THE POWER ELITE AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD-PART 4
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
August 8, 2011
In Budapest, Hungary, on June 30, 2011, Hillary Clinton announced that the Obama administration welcomed “dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members who wish to talk with us.” Responding to this, Mahmoud Ghozlan, a spokesman for the MB, told CNN: “The U.S. administration has supported dictators for decades and authorized torture, repression and colonization. The U.S. is hated in the Middle East region more than any other country according to polls published in the U.S. If the U.S. is serious in opening an dialogue, they must first respect the people’s choices for a true democracy, independence and respect their choice of leaders.”
Oppositely, the pro-Israel StandWithUs Organization said they “are deeply disturbed that the U.S. government is establishing relations with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The MB is a dangerous movement committed to establishing a repressive, intolerant theocracy, and to replacing liberal democracies with Sharia law. We urge the American government to reverse course, and ensure that it upholds moderates in Egypt and the wider region. The U.S. should not be giving cover and support to the most dangerous and repressive forces in the region, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its various offshoots, including Hamas.”
Hamas is a wing of the MB according to chapter 2 of its charter, which calls for the “obliteration” of Israel. The MB also supports Hezbollah’s war against Israel, as MB leader Mahdi Akef said he was “prepared to send 10,000 jihad fighters immediately to fight at the side of Hezbellah” during its 2006 war against Israel.