U.S. Moves to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization

by KATIE GORKA July 28, 2014

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Last night, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. For many, this will seem as a long overdue move: since its inception 86 years ago, the Brotherhood has made clear its supremacist, exclusionary, totalitarian identity. The Brotherhood's founder, Hassan al-Banna, wrote, "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated." Their mission, he said, was to impose Islam's law on the nations and to extend its power to the entire planet. The Brotherhood openly endorsed violence as a means to achieve its aims.  Its founding motto, which remains up on its website to this day, reads in part: "Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope." Prof. Richard P. Mitchell explained, "militancy and martyrdom had been elevated to central virtues in the Society's ethos."  Given the Brotherhood's long history of violence, including assassinations and attempted assassinations of Egyptian leaders, the question is why were they not designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) long before now?

The answer is two-fold.  First, the Brotherhood started an extensive propaganda campaign to portray itself as the only viable alternative to other extremists groups such as Al Qaeda.  They threatened and cajoled.  They said nicely they were the best alternative to the violent extremists and that all they wanted was democracy. And they said it not so nicely, threatening that we needed to cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood or else...Their information warfare was very effective in winning supporters in the West and in forestalling designation as a terrorist organization. 

The second reason we are seeing this legislation proposed only now is the culture of fear the MB has created in the United States and throughout the West.  Their many front groups, including the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), have waged a relentless campaign of lawfare against any and all critics of the MB.  Citizens for National Security compiled a directory of 139 lawsuits that CAIR brought against those who allegedly insulted Islam, including Mastercard, Karl Lagerfeld, the FBI, DOD, UPS, Nike, and Disney.  The lawfare campaign has made many afraid to speak out against the Muslim Brotherhood or other proponents of extremism for fear of being labeled an Islamophobe.  

But the Brotherhood had their time in power.  They ruled Egypt for little over a year before the Egyptian people threw them out.  The Muslim Brotherhood has staged a steady campaign of violence since that time against the government and people of Egypt.  This new legislation, which is cosponsored by Louis Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Steve Southerland (R-FL), and Kevin Brady (R-TX), will hopefully now make it easier for an honest evaluation of the Brotherhood's aims and tactics.

Katie Gorka is president of the Council on Global Security.  She is a frequent contributor to Breitbart News.  @katharinegorka

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