Brief prepared for the Joint Services Detachment
By Lt. Col. Wm. Thomas Smith, Jr.
June 14, 2011
What Is The Muslim Brotherhood?.....Essentially, the Brotherhood is a Sunni Islamist fraternity founded in Egypt in 1928, which seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate, worldwide. The organization, which operates in more than 70 countries around the world, has committed and supported terrorism and other acts of violence to achieve its goals over the years. But its political leverage has expanded to the point that it is today able to publicly (and deceptively) condemn violence as a tool. And through this deception – as we will explain here – the Brotherhood is attempting to position itself as a benevolent organization, thus increasing both its cross-cultural acceptance and its power.
Prof. Tarek Heggy – an international petroleum strategist and one of the world’s leading experts on the Middle East – describes the Brotherhood as “a global religious government aimed at fighting the ‘non-believers’ – specifically, Christians, Hindus, and Jews – and at spreading Islam. … The Brotherhood remains extremely opposed to Western civilization and to a political peaceful settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
Prof. Heggy – who has briefed everyone from the Hudson Institute and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, to the American Enterprise Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations – adds that the terrorist organization, Hamas, “is a Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Now, we may ask how can this be – and why – when the Brotherhood has publicly denied official links to terrorist groups like Hamas? And how – and why – when some political analysts and writers are defending the Brotherhood as having become an organization of moderates?
The “how” is easy. After all, the Brotherhood – like almost all other jihadist groups – holds its proverbial cards close to its chest by operating under the Islamist principle of al-taqiyya, which is simply the jihadists’ justification for lying or deceiving one’s enemies.
After all, as Raymond Ibrahim – editor of The Al Qaeda Reader, who has worked as an Arab-language specialist for the Near East section of the Library of Congress – has said, Muhammad himself described war as “deceit.”
And like the prophet, Islam’s leaders have frequently used al-taqiyya as a form of outwitting the infidel for nearly 14 centuries.
This is often a difficult concept for Westerners – primarily Christians and Jews – to grasp, because even though Westerners may lie, Western culture does in fact brand lying as a sin, and Western societies view a man or a woman as being only as good as his or her word.
Consequently, the concept of al-taqiyya gives Islamists an edge over Westerners, who may be unconsciously more inclined to put at least a minimum level of trust into a promise, a warm smile, a handshake, and most certainly a signed or published document.