The Brotherhood’s Reach For Jihad


2Violence in Egypt continues to boil over on the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, although you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the media’s obsession with the George Zimmerman verdict and the royal birth in England.

The New York Times described “running battles with firearms, bottles and rocks near Tahrir Square in Cairo and on the edges of two protest sites that have been held by Mr. Morsi’s [former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi] Islamist supporters for weeks.” At least nine people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday, bringing the total fatalities to 14 this week to date. This is on top of the more than 50 people, mostly Morsi supporters, who lost their lives on July 8th.

The Muslim Brotherhood continues to dig in its heels, refusing any role in the new government while insisting on Morsi’s restoration to power and the return of his Islamist constitution. Followers are continuing their protest demonstrations. A Muslim Brotherhood leader also called on Egyptians to besiege the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to protest what Morsi supporters claim was U.S. support for his removal.

The opponents of the deposed Islamist regime and the Egyptian military, which took action against Morsi in response to the opposition’s huge protests in early July, are not yielding to Muslim Brotherhood-inspired pressure tactics. In fact, a public opinion poll published by the Baseera Public Opinion Research Center found that approximately 71% of Egyptians do not sympathize with the Muslim Brotherhood-led demonstrations supporting Morsi.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood is not stopping at demonstrations, threats or random street violence in Cairo and other Egyptian cities to get its way. It appears to be organizing a major counter-attack to bring about its restoration to power, using the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as its command center and the Sinai Peninsula as its launching pad to force itself back into power through terrorism.

According to an exclusive story in the DEBKAfile Special Report dated July 22, 2013, “six Muslim Brotherhood officials escaped from Egypt after their president was overthrown in a military coup July 3 and smuggled themselves into the Gaza Strip to lead an uprising against the military in Cairo.” The DEBKAfile story goes on to provide details of the Gaza-based command center planning:

Headed by Mahmud Izzat Ibrahim, a senior deputy of the Supreme Guide, the group has established a command post at the Gaza Beach Hotel, to organize operations against Egyptian military and security targets, in conjunction with Hamas and armed Al Qaeda-linked Salafist Bedouin in Sinai. The ousted Islamist leaders hope their revolt will quickly spread out from Sinai to Egypt proper and topple the provisional rulers in Cairo… Our sources reveal that the group escaped from Egypt using the Hamas networks which operated underground in Egypt during the Mubarak presidency. In February 2011, when Mubarak was on his way out, those networks came out of hiding to engineer the mass jailbreak of Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi himself.

Meanwhile, jihadists and criminal elements are already causing havoc in the Sinai Peninsula, turning it into a lawless area where Egyptian police and army personnel have been targeted for assassination.  Hamas is said to be helping their jihadist brethren that have set up operations in Sinai, which is not surprising considering that Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to the DEBKAfile Special Report, there is a new terrorist network in Sinai, which calls itself “Communicators with the Mahdi,” consisting “almost entirely of Palestinian members of Hamas and Jihadi Islami from Gaza.”

It is this network, DEBKAfile explained, that is “held responsible for the sharp escalation in attacks on Egyptian security forces since the Brotherhood leaders set up shop at the Beach Hotel.”

“There is no doubt,” the DEBKAfile Special Report added, “that the Brotherhood revolt leaders in Gaza are coordinating their actions with the Egyptian al Qaeda leader Ramzi Mowafi and the armed Salafist legion he commands in Sinai.”

Mowafi is a veteran al Qaeda leader. Once serving as Osama bin Laden’s personal physician, Mowafi has assembled a force of as many as 9000 armed jihadists including members of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists from points further away such as Sudan and Yemen.

Although Hamas denies any involvement in the Sinai jihad, the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported on claims by an unnamed Egyptian official that Hamas has sparked fighting in Sinai in recent days as it works “in collaboration with Sinai-based jihadists.”

The report also mentioned that Hamas suffered multiple casualties and arrests of its members as a result of counteractions already undertaken by the Egyptian army.

Strangely, while Hamas officials insisted their organization was not involved in the Sinai attacks, despite evidence to the contrary, the Hamas news site Al-Resalah appeared to be delivering a different message: “The intervention of Gazans in the Egyptian issue is nothing more than popular solidarity with the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, in whose time the situation improved on all levels.”

