How curious. At the very moment that the threat posed to U.S. interests by the toxic Islamist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood is becoming ever more palpable, a top Senate Democrat seems determined to suppress Americans' understanding of that menace.
Even the New York Times is now acknowledging the obvious: the principal beneficiary of the forced departure of an Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak - a double-dealing leader who nonetheless passed, in the hall of mirrors that is Mideast politics, for a reliable U.S. ally - will likely be the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikhwan in Arabic). That means an organization explicitly committed to waging jihad to achieve the worldwide imposition of the Islamic politico-military-legal program its adherents call shariah will soon: run the most populous Arab Muslim nation; control the strategic Suez Canal, through which 5% of the world's oil passes every day; and be armed with a vast, American-supplied arsenal of sophisticated and modern weapons.
Unfortunately, a similar outcome may be in store for Libya, whose so-called "rebels" and "freedom fighters" appear actually to be drawn from the ranks of the Brotherhood, its spin-off known as al Qaeda or other Islamist factions. Some of those to whom we are now providing with air cover and perhaps soon armaments are said to have returned home from Iraq where they were, until recently, trying to kill U.S. forces. Variations on the basic theme of MB fomenting and exploiting "Arab Springs" may also play out shortly across the Mideast, from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, from Syria to Yemen.
It would seem that, under these ominous circumstances, it would behoove the Congress to maximize public exposure to the true nature and intensifying threat posed by the Ikhwan and its associates not only elsewhere, but in the United States, as well. Instead, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, will be holding a hearing Tuesday [today] that appears calculated to obscure, rather than illuminate, this problem.
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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