WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Muslim Brotherhood Ties to Iran
Despite evidence from our own State Department to the contrary, why does Obama think that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?
February 26, 2011 - 12:00 am
So clear is the Brotherhood’s danger to his country that the sheikh declared that the Emirati leadership will not allow Islamists to participate in any election.
Moving from elections to violence, in 2005, in a classified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid titled “Spain: An Active Front in the War on Terror,” the embassy’s political section provided an excellent history of Islamic terrorist groups in Spain that clearly blames the Muslim Brotherhood as the organization that started it all:
- “The first Islamic terrorist organizations were formed by Syrian members of the Muslim Brotherhood who had fled repression by the Asad regime and settled in Spain in the late 1980s.”
Finally, in a classified cable from the American Embassy in Qatar titled “Talking Points for Visit of Qatar’s Prime Minister to Washington January 4-5, 2010,” the embassy forwarded talking points for an upcoming meeting between American officials and Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani. Key among the talking points was one that chastised the prime minister for allowing Muslim Brother and Qatari resident Yousef Al-Qaradawi to continue to support Hamas.
A little background on Mr. Qaradawi is enlightening. Yousef Al-Qaradawi is considered to be the most influential Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world today as illustrated by the fact that he was offered the organization’s top position of supreme guide in 1975 and 2004. Qaradawi, however, turned down the offers because he said he had more freedom to operate out of Qatar.
In 1999, the U.S. government banned Qaradawi from entering the United States because of his support for suicide bombings against Israeli men, women, and children, and on May 15, 2010, Qaradawi urged Palestinian factions to unify ranks and launch a “jihad” against Israel and to consider the peace process as nothing more than a “mirage.”
Incidentally, this firebrand of jihad is directly connected to the American Muslim Brotherhood, as he is the chairman of the Muslim American Society’s Islamic American University, a position from which he helps shape the minds of young American Muslims.
So no longer does the Obama team have to rely on biased and meddlesome outside observers to advise it on the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood.
If it just reviews its own classified State Department cable traffic it will learn that the Brotherhood in Egypt is the clandestine proxy of our arch-enemy Iran, that our allies in the UAE regard it is as too dangerous to participate in free elections, that Muslim Brothers created Spain’s first Islamic terrorist organizations, and that the jihad-mongering Muslim Brother Qaradawi, who is closely associated with our own Muslim American Society, continues to support Hamas, which we ourselves list as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization.
Mr. Obama, which of these Brotherhood qualifications convince you and your team that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?