A Global Terrorist Influence


This article is reprinted from CBN.com.

Many analysts believe that the radical organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood will gain great influence with a change of government in Egypt.

A closer examination of the secretive group provides insight as to why its possible climb to power has Western observers so uneasy.

Before Osama bin Laden formed al Qaeda, he belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.  So did his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In addition, the terrorist group Hamas identifies itself as the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.

Why are there so many jihadists drawn to the Brotherhood?  The group’s official motto may tell the story.

It reads:

  • Allah is our objective.
  • The prophet is our leader.
  • Qur’an is our law.
  • Jihad is our way.
  • Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.

The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt, with the goal of spreading Islamic Sharia law worldwide and uniting all Muslim nations into one Islamic super state. It was eventually banned in Egypt, but for the past several decades has worked behind the scenes to the point where it’s now considered the most influential Islamist organization in the world — with chapters in more than 100 countries.

“It has been repressed in Egypt and in many other countries where the Brotherhood has affiliates and entities,” said retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Myers, who has called the Brotherhood an “insurgency movement.”

“The state security services work against them because they are a subversive insurgent organization and they conduct terrorist acts and have been involved in violence as well,” Myers told CBN News. “Seeking to overthrow and change the governments where they’re represented.”

Although the group has been severely repressed in Egypt for years, it represents that country’s most organized and powerful opposition force.

Former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo told CBN News the United States must become more aware of the Brotherhood’s growing influence.

“Here in the United States, virtually every prominent Islamic organization is controlled and led by the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Gunadolo. “Why this is key, is because they see that they are going to destroy our Western civilization from within.”

The Brotherhood’s immediate goal, though, is an Islamic state in Egypt — and an end to that country’s peace treaty with Israel.

Erick Stakelbeck has been a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News since 2005. He covers the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East, and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the CBN News Bureau in Washington, D.C.

  • muchiboy

    "immediate goal, though, is an Islamic state in Egypt "

    That is their business.We in the West have made it clear our preference for a working democracy with rule of law and respect for universal human rights.We need be consistent (and we are not) in this application to one and all.

    "and an end to that country’s peace treaty with Israel."

    Given the arguable if not legitimate and justified position on the occupation and repression of the Palestinian people by Israel it is all too apparent that the 30 year old peace treaty with Egypt has not benefited the Palestinians.They remain stateless,illegal settlement activity continues and E.Jerusalem is more at risk then ever before.While the benefits to the region generally and more particularly to Israel and Egypt are apparent,it is again obvious that an acceptable,just and necessary solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be achieved with the status quo.Mostly,the fault lies at the door of Israeli arrogance,land and resource greed,and plain,selfish intransigence.muchiboy

    • ziontruth

      "That is their business."

      Nope. Islam being an imperialist, world-aspiring religion, the rise of an Islamic regime in any country is not just that country's business.

      "…it is again obvious that an acceptable,just and necessary solution to the Israeli-[Arab] conflict…"

      That is our (the Zionist Jews') business, not yours, Naziboy.

    • MixMChess

      "occupation and repression of the Palestinian people…"

      How are the Palestinians occupied when Israel completely withdrew from Gaza and the P.A. has autonomous control over the W. Bank?

      Similarly how does Israel repress the Palestinians when Israel provides the equivalent of one ton per resident in Gaza (over 1 million tons in aid in 2009 alone!). In fact, it was Israel that provided the economic aid and security necessary to allow the W. Bank to experience a economic and financial boom in 2008-2009 (unprecedented 9% economic increase) that continues to this day!

      "…it is all too apparent that the 30 year old peace treaty with Egypt has not benefited the Palestinians."

      You're right, as my comments above prove, Israel has had the sole burden of providing for the Palestinians. The Egyptians got out scott-free!

      "They remain stateless,illegal settlement activity continues and E.Jerusalem is more at risk then ever before."

      Stateless? Nope, see above, they have Gaza, the W. Bank and over 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs.

      Illegal settlement activity? Not a chance, E. Jerusalem has always historically been a Jewish city. In fact, the only time that the eastern part of Jerusalem was exclusively Arab was between 1949 and 1967, and that was because Jordan occupied the area and forcibly expelled all the Jews. In fact, all the recent settlement activity are in "Jewish neighborhoods" located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries and are not located on or near “Arab land”.

      "Mostly,the fault lies at the door of Israeli arrogance,land and resource greed,and plain,selfish intransigence."

      Nope, the fault lies at the door of antisemites like you, and the xenophobic Arabs who refuse to make peace with Israel. It doesn't take much brainpower to figure that out.

  • Taim

    Zionism being an ideology bent on Jewish domination of the world, cannot be the business of Jews alone.

    Using your own argument on you.

    • MixMChess

      Zionism doesn't seek worldwide Jewish domination, only a Jewish state. Interestingly enough the "Jewish State" itself is secular and pluralistic and guarantees the equal rights of all its citizens (including minorities).

      Do you even think when you make a comment?

  • ziontruth

    "Zionism being an ideology bent on Jewish domination of the world, cannot be the business of Jews alone. "

    Cute, but there's just one problem with this: Zionism isn't bent on Jewish domination of the world. Islam is bent on Muslim domination of the world.

    Rhetorical flourishes are fine (I engage in them quite often), but in the end, they are greatly marred if they fail to correspond to the truth.

    • MixMChess

      Shouldn't Taim go back to stormfront where he belongs?

  • http://www.BOBZILLA.tv Bobzilla

    Go get 'em ziontruth. What you've got there are a couple of people who watch too much CNN. How is Anderson Copper doing, by the way. Bruised, I hope. Call him "collateral" damage.

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