Pulling out the perpetual fake Muslim victim card, the Muslim Brotherhood in London calls the investigation a “blow for democracy.”
Middle East Monitor A week after over 500
anti-coup protesters violent Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death by Field Marshall Abdul Fattah Al Sisi’s regime in Egypt, the British Prime Minister David Cameron has launched an inquiry. But, it’s not the inquiry one might expect, an inquiry into human rights abuses in Egypt by the military regime; it is in fact an inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in the UK.
the coup 30 million Egyptians rose up last July, the military regime in Egypt has pursued a repressive policy against the Muslim Brotherhood. Although the Brotherhood (allegedly) won five elections and became the first democratically elected civilian government of Egypt, they were ousted from power by a military (on behalf of the people), after just a year.
The military regime, keen to hold on to their power, have set out to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood and remove them from the public sphere in Egypt. Over 1,000 people (Muslim Brotherhood thugs and terrorists) have been killed since the coup, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned. Many of their members and supporters were among the 529 Egyptians who were sentenced to death last week.
In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood have been now been outlawed and designated a terrorist organization, facing persecution worse than that which they faced during Hosni Mubarak’s presidency. (And rightly so)
And it’s not just in Egypt that the Brotherhood are facing persecution (Sorry, Skippy, there is no such thing as “persecution” of a terrorist organization); autocratic regimes across the Middle East have lent their support to Al Sisi and his military regime. (But at least you still have Barack Hussein Obama on your side)
Two key players in the MENA region, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have taken steps to ban the Brotherhood in their countries and designate the group a terrorist organisation. When the Arab Spring led to the overthrow of some old autocratic regimes in the Middle East, others who were still in power became increasingly nervous. first-egypt-then-saudi-arabia-now-bahrain-and-the-uae-blacklist-the-muslim-brotherhood-pulling-their-ambassadors-from-qatar-a-muslim-brotherhood-stronghold
democratization Islamic fundamentalization process appeared to go from strength to strength bad to worse, concerns about the new political order became ever apparent. Last year’s coup presidential ouster was then a convenient turn of events for those regimes that worried democracy Muslim Brotherhood-style Islamic fundamentalism could spread and take hold in other countries.
The Saudi and Emirati support for Al Sisi and opposition to the Brotherhood, did not come as a surprise, but the UK’s opposition to the advancement of
democracy Islamization is rather perplexing. The UK has always been a supporter of democracy sharia; the revolutions after the Arab Spring were widely hailed as bringing about a new era of democracy (aka sharia) to the Middle East.
Yet, after the
coup people’s revolution last July Britain seemed to have a change of direction. The government refused to acknowledge that the ousting was a coup, government ministers would not use the term and officials said that they hoped a new government would be formed quickly. Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the UK would not take sides and whilst the UK did not support military interventions they would be dealing with the military regime as the government of Egypt.
coup ouster of Morsi, the British-Egyptian relationship has continued to develop undisturbed by the human terrorist rights catastrophes taking place in the country. Yet despite this there have been a number of pro-democracy (aka sharia) campaigns and protests in London, with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters based in the UK’s capital calling for a return of the legitimate democratic Morsi sharia government to Egypt. It seems now, that the government have been handed ‘evidence’ relating to the Muslim Brotherhood’s (nefarious) activities in London.
A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said “The review will assess the MB’s impact on and influence over UK national interests, at home and abroad; its wider influence on UK society, culture and educational institutions; and key allies’ approaches and policies…Given the importance of the Middle East to British interests, the Prime Minister believes that the Government needs a thorough understanding of the organisation and its impact – both on our national security and on our interest in stability and prosperity in the Middle East.”
The Gulf’s association of the Brotherhood with terrorism seems to be catching. Although the British government has not accused the group of terrorism (yet), the announcement of the inquiry has been based around “alleged links with extremism”, citing the attacks on tourists in the Sinai.
A slightly more surprising element of the inquiry are the individuals who have been chosen to lead it. The Foreign Office confirmed that the inquiry would be led by the UK’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, but did not explain how or why that decision was reached. The ambassador to Saudi Arabia is an interesting choice, given that Saudi was the country first in line to support Al Sisi and his new regime and the first to designate the group a terrorist entity outside of Egypt. The Saudi – Britain relationship has always been close, but it has been no secret that the two countries have been getting much closer.
Although this is the first inquiry into the MB in the UK, it has clearly not emerged out of nowhere. Britain’s burgeoning relationship with the Gulf has had an obvious influence on this and it is likely that some of Cameron’s cabinet would fully support a ban of the MB.
With support for Al Sisi coming from a number of disparate elements (from the Gulf through to Israel) it is unsurprising that those countries friends’ in the Cabinet would push the Sisi agenda. This inquiry seems, therefore, to be part of the wider Al Sisi strategy to dismantle the MB, not just in Egypt but wherever they might be. (Excellent! Please come to the US next)
Although sources have said it is “possible but unlikely” that the Brotherhood will be banned in the UK (as it must be), the timing of the announcement does indeed suggest that there has been some pressure on the UK from outside sources.
Here we have a British Muslim sympathizer talking about all the wonderful “charity work” the Brotherhood does.