The White House is preparing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, a measure that would impose economic and travel sanctions against the group. “The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an emailed statement on April 30.
The move seems to be entirely logical and fair, since the Brotherhood is the religious foundation of Islamic terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and ISIS. It not only serves as their ideological wellspring, but also cooperates with them on multiple levels, including financing and providing material support for their operations. It is a fact that before ascending to the highest positions of ISIS and al-Qaeda, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Osama bin Laden, and Ayman al-Zawahiri belonged to a common ideological precursor: the Muslim Brotherhood. All these groups are bound by the common ideological belief in a global caliphate governed by Islamic law. The Brotherhood’s longstanding motto is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. [Allah is greater!]” The Brotherhood has provided the platform used to indoctrinate young men into Islamism and a bridge for recruits to graduate into the more violent Islamism. Factions within the groups have also supported each other based on shared goals, common enemies, and support for a united Islamist front.
Thus, if it walks, talks, and acts like a terrorist, it is probably a terrorist and deserves to be treated as such, right? “Wrong,” say the mainstream media. “Trump wants to hurt Muslim Brotherhood,” whines the Huffington Post, blaming it all on the administration’s “Islamophobia” and “conspiracy theories [promoted by the hate groups in the U.S., many of them with deep ties to Bolton and Pompeo] attempting to tie political opponents and prominent American Muslim organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood.” Are you not seeing an irony in that statement, HuffPo? You have just created a great conspiracy theory yourself!
CNN, The WSJ, and many others describe the group with respect and admiration and parrot the notion that the Brotherhood “denounced violence decades ago” and embraced democratic methods. It even formed political parties throughout the region! Labeling them terrorists, they say, would hurt American diplomacy and alliances, as well as the whole democratic process in the Middle East. Also, they argue, the George W. Bush and Obama administrations did not recognize the Brotherhood terrorists. They were so much smarter than Trump!
Or were they not?