The Al Qaeda-Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

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Still more significant, though, is the fact that “permissive environments” where al-Qaeda is coming back to roost—“Arab Spring” countries like Egypt, Libya, and Syria—are also places where the Muslim Brotherhood has been gaining strength.

And Obama, while readily identifying al-Qaeda as evil and an enemy of America and the free world, notoriously looks at the Brotherhood differently. Indeed, his administration has made a point of repeatedly lauding the election of Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s new president.

For those free of a sentimental affinity for the Brotherhood, it of course makes perfect sense that it would be cultivating environments where al-Qaeda feels welcome. The Brotherhood is, after all, the organization from which Al-Qaeda sprang. Bin Laden had Brotherhood teachers in his youth, and current al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri was a member of the Brotherhood in his native country of Egypt.

Indeed, the Brotherhood condemned Bin Laden’s assassination, proclaiming that “legitimate resistance against foreign occupation in any country is a legitimate right” and “request[ing] that the US stop…intelligence operations against dissenters, and halt its interference in the internal affairs of any Arab or Muslim country.” In other words, a direct rebuff to what the U.S. president flaunts as a heroic moment.

A rational U.S., and Western, approach to the rapidly changing—and deteriorating—Arab Middle East requires not only recognizing that al-Qaeda is returning there, as MI5 chief Evans underscores. It also requires realizing that, while they have tactical differences and sometimes frictions, al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are two closely related facets of the same global-jihadist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-Western phenomenon.

Specific policy implications would include ceasing to back the wrong side—the Brotherhood—in Egypt instead of the right side—the more moderate and much more pragmatic Supreme Military Council; ceasing to back the Syrian rebels now that the Brotherhood-al-Qaeda front is spearheading them; and trying to prevent (which, according to one report from Middle East News Line, the U.S. is now starting to do) al-Qaeda-aligned militias from taking over Libya while there is still time.

Forestalling the region’s descent into an even worse, world-threatening maelstrom depends on finally starting to see it clearly.

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  • gamma

    Obama may see it clearly but does anyone really expect him to admit his policies have caused a resurgence of Al Qaeda throughout the Arab World. He'd be crazy to admit that the Muslim Brotherhood is a clone of Al Qaeda

    • http://frontpage richard sherman

      The greatest Brit–Winston Churchill–predicted everything that is happening now when he wrote in 1948 in THE GATHERING STORM: MEINKAMPF was the new KORAN.

      • Sage on the Stage

        …and Churchill also called Islam "the greatest retrograde force in the world." I don't think he would be surprised at Islam's war on the West.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Obama must have been aware of this, there is blood on his hands.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Nations will be shaken out and in the end all of them will solidify in their war against
    the West. The immigration of their colonists goes on unimpeded and with Obama's blessing in
    America. If Obama is reelected it will turn America into failed Europe, financial ruin and
    violence we see will be here as his gift and legacy…………………………William

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Nations wil be shaken out and in the end all of them will solidify in thir war against the West.
    The immgration of their colonists goes on unimpeded and with Obama's blessing in America. If
    Obama is reelected it will turn America into failed Europe, financial ruin and violence we see will
    be here as his gift to America……………………………William

  • ebonystone

    Hey, old Dent-head is back! That zamboni of his has won blue ribbons in contests from Timbuktu to Tashkent.

  • Stuart Parsons

    There is absolutely no need for anyone to worry. Unlike Winston Churchill, the United Kingdom's present Prime Minister, David Cameron, is on record as saying "It is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the Muslim way of life, not the other way round."

    There no problem you see. If you can't beat em, join em. See you at the mosque !

  • Islamerica

    Don't worry Stuart !No panic,you'll be te last who need to convert,wellcome to party Bro,Lol.