Needless to say, more overt Hamas military activities in Sinai, from which the Islamist terrorist organization already smuggles weapons and materials through tunnels into Gaza, is particularly worrisome to Israel. As a result, Israel is reportedly giving tacit support to plans by the Egyptian army for a large-scale deployment of troops in Sinai. An unnamed Israeli army source told the Times of London: “We consider securing Sinai a top priority and have no wish to tie the hands of the Egyptian army against clearing the area of dangerous terrorists.”

In short, the Muslim Brotherhood is not going away anytime soon. To the contrary, it is dropping its pretense of “moderation” and evidently organizing a counter-attack with the help of Hamas, al Qaeda and other jihadist groups bent on using terror to re-instate an Islamic state in Egypt. The Obama administration would do well to keep its eyes on the fighting in Sinai. This fighting, coordinated out of Gaza, may be the beginning of an Islamist maelstrom that threatens much more violence in Egypt and the further spread of fanatical jihadism in the region, as well as posing a serious security challenge to Israel next door.

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  • joshuasweet

    And Obama is still supporting them, giving them inside access to our security and funding and supplies to further support their efforts to destroy that region.

    • StevenDobbs

      obama is a muslim brother

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Muslim Brotherhood continues to dig in its heels, refusing any role in the new government while insisting on Morsi’s restoration to power and the return of his Islamist constitution.

    Why does this writer like a useful idiot continually support the Left’s false narrative of Islam whereby Islam is somehow a “religion of peace” being hijacked by Islamists, i.e. radicals and extremists, and that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims are peace loving moderates? Hadn’t he ever heard of the principle of abrogation, which is a universally accepted principle throughout Islam and in which dictates that when two verses of the Koran come into conflict with each other, the latter issued verses of the Koran, i.e., those issued later on in Muhammad’s career, abrogate and replace the earlier issued verses of the Koran? Thus, the latter issued infamous sword verses of the Koran, which were some of the last verses issued by Muhammad shortly before his death, abrogate and replace all the earlier issued peaceful verses of the Koran in which they clearly conflict with, and at the same time reform and transform Islam from what was initially a “religion of peace” into what is now a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult with the sole purpose of subjugating into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

    Not to mention also that jihad, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Hence, instead of the vast majority of Muslims being peace loving moderates as this writer in conjunction with the New York Slimes both falsely profess, to the contrary all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. Otherwise, per their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy, they are blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed.

    Indeed, Morsi didn’t have an Islamist regime. Instead, he had an Islamic regime. The word “Islamist” used to describe what are deemed radicals by those that stupidly adhere to the Left’s false narrative that Islam is somehow a so-called “religion of peace” with the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world somehow being peace loving moderates, is a fiction created to explain away the inconsistencies of the reality of Islam with their false narrative that they are stupidly trying to cram down everyone’s throat. However, the accurate reality is Islam is not a so-called “religion of peace” and the vast majority of Muslims are not peace loving moderates, because that would earn them a death sentence, according to the texts and tenets of Islam. Instead, per the infamous sword verses of the Koran and the universally accepted principle of abrogation, Islam is a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult that aims to subjugate all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, and furthermore all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another.

    Now what does that say about the millions of Muslims that have migrated to West, the Left that despite reality continues to insist that Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” with the vast majority of Muslims being peace loving moderates, and the naive politicians that enabled it? Not to mention as well, how long will this writer continue to deny reality in order to strictly adhere to the Left’s false narrative and how many more false words will they create to explain away more of their idiotic inconsistencies?

    • Joseph Klein

      I have never argued that Islam is a religion of peace, although many people who call themselves Muslims are not themselves violent jihadists. Whatever the animating ideology that drives the many millions of Muslims who do engage in or support jihad attacks, and whether to use “Islamic” or “Islamist” to describe them, you are quibbling over semantics and missing the larger point of this article. The Muslim Brotherhood has hidden behind the façade of “moderation” (which we both agree is phony) and is now showing its true colors (which we both agree is the use of violence to establish a totalitarian theocracy based on sharia law). The street protests and random acts of street violence are a diversion, while the real Muslim Brotherhood counter-attack is being directed out of Gaza with Sinai as the principal jihadist gathering place from which to launch their war to restore the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        I have never argued that Islam is a religion of peace

        You don’t have to. You re-insinuate it ad nauseum every time you use political correct words like Islamist, as according to the Left’s fantasy based narrative, Islamists are not so-called moderates. Instead, they are radical and extremist Muslims, since according to the fantasy based narrative promoted by the Left in which you always strictly adhere, Islam is a so-called religion of peace and the vast majority of Muslims are so-called moderates.

        although many people who call themselves Muslims are not themselves violent jihadists.

