Friday, February 4, 2011


Why are people using "Muslim Brotherhood" and "peace" in the same sentence...along with "democracy" too?

Simply, if you think the Muslim Brotherhood is a nonviolent, democratic movement in Egypt, you are either listening to too much NPR (which I listen to every day, and try not to throw things while listening), or you are not a student of history.

Via Andrew McCarthy:
One might wonder how an organization can be thought to have renounced violence when it has inspired more jihadists than any other, and when its Palestinian branch, the Islamic Resistance Movement, is probably more familiar to you by the name Hamas — a terrorist organization committed by charter to the violent destruction of Israel. Indeed, in recent years, the Brotherhood (a.k.a., the Ikhwan) has enthusiastically praised jihad and even applauded — albeit in more muted tones — Osama bin Laden...

So, please educate yourself.  There seems to be a lot of disinformation floating around freely about how great it would be to topple the Mubarak presidency.  I'm no fan, but who's waiting to take his place?  Here's a hint...

History is not a quest for freedom. This is particularly true in the Islamic ummah, where the concept of freedom is not reasoned self-determination, as in the West, but nearly the opposite: perfect submission to Allah’s representative on earth, the Islamic state. Coupled with a Western myopia that elevates democratic forms over the culture of liberty, the failure to heed this truth has, in just the past few years, put Hamas in charge of Gaza, positioned Hezbollah to topple the Lebanese government, and presented Islamists with Kosovo — an enduring sign that, where Islam is concerned, the West can be counted on to back away even from the fundamental principle that a sovereign nation’s territorial integrity is inviolable.


  1. Good points -- we in America tend to be optimistic and just assume any change is going to be a change for the better, as if change itself is good or has inherent value.

    We don't tend to acknowledge the possibility of bad change. That kind of thinking got us modern-day Iran in the 70s and, more recently, our current president.

    More from Andrew McCarthy on the subject, at National Review Online:

    He quotes the Brotherhood's motto:

    "Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!"

    That's certainly the weirdest peaceful democratic slogan I've ever heard...

    In reality, we should fear change about as often as we welcome it, which is why I leave the room every other time someone comes in with a piggy bank.

    Kidding aside, change does not always equal progress, especially in the Middle East.

  2. You hit the nail on the head, Amigo!

  3. I'm guessing this is "H" based upon the lingo and content...interesting stuff...(and I resemble that remark regarding NPR)...

    Considering my lengthy background under certain "Allah" teachings of my own...

    First, I dont find democracy to be a hand holding event...our own fight for Democracy was not necessarily a pleasant "tea party" back in the day either. We as a nation have shed enough blood worldwide to spread and proclaim our version of democracy.

    Secondly, the motto is ingrained from generation to generation and seems to gain more and more violent momentum, however; dying for what they believe in, isnt that what our country has been doing since its beginning? How are these guys any different?

    Thirdly, I truly believe this all has a purpose as written in Revelations, Isaiah, Daniel...etc. Its happening now.

  4. p.s. and "H" where did you get your last comment (highlighted in light blue)?...about change...that point is fantastic.