Thursday, February 3, 2011

Obama Admin Supports Muslim Brotherhood in a GOVT role

For the first time, a U.S. government supports granting a government role to an extremist Islamic organization: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

On Monday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Egypt's new government will have to include a "whole host of important non-secular actors." Most prominent among these is clearly the Muslim Brotherhood – which has made Islamic world domination one of its ultimate goals. It also opposes Egypt's 30-year-old peace treaty with Israel.

Gibbs said the Muslim Brotherhood must reject violence and recognize democratic goals for the U.S. to be comfortable with it assuming a role in the new government. This caveat does not significantly alter the new American approach, which is very different than that of the previous Administration, in which George W. Bush pushed Mubarak for democratic reforms but never publicly accepted a role for Islamists.

Today, new White House chief of staff William Daley moderated the position very slightly, saying the U.S. hopes for a "strong, stable and secular Egyptian government." Noting that the strengthening of the Muslim Brotherhood is "some people's expectation [and] some people's fear," Daley acknowledged that the situation in Egypt is largely out of American control.

Obama's new position, while not totally surprising, is worrisome to many. "The White House appears to be leaving Hosni Mubarak, an ally for three decades and lynchpin of Mideast stability, twisting slowly in the wind," writes David Horowitz of the Freedom Center. "And worse, it appears to be open to allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to play a key role in a 'reformed' Egyptian government, as long as the organization renounces violence and supports democracy. If the Obama White House really believes this is possible, it is even more hopelessly incompetent than we imagined!"

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, with 600,000 members, is not on official U.S. terrorism lists, as are Hamas and Hizbullah, but the American government has had no contact with it because of what Gibbs said were "questions over its commitment to the rule of law, democracy and nonviolence."

It stands for the re-establishment of the Islamic Empire (Caliphate), the takeover, spiritually or otherwise, of the entire world, and jihad and martyrdom. It has front organizations in the UK, France, and the United States.

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Muslim Brotherhood will END Israel/Egypt Peace Treaty IF put into power

Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood movement has unveiled its plans to scrap a peace treaty with Israel if it comes to power, a deputy leader said in an interview with NHK TV.

Rashad al-Bayoumi said the peace treaty with Israel will be abolished after a provisional government is formed by the movement and other Egypt's opposition parties.

"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," al-Bayoumi said.

Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and sign a peace agreement with the Israeli government in 1979. It is also a major mediator of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Muslim Brotherhood in talks over a "National Unity GOVT"

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group,is in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity government without President Hosni Mubarak, a group official told DPA on Sunday.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned from running for elections for parliament, some movement members have presented candidacy for parliament as independents.


Arab world is falling apart from Tunisia to Egypt & more?

Egypt was still in utter turmoil last night, despite President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he will resign in September.

More than one ­million demonstrators were still on the streets - most of them calling for Mubarak to quit now.

More than a thousand miles further south, growing unrest in Yemen caused the country’s veteran president Ali ­Abdullah Saleh to announce he would not be seeking another term.

A region in crisis? Use our map and corresponding profiles below to chart the unfolding drama in the Arab world

A region in crisis? Use our map and corresponding profiles below to chart the unfolding drama in the Arab world

Clearly unnerved, he abandoned hopes of ­creating a ruling family dynasty, ­promising not to hand power to his son Ahmed.

Leader after leader in the Arab world has been toppled by one of the most astonishing displays of sustained people power ever witnessed.

It was all sparked by the so-called ­Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, where two weeks of spontaneous demon­strations last month resulted in the departure of President Ben Ali.

But if revolution can spread from ­Tunisia to Egypt and then to Yemen in a fortnight, where might it take hold next?


Saudi Arabia - ruled by its dynastical royal family - finds itself completely out of step with these calls for democracy.

The House of Saud is too rich and powerful to be swept away any time soon, but it’s terrified by what is happening.

Such unrest is spreading like wildfire through the region. That’s why King Abdullah of Jordan yesterday dismissed his unpopular government and made a lot of noise about reform. He can sense which way the winds are blowing.

Soudi Arabia, Libya

Syria, Morocco

For countries like Britain and the U.S., the arrival of democracy in such dictatorships may sound like a good thing.