        Again, it’s the Left’s fantasy based narrative in which you have obviously swallowed lock, stock, and barrel that leads you to naively believe that jihad is always and only violent, since again according to their fantasy based narrative jihad is always conflated as being terrorism, which is always and only violent. Hence, if Muslims aren’t violent or if they don’t openly support violence, then that must mean that they are so-called moderates since Islam after all is a so-called religion of peace.

        Nonetheless, Jihad in one form or another, not necessarily only violent, is a holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims. As a matter of fact, non-violent jihad is astronomically far more prevalent relative to violent jihad and just as detrimental to our interests. Yet again because jihad is always conflated as being terrorism, which is always and only violent and even though terrorism is not even an Islamic manifestation, if it isn’t violent, then it goes totally unopposed and completely ignored.

        As a matter of fact, one of the most prevalent forms of non-violent jihad today is mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, but because according to the Left’s fantasy based narrative, the vast majority of Muslims are considered to be so-called moderates and Islam is a so-called “religion of peace”, mass Muslim immigration manifests throughout the West today totally unopposed and in fact in many instances it is even encouraged. In any event and again, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. For instance, can you cite one specific example of Muslim immigrants anywhere ever assimilating, integrating, and matriculating into contributing and productive citizens of their new host infidel societies? Instead of forming Muslim enclaves that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia that are in effect tiny Islamic statelets within their larger host infidel states.

        (which we both agree is the use of violence to establish a totalitarian theocracy based on sharia law).

        No I definitely do not agree, as again non-violent jihad relative to violent jihad is astronomically far more prevalent and equally as detrimental. Yet, it is almost always totally ignored and unopposed by those like you that subscribe to the Left’s fantasy based narrative of Islam, since if it isn’t terrorism, it isn’t violent, and if it isn’t violent, then it isn’t construed as being a threat, thus it is totally ignored.

        Indeed, your own strict adherence to the Left’s fantasy based narrative of Islam also explains your obsession with violent jihad only, because you also conflate what is really jihad as being terrorism, and terrorism again is always and only violent. Meanwhile, at the same time you totally ignore the many non-violent forms of jihad that are not violent and that manifest via stealth and deception astronomically far more prevalently relative to violent jihad.

        Nevertheless, the last time we faced a totalitarian threat similar to Islam in Communism, the war was deemed to be “cold” because it was fought and opposed primarily via non-violent clandestine means, but it was still a war nonetheless.

        Whatever the animating ideology that drives the many millions of Muslims who do engage in or support jihad attacks, and whether to use “Islamic” or “Islamist” to describe them, you are quibbling over semantics and missing the larger point of this article.

        Actually, the larger point is the Left’s fantasy based narrative of Islam in which you enthusiastically subscribe and promote here on FPM ad nauseum is a recipe for our downfall. As a matter of fact, you see the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization comprised of Islamists, i.e., radical Muslims that are now showing their true colors. Nonetheless, in stark contrast to you, I see all Muslims as being jihadists, because according to the texts and tenets of Islam, jihad is a holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Therefore, all Muslims are jihadists. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed. Thus, while you don’t have anything to say about mass Muslim immigration to the West since you subscribe to the Left’s fantasy based narrative of Islam, I, on the other hand, understand how extremely detrimental it is to our national security and to the future of our civilization.

        Indeed, your narrative is the Left’s fantasy based narrative, while my narrative consists of facts based on the texts and tenets of Islam and also on the easily observable actions and daily machinations of every day Muslims.

        • Joseph Klein

          I fully subscribe to the idea that “stealth jihad” (Robert Spencer’s term, not mine) is a very serious danger to the West. Robert Spencer believes, as I do, that (in his words), “traditional Islam contains violent and supremacist elements.” But he also believes, as I do, that (again in his own words) among Muslims “there are some who are genuinely trying to frame a theory and practice of Islam that will allow for peaceful coexistence with unbelievers as equals.” They unfortunately are being drowned out by those whom Spencer refers to as the “radicals” who “actually do have a stronger theoretical, theological, and legal basis within Islam for what they believe than the moderates do.”

