By Mike Scruggs-The Muslim Brotherhood was born in Egypt in 1928, but it now has 100 million adherents in at least 80 countries including the United States. It is generously funded by Persian Gulf oil profits, most recently, especially from the Gulf Emirate of Qatar.
Since the late 1970s, the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been trying to overthrow the secularist military government of Syria, which is dominated by the relatively moderate and mystical Alawite Shia Muslim minority—just 13 percent of the population. About 60 percent of Syrians are Sunni Muslims.
In 1982, the Syrian Army resorted to an artillery bombardment of MB-backed Sunni Muslim rebels who held part of the city of Hama to crush the revolt. More than 20,000 people were killed. Various levels of Muslin Brotherhood warfare to overthrow the Assad regimes in Syria have continued for almost 35 years. It was the “Arab Spring” uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya during 2011 that revived the Muslim Brotherhood’s “civil war” in Syria and masked its barbaric MB-backed insurgents as “democratic freedom fighters.”
Religion, political authority, and civil law are inseparable in the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings. The Brotherhood’s Sunni Muslim religious and political principles are “salafist,” reflecting the strongly fundamentalist and militant approach to the Koran and the Prophet’s teachings embraced by the founding generations of Islam.
Fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran and the Prophet’s teachings is the dominant norm in Islam, but salafism and its wahhabism ideological twin in Saudi Arabia are its most common militant forms. Contrary to wishful Western thinking, institutionalized moderate Islam is rare, the Shia Alawites being one of few exceptions. So-called “moderate” individual Sunni and Shia Muslims are common, but it would be more appropriate to call them secularized or purely cultural Muslims. The doctrinal standards of Islam—the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad—are filled with exhortations to heavy-handed coercion, ruthless vengeance, and violent Holy War (Jihad) against uncooperative unbelievers.
Syria also has a 10 percent Christian minority who have lived in relative peace and prosperity under the religiously tolerant Alawite sect of the Assad regimes. Some Alawites even celebrate the birth of Jesus and Palm Sunday. Northwestern Syria, including Antioch, was a leading cradle of early Christianity and was occupied by Christian Crusaders from 1098 to 1268. The Alawite and Christian minorities in Syria may be the reason that Arab nationalism has historically been more important than Muslim identity in Syria.
In May 2012, Muslim Brotherhood leader and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi preached to a large crowd that a new day had arrived in Egypt. He shouted five principles, each one repeated in unison by the enthusiastic crowd:
“The Koran is our constitution!”
“The Prophet Muhammad is our leader!
“Jihad is our path!”
“And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration!”
“Above all—Allah is our goal.”
These were simply a paraphrased statement of the Muslim’s Brotherhood’s longtime motto:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Throughout its history the predominant Muslim Brotherhood strategy for imposing Islamic government, religion, and comprehensive civil and social law (Sharia) on the world has been incremental gradualism, generally only escalating its militancy when political numbers and power put irresistible dominance within reach. However, it uses assassination, terrorism, violent armed force, and brutal tyranny whenever expedient or to complete its final surge to power.
It is the Muslim Brotherhood that spawned the two most active and newsworthy Sunni terrorist organizations, Hamas and al-Qaeda. The Brotherhood recruited Osama bin Laden in the process. They were heavily involved in Benghazi.
In infiltrating the commercial, social, educational, media, religious, and government hierarchies of the United States and other Western countries, Muslim Brotherhood agents exert considerable efforts to disguise themselves as peaceful, tolerant, and moderate. In this deception, they use a creative host of front organizations. Their spokesmen are educated, well groomed, and articulate. Some of the more prominent Muslim Brotherhood front organizations are:
ISNA—Islamic Society of North America, the largest and most powerful.
CAIR—Council on American Islamic Relations, the principle MB propaganda organization, often seen on network news.
MSA—Muslim Student Association
MAS—Muslim American Society
NAIT—North American Islamic Trust, a principle purveyor of Sharia Finance agreements enabling increasing financial control of U.S. financial institutions.
Both Presidents Clinton and G. W. Bush and many influential American leaders were badly misled by advisors about the nature of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood. They were convinced by CAIR propaganda and liberal academics that Islam was a religion of “peace and tolerance” that had been hijacked by radical terrorists. However, the Islam of “peace and tolerance” turned out to be a counterfactual myth. Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into powerful positions of influence proceeded by a quantum leap under President Obama.
In December 2012, Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine alleged that six members of the Muslim Brotherhood had turned the White House into the most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood: Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security policy; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Eboo Patel, on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships; Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the 57-nation Organization for Islamic Cooperation; ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid; and Muslim Public Affairs Council founder, Salam al-Marayati.
Paul Sperry, author of Infiltration, and former Congressman Allen West have alleged that the Brotherhood has infiltrated into influential levels in national intelligence, national security, military, law enforcement, including the Justice Department, and the White House.
President Obama taped a two-minute message for the ISNA Convention on September 2. ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Hamas terrorist group funding case. Among his remarks was this statement:
“My administration is proud to be your partner.”
The September 3 issue of Front Page Magazine asserted its opinion that “President Obama…has plans for fighting a war on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria…”