by: Rami Dabbas
After the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, after it hijacked the Arab Spring and kidnapped the revolution of the Egyptians and Syrians after massive peaceful protest movements in the Arab Spring countries, Washington is going to correct a mistake which allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to be part of the democratic process in all countries.
Perhaps it’s the “decision of the century” to include the Muslim Brotherhood on the terrorist lists, but first and foremost, it’s a security decision and a political decision secondly. From the beginning of the 2016 election campaign, US President Donald Trump has not hidden his disgust with those who “harbor hatred and evil” for America, the free world and human and civil values. He did not hesitate to mention this on more than one occasion before and after taking office. Trump’s position is supported by the vast majority, but the chronic conflict was to deal with this evil. The difficulty is within the title of this organization and their mandate of ‘political Islam” and “moderate” Islamists. Those who have studied Political Islam certainly know that the MB is a militant political organization. Participants are fully aware that Machiavellian conduct is part and parcel of this organization, under the guise of pious and pragmatic opportunism.
The public and the private debates over the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in general cannot continue to ignore the historical mistakes of two of America’s most popular presidents: Republican Ronald Reagan and Democrat Barack Hussein Obama. Ronald Reagan hosted the students of Hassan al-Banna and Sayed Qutb in the White House and history will not forget Barrak Obama’s failed attempt to empower the Muslim Brotherhood.
President Trump continues to create a maelstrom of controversy as he continues to implement his campaign promises and his decision to designate the Muslim brotherhood as terrorist organization is no exception. This will create a tsunami that I see more important than any decision so far on a security level.
The Brotherhood’s status as a terrorist organization and not a political party or association will lead to a security screening process – both at Arab and European levels- and then follows the screening of their extended circle of influence, including legal, political, intellectual, cultural and media influences.
The decision will help to rehabilitate countries that have not hesitated to take this courageous and dangerous step, and at the same time, “wave a big stick at all the snakes”, which will help in fighting the extremists, terrorists and their sympathizers.
The decision will promote modernization, will stop the incitement against those who don’t agree with the political Islam and any ideology which allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and will help to fight terrorism worldwide to create a new era not only in the United States, but also in Europe and the Arab world. This decision will promote human rights, democracy, women rights, coexistence and the religious freedom worldwide.