Remember that the Muslim Brotherhood are “moderate” Islamists and by moderate, we mean that they kill people and had Osama bin Laden on board as a member.
Osama bin Laden was blinded in his right eye and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a youth, al-Qaida’s new leader said in an Internet video.
Ayman as-Zawahiri, the terror group’s leader after bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid in Pakistan in 2010, confirmed bin Laden was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a youth in his native Saudi Arabia.
Zawahiri would know all about the Muslim Brotherhood as he came out of Egypt and joined the Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager. He provided much of the real blueprint for Al-Qaeda based on the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The pretense that Bin Laden and Zawahari are extremists while Morsi and El-Shater are moderates is just that. They’re all Muslim Brotherhood veterans carrying out its mission and its goals.
All three of Al Qaeda’s leaders, Osama bin Laden, Saif al-Adel and Ayman al-Zawahiri were members of the Muslim Brotherhood or one of its arms.
Al Qaeda’s greatest strategic thinker who has moved it into “lone wolf” terrorism, Abu Musab al-Suri, was another Muslim Brotherhood member. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the worst mass murderer in Iraq after Saddam Hussein and the murderous leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq was pardoned by the King of Jordan as a gesture toward the Muslim Brotherhood.
Would there even be an Al Qaeda without the Muslim Brotherhood? Probably not. Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States insist that “extremist” Islamists are really ignored and need exposure to their “moderate” Islamists. The truth is that Al Qaeda’s leaders have not only been exposed to the Muslim Brotherhood approach, they have come out of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.