          With all due respect, I trust Robert Spencer’s expertise, and his more nuanced approach than yours in which you simply lump all those who profess to be Muslims into one single category of totalitarian belief and conclude that all true Muslims would have to define Islam in the same exact way based on the most literal reading of the Koran text, the Hadith, Sunnah etc.
          I suggest that you look at the writings of Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He professes to be a Muslim in terms of his religious faith, but is assimilated and believes strongly in America and separation of mosque and state. http://aifdemocracy.org/
          The Left hates him precisely because he doesn’t fit their stereotypical narrative of the victim of Islamophobia. In fact, they accuse him of Islamophobia for speaking out against organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates.

          The Muslim Brotherhood has tried the stealth jihad approach and is still using that tactic in the United States and other western countries through its many affiliates like CAIR – a fact that I, Robert Spencer and others who have studied the subject have documented in our writings. But in Egypt, having tried to implement sharia law under the façade of “democracy” and failed, the Muslim Brotherhood there is returning to its violent roots. That was the main point of my article which focused on the situation today in Egypt, not the entire Muslim world.
          Unfortunately, you are engaging in the same type of rigidity of thinking as the Left does. They apologize for all Muslims, irrespective of the incompatibility of their beliefs with true democratic, pluralistic values and irrespective of their supremacist ideology. You condemn all Muslims because you refuse to acknowledge that it is possible for some who sincerely believe themselves to be Muslims to define and practice their faith separate and apart from the rejectionist, supremacist political ideology that we are worried about. The truth is more nuanced in real life than you or the Left are willing to accept.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            But he also believes, as I do, that (again in his own words) among Muslims “there are some who are genuinely trying to frame a theory and practice of Islam that will allow for peaceful coexistence with unbelievers as equals.”

            Just wondering…can you cite specific examples of such uhm…so-called Muslims, as the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy? Therefore, if such people really do exist, then those people are not Muslims at all. Instead, they are blasphemous apostates that per the text and tenets of Islam must be executed. Hence, excuse me if I don’t share you guys same view.

            Moreover, the Koran, which would have to have the much larger Medinan portion deleted for such a scheme to be successful, is immutable as it is construed to be the verbatim testimony of Allah as dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel. Indeed, to change it would be to put the testimony of man above the testimony of Allah and anyone attempting such a feat would automatically earn a death sentence in the process.

            In any event, Islam has already undergone a reformation of sorts subsequent to the Hijra when Muhammad, obsessed by revenge, turned to jihad and politics and in the process reformed Islam from initially being a religion of peace, to what it is today, which is a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult with the sole purpose of subjugating into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Indeed, Islam didn’t take off as a movement until after Muhammad reformed it. Not to mention that the Islamic reformation also turned Muhammad into a very rich and powerful man.

            They unfortunately are being drowned out by those whom Spencer refers to as the “radicals” who “actually do have a stronger theoretical, theological, and legal basis within Islam for what they believe than the moderates do.”

            “There is NO such thing as A RADICAL or MODERATE MUSLIM!! We are a brotherhood, we are all muslim, & sharia law is part of our faith!”

            “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

            Those words are from Turkish President Erdogan’s who happens to be a Muslim, and he is very correct, of course, since jihad is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. Therefore, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, or otherwise per their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy, they are blasphemous apostates that according to the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed. Thus, since all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, how can you or Spencer legitimately deem some of them to be so-called moderates and others to be so-called radicals? Not to mention that the will of Allah that all Muslims first and foremost totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy is in essence Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

            With all due respect, I trust Robert Spencer’s expertise, and his more nuanced approach than yours in which you simply lump all those who profess to be Muslims into one single category of totalitarian belief and conclude that all true Muslims would have to define Islam in the same exact way based on the most literal reading of the Koran text, the Hadith, Sunnah etc.

            Suit yourself, but nevertheless again the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy. Thus, any person of Islamic persuasion who disavows their total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy would automatically cease being a Muslim the instance of their disavowal and would therefore become a blasphemous apostate, which would also simultaneously earn them a death sentence since blasphemy and apostasy are capital offenses in Islam. Moreover, the Koran is always read in the most literal sense, since after all it is the literal word of Allah according to Prophet Muhammad.

            I suggest that you look at the writings of Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He professes to be a Muslim in terms of his religious faith, but is assimilated and believes strongly in America and separation of mosque and state. http://aifdemocracy.org/

            Excuse me, but Dr. M Zuhdi Jasser is not a professional so-called moderate Muslim or even a Muslim reformer, for that matter, as he professes, instead he is a stealth and deceptive jihadist, and his form of stealth jihad is taqiyya, i.e., dissimulation, as he is a deliberate hoaxer and promoter of a very false narrative of Islam. In any event, even Robert Spencer has called Jasser out for what he is. Not to mention that a Muslim reformer by definition is a blasphemous apostate that must be executed per the texts and tenets of Islam, and, of course, where is Jasser’s following? Why it’s non-existent. Indeed, some of you guys bend over backwards to be duped.

