On Thursday evening’s episode of the Glenn Beck Program, Blaze contributor Erick Stakelbeck welcomed guests David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and Raymond Ibrahim of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, to discuss the growing threat of the Muslim Brotherhood now that it has seized power in Egypt.
Despite claims that the Brotherhood is moderate, the symbol of this militant Islamist group founded by staunch Adolf Hitler-admirer Hassan al-Banna, continues to bear two swords and a Quranic reference to jihad along with the slogan, "dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
Yet somehow, the Muslim Brotherhood, led by newly elected Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi, are on a mission to win the hearts and minds of the West. And they might just be successful if they go the subtle route like al-Banna's Oxford-educated grandson, Tariq Ramadan, who speaks of Shariah Law in effusive, flowery terms.
While it is fine for intellectuals to "opine" the softer-side of Shariah in theory, in reality it "spills blood," warned Brog. In reality, Morsi will incite violence against Israel on the streets of Egypt, then turn around and say that his people's overriding hatred for Israel (which will have been fostered by him), is why he must take action against the Jewish State.
"This is the vicious cycle."
At the end of the day, Hamas and al Qaeda were both spawned by the Muslim Brotherhood. The question now, according to Brog, is will they choose the Turkish model (also no prize) of governing, or will they seek to emulate the Iranian or even Hamas model.
Brog reminded viewers that when it first arrived on the scene, even Israelis held a sympathetic view of Hamas as they saw it a counterbalance to Fatah and Yasser Arafat. But lo, Hamas turned violent and while many seek to prop up the claim that the terrorist organization was "democratically elected," Brog swiftly debunked such claims.
"They were not democratically elected," he said. "They won parliamentary elections but never took control [from Abbas]." Eventually, Hamas waged a "violent, bloody coup" to seize power in Gaza, where they still remain, implementing Shariah Law and using it as a base from which to launch attacks against Israel.
To illustrate the prevailing mindset among Islamists in the region, the panel even discussed reports circulating the Arab media that prominent Egyptian clerics have been agitating to destroy the country's "pagan" pyramids. Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Morsi to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Amr bin al-As could not." While some claim the reports are a hoax, the idea that Islamists would call for the destruction of the Great Pyramids is more than plausible given the history and players involved.
If one recalls, just six months before the September 11th attacks, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, two 6th century statues, in an effort to purge Afghanistan of Hindu "heresy" and that which was perceived as "haraam," or "sinful."
"This is a cautionary tale":