Muslim Brotherhood Trying to Take Over Libya

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Remember how the media trumpeted the results of the bogus Libyan election as proof that the Arab Spring wasn’t completely hopeless? Consider it completely hopeless now. (Jihad Watch)

 One day after Libya’s top lawmaker appeared to back down – under criticism from fundamentalists – over the need for a secular state, the country’s prime minister-elect on Wednesday submitted a cabinet that does not include a single member of the country’s pro-Western liberal coalition.

Also on Wednesday, Libya’s central bank governor confirmed plans to push for a shari’a-compliant banking system.

The proposed cabinet could still change as lawmakers consider each nomination on Thursday, but the 28 names put forward by Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur thus far exclude any from the National Forces Alliance (NFA), a liberal coalition headed by former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril.

The NFA was by far the most popular party in legislative elections last July, winning 48 percent of the vote and taking 39 seats in the General National Congress (GNC), Libya’s parliament. In second place was the Muslim Brotherhood party, taking 10,3 percent of the vote and 17 GNC seats.

Just so we’re clear on how this works.

1. The Muslim Brotherhood wins an election and takes over the country.

2. The Muslim Brotherhood does not win an election, tries to take over country anyway.

There is no scenario, regardless of the election results, where the Muslim Brotherhood does not try to take over a country. If the Muslim Brotherhood can’t win an election, then, like Hitler, they will try to take over through behind the scenes maneuvers. If that fails then they will cultivate chaos and offer to act as a reliable broker for the West. If that doesn’t work, they’ll default to smash and grab mode.

Now there’s a showdown between the elected legislature and the Islamist attempts to seize power behind the scenes. The attack in Benghazi may have been part of a larger power play within the Libyan political system.

  • jemaasjr

    This is all so predictable that it is dreary to go through it. These are Islam dominated countries, Islam does not support democracy, and Islam does support self help in the form of violence against apostates. And if all that is not enough, there is holdover animus toward western, non Islamic rule. The dolts who thought they were moving toward a more tolerant society had better be careful or they are apt to end up hanging from a tree, as happened in Egypt.