Jimmy Carter said:
“Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of.”
“I know members of the Muslim Brotherhood because when I go to Egypt I try to meet with all the political people, and they have played a small role…
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL):
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian seeking to overthrow Egypt’s monarchy, expel western influences and establish an Islamic theocracy. Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamic movement, has pursued these goals through political activity, ideological influence and acts of violence. The group became known for its extensive terrorist operations, including the failed assassination attempt of Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser. Its activities led to violent crackdowns by the governments of Egypt and Syria; it is banned in those countries.
Robert Mueller, FBI Director:
Elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group whose ideology has inspired terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, are in the United States and have supported terrorism here and overseas.
Yehudit Barsky is director of AJC’s Division on Middle East and International Terrorism:
Clearly, the current political climate in Egypt has given the Brotherhood a new lease on political life. Its recent statements nevertheless indicate that it has not changed its extremist political agenda, which remains a cause for deep concern among Egyptians and observers of the situation throughout the world.
Andrew C. McCarthy:
Banna was a practical revolutionary. On the one hand, he instructed his votaries to prepare for violence. They had to understand that, in the end — when the time was right, when the Brotherhood was finally strong enough that violent attacks would more likely achieve Ikhwan (Jihad) objectives than provoke crippling blowback — violence would surely be necessary to complete the revolution (meaning, to institute sharia, Islam’s legal-political framework). Meanwhile, on the other hand, he taught that the Brothers should take whatever they could get from the regime, the political system, the legal system, and the culture. He shrewdly realized that, if the Brothers did not overplay their hand, if they duped the media, the intelligentsia, and the public into seeing them as fighters for social justice, these institutions would be apt to make substantial concessions. Appeasement, he knew, is often a society’s first response to a threat it does not wish to believe is existential.
Michael Youssef is an expert on the subject of Egypt. He is Egyptian and understands much more than most Americans. Here is what he had to say recently:
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