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A similar blindness to reality lies behind the invitation to Morsi to visit the White House in September, which came right after the Muslim Brothers’ “Supreme Guide,” Muhammed Badi, in a Friday sermon preached “the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims,” as the Freedom Center’s Raymond Ibrahim has reported. Nor does Badi leave vague the means for achieving this aim: “The improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life.” And this “improvement and change” involves not just the destruction of Israel, but the institution of a global caliphate that will lead to Islam’s “mastership of the world.”
So it is that the United States is abetting an expansionist, illiberal ideology that openly proclaims its willingness to use violence to achieve its aims. We are legitimizing a regime that threatens our closest ally in the region by ending the cold peace with Israel that has left her southern border relatively secure for over 30 years, and emboldening the terrorist Hamas organization that runs Gaza and rains down missiles on Israeli towns and cities. We are turning our backs on 10 million Coptic Christians who already are being marginalized, threatened, brutalized, and murdered by Muslims. And we continue to finance, to the tune of $1.3 billion a year, a regime fired up by an ideology that hates us and everything we stand for. We’re not just selling the jihadists the rope they will use to hang us––we’re giving it to them for free.
What is astonishing about this inability to see past the pleasing banners of “freedom” and “democracy” is that this mistake has been made many times before. Moreover, we were warned against it over 200 years ago, by Edmund Burke in his classic Reflections on the Revolution in France. Like today’s enthusiasts for the “Arab Spring,” many in Europe back then were seduced by the cries of “liberty, fraternity, equality” coming from those who unleashed the horrific violence of the Terror and plunged Europe into a continent-wide war. Burke’s warning against such imprudent support still resonates today: “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations which may be soon turned into complaints. Prudence would dictate this in the case of separate, insulated, private men, but liberty, when men act in bodies, is power. Considerate people, before they declare themselves, will observe the use which is made of power, and particularly of so trying a thing as new power in new persons of whose principles, tempers, and dispositions they have little or no experience.”
Our own failure to heed this advice is all the worse because we do have experience of the “principles and tempers” of the Muslim Brothers and the other jihadist outfits whom we are supporting and financing. We can only wonder what it will take before we accept that the Islamists are acquiring power to do exactly what they’ve been telling us they intend to do––“see the Islamic banner wave supreme over the human race.”
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