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US To Resume Muslim Brotherhood Contacts

From a gleeful Reuters:

Exclusive: U.S. to resume formal Muslim Brotherhood contacts

By Arshad Mohammed [sic] Wed Jun 29, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, in a step that reflects the Islamist group’s growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its U.S. backers.

What "growing political weight"? During the ‘Egyptian Uprising’ the Obama administration told us that the Muslim Brotherhood was a secular, harmless and practically insignificant organization. Were we lied to?

"The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing," said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency."

The official sought to portray the shift as a subtle evolution rather than a dramatic change in Washington’s stance toward the Brotherhood, a group founded in 1928 that seeks to promote its conservative vision of Islam in society.

Why all the anonymity, if this is such a necessary and legal step? If it is just a "subtle evolution rather than a dramatic change"?

By the way, one of the ways the Muslim Brotherhood has promoted "its conservative vision of Islam in society" was by assassinating Anwar Sadat for having signed the ‘Camp David Accords’ recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with Brotherhood members of parliament who had won seats as independents — a diplomatic fiction that allowed them to keep lines of communication open.

Where U.S. diplomats previously dealt only with group members in their role as parliamentarians, a policy the official said had been in place since 2006, they will now deal directly with low-level Brotherhood party officials.

You see, Bush did it! Bush talked to the Muslim Brotherhood! They just lied about it.

There is no U.S. legal prohibition against dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood itself, which long ago renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt and which is not regarded by Washington as a foreign terrorist organization.

Which just goes to show how out of touch the US State Department is. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood is still outlawed in Egyptian politics. And you would think they have their reasons.

But other sympathetic groups, such as Hamas, which identifies the Brotherhood as its spiritual guide, have not disavowed violence against the state of Israel.

The result has been a dilemma for the Obama administration. Former officials and analysts said it has little choice but to engage the Brotherhood directly, given its political prominence after the February 11 downfall of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Again, we were told by the Obama administration – both in and out of the news media – that the Muslim Brotherhood was nothing to worry about. That the ‘Egyptian Uprising’ would be all (ahem) sweetness and light.

U.S. President Barack Obama will surely face criticism for engaging with the Brotherhood, even tentatively

But, remember, Bush talked to them too, at least according to Reuters.

Former U.S. diplomats said the United States had to engage with the Brotherhood given its influence in Egypt.

"We cannot have a free and fair election and democracy unless we are going to be willing to talk to all the people that are a part of that democracy," said Edward Walker, a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel who now teaches at Hamilton College.

Once the Muslim Brotherhood get power, we won’t have to worry about elections.

"It’s going to stir up demons," he added. "You have got an awful lot of people who are not very happy with what the roots of the Brotherhood have spawned … There will be people who will not accept that the Brotherhood is of a new or different character today."

After all, we have their word that the Brotherhood has changed. So we should talk to them. And by ‘talk to them,’ we mean give them billions of US taxpayer dollars. Mr. Walker says so.

The group says it wants a civil state based on Islamic principles, but talk by some members of an "Islamic state" or "Islamic government" have raised concerns that their goal is a state where full Islamic sharia law is implemented. The group says such comments have been taken out of context

Isn’t that always the case? But what exactly is the context where talking about an "Islamic state" or "Islamic government" would be good for US interests or for the people of Egypt?

The U.S. official who declined to be identified said U.S. diplomats "will continue to emphasize the importance of support for democratic principles and a commitment to nonviolence, and respect for minority and women’s rights in conversations with all groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood."

And that certainly will keep them in line.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “US To Resume Muslim Brotherhood Contacts”

  1. heykev says:

    “Were we lied to?”

    Yes. BHO is the only person on the planet that believes that the Mooselimb Brotherhood is a secular organization similar to the Kiwanis or other fraternal (Allah knows woman are not allowed) organizations we have here.

    This is exactly what every regular reader to S&L knew would happen.

    • Right of the People says:

      Maybe he’s thinking of the KKK.

      If we’re talking to them, can we get them all in one place so it only takes one Predator to remedy the problem?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Women’s Rights and the Muzzlim Brotherhood?

  3. canary says:

    President George Bush labeled the World Assembly of Muslim Youth terrorist groups (now using many coins) and UK followed suit. More of this example out there. Of course many are adults.

    World Assembly of Muslim Youth – WAMY – Operation Fits New UK Terror Model

    tz – Director MilitantIslamMonitor.org & William A. Mayer – E&P PipeLineNews.org

  4. canary says:

    1000 injured in newest CAIRO protest. CAIRO’s new democracy jails 7000 without trials, no doubt that’s why they allowed thousands of al-Qaida to escape. Photos too.


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