And by “This”, I mean the disclosure that U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party for whatever godforsaken reason. Lets take a look at this fluff piece:
(Reuters) – U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt’s biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.
The Brotherhood is one of Egypt’s most popular and organized groups, with a broad grassroots network built up partly through social work even in Mubarak’s era. The contacts may unsettle Israel and its U.S. backers. The Brotherhood renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt years ago. But groups like Hamas, which have not disavowed violence, look to the Brotherhood as a spiritual guide.
Can they spin this shit even more? First off, the Muslim Brotherhood is a “political party” like Islam is a “religion”. In fact, the closest approximation for it that I can think off is the IRA, which pretended to have a political arm while a whole bunch of goons went about the business of killing. The difference between the IRA and the Brotherhood is that these clever bastards lie about their association with all the Islamic murderers doing the dirty work. So it rankles the bejeesus out of me to see the AP make like these guys are not so bad.
Fuck, the Brotherhood is popular because they still want to destroy Israel and believe firmly in the Caliphate! Westerners forget that in the muslim world anyone that says they will kill Jews and wipe Israel of the map wile promising that radicalized hard-line Islam will end the incessant corruption that is rampant, pervasive, and permeates every aspect of Islamic the society, not when they do it, but when everyone else does, is considered popular. The Khomeini’s new ultra-conservative Iran and Afghanistan’s Taliban were both incredibly popular, that is, until the people experienced their new hard-line radicalized Islamic government, and found out that the corruption and bad things all got worse, only the characters doing it changed. The Brotherhood will be the same. It’s almost sarcastic that the Brotherhood calls it’s political party “the Freedom and Justice party”.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked in an interview broadcast on Saturday with Egypt’s Al-Hayat television whether Washington would be ready to work with a future government that included members of the Brotherhood.
“We will be willing to and open to working with a government that has representatives who are committed to non-violence, who are committed to human rights, who are committed to the democracy that I think was hoped for in Tahrir Square,” she replied, according to a U.S. transcript.
Maybe they should actually commit violence against the US. The Pakistanis are doing just that and we keep paying them big money.
Like I said: what can go wrong with this, huh?