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Extortion—The Brotherhood’s M-O

October 9th, 2013 - 3:56 pm

In The Grand Jihad, my book about the Muslim Brotherhood, I noted the Brothers’ affectation of non-violent moderation when, in reality, their ideology preaches, prepares for, and practices forcible jihad. How, I rhetorically asked, does the Brotherhood pull this trick off? Well, it is pretty easy in the West, where the Brothers have the fortuity of dealing mainly with appeasers who are desperate to believe their lies. But for the most part, I argued, “the answer, very simply, is extortion.”

When not pretending to distance themselves from flat-out terrorist outfits like al Qaeda (the better to have Kool-Aid gulpers at the White House regard them as “moderates”), the Brothers leverage the atmosphere of intimidation created by violent jihad to advance the stealth jihad. Where necessary, the Brothers — while piously disavowing violence — will stoke the violence themselves. Remember, the Hamas terrorist organization is the Muslim Brotherhood — the global organization’s self-proclaimed Palestinian branch whose support has been a top priority of the Brotherhood’s international franchises (very much including in the United States) since Hamas’s inception.

For the most part, though, the Brothers exploit the mass-murderous proclivities of other Islamic supremacist organizations, essentially finishing the job for them. The job? Yes, it is all one job — sharia.

We would grasp this if we were not so mulishly uninformed about the enemy’s ideology. Islamic supremacists do not engage in wanton violence; they brutalize in order to advance sharia, Islam’s societal framework and legal code. Even if they occasionally disagree on tactics, al Qaeda and the Brotherhood are in complete harmony on the ultimate goal of imposing Islam on societies. To focus myopically on the tactical disagreements, as the West’s moderate-mania does, is to miss the forest for the trees. The Brotherhood is like the well-dressed mafia capo who knocks on your door — and whom you pay the loan-shark vig in the hope that the next visitor won’t be the al Qaeda button-man who breaks your knees before torching the place.

That’s a good image to bear in mind when you read Bridget Johnson’s informative post at the Tatler. I refer particularly to the excerpt from the al-Ahram report, describing General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s meeting, before Morsi’s ouster, with Brotherhood powerhouse Khairat al-Shater.

As I outline in Spring Fever, Shater, the Brotherhood’s charismatic “Deputy General Guide,” is probably the most significant Brotherhood figure in Egypt — more influential even than Supreme Guide Mohamed Badi. In fact, Mohamed Morsi was Shater’s protégé and only became the Brotherhood’s presidential candidate of choice when Shater, the preferred candidate, was dubiously disqualified from seeking the office by the transitional military regime, which saw him as more threatening.

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I don't want to hear about how good and nice these people are.

When a group of people believe that lying to non believers is acceptible and that harming those that don't believe is acceptible then we are in real problems.
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If you want the real story of the Muslim Brotherhood:


http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/loftus101106.htm

A very good read.
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I don't know that most US citizens are even capable of understanding the true agenda of stealth jihad, hell the good citizens of Minnesota have even elected and re-elected a stealth jihadist to the US House of Representatives since 2007.

When mentioning the Koran and the fact that it's filled with demands to "kill the unbelievers", I still get the blank stares and the "Well, the Bible has a lot of violent passages too" argument.
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and you might recall that the violence in the Bible is a report of what has happened, which is far different from the Koran which advocates proactive and continuing violence
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How is the Brotherhood MO any different to the Obama administration MO?
As we've seen and are still seeing in the "shut down" debacle; coercion and threats by illegal acts against private property owners (just one example of many) in order to achieve a result favorable to Obama. Something is amiss in the WH and maybe Obama's MB advisers are getting too involved in things other than national security and foreign policy.
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"We would grasp this if we were not so mulishly uninformed about the enemy’s ideology."

I think there are more unconcerned than there are uninformed. Just we've seen, and see, with other totalitarians.
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