Spencer: Muslim Brotherhood Poised for Power in Egypt


In a featured article at Human Events this morning, I discuss the Muslim Brotherhood’s press for power in Egypt and its implications for the U.S.:

A group dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” is poised to take power in Egypt.

After days of riots in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak’s regime, on Sunday the Muslim Brotherhood entered into talks with other opposition groups to form a national unity government after the presumably imminent fall of Mubarak. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 in order to restore, in Egypt and worldwide, the prerogatives of political Islam: a state in which Islamic law (Sharia) is the law of the land and the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and legal equality for women and non-Muslims consequently restricted.

The Brotherhood now has its best chance in decades to seize power there and establish an Islamic state, which bodes ill for both the United States and its most reliable Middle Eastern ally, Israel. The Camp David Accords have kept an uneasy peace between Egypt and Israel since the late 1970s; although Egypt has ignored many of its provisions (particularly regarding not allowing the dissemination of bloodthirsty anti-Semitic material in Egypt, where Mein Kampf remains a bestseller), it has refrained from attacking Israel outright and has actually reined in some Palestinian jihadist activity along the Gaza border.

But the present Egyptian regime is one of the last remnants of the relatively secular Arab nationalist ideology that not too long ago held sway over most of the Middle East. Now Saddam Hussein is dead, Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been driven from power, and the Mubarak regime could collapse at any moment; the ascendant Middle Eastern ideology is the political Islam of which the Muslim Brotherhood is a foremost exponent.

And that ideology is inveterately hostile to both Israel and the United States. Armed members of the jihad terror group Hamas, which styles itself in its Charter as the Muslim Brotherhood for Palestine, are reportedly crossing into Egypt from Gaza and attempting to join in Brotherhood activities; it’s a far cry already from the Mubarak regime’s stance toward the Palestinians.

The Muslim Brotherhood is also an international organization. According to a captured internal document made public during the trial of the Hamas-supporting Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, in 2007, its goal in the United States is “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”…

There is more.

ElBaradei: Muslim Brotherhood like U.S. evangelicals and orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
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  1. says

    Clueless Hillarious wants transition, any transition, to “democracy” so now they may get a jihadi government out of it. Who would have ever thought that?

  2. says

    We are seeing the beginning of a polarisation between Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb which will resemble that between NATO and the Warsaw Pact at the height of the Cold War.

    Unfortunately in this case a hot war is inevitable, by the very meaning that our enemies ascribe to ‘Dar al-Harb’.

    Twenty years ago the West could easily have won the war, but now we have been so badly infiltrated by a huge fifth column that we shall probably be destroyed by internal intifadas without the need for an enemy invasion.

  3. says

    This so-called people’s revolution around the Mid-east and North Africa are organized by Muslim terrorists! Thus, do not be deceived by the supposedly “people’s rev” or by “good’ lefties (Hitler was a God-hating Socialist) and students in all these violent Islamic-led revolution. The Muslim fanatics and terrorists will use anyone and anything to get to their most evil and savage goal of gaining Arab-led Iranian-Mullahs Nazi-like conquest. Imagine the unspeakable horror to Israel and the Jews especially. After all, the Arabs including the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan al-banna and the Turkish Ottomans were among or main Hitler/Nazi’s biggest collaborators or advisers! And the evil Nazi tradition under Islam continues with Qaradawi, a follower of Hasan al-Banna and a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood :At – http://europenews.dk/en: In – http://www.investigativeproject.org/2315/moderate-qaradawi-defends-hitler-and-nuclear\

    “Moderate” Qaradawi Defends Hitler and Nuclear Terror
    IPT News
    November 9, 2010

    ….According to excerpts of a speech that aired on Al-Jazeera in January 2009, Qaradawi called on Muslims to put Jews in “their place” as Hitler had done, in revenge for Israeli military operations in Gaza several weeks earlier. “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption,” he said. “The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.” At a January 2009 “Gaza Victory Rally” in Doha, Qatar, Qaradawi prayed for the opportunity to kill a Jew before his death. “The only thing that I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah.”……

  4. says

    What westerner is going to visit Egypt for a holiday when or if the Islamists take over.

    1 in 8 jobs are dependent on the tourist industry and 12.5 million people visit Egypt.

    Well I suppose the unemployed can migrate to soft touch Europe.

    Personally I would never visit a Muslim country or buy anything made by them.

    Anyway, they probably feel just at home in Europe as they do in thier respective hellholes having turned parts of Europe into replicas of thier own hellish societies.

  5. says

    Again, I doubt that this mob revolt will work – and we don’t want it to if there’s even a chance of empowering the Muslim Brotherhood (which I never thought motivated this revolt – http://tinyurl.com/mob-purpose )

    I suspect the mob will eventually resign themselves to the fact that no revolution can be successful without the support of the military (unless there is an internal military revolt – not likely). IMO it’s more likely that the military dictatorship of Egypt will eventually arrest the Muslim Brotherhood and eliminate them there – not a bad thing. Meanwhile Egypt will continue to be another loser Muslim nation with more poverty than before, begging for foreign aid (which they might get) and fortunately even less of a threat to Israel.

    Maybe this revolt failure will help many in the mid-East see that Islam is not and has never been the answer for people who can’t stand to be losers and that the Qu’ran was just a big lie for 7th century desert dupes by an obvious con man. How much bloody desert dust in the face do they have to eat to realize this?!

  6. says

    Mr. Joseph Bodansky wrote, a good while ago now in the 1990’s, how the US was prepared to let Egypt go into the MB orbit. And considering the very little support the Egyptian Government’s been given by the US Admin. it’s now coming to pass.

    Which Arab county’s next?

    The US have been obssessed with working with the MB for decades – see Mr J. Bodansky’s work on the Balkans and Chechnya for detail. Even events like 9 11 can’t seem to get them out of that mind set.

    There really is no learning curve. NONE.

  7. says

    It’s just the takeover plan that was developed in Iraq and Afghanistan: “Islamic Democracy” with an Islamic/Islamic friendly constitution paving the way for Sharia law to enforce Islamic principles. The West wants the whole world to be democratic, right? The West will tolerate religious “freedom” (i.e., “freedom” to enforce Sharia law) for Muslims, right? U.S. and other non-Muslim countries will send their bravest and most action-oriented men and women to die to set up Islamic democracy all over the world. If that eventually leaves non-Muslim countries without self-protection and economically bankrupt, the global jihad will offer them support . . . until they become a source of jizya (plunder and subjugation).

  8. says

    This so-called people’s revolution around the Mid-east and North Africa are organized by Muslim terrorists!

    Why do you say “so-called”? What is it about that revolution that makes you dismiss its popular roots and support? Do you mean it has been imposed on people?

    Both the revolution and “muslim terrorists” belong to people because the people belong to Islam. Elementary.