to the Israeli prime minister. I copied and saved the photo, which depicted Obama leaning back at his desk, shoes unmistakably up on it for the photographer and the filthy soles as well, an unmistakable Muslim cultural code/signal and sign of disrespect. So while he talked to our friend, he sent body language to our enemies letting them know exactly where he stands. I could enumerate many more examples over the last three years of his obvious choice of Islam over America's Christian heritage.
The movement, at once political, cultural and religious, took off quickly: By one estimate, it grew to 200,000 members by 1938. Banna was assassinated in 1949, after the Brotherhood had attacked the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential Premium White Trainers
Olivier Roy, a French expert on the Muslim world, argues that the Brotherhood will learn democracy by doing it "Democratic culture does not precede democratic institutions; democratic culture is the internalization of these institutions," he says.
The Brotherhood is now ascendant, with its "Freedom and Justice Party" having won nearly 50 percent of the seats in Egypt's post revolutionary parliament.
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The Brotherhood is so important to the future of the Arab world and is, still, such a mysterious organization in the West that it's useful to review its history. What's clear is that from its inception, the Brotherhood has stressed the importance of liberating Muslims from Western manipulation. This aspiration for dignity and independence is the Brotherhood's strongest appeal, but it may make the organization a difficult partner.
corrupt monarchy of King Farouk.
David Ignatius Obama has made 'cosmic wager' on The Muslim Brotherhood
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The anti Western message was honed by the Brotherhood's other great martyr, Sayyid Qutb. He was a brilliant essayist whose encounter with America in the late 1940s proved poisonous. After visiting New York, Washington, Colorado and Los Angeles, he concluded that "the soul has no value to Americans."
It all sounds reassuring. But the Brotherhood's reliability as a partner is still largely untested, and even administration officials concede that the democratic transition in Egypt has gone worse than expected. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood is driving the opposition movement in Syria.
When Qutb returned to Egypt, he joined the Brotherhood. He refused all efforts by the government of Gamal Abdel Nasser government to recruit or co opt him, and he was executed in 1966.
David Ignatius is a columnist for The Washington Post.
The guy's a doggone Muslim and no politician or newspaper person has the cojones to say it out loud.
the sole governing law of every nation on earth. Not only has our President invited them to come into our land to work their evil ways, but he has agreed to support them in their efforts to subvert America. Worse yet, he has done this without the advice and approval of our Congress or the counsel of the American people. A good example of his thinking, beliefs and objectives can be readily envisioned by the fact that he has removed the American flag from the Oval Office and from behind the podium where he speaks to reporters and the public, the first president to do so in my 80 year lifetime to date. How can a man who cannot stand the sight of the American flat continue to serve as the president of the nation it represents. He does not even show it reverence when it passes in parade or when the national anthem is played.
The Brotherhood also organized a decisive 77 percent win in last March's constitutional referendum, which they pegged as a vote to protect language that promises the Islamic Shariah as "the main source of legislation."
"America respects the right of all peaceful and law abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments provided they govern with respect for all their people."
Facing unrelenting repression, the Brotherhood's mainstream gradually evolved into a political movement that, on paper at least, disavowed violence; it put down deep roots in Egypt's professional organizations and won about 20 percent of the seats in parliament when it was allowed to run in 2005. It learned to speak a more conciliatory language.
The Obama administration has made what might be described as a "cosmic wager" on the Muslim Brotherhood's peaceful intentions. all but guaranteed that the Brotherhood would emerge as a dominant political force in a new Egypt.
The Brotherhood was formed in 1928 by Egyptians who opposed British colonialism. The founder, a schoolteacher named Hassan al Banna, gathered six friends who worked for the Suez Canal Co. To fend off informers, the group developed elaborate initiation procedures.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak didn't attend the speech, but there was a message for him, too, when Obama said: "Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away." Obama certainly had that right.
President Obama's outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood began three years ago in his famous June 2009 speech in Cairo. Ten members of the Brotherhood were invited to listen to the address, and they heard a passage crafted especially for them:
Qutb's abhorrence of the open sexuality he saw in America is clear in this passage quoted in "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright: "A girl looks at you, appearing as if she were an enchanting nymph or an escaped mermaid, but as she approaches, you sense only the screaming instinct inside her, and you can smell her burning body, not the scent of perfume but flesh, only flesh."
Its officials have issued soothing statements and pro free market position papers. There's even a Muslim Brotherhood rap video on YouTube, with a catchy beat and this benign refrain: "Freedom we will protect, and justice we will maintain."
It was in this tone of reassurance that Brotherhood officials said they would only contest 30 percent of the seats in the recent parliamentary elections; in fact, they ran in nearly every district and won a near majority.
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