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”Don’t scare anyone. But once you gain ground then move ahead. You must utilize as many people as possible who may be of use to us.” — Joseph Stalin to future Communist dictator of Hungary Matyas Rakosi, December 5, 1944.

It really isn’t hard to understand what is happening in the Middle East if you gather the facts:

1. Jordan’s King Abdullah — whom President Barack Obama just visited — is clearly telling us what’s going wrong: the Muslim Brotherhood is dangerous, and the United States is supporting it. Presumably, this is what Abdullah told Obama.

2. U.S. policy is now escalating support for a Muslim Brotherhood regime in Syria, and the Syrian rebels increasingly have open Brotherhood leadership.

3. Repression is gradually escalating in Egypt, with arrests of moderates, Islamists being sent to the military academy, and many other measures.

Regarding Jordan, Jeffrey Goldberg has written an extremely valuable profile of Abdullah. The Jordanian monarch is telling Western visitors that their countries are making a huge mistake by supporting the Islamists. He complains that the U.S. State Department is ignoring him, and further, that U.S. officials are telling him: “The only way you can have democracy is through the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Abdullah responds: the Brotherhood wants to impose anti-American reactionary governments, and his “major fight” is to stop them. No margin may be left for relative moderate and pro-American states between a Sunni Islamist alliance led by Egypt and including Turkey versus a Shia Islamist alliance led by Iran, says Abdullah. And he’s right. The only differences, Abdullah explains, between the Turkish and Egyptian regimes are their timetables for installing dictatorships.

And Egypt’s new president, says the king, is obsessed with a hostile view of Israel.

(Here’s the delicious irony: Last August, Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh launched a ferocious personal attack on me. Why? Because I said that the Sunni-Shia battle was going to replace the Arab-Israeli conflict. Well, his king just concurred with me. LOL.)

Meanwhile, while President Barack Obama was love-bombing Israel during his visit, U.S. policy was helping to install a Muslim Brotherhood supporter as the putative next leader of Syria. Obama’s strategy — with appropriate adjustments to the national scene — is the same as his disastrous policy in Egypt.

The new leader of the Syrian opposition coalition is Ghassan Hitto, an obscure figure who has long been a resident of the United States. His actual election contained two hints:

– He only received 35 votes from 63 members of the Syrian National Coalition. That show of support matches the number of Muslim Brotherhood supporters there.

– Only 48 out of the 63 even cast a ballot at all, showing lack of enthusiasm and possible U.S. pressure on groups to abstain rather than oppose Hitto.

During the Cold War, American policy toward Third World countries frequently looked for a “third way” democratic alternative — leaders who were neither Communists nor right-wing authoritarians. Today, however, the Obama administration doesn’t do the equivalent at all, despite pretenses to the contrary. Rather, it seeks leadership from the most seemingly moderate people … who represent Islamist groups. Of course, this moderation is largely deceptive.

That was the pattern in Egypt; now it is the same failed strategy in Syria.

Hitto is a typical example of such a person. He has lived in the United States and went to university there, so presumably he knows the West and has become more moderate by living there. He is involved in high-tech enterprises, so supposedly he is a modern type of guy.

Remember how now-dictator of Syria Bashar al-Assad was lavishly praised because he studied and lived in London and was supposedly interested in … the internet?

In addition, nobody has (yet) uncovered an outrageous Hitto statement. His ties to the Brotherhood are not so blatant — even though they are obvious.

Yet the connections between Hitto and the Muslim Brotherhood — and those are only the ones documented quickly following his election — are extensive:

– He is founder of the Muslim Legal Fund of America, largely directed by Muslim Brotherhood members.

– He was a secretary-treasurer of the American Middle Eastern League for Palestine (AMELP), which is closely linked to the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), which supports Hamas and terrorism against Israel.

– Hitto was vice president of the CAIR Dallas/Fort Worth chapter, and director of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Youth Center of Dallas, which was a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

The list goes on and on.

To sum up the situation, Hassan Hassan of the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National published an article titled “How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria’s Revolution.”

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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press. Thirteen of his books can be read and downloaded for free at the website of the GLORIA Center including The Arab States and the Palestine ConflictThe Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East and The Truth About Syria. His blog is Rubin Reports. His original articles are published at PJMedia.

