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U.S. Arming Enemies in Egypt

Mon, January 28, 2013

by: 
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser

The decision of the Obama Administration to allow the transfer of sophisticated military technology to Egypt underscores its dangerous foreign policy position of “normalization” with regards to the Muslim Brotherhood.  This administration has at every step of the way facilitated the ascension of a political party in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, which lives and breathes anti-Westernism and anti-freedom policies.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood is founded on an ideological belief in Islamist supremacy. The Egyptian state Constitution just ratified in Egypt and drafted by members of the Brotherhood is Islamist and included radical Salafist positions that denies other faiths equality, calls for sharia as the law of the land and empowers the Islamist Al Azhar University to serve as morality police just to name a few problems of this supremacist document.
 
Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is on record numerous times supporting the terrorist organization Hamas and has recently come under scrutiny for comments he made in 2010 where he called Jews “the descendants of apes and pigs.”
 
Yet this is the man that the Obama Administration relied on to bring a negotiated settlement between Hamas and Israel.  He is the man that the administration believes can be a responsible owner of 16 F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks. 
 
The White House mistakenly views the election of Morsi as a victory for the democratic process, completely ignoring the fact that the Brotherhood was simply the most organized political entity in the country and in no way represented the vast number of liberty minded protestors who had brought down the reign of Hosni Mubarak.
 
Islamists movements like those epitomized in the Muslim Brotherhood will never be genuine allies with the West or any free secular societies based in liberty.  Even the most basic understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists reveals that their world view is incompatible with nations based in liberty and freedom. Would our government ever have found it appropriate during the Cold War or even since to transfer arms to “non-Soviet” communist regimes? Never, because the worldview of the communist ideology in nations like China, Cuba, and others is inherently incompatible with ours.
 
[ad] Call it ignorance, wishful thinking, or willful blindness, anyone who justifies sending arms to the Muslim Brotherhood ignores the central fact that Islamist ideology is both completely incompatible with secular societies based in reason and liberty and also sworn to the defeat of free secular societies. Just like with Iran in 1979, we are now destined to ultimately be in conflict with the Muslim Brotherhood led Egyptian government run by Islamists. We cannot and should not engage a government like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt without understanding their Islamist ideology.

The Muslim Brotherhood is guided by a theocratic mindset which seeks a global evangelism of their political platforms. Their political oxygen is vis-à-vis the empowerment domestically and abroad of the Islamic state(s). Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood have long openly preached hatred of the west, hatred of Israel and Jews, and outright misogyny. When they do not, they are often just giving their critics “what they want to hear.”
 
No sane American who values our national security would think twice about sending F-16s or any of our military technology to Islamist nations because of their inherently anti-Western ideologies and behaviors. This is disastrous for our national security.
 
The fact that this transfer is happening in the wake of a now obvious ascent of radical Islamist groups in North Africa with Al Qaeda attacks in Algeria and the radical Islamist offensives in Mali is simply astonishing.  Thirty-seven Western hostages were killed by Islamists who essentially emanate from the same ideology as the Brotherhood. Even Secretary Clinton in her Benghazi testimony stated that “the jihadist ideology is rising rampantly in the region and needs to be countered.” How does one say that and then send arms to the Islamists?”

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is the author of the recently released book, A Battle for the Soul of Islam (Simon & Schuster) and is President and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom