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Up until February 2006, on his personal website, Rehab referred to the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna, as a “Contemporary Muslim Intellectual who influenced me” and described MB icon Sayyid Qutb, who is considered by many to be the father of the modern Islamic extremist movement, as his “Favorite Modern Personality.”
In keeping in line with the vitriol MB has for the nation of Israel, Rehab has openly attacked the Jewish state. On his site, he wrote, “I hate Zionism,” and about former President Harry S. Truman, whom he derogatorily refers to as “Harry S. Falseman,” he stated that he was one of the “worst Presidents,” because he was the “first to recognize Israel unjustly and unjustifiably.”
Given all of this, one can surmise that Ahmed Rehab’s reasoning in flinging himself head-first into these protests, in a country half-way around the globe – albeit the country he was born in – has absolutely nothing to do with freedom and democracy for the people of Egypt. To the contrary, it has to do with getting the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose members are routinely tortured, imprisoned and ostracized by the Mubarak government, into power.
It has to do with throwing Hosni Mubarak, who is seen in the region as a key ally of Israel, out of power. It has to do with tearing down the fence that separates Egypt from Hamas in Gaza and tearing up any peace agreements that Egypt has with Israel. It has to do with bringing back the Islamic Kingdom or Caliphate that the Ikhwan (Brotherhood) believes was stolen from the Middle East by the West in the 1920s, which led to the creation of the Brotherhood.
For at least some of the people of Egypt, no doubt, they are longing for the freedom and democracy CAIR and Rehab speak of. But for CAIR and Rehab, themselves, it is nothing of the sort, and they are cynically exploiting the situation in Egypt to further their Islamist agenda.
For them, freedom and democracy are only words – merely a vehicle – leading towards the destruction of the West, as well as all her liberties, and the recreation of the Islamic Kingdom, throughout Egypt and beyond, which is why CAIR is asking Americans to support freedom in Egypt and the “Muslim World.”
As Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan once ominously stated, when comparing democracy to a street car, “You ride it until you arrive at your destination. Then you step off.”
The CAIR Car is just getting ready to be boarded.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
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