The Center for National Interest in Washington, DC, recently gave Muhammad Jaham al-Kuwari, Qatar’s ambassador to the United States, a platform to spew out Al Jazeera style propaganda, specifically in the context of Islam’s “good cop/bad cop” routine.
Among other pro-Brotherhood propaganda, Qatar’s ambassador stressed the need for Washington to support what he described as “Islamic democratic parties”—naming the Muslim Brotherhood by way of example—as the best way to counter “militancy” and “terrorism.”
At one point Kuwari said that “Parties like al-Nahda in Tunisia and the [Muslim] Brotherhood in Egypt are mere counterparts to the Christian democratic parties in Europe.”
He stressed that the West must legitimize and support “moderate Islamists” and differentiate them from “radical Islamists”; that not to do so would only empower the latter.
Finally Al-Kuwari connected the rise of the Islamic State to the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, arguing that groups like the Brotherhood should be safeguarded from the state (in this case, Egypt) and that its members should not be imprisoned or exiled, for doing so “leads to a political vacuum that leads to the rise of groups like the Islamic State.”