Did we exaggerate hostility towards the Brotherhood?

Mashari Althaydi

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I have noticed attempts by those who are “fond of the Brotherhood” to curb the Saudi momentum towards the Brotherhood and its branches, both the public and secret ones, and aren’t they many!

This attempt aims to benefit from the loud fuss against Saudi Arabia due to the campaign using the Jamal Khashoggi case. The last thing they care about is attaining the criminal judicial truth as all they want is to employ the case “for needs in the soul of Jacob.”

A Jacob here or Jacobs! They want to obstruct the Saudi prowess in combating the Brotherhood, the most dangerous international “network” in the world and they’re doing so via the approach of: “Enough you people, enough talk about the Brotherhood. We have exaggerated this a bit or too much!”

Reality is opposite of that as we – and we’ve talked about this problem here for years – have plenty to say about the Brotherhood’s threat and this is good; however, a few work on establishing real and permanent awareness regarding the Brotherhood’s culture and ideology, which means the prevalence of how many over how to.

Ongoing war

Anyway, the Saudi Crown Prince, the architect of the Saudi vision and the leader of the war against extremism, said at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh in his first statement following the vehement media campaign against Saudi Arabia after the Khashoggi problem that the war against extremism is ongoing. His words were clear. Of course, the Brotherhood is the first womb of extremism, via deceit at times, soft talk and gibberish about freedoms at other times or via frank and rough remarks when the time is suitable.

The time was actually appropriate during the wakefulness of the secret Brotherhood dream during the season of chaos or the Brotherhood Spring that lasted from December 2010 until the dream ended in 2014.

Of course, the Brotherhood is the first womb of extremism, via deceit at times, soft talk and gibberish about freedoms at other times or via frank and rough remarks when the time is suitable.

Mashari Althaydi

Let’s recall some of it. In July 2012, Hamas Brotherhood official “Sheikh” Ismail Haniyeh could not control his emotions and spoke in Gaza during a Friday sermon saying: “The Brotherhood’s accession of power in Egypt and Tunisia is the beginning of the Islamic caliphate.”

On November 13, 2011, at a ceremony for Ennahda Movement in Sousse, Tunisian Ennahda official Hamadi Jebali hailed the beginning of “sixth caliphate.” In that same year, Yemeni Brotherhood official Abdul Majeed al-Zindani told crowds in Sanaa that he sees the morning of the Islamic caliphate rising from every place in the Islamic world, adding that Mursi’s accession to power was a sign of the caliphate.

Confronting the Brotherhood

Truth is, Saudi Arabia’s journey in confronting the Brotherhood is not something of this current era but of the era of King Abdullah as on March 7, 2014, the Saudi commission issued its famous list that was based on the former royal order of late King Abdullah and categorized certain parties as terrorist, and the Muslim Brotherhood was at the forefront.

Is it possible to say: “Enough talk and work on confronting unemployment, corruption and pollution! That’s enough, you’ve annoyed us!?” It’s the same thing as the same determination and same continuity must be adopted when it comes to protecting people from the Brotherhood’s ideological and psychological malaise.

A final word: Confronting the Brotherhood, in terms of its culture, politics and upbringing, is not an occasional matter or a tactical political move but it’s the “philosophy” of a permanent and new life.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “Views on the News” daily show, “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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