As Egypt lurches toward the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, one way or another - by “an orderly transition to democratic rule” (as Hillary Rodham Clinton delicately puts it), through violent overthrow or simply through the demise of the ailing 82-year-old president - much is unclear. One thing that should not be is that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy, and whatever role it plays in Egypt’s future will be to our detriment.
Such clarity is readily available because the Brotherhood (MB or, in Arabic, Ikhwan) has told us as much. Consider, for example, the mission statement for the MB found in one of its secret documents, titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.”
“The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
As a blue-ribbon group of national security experts convened by the Center for Security Policy, Team B II noted in its new best-seller “Shariah: The Threat to America,”the incompatibility of the Ikhwan’s agenda with our interests has been evident from its inception: “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. Its express purpose was two-fold: (1) to implement Shariah worldwide, and (2) to re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate). Therefore, al Qaeda and the MB have the same objectives. They differ only in the timing and tactics involved in realizing them.”
We also know how the Brotherhood plans to pull off our destruction. Another MB document, this one undated, is called “Phases of the World Underground Movement Plan.” It describes a five-installment program for achieving the triumph of Shariah - together with a status report on the realization of several of the phases’ goals:
Phase 1: “Discreet and secret establishment of leadership.”
Phase 2: “Phase of gradual appearance on the public scene and exercising and utilizing various public activities. [The MB] greatly succeeded in implementing this stage. It also succeeded in achieving a great deal of its important goals, such as infiltrating various sectors of the Government.”
Phase 3: “Escalation phase, prior to conflict and confrontation with the rulers, through utilizing mass media. Currently in progress.”
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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