Will the Obama administration's policy toward
the Muslim Brotherhood would be extremely
dangerous? Or have they taken the position
voiced in parts of the
establishment - that the Brotherhood has
become moderate and can be talked to?
Initial administration reactions indicate that
it does not rule out Muslim Brotherhood
participation in a future Egyptian coalition
Since January 28, the Muslim Brotherhood's
involvement has become more prominent,
with its support of Mohamed ElBaradei to
lead the opposition forces against the government.
In the streets of
demonstrators disdainfully call people like
ElBaradei "donkeys of the revolution"
to be used and then pushed away - a scenario
that sees the Muslim Brotherhood exploit
ElBaradei in order to hijack the Egyptian
revolution at a later stage.
There has been a great deal of confusion about
the Muslim Brotherhood. In the years after it was
founded in 1928, it developed a "secret apparatus"
that engaged in political terrorism against Egyptian
Copts as well as government officials. In December
1948, the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian
Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi Pasha.
It also sought to kill Egyptian leader Abdel Nasser in
October 1954. Former Brotherhood Supreme Guide
Muhammad Akef declared in 2004 his "complete
faith that Islam will invade Europe and
In 2001, the Muslim Brotherhood's publication in
cover page the slogan: "Our
Domination." This header was changed after 9/11.
The current Supreme Guide, Muhammad Badi', gave
a sermon in September 2010 stating that "the
improvement and change that the [Muslim]
nation seeks can only be attained through jihad
and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation