By “they” I mean some on the left in Europe, and by the “clan” I mean our very own Muslim Brothers : the religious supremacist cult that uses and abuses religion to seize political power and declare war on other Muslims who want to live in the modern era, and alongside with them the infidels, who happen to be the rest of the world.
I came to think of this while I was perusing reactions to the British government’s decision to investigate the Muslim Brothers. They ranged from some extreme forms of delusion (the Brits are at it again, another conspiracy , a smokescreen , they want to persuade us they are not really in cahoots with the MB .. etc) to the predictable condemnation by the Muslim Brothers itself.
Their man in London, Ibrahim Mounir – believed to be the chief of the Islamist network outside Egypt – issued a sinister warning to the UK : if you proscribe us us, you could be targeted, he told the Daily Telegraph. I am amazed he’s not been summoned yet by the police for making such a threat.
But the ones that really made me pause and think came from – without naming names – leftist writers.
Their arguments against the investigation appeared to be taken from a briefing by the Muslim Brothers leaders in London. It didn’t deviate one millimetre from the narrative of the “brutal military coup” against the “democratically elected president”. Not the slightest semblance of distance, a shade here or a nuance there. None whatsoever, a carbon copy of the Muslim Brothers’ story, as if they were brothers in arms.
Next in line was the myth of the MB being the “moderates”, and that suppressing the moderates will drive them into the arms of the radicals , as if these were totally separate entities and do not share the same ideology and differ only conveniently in tactics, but ultimately reinforce one another as both have mastered the game of “bad cop” and “good cop”.
The good one speaks English — he’s modern, urbane and even human-rights friendly. The bad one speaks Arabic and is consistently sectarian, violent and medieval in outlook.
I hope the team investigating the MB has heard the latest statement from the leader of the terror network Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri (who incidentally began his terrorism career in an offshoot from the MB) in which he expressed his full support for the Muslim Brothers jihad against the Egyptian society and state.
That fictitious binary “moderate-radical” Islamists (I recommend reading published accounts by former MBs which might help disabuse those who still believe in that canard) was once trotted out by some think-tankers, then propagated by the MB’s spin machine in London and Washington and bankrolled by Qatari petrodollars to win hearts and minds and gain acceptance among policy makers in Western capitals can come in handy now as the Muslim voices that denounce the MB are beginning to reach western capitals with alacrity and unprecedented force.
One commentator in particular appeared to have been given first-hand information from the Muslim Brothers about what went on in closed-door meetings between Whitehall officials and senior members of the MB when Mohamed Mursi was in power. So close is the coordination between those people and the MB which left me wondering (to quote an infamous question) : why do they hate us ! By “us” I mean the majority non-Islamist human mass that lives in the arch that extends all the way from Pakistan through the Middle East to Morocco in North Africa.
Surely, enlightened European leftists do not share the MB’s unsavoury views of women and religious minorities ! Neither would they want to live in the Islamists’ version of capitalist paradise (which is not much different from that of Unlce Sam); nor would they like to be the unfortunate sufferers of their penal code that includes amputation, stoning of adulterers, and flogging those who consume alcohol? I suspect not. So, why then want all of that for us!
Isn’t it the left which is supposed to want to return power to the people ? Why back the Islamists who only believe in power to the one and only god, the ultimate legislator who ordained rules for everything between heaven and earth from the beginning of time till the day of judgement ?
While the MB apologists were busy figuring out a strategy to pre-empt the investigation into the organisation’s activities in the UK and beyond, British police made a remarkable announcement : it issued an appeal to Muslim mothers in the UK to dissuade their sons from joining the jihad in Syria after it emerged that there is a growing number of young radicalised British Muslims who have been recruited and despatched to fight overseas.
If Britain really want to deal with militant Islam in its midst it shouldn’t waste its tax payers money talking to Muslim mothers. Understandably, these women will never report their sons to the police. It should instead focus on the offices of the MB and the many associations in universities or in communities it has created as a front for its worldwide operations.
As to the wider investigation into the activities of the MB, I think it is unlikely the team will be able to track down a phone call to the terrorists in Egypt, if it existed. The MB is too smart for that. The investigation should focus on the ideology itself, how much it has spread in Britain and its role in ghettoizing Muslim communities, creating the perfect environment for potential would-be suicide bombers or jihadis to grow and proliferate.
(This piece was written for IslamistGate : http://www.islamistgate.com/637 )