Syrian Opposition Elects Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister

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.


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The media is spinning Ahmad Tomeh’s selection (he ran unopposed) as Prime Minister. He’s being described as a dentist, a humble man and a moderate consensus figure. When his Islamism is mentioned, it’s only to describe him as one of those nice friendly “moderate” Islamists.

The stories concentrate on his signing of the Damascus Declaration, without mentioning that the Declaration was an act of collaboration between the Brotherhood and democracy activists.

A real bio of Ahmad Tomeh takes us into dark territory.

According to a biography published by the National Coalition, his political career began in 1992, when he helped set up a peaceful resistance group in Deir al-Zour. He began to preach Friday sermons at mosques in 1997, but was stopped after two years by the authorities.

So the “dentist” also moonlighted as an Islamic religious figure.

The BBC gives his human rights credentials

In 2001, Mr Tomeh joined the Committee for the Revival of Civil Society in Syria, which campaigned for democracy, the release of prisoners of conscience, and the protection of human rights.

Mr Tomeh was one of the founders of the Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change (DDDNC), a coalition of political parties, human rights groups and pro-democracy activists named after a 2005 document that demanded Syria’s transformation from a “security state to a political state”.

In December 2007, Mr Tomeh became the DDDNC’s secretary general. One week later, he was detained with several other leaders of the coalition and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

What’s the Damascus Declaration?

In 2005, secular Syrian opposition parties and the London-based Muslim Brotherhood signed a founding text entitled the Damascus Declaration which called for “a democratic and radical change.”

And the Syrian Observer mentions that he “was detained after giving a speech at the funeral of Mohammad Murshed al-Khaznawi.”

Who was al-Khaznawi?

While the government allowed prodemocracy activists to speak freely with the international media-something that was very rare a few years ago-those who openly communicated with the Muslim Brotherhood courted danger.

In May, prominent Kurdish cleric Sheikh Muhammad Mashuq al-Khaznawi was kidnapped and tortured to death after meeting with Muslim Brotherhood leader Ali Sadr al-Din al-Bayanouni in Belgium and publicly calling for the group’s inclusion in Syrian political life.

A few weeks later, security forces arrested nine members of the Jamal al-Atassi Forum for Democratic Dialogue, a secular nationalist political salon, after a statement by al-Bayanouni reiterating the Brotherhood’s commitment to nonviolence and democracy was read aloud at one of its meetings (most were released several months later only after pledging to cut off communication with the group).

Rather than discouraging the opposition from uniting, however, the government’s obstinacy encouraged secular liberal, Kurdish, and Islamist dissidents to work together. In October, representatives of all three opposition currents signed the Damascus Declaration for Democratic and National Change, which explicitly called for the regime to step down and endorsed a broad set of liberal democratic principles.

The Syrian government wasn’t cracking down on human rights activists, so much as on the Muslim Brotherhood. And it could  hardly be blamed for that. The Muslim Brotherhood is a ruthless terrorist organization that uses political and violent means to build a totalitarian state.

  • cathy

    Why should anyone be surprised?

    Barack Obama is a willing puppet whose strings are being pulled by those who have A WORLDWIDE AGENDA to raise up the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and establish Sharia Law. This will be accomplished by destroying ALL present systems including regimes controlled by other Islamic factions. This destruction is happening through violence/terror or PC infiltration.

  • DurkaDurka

    I’m confused by this. PM of what? Syria? Why would Assad put up with al-Qaeda as PM?

    • cathy

      Wannable PM?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      PM of the rebel opposition gov

    • Scott Richardson

      I agree, this is laughable. I’m sure it’s obama’s idea of trying to make it LOOK like the islamist terrorists have some kind of legitimate democratic body, which would of course just step in as government when Assad is out (or taken out).

  • cathy

    Considering ALL factions of Islam have a meeting of the minds when it comes to regimes/faiths that do not bow to Allah … the aiding and abetting ANY faction of Islam by Obama is akin to treason.

    Listen to the following rant and then think about it. Barack Obama backed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi in Egypt and then two years opposed the opposition that brought him down. It is obvious what faction of Islam the President of the United States adheres to.

    +++++

    Egypt’s President Morsi Calls Jews ‘Apes, Pigs’
    Sunday, January 06, 2013

    In a 2010 interview, Morsi refered to Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs and called on Palestinians to employ “all forms of resistance” against the Jewish state, including violence.

    “These blood-suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … there is no place for themon the land of Palestine,” Morsi said

    Read more:
    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2013/January/Egypts-President-Calls-Jews-Apes-Pigs/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thh0H6E1ubU

    • defcon 4

      What’s an even scarier thought about Morsi? He was a professor at CSUN (California State University Northridge). I’m sure the scumbags who run California’s corrupt, cowardly and antisemitic public universities and colleges would hire Morsi back in a heartbeat too.

  • Arizona

    SO DOES OBOOZO,become PRESIDENT OF SYRIA BY PROXY NOW,that his man is the prime minister of syria?????

  • Nola_Navy_Vet

    Wonder is he knows Barack Hussein Obama’s brother?

  • bambi

    does he look war hardened & kind of scary to anyone else? Look at his eyes… like a man thats seen to much