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Egypt list Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist...

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365
32 minutes ago, Groove said:

Meanwhile Obama hires them to work for the U.S. Gov.

No big surprise there.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

A History of Violence

Founded in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood is widely considered the world's most influential Islamist organization. Banna "rejected the Western model of secular, democratic government, which contradicted his notion of universal Islamic rule," noted Lawrence Wright in his book The Looming Tower. But while the Brotherhood's original mission was to Islamize society through the promotion of Islamic law, values, and morals, it has long combined preaching with social welfare and political activism.
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The group's future trajectory will depend as much on its self-evaluation following the Morsi presidency as it will on whether the Egyptian state pursues a strategy of containment or eradication, Middle East Institute analyst Khalil al-Enani wrote. If the government chooses a strategy of containment, the Brotherhood could return to its roots in preaching and welfare and spin off the FJP as an independent political party in the mold of Turkey's Justice and Development Party, though this option seems to have been ruled out for the foreseeable future. If instead the government continues with a strategy of eradication, the Brotherhood's insularity and ideological cohesion will increase, and violent confrontation with the state security apparatus will be likely, el-Enani argued. While some analysts say the Brotherhood may retreat from politics altogether, others fear that without legitimate channels for it to contest the emergent order, the terrorist designation may become self-fulfilling.

Al-Qaeda quickly cited the Muslim Brotherhood's trajectory in Egypt as validation of its own narrative that democracy is not a viable path to power. The outcome of Egypt's "experiment in reconciling political Islam with modern government" will have regional consequences, inspiring "renewed violence by Islamists who feel shortchanged by democracy and secularism," CFR's Ed Husain wrote, adding that "Arab secularists ignore this greater narrative at their peril."

http://www.cfr.org/egypt/egypts-muslim-brotherhood/p23991

 

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