Trump and the labelling of Muslim Brotherhood as terror group
Members of the group, mainly in the US and Europe, are beginning to publicly detach themselves from it
In my opinion, Muslim Brotherhood is not merely a terrorist group, but mother of all terrorism. It has been the fountainhead of violent political Islamism since it was established in 1928. It has bred terrorist movements that exploited sacred Islamic text to justify violence and recruitment of terrorists.
During the British colonial era in Egypt, the group was used by foreign intelligence agencies as a tool for political assassinations. It was said to have been used by former US president Ronald Regan in the eighties of the last century against ex-Soviet Union in Afghanistan and was manipulated by the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, to challenge the so-called socialist centralization of power.
For them, the group seemed nothing more than “gun for hire” to be used against adversaries. History of the group, since it was founded in Egypt, corroborate the fact that it has always being a political tool that have misused Islamic concepts such as “jihad” to accomplish political goals, either for their own political aspirations or for others.
Being officially classified as “terrorist organization” may have hampered their expansion, but did not totally obliterate the group. This is achievable only if it is done globallyMohammed Al Shaikh
President Donald Trump and officials from his administration have stated, on several occasions, plans to designate the group as a terrorist organization similar to that of Hezbollah in Lebanon. This could be done probably by passing a bill in the Congress. Apparently, members of Muslim Brotherhood, mainly in the US and Europe, are anticipating this move and are beginning to publicly detach themselves from the group.
This is, however, only part of the entire story. For example, the group was designated as a terrorist group in Egypt, the country of its origin, as well as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a move of profound and palpable financial impact on the Muslim Brotherhood and its empathizers. Being officially classified as “terrorist organization” may have hampered their expansion, but did not totally obliterate the group. This is achievable only if it is done globally.
This will not only largely incapacitate its activities but will also compel its followers to disengage from terrorism. They will have to do so escape financial implications of breaching sanctions imposed by the US administration on terrorist groups, banks and financial institutions. Adding the group to the “terror list” will hasten Britain to follow the US path, as well as Europe, especially France and Germany, if the far-right prevailed.
The conclusion remains that Trump winning the US presidential election, and his pledge to eradicate violent ideology, means he will, undoubtedly, obliterate the Muslim Brotherhood.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.