The Jerusalem Post (Link) - Barry Ruben (October 10, 2010)
Here�s something important: The Muslim Brotherhood�s leader has endorsed anti-American jihad and a view virtually identical to al-Qaida�s ideology. Since the Brotherhood is the main opposition in Egypt and Jordan and the most powerful group in Muslim communities of Europe and North America, this is serious stuff.
Does that mean all these branches are going to launch terror attacks, as one affiliate, Hamas, has long done? Not necessarily.
But hundreds of thousands of Brotherhood followers are being given a signal. Some will engage in terrorism; others will redouble efforts to seize control of countries and turn them into bases for war on the West.
The Brotherhood is the group that often dominates Muslim communities and runs mosques in the West. Its front groups are often courted by Western governments and media.
Yet here is the Brotherhood�s new supreme guide, Muhammad Badi giving a sermon entitled, �How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny,� translated by MEMRI in which he says:
Thus, it doesn�t matter how long the battle lasts or its cost in destruction and death, you should go on fighting.
IN THE real world, Islamists are unlikely to win over, say, 50 or 100 years. But those views mean these 50 or 100 years are going to be filled with instability and bloodshed. Muslims don�t have to agree with Badi�s views, yet hundreds of thousands will, and millions will cheer them.
There�s even more food for thought in Badi�s speech.
�Resistance is the only solution... The United States cannot impose an agreement upon the Palestinians, despite all the power at its disposal. [Today] it is withdrawing from Iraq, defeated and wounded, and is also on the verge of withdrawing from Afghanistan� because it has been defeated by Islamist warriors.
First, US efforts that seem to be succeeding at brokering Israel-Palestinian peace would only spark more violence, not less, as Islamists seek to defeat them. Desirable as peace or even progress toward peace might be, the West should have no illusions about those things providing regional stability; they will produce more instability.
Second, US apologies, concessions and withdrawals are interpreted by Islamists and many in the Middle East as signs of weakness, which spark further aggression and violence.
Note that it is precisely fear of a tough opponent that keeps Badi from saying anything about fighting Egypt�s government, which won�t hesitate to throw Brotherhood leaders in prison and even torture them.
Still, the coming leadership transition in Egypt, with the death or retirement of President Husni Mubarak, seems to offer opportunities. The new harder line coincides with the Brotherhood�s announcement that it will run candidates in the November elections � another sign of its confidence and increased militancy.
The Brotherhood is not a legal group, but the government lets members run in other parties. Its candidates won about 20 percent of the vote in the last elections � especially impressive given the regime�s repressive measures. If the Brotherhood intends to defy Egyptian law now, there will be confrontations, mass arrests and perhaps violence.
Most important, however, Badi and many others sense weakness on the part of the West, especially the US leaders, and victory for the Islamists.
Even former British prime minister Tony Blair is warning about such things. Blair comes from the British Labor Party. Many conservatives understand these issues. But the West can never respond successfully without a broader consensus about the nature of the threat and the need for a strong response. Where are Blair�s counterparts in the left-of-center forces in North America, the kind of people who played such a critical role in confronting and defeating the previous wave of anti-democratic extremism, communism?
This new hard line signals:
In August 1996, al-Qaida declared war on America, the West, Christians and Jews. Nobody important paid much attention. Almost exactly five years later, September 11 forced them to notice. Let it be said that in September 2010 the Muslim Brotherhood, a group with 100 times more activists than al-Qaida, issued its declaration of war. What remains is the history of the future. �