History Shows How to Defeat the Muslim Brotherhood
American foreign diplomacy must work against Islamist ideology generally and in particular the Muslim Brotherhood in all its incarnations. So opines Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Rubin suggests the United States follow President Harry S. Truman’s Cold War playbook and “roll back” the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence. Our ultimate goal must be to defeat Islamist ideology just as Truman and subsequent Presidents defeated Communism. Mr. Rubin’s essay includes a concise history of the Brotherhood’s founding and virulent expansion:
Make no mistake: The Muslim Brotherhood is about ideology. Its founder, a 21-year-old Egyptian schoolteacher named Hassan al-Banna, taught that there is no aspect of life that falls outside Islam’s bounds. “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet,” Banna declared. A 1946 U.S. intelligence report identified the Brotherhood’s Islamism as posing almost as much of a threat to Western liberalism as did Communism.
Seven years after its founding in 1928, it had expanded into Syria, and during World War II it established branches in Palestine and Jordan. In subsequent decades, it has grown steadily. Its offshoots control governments in Gaza, Tunisia, Sudan, and Turkey; influence Islamic parties in Morocco and Pakistan; and dominate the opposition in Syria, Yemen, and Jordan. Block quote credit Michael Rubin “Roll Back the Brotherhood” National Review Print Edition 9/30/13
Mr. Rubin also suggests that the Islamist rollback can be furthered domestically by “engaging with anti-extremist Islamic groups in the United States, such as Zainab al-Suwaij’s American Islamic Congress and M. Zuhdi Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy, rather than Muslim Brotherhood proxies such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America.” Id.
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