Skip to comments.Professors and Politicos Fooled by the Muslim Brotherhood
Posted on 07/27/2012 5:36:25 PM PDT by SmithL
Engagement with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the consensus among elite opinion and certainly among the ranks of North American Middle East studies academics, the "experts" tasked with informing the public and, often, policy-makers on foreign policy in the region. Since the Egyptian revolution, these academics have whitewashed the Muslim Brotherhood, downplayed its Islamist agenda, and urged U.S. cooperationa policy suggestion the Obama administration has clearly taken to heart.
Many have been shocked by the speed with which the Obama administration has pursued this policy of outreach. The current debate within Congress about the potential influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Departmenta deliberation that crosses party linesdemonstrates just how deeply the influence has spread.
The symbiotic relationship between the academic and political spheres came to the fore in April of this year. No sooner had representatives of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, met with White House officials than the same delegation was taking part in a panel discussion at Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) on April 4, 2012 (click here to watch).
That the Saudi-funded ACMCU and its founding director John Espositoa notorious apologist for radical Islam and the moderator of the panel discussionwould host the FJP makes perfect sense. So, too, did the FJP representatives' deceptive claims to uphold democratic rights, women's rights, religious and political pluralism, and a pro-American foreign policy, even as the Muslim Brotherhood's Islamist philosophy, stated goals, and the words of its own memberswhen directed towards Arabic-speaking audiencesall indicate otherwise. In reality, the Muslim Brotherhood's goal of establishing a global caliphate in which Sharia (Islamic) law reigns supreme remains unchanged. (In the U.S., as noted by Middle East Forum president Daniel Pipes, this entails replacing the "Constitution with the Koran.") The challenging question and answer period indicated that the audience at Georgetown was not entirely misled by the FJP's façade of moderation, despite the fact that they were given a platform by a prestigious institution in the field of Middle East studies.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Obama administration, which seems determined to forget the lessons of the 1979 Iranian "Islamic revolution." From the halls of academe to the corridors of power, the advice of "experts" can have far-reaching consequences.
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they wanted to be fooled.
You beat me to it.
Well, it’s not hard to fool someone who WANTS to believe whatever you say. They want to believe the MB are not a threat, despite knowing they are wolves.
They may be fools, but are not being fooled.
For reading later.
How about a list of some of these top “academics” so I’ll know to never believe another word they speak or write?
I doubt seriously that any of them are fooled. If the plan falls apart and the Muslim creatures turn on them, then they will claim that they were fooled. Of course, they will then want you forget how they touted their many high degrees (not education, just diplomas) or their vast foreign policy experience. Sort of mimics the reality shows on TV, like Big Brother, where they lie, scheme, back stab, etc. to win. Unlike the TV shows, when they lose, a lot of people die!
Fooled no, in bed with yes
How about a list of some of these top academics so Ill know to never believe another word they speak or write?It's an ever-growing list. I'd suggest putting Campus Watch on your must-read list.
Follow the money.
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