            The Muslim Brotherhood has tried the stealth jihad approach and is still using that tactic in the United States and other western countries through its many affiliates

            Stealth jihad in the West involves far more than just the Muslim brotherhood I’m afraid, as again all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another. I ask again, even though mass Muslim immigration has been taking place throughout Europe since shortly after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 as a manifestation of the Euro-Arab Dialogue, can you cite just one specific example of a group of Muslim immigrants out of the millions that have migrated to Europe since then that have assimilated, integrated, and matriculated into productive and contributing members of their new host infidel societies? Instead of forming Muslim enclaves that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia and that are in effect tiny Islamic statelets within the larger host infidel states. If you cannot cite just one specific example, then why not, I ask? Indeed, the government of France a few years ago counted in excess of 700 Muslim no-go zones in France alone. Are all these Muslim immigrants living in France moderate Muslims too? Yeah right.

            But in Egypt, having tried to implement sharia law under the façade of “democracy” and failed, the Muslim Brotherhood there is returning to its violent roots. That was the main point of my article which focused on the situation today in Egypt, not the entire Muslim world.

            One of the reasons why Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were inevitably doomed to fail and turn into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history as they both inevitably did was because democracy in the Islamic world is absolutely impossible since Islam in itself is a very aggressive and destructive form of totalitarianism masquerading as being a religion to dupe its intended victims. Not to mention that the Bush State Department acquiesced to allowing Sharia to be enshrined in each country’s respective constitution as the supreme law of the land, and never mind the fact that Sharia is Islamic totalitarian law. Indeed, the only freedom Sharia allows for is the freedom for a Muslim to strive to become a more devout slave of Allah.

            Unfortunately, you are engaging in the same type of rigidity of thinking as the Left does

            Not in the least, as I’m just combining what I have learned from studying the texts and tenets of Islam with the easily observable behaviors of Muslims around the world. For instance, all Islamic states are totalitarian hellholes. All Islamic totalitarian hellholes treat non-Muslim infidels living inside those hellholes as harsh and degraded dhimmis that are second-class citizens. All Islamic totalitarian hellholes also oppress females. All non-Muslim states that border Islamic totalitarian hellholes like Israel are also battling against jihad very similar to Israel; let me cite India, Thailand, Sudan, and Nigeria for you as specific examples. Although Muslims have been migrating in mass to the West for decades now, just like clockwork they have always refused to assimilate and integrate and instead formed Muslim enclaves that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia….and the list goes on. What you want me to do? Turn a blind eye and ignore it like you and the Left?

            They apologize for all Muslims, irrespective of the incompatibility of their beliefs with true democratic, pluralistic values and irrespective of their supremacist ideology.

            No not quite, they espouse the very same false fantasy based narrative of Islam as you promote here ad nauseum at FPM.

            You condemn all Muslims because you refuse to acknowledge that it is possible for some who sincerely believe themselves to be Muslims to define and practice their faith separate and apart from the rejectionist, supremacist political ideology that we are worried about.

            One more time, without rehashing the first and foremost requirement of Islam ad nauseum again, a Muslim is either a slave of Allah, per their total, complete and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy or otherwise a blasphemous apostate that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed. I’m sorry but Islam does not make any kind of accommodations for the kind of imaginary Muslims you fantasize about. Nevertheless, if you believe otherwise, then cite the specific texts and tenets of Islam that support your unhinged claim. Meanwhile, excuse me if I don’t hold my breath.

            The truth is more nuanced in real life than you or the Left are willing to accept.

            Again, I’m not the one using fantasy based political correct terms to write about Islam and Muslims that come straight out of the Left’s false and fantasy based narrative. That would be you.

  • StevenDobbs

    nuke them all. the world does not need any muslims in it.

  • Ellman48

    This story is not going to go away anytime soon, although the US propaganda stream media is ignoring it in its usual ‘there’s nothing here, move on” syndrome. Is it any wonder they choose to focus on the lives of royalty in Britain? They are ignoring every event in the world with significant impact on our future just to protect Obama. I don’t think that even Pravda went so far to protect Stalin!