By Jim Kouri
During the so-called Arab Spring in the midst of the Egyptian transition from a dictatorship to a democracy, the radical Islamic group known as the Muslim Brotherhood was being sold to the American people by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and others as being “moderate” Muslims.
However, the Egyptian military didn’t see it that way and the Muslim Brotherhood president and the groups legislators were removed and eventually arrested as terrorists.
In a hopeful departure from the Obama-Clinton Egyptian Policy, Americans are urging President Donald J. Trump to push legislation that designates the Muslim Brotherhood — and it’s affiliate Muslim Sisterhood — as a terrorist organization, Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect told the officials at Clarion Project.
Phares told the Middle Eastern news media and the Clarion Project, a U.S. think-tank that the legislation, has already received the approval of the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year. But when it was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee it was stonewalled by Senators because the Obama administration supports the radical Muslim group despite it being listed as a terrorist organization by a number of other nations including Middle Eastern countries.
According to officials at the Clarion Project, they have been campaigning to educate legislators and the group and to move the bill forward. The think-tank noted that the bill garnered bipartisan support.
Exactly one year ago, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced the bill, which identifies three Brotherhood entities in the U.S. including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance … We have to see it for what it is: a key international organization dedicated to waging violent jihad,” Cruz is quoted as saying by the Washington Free Beacon..
The bill provides a review of the Brotherhood’s terrorist history and how it is banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt released videos showing the Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government’s website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States.
Cruz’s bill also accuses the Muslim Brotherhood being connected to CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).
The U.S. designated the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing—Hamas— in 1997, but the group as a whole is allowed to operate in the U.S.