PART 1 of 2
Jon Christian Ryter
March 20, 2011
It was on Jan. 29, 2011 that a radical anti-Jewish Muslim group which calls itself the Answer Coalition held an anti-Hosni Mubarak protest outside of Barack Hussein Obama's temporary abode at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Since it appeared to be just one more idiot protest in the nation's capital, not too many beltway-and-beyond spectators paid much attention to it. There were just too many homegrown economic problems here to worry about without getting entangled in the family feuds of the feudal lords of the Mideast. Particularly since anyone in America who has spent five minutes studying Islam know there is no such thing as independent, freethinking freedom in Sharialand. But, it's also a safe bet that almost no Americans—even those who were watching the protests in Egypt and who knew that Mubarak's family had fled Egypt three days before—realized this was an omen of very bad things to come.
They should have. Not only should it have told them that there was real trouble brewing in Egypt, but anyone following the dots should have run across the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest to learn who, or what, the Answer Coalition really was since the DC protest was organized by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslims used the stage to warn the US news media that the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt would spread across the entire Mideast—and the protesters would topple Arab governments that are currently allied with the United States.
Egypt was phase two of what the Muslim Brotherhood actually reiterated during the Washington protest that those behind the protests would overthrow every pro-western Muslim government in the Mideast. The US government, through the Kenyan-born, Indonesian-raised interloper in the White House who favors Islam, failed to hear the message, or ignored it. He chose, instead, to champion the anti-American protests from the podium of the Oval Office as a "democracy movement" in the Mideast. Following the lead of the White House, the mainstream media did the same. Especially when the fluid "democracy protests" flowed into Libya and it appeared to those who are accustomed to being told what they believe, that freedom-minded civilians were attacking the Islamofascist government of Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi. The media, of course, hyped it as a good thing. It may well prove, in the long run for the non-Muslim world, that it was not.
The White House knew that what was happening in Egypt was the second salvo in a multifaceted attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow every pro-western government in the Mideast. The protests in Tunisia and Egypt were not citizen-instigated or citizen-led freedom protests—just as the union-orchestrated protests in Wisconsin over collective-bargaining rights were not spontaneous citizen protests. The AFL-CIO filled the streets of Madison, Wisconsin will 70,000 union protesters bused in from around the country. Radical Islam supplied thousands of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt. Many were intimidated, coerced and threatened if they did not appear in the streets. Some marched willingly, believing that, at the end of the protest, there would be real democracy in Sharialand. .
The first salvo was fired in Tunisia when ciivl unrest began on Dec. 17, 2010, leading to Tunisian strongman President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fleeing to Saudi Arabia 28 days later on Jan. 14, 2011. Ben Ali was protected by both the United States and France. Egypt's protection largely came from the England and the United States.
Because the protesters organized their rallies over the Internet, the government used selective phishing to seize Internet passwords and scan the emails of everyone they suspected of participating in civil unrest in the hopes of finding emails from the ringleaders of the coup. Ben Ali also used GPS for real-time tracking of cell phone users in the hopes of catching them with protest organizers when they met to discuss strategies.
Mubarak simply shut down both Internet and cell phone service and disrupted the protesters. The Tunisian protest—dubbed a "revolution" by the media—ended on March 9, 2011 when Ben Ali's political party was dissolved. The Egyptian riots—also dubbed a "popular revolution" (or the Jasmine Revolution) by the media—began on January 25, 2011. Mubarak resigned on February 11. The Washington Post summed up the Egyptian coup by saying: "The Jasmine Revolution should serve as a stark warning to Arab leaders—beginning with Egypt's 83-year old Hosni Mubarak—that their refusal to allow more economic and political opportunity is dangerous and untenable. The BBC assessment was more realistic. They said: "The simple fact is that most Egyptians do not see any way that they can change their country or their lives through political action, be it voting, activism, or going out into the streets to demonstrate." Over 325 of those "citizens" were killed during the protests. Did they gain anything? No. In the end, only the Muslim Brotherhood won because Egypt's close alliance with the United States was fractured and the Ikhwan will have a role in the new government.
As the United States and NATO forces launched aerial attacks against Libya—which is neither a friend nor political ally of the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood turned its sights on Syria which is also neither a friend nor ally of the United States. In April, 2009 the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Sadr al-Din al-Bayanuni pulled out of Syria's National Salvation Front, a coalition of opposition groups committed to overthrowing Syrian President-for-life Bashir al-Assad. Syria watchers believed the Ikhwan was reconciling with the Assad regime. In January, 2009 during the Israeli-Gaza conflict, there were meetings held between Bashir Assad and several Sunni religious leaders including Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi which seemed to indicate a rapprochement between Syria's secular government and the Muslim Brotherhood.
While Assad and most of the world thought there had been a major philosophical shift in the Ikhwan's position on Assad over a more threatening enemy—Israel, that was not what was happening. The Muslim Brotherhood wasn't strong enough to overthrow Assad. The Ikhwan negotiated a truce with Assad's Baath Party where Muslim Brotherhood leaders would be allowed to return to Syria and reside there not only as Syrian citizens, but as a political-theological movement.
