The Muslim Brotherhood's mask is slipping in Egypt. Small "d" democrats there and elsewhere are alarmed by top Brotherhood officials who now aver openly what has been utterly predictable: Once in power they will impose shariah - the totalitarian, supremacist politico-military-legal program practiced in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and increasingly elsewhere.
The prospect that the most populous Arab nation - one that sits astride the strategic Suez Canal and has a vast American-supplied arsenal - is heading in such an ominous direction is made all the more remarkable since evidence continues to accumulate that the Obama administration has been enabling the rise of the Ikhwan (as the Muslim Brotherhood, or MB, is known in Arabic). Consider a few data points:
In May 2009, President Obama insisted that MB representatives be prominently in attendance when he addressed "the Muslim world" at Cairo's Al-Azhar University. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has observed, the message of American legitimization of the Brotherhood was unmistakable.
Wikileaked cables make clear that the U.S. government was working with Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition parties to bring down the Mubarak government long before the so-called "Arab Spring" of 2011.
Within days of demonstrations erupting in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt, President Obama was calling for his Egyptian counterpart's immediate removal from power - the sort of statement he has studiously refrained from making in Iran or Syria where demonstrations have gone on longer, and been far more bloodily repressed.
The cumulative effect of such actions has been to encourage events and a vacuum of power that predictably would redound primarily to the benefit of the most organized, disciplined and ruthless faction. In Egypt - as in much of the Muslim world - that is the Muslim Brotherhood.
It seems that Team Obama's enthusiasm for the Ikhwan in Egypt is neither an isolated event nor an accident. As the Center for Security Policy's recently released Shariah: The Threat to America illuminates, the Brotherhood has since 1963 operated a growing number of front organizations tasked with mounting highly effective influence operations in the United States. According to the MB's own strategic plan, their mission here is "a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within."
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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