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Christian Post OP: Egypt Christian Woman Killed by MB Supporters

“Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off…”

Muslim Brotherhood Slaughter Christian Woman

From: The Christian Post
By: Raymond Ibrahim, Op-Ed Contributor, March 31, 2014|9:18 am

On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, including by opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame. Four people died.

One of the slain, a young Coptic woman, was savagely mauled and molested before being murdered-simply because her cross identified her as a Christian to the Brotherhood rioters.

According to an eyewitness who discussed the entire event on the Egyptian program, 90 Minutes, Mary Sameh George was parking by the church to deliver medicine to a sickly, elderly woman:

Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find…. Throughout [her ordeal] she tried to protect her face, giving her back to the attackers, till one of them came and stabbed her right in the back, near the heart, finishing her off. Then another came and grabbed her by the hair, shaking her head, and with the other hand slit her throat. Another pulled her pants off, to the point that she was totally naked.

The eyewitness, as well as many others who have since appeared on videos, complained about Egyptian State Security and how it did not intervene-just like under Morsi, when St. Mark Cathedral was besieged, even as security stood by-how it knows exactly who the murderers are, and how one of Mary’s murderers, whom “everyone reported to Security,” was simply relaxing in his home, not even hiding.

Added the eyewitness: “Let me tell you, here in Ain Shams, we [Christians] know that every Friday is a day of death; that the day after Friday, Saturday, we’ll be carried to the morgue!”

Full Story: http://www.christianpost.com/news/muslim-brotherhood-slaughter-christian-woman-117103/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  The above protest also involve the killing of  journalist Mayada Ashraf. Her death – struck by a bullet – made some headlines, presumably because blame was being placed on Egyptian government forces.  Mary George’s brutal attack and subsequent death has been hardly mentioned.  As Ibrahim points out in his article, reporting on savagery involving Islamists does not fit into the politically correct narrative. 

An example of  how the incident was typically reported can be found at:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/egypt-police-clash-with-anti-sisi-protesters-201432818758651989.html

 

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Fact Check a Fact Check: Rep. Bachmann and Muslim Brotherhood

On September 11th, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times ran a www.politifact.com item written by Julie Kliegman, regarding a speech made by  U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Rep Bachmann was addressing the Egyptian people while on an eight-member House delegation to Egypt. Ms. Kliegman’s “fact checking” focused on Rep. Bachmann’s references to threats posed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We’ve seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” she said Saturday. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten. We know that you have dealt with that enemy as well.”

Was Bachmann blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 attacks? Or, was she making a more general statement that both Egypt and the United States should fight extremists?

Dan Kotman, Bachmann’s press secretary, told PolitiFact in an email that her comments were not meant to imply that the Muslim Brotherhood caused 9/11. Her main point was that the United States and Egypt need to maintain their resolve against terrorism in general, Kotman said.

Bachmann’s comments struck us as open to interpretation, so we won’t rate them on our Truth-O-Meter. Nevertheless, we thought it was worth taking a closer look at the Brotherhood, al-Qaida and misconceptions about the attacks.

Ms. Kliegman provides a brief historical background on the Muslim Brotherhood and reports:

In recent memory the Brotherhood has not supported violence as a means of changing political processes in Egypt, wrote Dave Siegel, Duke University political science professor, in an email.

This is rather disingenuous and leaves the reader with an impression that the group has rejected violence in general.   The process leading to Morsi’s election was largely reported by western media as non-violent, but the social change sought by the Muslim Brotherhood has been quite the opposite.  It’s leaders have supported violence against Egypt’s Christians as well as attacks on the U.S. Embassy in September of 2012.

About 10 days prior to the referenced email from Siegel, Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi called the ousting of President Morsi a conspiracy and directed Egyptian men and women to rebel against the current government.

According to The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch : Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and is the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations.  In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to head he Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide.

Ms. Kliegman’s article then moves to address Rep. Bachmann’s references to the attacks of 9/11/2001.  She cites a telephone interview she has with James Gelvin, a Middle Eastern history professor at UCLA:

While the Muslim Brotherhood focuses on politics within countries like Egypt, al-Qaida seeks to liberate the Middle East from imperialist rule, which they think was implemented to keep the Muslim world divided and weak.

To paint the Muslim Brotherhood as simply a political group, with no ties to terrorism is naive at best.  Since 1997, Hamas has been a U.S. designated terrorist organization and openly identifies itself as a Muslim Brotherhood group in its charter.   In the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development trial/investigation, Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. were identified as providing funds to Hamas.  An informative and well documented article highlighting how charity groups fund terror can be found at UK Funds Terror Connections: Islamic Relief Worldwide.  References  to Muslim Brotherhood groups/connections are numerous.