On Jan. 30, 2011, a Facebook subscriber in the Mideast posted this Facebook entry: "After Friday prayers, 4 / February is the first day of anger for the Syrian people proud. Comprehensive civil disobedience in all cities, all." At 9:22 p.m. on the same day, a Facebook member using the English screen name of Coffinman, responded: "In 2 days, 5,400+ people have joined this Facebook group dedicated to overthrowing the regime of Syrian despot Bashir al-Assad. As you know, I hope, this is how Tunis and Egypt's uprisings began as well. Spread the word! Like the Facebook group. Support the Syrian people by getting the word out. The Assad regime in Damascus is the next domino to fall. On a sidenote, there were demonstrations by Sudanese today as well. Feb. 12 will bring mass protests to Algeria 'dedicated to overthrowing the government and ending the 19-year state of emergency.' There is a general strike tomorrow in Tunisia against the RCD Party and the interim government."
The Syrian Day of Anger did take place on Friday, Feb. 4. The protesters, again using Facebook, called for a Day of Rage on Saturday, Feb. 5 in Damascus. One Facebook page, joined by 2,500 supporters, called for an end of Assad corruption, and demanded that the Syrian Parliament bring an end to the 60-year old "state of emergency" that granted Assad dictatorial powers. On Jan. 30, Coffinman predicted demonstrations in the Sudan on Feb. 12 The public protests actually took place a day earlier to celebrate Hosni Mubarak's resignation. On February 12, thousands ignored police warnings and took to the streets in Algiers. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika deployed what the Washington Times reported as 26,000 riot police to stop an estimated 10,000 protesters. Algerian officials reported that only about 1,500 protesters turned out for the rally.
The most successful use of social websites like Facebook and Twitter to date has been accomplished by the Muslim Brotherhood. They used Facebook and Twitter to plan and topple several Mideast governments in less than 90 days, and are now attacking several other. What they accomplished shows why every truly democratic parliamentarian countries on Earth have enacted, or are in process of enacting, legislation that will allow them, in times of declared national emergencies, to exercise the Internet kill switch that each of them already possesses, and completely block all of the onramps to the Information Superhighway; or, to selectively shutdown every portal or ISP being used by destructive factions, like the Muslim Brotherhood is currently doing in the Mideast, determined to who are determined to upset the balance of power in the world and, like most underdogs in the age old struggle to conquer the world, use whatever weapons they find to create chaos since it is only through chaos that radical change happens.
The question the world should be asking about the Muslim countries whose governments are being toppled one after another like dominos by the Muslim Brotherhood, should not be whether or not the citizens of those countries are going to win freedom since they are not. Rather, they should be asking why has the world's media downplayed the Muslim Brotherhood's role in the lightning fast coups? Second, since most people know very little, if anything, about the Muslim Brotherhood, they should be asking who they are, and where their power comes from? And, finally, they should be asking what is their objective?
The Muslim Brotherhood, also called the Muslim Brethren (Jamiat al-Ikhwan al-muslimun) or, more literally, the Society of Muslim Brothers is one of the first Muslim groups to totally politicize Islam. They oppose all secular tendencies in all Islamic nations and flatly reject all Western influences in Muslim lands. The motto of the Ikhwan is: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying [for] Allah is our highest hope." But, we're getting ahead of ourselves.
The Birth of the Brotherhood
The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood was a school teacher named Hasan al-Banna. Born into a poor Muslim family in southern Egypt on Oct. 14, 1906, al-Banna was attracted to radical extremism at an early age. He was hostile to the political system of the West with all of its inherent rights—particularly those for women. The Muslim Brotherhood was the very first Islamic fundamentalist movement in the world. It came on the heels of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. While still in his teens, al-Banna began recruiting adherents from among his friends and acquaintances. They called each other the "brethren," and argued about what was both good and bad about the Arab society, and to mourn the decline of Islam which they blamed on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the curse of oil—and the bankers and industrialists in the West.
As the West increasingly intruded into the Muslim world in their quest for black gold, al-Banna began speaking out in inflammatory speeches against colonialism, Arab nationalism and the weakness of the Muslims in the post-Ottoman world. He preached the anti-capitalist doctrines of Stalin Marxism and Hitler fascism. Preaching Islamic revivalism al-Banna shared his vision of restoring the Caliphate—a dream he knew could only happen by the sword. Al-Banna produced a booklet called "The Way of Jihad" in the early 1930s. In this document, al-Banna begins by saying: "Jihad is an obligation from Allah on every Muslim and cannot be ignored nor evaded. Allah has ascribed great importance to jihad and has made the reward of the martyrs and fighters in his way a splendid one. Only those who have acted similarly and who have modeled themselves upon the martyrs in their performance of jihad can join in this reward..."
As al-Banna's anti-west, jihadic rhetoric became more virulent, his followers multiplied and he became Imam al-Banna, preaching inflammatory hatred against Arab heretics and the need for Muslims to return to their purest roots, reestablish the Caliphate and re-ignite the great and final holy war—the final jihad—against the non-Muslim world. The first step towards that international jihad came in the form of terrorism against the Jews in Palestine during what is known as The Great Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 when one of the most powerful Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti (supreme religious leader) of Jerusalem incited his followers to slaughter both the Jews living in Palestine and the British military which administered the Balfour Declaration (the 1922 British Mandate for Palestine). When the Great Arab Revolt commenced in 1936, the Brotherhood had about 800 members. In 1938—2 years into the revolt—its membership had grown to close to 200 thousand.
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The underground network of the Brotherhood had become so powerful that they had secret assassination squads and sleeper cells of subversive martyrs-in-waiting who awaited orders to carry out forms of terrorism, assassinations and, when needed, suicide missions. The Brotherhood recruited their many of their followers from the ranks of the Egyptian Army, the police and even administrative functionaries from the government. For part two click below.
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