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The imbeciles that voted to re-elect this idiot have no idea what they have done.
This country will pay the price in blood and treasure. There is no stopping it.
This god less moron pays homage to the muzzies , but you never hear a word spoken about the slaughter of innocent Christians all throughout the world.
God help us.
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" Remember how now-dictator of Syria Bashar al-Assad was lavishly praised because he studied and lived in London and was supposedly interested in Internet?"

And Kim Jong-Un was educated in Switzerland, so peace is going to break out in the Korean Peninsula, and we'll be able to hold a unicorn festival there.
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I just looked at a bit of Muslim history for the first time, 2 or 3 years ago--And as such a retard on it and related topics, ALL of this is Obvious.
Where the HELL is Congress? Chasing boys around bathroom stalls? And the Media? ANY media? The Parties?
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Every body sounds offended and angry with our condition in the world - lets change it - ‘think coup’!
Remember - “Don’t step on Muha’s pig.”
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It seems to me that there are only two decent leaders left in this world - the king of Jordan and the prime-minister of Israel.
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If anyone's been paying attention, the Shia-Sunni conflict has been going on since the Iraq-Iran War, constrained only by the Pax Americana.

Hussein's invasion of Kuwait was a preemptive chess move against Shia there, and Iran and large Shia minorities in the Saudi oil fields, and Gulf states.

As for a Turkish-Egyptian alliance. Turkey colonized Egypt for centuries and an Albanian Turkish dynasty remained in place from Napoleon to before Nasser. Don't look for the Egyptians to have forgotten that. It is not a fond memory, no matter what Muhamed Ali did to modernize Egypt.
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Far longer than that.
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Very true. Arabs and Turks don't mix.
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My husband was an Air Force officer assigned at the Embassy in Amman when Abdullah II, now king of Jordan, was a young man. I was substitute-teaching at the American Community School, where Abdullah's twin sisters attended class. I was herding my class down a hallway out to the playground, when I saw several men ahead of me about to exit and yelled for them to "hold the door!" Two of them kept walking, but one stopped, took hold of the door, and graciously held it open for everyone to pass. Only then, did I recognize he was King Hussein's son, Abdullah. I've never forgotten how polite and "common" he acted. Believe me, nothing like the hauteur of other princes and princesses or children of foreign diplomats with whom we occasionally interacted. This is a man Mr. Obama and John Kerry should be listening to.
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Good article. Somehow Rubin managed to stifle his proclivities to state a supposed contradiction between theology of the average citizens of ME nations and the common sense understanding of freedom. The result?

A good article showing how Obama and the State Department are backing a dictator and Islamofascists who in turn are forcing their will upon the average Egyptian and disenfranchising them, which is all you need to know about the problem. The same as it ever was with totalitarian movements.

Well I guess Rubin will wait to see if it all goes bad, meaning Obama and State get their way as described in this article, and if so then he can flog his ideas that democracy is hopeless in Egypt, pine for a dictator to keep the Egyptians down and quiet at least as seen from the view of his deskchair, and increase the sales of Andy McCarthy's book that implies the same. Until then I like the new Rubin. Go Barry!
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If the King of Jordan is looking to our adminsitration to hold the line on the Muslim Brotherhood then the King has Rectum Octalitus and he will never see the deciet coming until it sinks him.
Obama is and will always be a shadow Mulsim and will always be pushing the Islamic agenda.
We citizens on this country had better wake up and smell the roses as we are going down the road of Muslimization like a runaway train.
We now are approaching 11 million of them in our Nation. When we hit 10% expect to see them in the street......
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Can't we get some non brain washed Democrats to join Republicans and impeach this evil destroyer Obama? His actions and policies will end in much, much blood spilled as AfghanVet states. Why isn't this obvious to all sane people? It's like Obama is guided by Satan.
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Was propping up Assad ever an option? If not, who _should_ the U.S. support in Syria?
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Obama never does the right thing. His mind is an infected festering sore. He shuns decency like Dracula shuns the the light of day, he hides his true agenda and scuttles in the dark like a cockroach. He is Adam Lanza's soul brother with drone missiles at his disposal.
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