Regarding the 9/11 Commission report, Ms. Kliegman writes:

The commission frequently referred to al-Qaida in explaining its makeup and recommending future action. By contrast, there are only five references to the Muslim Brotherhood in the 585-page document.

In a report regarding the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, being associated and having multiple mentions is not something that should be considered insignificant.

Ms. Kliegman’s fact checking concludes with a section in bold of No link and implies that since the Muslim Brotherhood denounces violence it would be at odds with al Qaeda.  She relies on another telephone interview with Tony Gaskew, University of Pittsburgh criminal justice professor:

“It is impossible to be socially active in the Middle East and not have come into contact with the tenants of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said. “They are extremely active in creating and sustaining social services, educational services, employment programs and health care programs.”

This is exactly how  al Qaeda obtains significant funding under the guise of charity work.  In an evidentary proffer submitted in  the case of U.S. vs. Emann M. Arnaout:

In or about 1993, Bin Laden advised an al Qaeda member that al Qaeda was using several charities to fund its operations overseas, including al Birr. The al Qaeda member understood from conversations with Bin Laden and others in al Qaeda that the charities would receive funds that could be withdrawn in cash and a portion of the money used for legitimate relief purposes and another portion diverted for al Qaeda operations. The money for al Qaeda operations would nevertheless be listed in the charities’ books as expenses for building mosques or schools or feeding the poor or the needy.

Ms. Kliegman’s academic contacts further state:

  • Many people leave the Muslim Brotherhood due to the social movement’s opposition to violence, Gaskew said. They have repeatedly denounced violence, Gaskew said.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida aren’t on good terms with each other, Siegel said.
  • “(The Muslim Brotherhood’s) methods — focused more on the political process than pure violence — have actually been explicitly criticized by Bin Laden, who accused it of betraying the cause,” Siegel wrote in an email. “It is certainly not responsible for 9/11.”

The U.S. Treasury department identified the Benevolence International Fund (BIF) and  Global Relief Foundation (GRF), both Muslim Brotherhood entities, as Funneling Dollars to Al Qaida.

The global funding aspect brings to light a very important fact that Ms. Kliegman has apparently missed in her analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood – it is a global organization.    It operates through a seemingly myriad of front groups in supporting terror to achieve an Islamist agenda.  It’s goals, operations and main interests are not defined by sovereign borders.

This is the threat that Rep. Bachmann is addressing, “We’ve seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,”

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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:  Ms. Kliegman relying heavily on the opinions of several academics versus documented facts provides a rather weak evaluation of Rep. Bachmann’s comments.  Even more so when their opinions do not even reflect the documented history of the Muslim Brotherhood.   

An excellent reference in regards to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global operations/activity can be found at The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch.  In regards to Muslim Brotherhood’s operation though front groups in the U.S., one of the best reference papers to date is the Hudson Institutes: Muslim Brotherhood in America.

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Al Arabiya Columnist: Muslim Brotherhood U.S. presence marginal

” … a group that has caused them little or no harm directly and that was not linked to September 11.”
– Sonia Farid, regarding Muslim Brotherhood in U.S.

Sonia Farid, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Cairo University and writes a guest column for Al Arabiya.  Many of her articles focus on Egyptian governmental reform and are critical of the Muslim Brotherhood.

She recently wrote, “Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization? “ highlighting  a petition by Dick Morris to “Declare the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization” and how such a call could be applied to Egypt.

Ms. Farid dismisses Morris’ concerns regarding Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) activity in the United States, writing:

“… It is more interesting to speculate whether Americans would in fact sign this petition against a group that has caused them little or no harm directly and that was not linked to September 11. Although it does mention Terrorism with a capital T in reference to the MB’s global influence, the petition addresses America and is aimed at protecting American national security. “

In reality, the Muslim Brotherhood, through U.S. based front groups has managed to cause significant harm to the security of the United States.   MB  political influence efforts, have resulted in domestic  security and law enforcement programs to become severely compromised.  Examples include the Ft. Hood shooting/trial as well as the intelligence failures leading up to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

In regards to September 11th, Ms. Farid is apparently not aware of Al-Qaeda’s origins – Osama bin Laden, Saif al-Adel and Ayman al-Zawahiri were MB members.  According to news reports, a 2002 raid of the Bosnian offices of the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF), an Illinois-based Muslim charity disclosed payments made to Al Qaeda as well as direct correspondence between bin Laden and  BIF officials.  BIF officials and activities have been linked to U.S. MB financing operations.

Ms. Farid adds:

“At the end of the day, the MB is not a major source of concern for average American citizens and they are unlikely to rally behind such a cause.”

This statement brings to light a common misconception – that the Muslim Brotherhood has very little activity in America. 

There is nothing that could be farther from the truth. 

Through such groups as IIIT, MAS, ISNA, MPAC and others, the MB has been influencing  U.S. domestic and foreign policy.  The current backing of the MB in Egypt and Syria was facilitated through the efforts of MB front groups operating within the U.S..

The main reason American citizens would not rally behind such a cause has more to do with public apathy and ignorance.

To her credit, Ms. Farid does seem to reverse her opinion on Morris’ petition towards the end of her commentary – even suggesting that Egypt could learn from it:

“Apart from the American habit of labeling as terrorist any entity that might remotely undermine its interests or those of its allies, Morris’s petition in particular underlines two important facts. The first is that designating a group as a terrorist organization is not a symbolic action to indicate condemnation of a group’s activities, but a practical one. The state, he explains, would make sure this group is denied any assistance. Therefore, taking such a step in Egypt would mean blocking through legal means all the channels through which the MB receives financial and logistical aid. The second issue is the importance of identifying the enemy; otherwise you may as well wage war against the windmills. “

For many in the U.S., the important issue is that they actually recognize they have an organized enemy working to dismantle the way of life as they know it.

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SIDE NOTE/COMMENT:  I’m not a big proponent of Dick Morris but his petition/web site refers to Citizens for National Security (CFNS). This is an excellent group that focuses on research and education regarding the extremist Islamic threat.  I highly recommend their 2011 “Homegrown Jihad in the USA” as a condensed guide in understanding the Islamist progress in the U.S..

So we topple Assad – what then? Just look at Libya …

While most of the world is focused on Syria and Egypt, there’s been little interest on how Libya has progressed post-Colonel Gaddafi.  A recent article in The Independent provides some insight and more importantly, what we may see in a post-al-Assad Syria.

Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin

Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi

From The Independent
by Patrick Cockburn, September 3, 2013

A little under two years ago, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, urged British businessmen to begin “packing their suitcases” and to fly to Libya to share in the reconstruction of the country and exploit an anticipated boom in natural resources.

Yet now Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters.

Mutinying security men have taken over oil ports on the Mediterranean and are seeking to sell crude oil on the black market. Ali Zeidan, Libya’s Prime Minister, has threatened to “bomb from the air and the sea” any oil tanker trying to pick up the illicit oil from the oil terminal guards, who are mostly former rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi and have been on strike over low pay and alleged government corruption since July.

As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.

Full Article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/special-report-we-all-thought-libya-had-moved-on–it-has-but-into-lawlessness-and-ruin-8797041.html

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COMMENTS/ANALYSISThe U.S./West’s  track record in promoting stable democracies in the Muslim world has been less than stellar.   Removing Assad will result in a power vacuum that will be filled by Islamists no better than Assad and pushing an agenda that does not include democratic principles. 

The article notes:

The Interior Minister, Mohammed al-Sheikh, resigned last month in frustration at being unable to do his job, saying in a memo sent to Mr Zeidan that he blamed him for failing to build up the army and the police. He accused the government, which is largely dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, of being weak and dependent on tribal support. Other critics point out that a war between two Libyan tribes, the Zawiya and the Wirrshifana, is going on just 15 miles from the Prime Minister’s office.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Condemns UN Report on Women

Report from Bloomberg
By Nadine Marroushi – Mar 14, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest Islamist movement, criticized a United Nations report that aimed to end violence against women and girls, saying it violates principles of Islamic law.

The Brotherhood, the movement from which Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi hails, sent a 10-point critique of a document drafted at a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The text is due to be formally adopted when the session ends tomorrow.

“The Muslim Brotherhood calls on leaders of Islamic countries, their foreign ministers and representatives in the United Nations to reject and condemn this document,” the group said statement. It urged the UN “to rise up to the high morals and principles of family relations prescribed by Islam.”

Full article:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-14/egypt-s-muslim-brotherhood-condemns-un-report-on-women.html

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The Muslim Brotherhood continues to expand it’s influence around the world.  This report identifies them as Egypts “largest Islamist movement”.  They are better described as the world’s largest Islamist movement and their agenda is global in application.

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