According to a CIA report, the Muslim Brotherhood already includes members who have “engaged in violence,” but labelling them as a danger to western society may in itself fuel extremism.
UK Express The Muslim Brotherhood claims it has “rejected violence as a matter of official policy and opposed al-Qaeda and Islamic State” but has bases in countries on terror watch lists, which as Tunisia, Kuwait and Jordan and has its headquarters now in Qatar, after having been expelled by Egypt and the UAE for its terrorist ties.
But the CIA document says “a minority of MB Muslim Brotherhood members have engaged in violence, most often in response to harsh regime repression, perceived foreign occupation, or civil conflicts”.
It continued: “MB groups enjoy widespread support across the Near East-North Africa region and many Arabs and Muslims worldwide would view an MB designation as an affront to their core religious and societal values.
“Moreover, a US designation would probably weaken MB leaders’ arguments against violence and provide ISIS and al-Qaeda additional grist for propaganda to win followers and support, particularly for attacks against U.S. interests.”
The CIA is running the risk of alienating the President’s inner circle once again as its views are in flagrant opposition to those of Mike Pompeo, director of the agency, who dubbed the Brotherhood “radical Islam” and accused them of infiltrating small town America with poisonous ideology.
He said: “They’re not just in places like Libya and Syria and Iraq, but in places like Coldwater, Kansas, and small towns all throughout America.”
Expert Eric Trager, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, described the Muslim Brotherhood as “a hate group.” He added: “These are not good guys. These are not moderate politicians. They support, on an ideological level, terrorism. They cooperate with terrorists.
“They give a platform for terrorists. But there is not sufficient evidence to show they send their own members to commit terrorism, and that is the standard for a designation.”