Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood boasts about its terrorist activities
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, we said in a feature published on 3 January, has been largely successful in branding itself to the West as a pragmatic and moderate Islamist group, something altogether different from the global jihadists of Al-Qaeda or the Egyptian terrorist outfit of Bayt al-Maqdis. This, we said, is a fallacy, deliberately intended to fool gullible or ignorant Westerners, and we cited an article by Arab affairs analyst and broadcaster Magdi Abdelhadi, “From London to Mansoura: killing in the name of Allah”, to explain why we believe this is a fallacy.
On the following day, 4 January, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the so-called “Freedom and Justice Party” (FJP), furnished us with more evidence to support our argument that the Brotherhood is a mendacious and pernicious organization that will use any means, including violence, to achieve its aim of turning Egypt into an Islamist state and forcing Egyptians – Muslims, Christians and atheists – to live strictly in accordance with its interpretation of Islam.
In a statement published on its official Facebook page, it said that in the previous 37 days its activists had burnt 73 police vehicles, four armoured cars and 18 prison vans. It described this as a manifestation of “peaceful resistance” to the “coup’s terrorism” and “a war of non-violence”. And that’s not all. Indicating that vehicles belonging to the Interior Ministry will continue to be targeted, the statement added that “the counter is still running”.
According to the independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk, the toll of destruction perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood may be even higher. It quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying that the numbers cited on the FJP’s Facebook page could be higher if the provinces are taken into account. And that’s before even counting the destruction of public and private enterprises and the attacks on ordinary people’s cars that have been carried out by participants in pro-Brotherhood marches.
Meanwhile, Western media and – bizarrely, given that the Muslim Brotherhood is a far-right political organization – large sections of the left continue to bleat in support of the Brotherhood, arguing that it is a grassroots group that was elected into office and deprived of power in a “military coup”.
How quickly some people’s memories fade.
The Nazi party also grew as a grassroots movement in interwar Germany, and it too was democratically elected into office. Although there are many differences between the Nazis and the Brotherhood, they do share at least one thing in common: a violent ideology that seeks to change the character of the state and impose itself on everybody and by whatever means.