain a lion.”

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM

What is the inverse of progress?

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Heade3d to the seventh century. Unexpectedly.

Have they figured it out yet, Obama killed Osama??

tarpon on May 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

And the funny thing is, these guys here are supposed to be the Good Cop.

HitNRun on May 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Clap on. Clap off.

Kenosha Kid on May 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

If only there was a strong leader in Egypt who could crack down on the radicals!

OxyCon on May 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Obviously, this is NASA’s fault, for not sufficiently making them feel good about themselves…

VastRightWingConspirator on May 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Here’s a dichotomy for you. Leftists cheer overthrow of Mubarak, which leads to the Islamization of Egypt/future Egyptian leaders side with Bin Laden.

OxyCon on May 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Yes, those dumb Egyptians with their silly freedom signs should just listen to Hot Airheads and bring back that nice man Hosni.

Morons.

bifidis on May 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I’m not sure whether I should find quaint the idea that the Egyptian military will actually let anyone who “wins” the elections actually run the their country.

Count to 10 on May 3, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

Sure, it was born in Egypt but it is everywhere in the world now. It even advises Americans on how to please and not provoke Islam though helpful consultants.

BL@KBIRD on May 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Yes, those dumb Egyptians with their silly freedom signs should just listen to Hot Airheads and bring back that nice man Hosni.

Morons.

bifidis on May 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Oh you’re over here!
Do you ever have anything of value to say?
So do you think these people have traded Mubarak for something better?
Sharia is such a great deal.
Everybody loses!
All followers of islam are incapable of undersdtanding democratic freedom.
And those that do, try & leave &/or convert.
Bcs islam is not compatible with freedom.
Not at all.
Read the koran sometime.
You will understand what I am talking about.

Badger40 on May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Yes, those dumb Egyptians with their silly freedom signs should just listen to Hot Airheads and bring back that nice man Hosni.

Morons.

bifidis on May 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Wow. Heh. Look at the pot calling the kettles black. What part of Islamic radicals do you not understand.
Good Lord. This brings back memories of Simplesimon and GrowFins making idiotic, non-sensical statements and then acting like he’s the smartest guy in the room.

NathanG on May 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

I wonder how much tax-payer billions in future aid will Obama be sending to those moderate freedom loving Muslims of Egypt. He’s the best sucker Muslims ever had.

Chessplayer on May 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Captain Renault Award® of the Day.

MassVictim on May 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Is anyone surprised?

hachiban on May 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM