In March 2009, Saudi legal expert Basem Alem publicly echoed similar sentiments:
As a member of the true religion, I have a greater right to invade [others] in order to impose a certain way of life [according to Shari'a], which history has proven to be the best and most just of all civilizations. This is the true meaning of offensive jihad. When we wage jihad, it is not in order to convert people to Islam, but in order to liberate them from the dark slavery (i.e., adherence to other religions) in which they live.”
His sentiments are no aberration. They are based upon the Qur’anic exhortation: “We [Muslims] renounce you [non-Muslims]. Enmity and hate shall forever reign between us—till you believe in God alone” [Qur'an 60:4].
Saudi Arabia seems unabashed about its desire for Islam’s global supremacy. Until 2004, the home page of the Saudi embassy’s Islamic affairs department declared, “The Muslims are required to raise the banner of jihad in order to make the Word of Allah supreme in this world.” For numerous examples of Saudi anti-Western words and deeds, see here, here, here and here, and Robert Spencer’s comprehensive book, The Truth about Muhammed: founder of the world’s most intolerant religion (2006, Regnery Publishing, Inc., Washington DC.).
And this same ideology of supremacist, totalitarian, tyrannical, triumphalist jihadist Islam permeates the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood’s plans to Islamize the USA and all of western civilization are public knowledge. The Brotherhood’s former leader, Mamun al-Hudaybi, explained that the Brotherhood’s purpose is to establish Islamic unity and an Islamic Caliphate, which eventually would rule the world (quoted and analyzed in Barry Rubin’s Islamic Fundamentalism in Egyptian Politics. http://www.amazon.com/Islamic-Fundamentalism-Egyptian-Politics-Barry/dp/1403960747 and discussed as well in Rubin’s The Long War for Freedom http://www.amazon.com/Long-War-Freedom-Struggle-Democracy/dp/0471739014 ).
As Rubin explains, the Muslim Brotherhood groups are as anti-American and extreme in their goals as the bin Ladinist ones, and their supremacist agenda has been further adumbrated by Mustafa Mashhur, the official leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood from 1996 to 2002, in his five-volume series The Laws of Da’wa. The last volume, Jihad is the Way, has been translated by Palestinian Media Watch. There Mashhur explains some of the fundamental concepts of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology:
- “…the Islamic Ummah [nation]… can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the teachers of humanity…”
- “It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah’s enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world…”
There can be no reconciliation between such an ideology and the western concepts of peace, freedom and democracy.
Why then does our President continue to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Now that the elections in Egypt are coming to a close, it is clear that the Brotherhood and the Salafists (who are even more extremist than the Brotherhood) hold between them more than 70% of the seats in the Egyptian parliament.
Yet, Obama is formalizing America’s official recognition of the Brotherhood and the creation of political and economic ties. Needless to say, the Brotherhood leadership is pleased, as reported by Egyptian press (quoted here).
Secretary of State Clinton has admitted that the Obama White House has been in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood since June of 2011, shortly after the demonstrations began in Tahrir square. But what do these extremists say as they achieve power in Egypt thanks to democratic elections? “We must obliterate the liberalism that was introduced by Sadat and Mubarak and reinstate the rule of Islam,” per the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm (quoted here).
Is Obama unaware of the intentions of the Brotherhood? Even if he had no Arabists on his staff, no one to translate the works of Sayd Qtub or Mustafa Mashhur or Yusuf el-Qaradhawi, much has been written about them in English. Have his advisors never read Front Page Magazine?
Obama cannot not know that his backing of the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing less than support for the regimes that seek our demise. So one must ask the uncomfortable question: “whose side is he on?”
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