After the Iraqi elections, I blogged President Bush’s olive-branc to the Muslim Brotherhood. It is important that the Muslim Brethren be allowed to contest Egyptian elections fairly. If they are engaged as a democratic organization, the Jamiat al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun will begin the integration of significant portions of Egyptian society with the rest of the world. Else, the Society of Muslim Brothers could revert back to terrorism.
I’m not alone in this belief
How do al Qaeda intellectuals explain what has happened in Afghanistan?
â€œThey do not explain this well. This is why I think we will win in the long run. There are some things they do not think well about. They donâ€™t trust the average Muslim. They do not have a good example. Whenever something bad happens to them, they say â€˜The situation is clarified.â€™ They always say this. They also do not think very clearly about the sectarians. They are going to lose in Iraq because their message is not attractive to the Kurds and the Shiites.”
How is this going to play out in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood is advocating democracy?
â€œThere is a difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and the radicals. It is kind of the tap root of these organizations, but it is not itself radical. Al Qaeda hates the Brotherhood, because it operates within a nationalist framework, which al Qaeda is very much against.â€
Dr. was reportedly denied tenure by a Leftist academic department for his critical work on al-Qaeda. He isn’t some dove.
Every success in the Cold War came from using nationalists against ideologues. In China and Yugoslavia we helped turn a radical ideology into a patriotic party. We can do so against in Egypt.
In the new Egyptian elections, let the Muslim Brothers run.