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Has The Sec of State Endorsed The Muslim Brotherhood?


The Muslim Brotherhood's English-speaking website is claiming that 'US Secretary of State welcomes MB if elected by people through democratic elections.'

Digging a little deeper into the story finds that Secretary Clinton did not specifically welcome the MB:

In response to what would the reaction of the US be if the Muslim Brotherhood gained power in Egypt through a true democratic election Clinton stated that it’s up to the Egyptian people who they decide to elect and what the rules are for political parties running for elections. She added that any party that is committed to nonviolence, committed to democracy, committed to the rights of all Egyptians, whoever they are, should have the opportunity to compete for Egyptian votes.

The Secretary reinforced America's belief that the decision on who will run Egypt should be made by Egyptians, but did opine that any non-violent party, committed to democracy and the rights off all Egyptians, should be allowed to compete.  Not exactly an endorsement of the MB.  Ms. Clinton's caution may be well warranted.  Monday of this week, Meredith Jessup reported on Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi (Qaradawi is widely considered to be the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood) issuing the following statement:

“Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr. Gaddafi should do so, to rid Libya of him.”

That kind of talk is oddly different from what the Muslim Brotherhood would have you believe. According to a piece posted on their English-speaking website Ikhwanweb, the MB is not a violent organization that would issue fatwas.  Their source for this theory, Muhamed ElBaradei.  Ikhwanweb's interview with ElBaradei closed with the following:

He defended the MB confirming that the group would always reject the use of arms and would remain loyal to democracy, emphasising that the organization’s initial struggle was not religious, but completely political.

If the group would "always reject the use of arms," one wonders how to interpret Qaradawi's call for the Libyan army to "shoot a bullet at Mr. Gaddafi."

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