In Egypt overnight, the violence between anti and pro-Mubarak demonstrators continued with hundreds injured and between 3 to 5 dead in Cairo. While those supporting Hosni Mubarak were dressed in plain, street clothes, most observers suspect that they were members of the police or state security forces. While it is unlikely that they were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who have been supporting the anti-Mubarak crowds, the incident raises an important facet of the group and the overall conflict. The Brotherhood switches sides, jumps ships and plays every political angle they can. One day they would support Nasser or Sadat, the next day they try to assassinate them. Such is the murky world of this movement which is difficult for us Westerners to understand.
As we last left off in Part Two yesterday, Abdullah Azzam, who rose to prominence in the Muslim Brotherhood during the 1980s, was working hand-in-hand with the CIA and America. Together, they waged a long and brutal insurgent war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. We also saw that Azzam had recruited one of his students to assist him as his second in command, Osama bin Laden. Even while battling the Soviets, Azzam and bin Laden were already planning another war, one against the United States and Western Civilization, using the intricate network of Muslim Brotherhood organizations spread out in 70 countries.
Just one year before Azzam was killed, possibly by bin Laden, he toured 35 cities in America to raise money for the cause. Azzam’s first stop in 1988 was Oklahoma City of all places. Under an umbrella of numerous societies and organizations established in the U.S. by the Brotherhood, Azzam spread his message of global jihad and for establishing a global caliphate ruled by the ultra-strict interpretation of the Qur’an known as Wahhabism.
If there is a nice aspect about the Muslim Brotherhood, it is that they are very structured and proud of it. Just like the Nazi Party from Germany, the Brotherhood built and maintains a large infrastructure to support their operations. In their own publications, such as one known as the “Explanatory Memorandum”, they detailed a list of groups in America that they either run directly, or are allied with them. Also like the Nazis, they also freely make public their long-term objectives, which demonstrates the confidence, or fanaticism exuded by the Brotherhood.
In the late 1980s through even today, we see examples of how money and material support is obtained through this network in America. After the 9/11 attacks, our eyes became wide open to how the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups used everything from charity organizations, religious schools, mosques and even businesses like tobacco shops for funding and recruitment. Since most of us are already well aware of bin Laden and the history of Al Qaeda, I won’t dwell on that. Instead, let us look more carefully at the global network which supports them, the Muslim Brotherhood and their affiliates.
One can say that they utilize the classic ‘onion-technique’ attributed to any good conspiracy theory. The outer layers, most seen by the general public (of infidels) appears to be benign. Who can say anything bad about charity groups for helping the poor and needy? But as Federal investigators soon found out while back-tracking the activities of the 9/11 hijackers and Al-Qaeda, a large number of these groups had been outposts for the Muslim Brotherhood for many years. Millions of dollars had been raised and distributed to Hamas
One such group that is well documented is the Al-Haramain Foundation. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, they operated branches worldwide, from Bosnia to Somalia to Indonesia. Along with charity orgs to allegedly help poor Muslims in Africa, Asia and the MidEast, the Al-Haramain also ran business enterprises, like a wholesale fish distributor. According to U.S. intelligence sources, they helped fund and supported the 1998 attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as a 2002 bombing of a hotel in Israel.
Here in America, in 2007, a major series of Federal indictments came down on the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). Seven leaders were charged with providing “material support and resources” along with money-laundering and other offenses. During that trial, a document by Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Akram was part of the government’s evidence. Entitled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”, the 18-page document from 1987 listed 29 groups that shared the Brotherhood’s objective for a global Shari’a Caliphate, which includes the United States.
Akram writes “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western Civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that …. God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.” He envisioned a ‘soft jihad’ in the U.S., one less about bombings and terror attacks and more focused on gradually imposing Shari’a Law. Through a chain of coalitions, Akram foresaw using the old Communist method of “boring from within”. Along with charities, the 29 groups listed in this document include youth, education and business organizations.
A full range of tactics aimed at every level of society were to be employed. Children’s books and other publications, political activism, cultural affairs, banking and finance, professional and business networks, even multi-faith religious cooperatives would be avenues to affect social change and increase the influence of Shari’a law into the fabric of America. We’ve seen this all before. The Nazis used these methods in Germany to evolve from a gang of street thugs in the 1920s to become a popular political party in the 1930s. Despite cries of McCarthyism from Liberal America during the Cold War, documents made public following the collapse of the Soviet Union showed how the KGB tried to spread Communist views and recruit agents in the U.S..
So, in conclusion, when you turn on your TV today and hear news commentators on the unrest in Egypt talk about how benign and peaceful the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is, think again. No, they did not reject violence and terror in the 1970s as former I.A.E.A. head Mohamed ElBaradei told Anderson Cooper on CNN this week. The argument about how they only represent 20% or so of the Egyptian voters is also inconsequential. The Nazi Party in Germany achieved their power grab with only about 30% of the vote in a ‘democratic’ election. Already the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is spreading pamphlets in the streets of Cairo, today, that a new war against Israel will soon happen. The Brotherhood is a violent, dangerous organization. It always has been and always will be.