An unidentified protester in Egypt stands before a fiery background (courtesy: Al-Jazeera)

TEL AVIV – Islamists, in particular the

anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood, seem poised to take

power throughout the Middle East as a result of riots

that have already toppled one Arab regime and are

threatening others, in what some are calling only the

latest wave of an Islamic “tsunami” sweeping the globe.

In Egypt, members of President Hosni Mubarak’s

family reportedly have fled the country as a flood of

violent, fatal street protests threatens the stability of this

most populous Arab nation, a longtime U.S. ally and the

only Muslim nation with a long-lasting peace agreement

with Israel.

The White House has been championing the

protests, calling for a transition to democratic rule in

Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood formed the main

opposition to Mubarak.

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The Obama administration’s support for the unrest

is strikingly reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s support of

the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, which marked

the birth of modern Islamist expansion now seemingly

sweeping the Mideast.

In fact, some Muslim clerics are already calling the

riots in Egypt simply an extension of 1979’s Islamist


“Thirty-one years after the victory of the Islamic Republic,

we are faced with the obvious fact that these

movements are the aftershocks of the Islamic

Revolution,” said Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad

Khatami, as reported by Iran’s Radio Zamaneh. “The

fate of those who challenge [our] religion is destruction.”

Speaking of media and government leaders,

Khatami added, “They want to highlight the labor, liberal

and democratic issues, but the most important issue,

which is the religious streak of these protests, [is] being


The leader of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood,

Hammam Saeed, warned that the unrest in Egypt will

spread across the Mideast until Arabs succeed at

toppling leaders allied with the United States.

“The Americans and Obama must be losing sleep

over the popular revolt in Egypt,” Saeed said at a

sympathy protest held outside the Egyptian Embassy in

Amman. “Now, Obama must understand that the

people have woken up and are ready to unseat the

tyrant leaders who remained in power because of U.S.


And on the Internet, the Middle East Media

Research Institute reports, prominent Salafi cleric Abu

Mundhir Al-Shinqiti issued a fatwa in the website

Minbar Al-Tawhid Wal Jihad encouraging the protests

in Egypt, claiming Islamist jihadis are now on the verge

of a historic moment in the history of the Islamic nation,

an “earthquake” he likened to the Sept. 11 attacks in

New York City.

As the clerics are accurately noting, Egypt is only

one of many recent cases where Islamic unrest has

surged in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Tunisia, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was

toppled following rioting and street protests and

widespread looting.

In Yemen, last week witnessed the largest protests

in years against Yemen’s leader, Ali Abullah Saleh, who

is considered a crucial ally in the U.S. fight against

al-Qaida in his country and in the Middle East. The

protests further escalated yesterday.

Banners wielded by protesters in Yemen demanded

the country’s president abandon changes to the

constitution that would grant Saleh another 10 years in


Algeria, Jordan and Morocco are taking note,

fearing similar outbreaks.

In Pakistan, even the “peace-promoting,” so-called

“moderate” Islamic Barelvi sect is organizing rallies

demanding the release of a policeman who confessed to

the assassination of Punjab governor Slaman Taseer, a

liberal politician who criticized federal blasphemy laws.

In Lebanon, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia

seems to be hijacking the country’s government using

legal means.

Earlier this month, Hezbollah used its veto power to

topple the government of the Western-oriented prime

minister, Saad Hariri. Hezbollah feared Hariri would use

security forces to arrest members of its militia following

indictments expected to be issued in the near future

against Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of former

Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Last week, the Hezbollah-backed candidate for

prime minister, Najib Mikat, seemed poised to form the

next government, sending Hariri into the opposition amid

the threat of sectarian clashes.

Hezbollah members reportedly deployed on the

streets of Beirut this week in a clear signal intended to

deter Hariri backers from rioting.

The news media largely have painted the revolts in

Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt as popular unrest, citing the

use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter

to make the arrangements for the demonstrations.

White House championing

The White House itself has been almost openly

championing the unrest.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today called for

an “orderly transition” to democracy in Egypt, where the

Muslim Brotherhood is the main opposition group.

Obama himself reportedly voiced support for an

“orderly transition” in Egypt that is responsive to the

aspirations of Egyptians in phone calls with foreign

leaders, the White House said.

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis

McDonough, speaking in a White House webcast, also

urged the government and protesters in Egypt to refrain

from violence.

Egyptian officials speaking to WND, however,

warned the Muslim Brotherhood has the most to gain

from any political reform.

The Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the

world, in large part using nonviolent means. Hamas and

al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.

An Egyptian security official noted the Muslim

Brotherhood was directly involved in protest


Similarly, it is Islamists allied with the Muslim

Brotherhood who stand to gain in Pakistan, Jordan,

Tunisia and Yemen. Already, the Shiite fundementalist

Hezbollah organization is poised to exert enormous

influence over Lebanon.

WND reported the

Egyptian government suspects elements of the current

uprising there, particularly political aspects, are being

coordinated with the U.S. State Department.

A senior Egyptian diplomat told WND the regime

of Mubarak suspects the U.S. has been aiding protest

planning by Mohamed ElBaradei, who is seen as one of

the main opposition leaders in Cairo.

ElBaradei, former International Atomic Energy

Agency chief, has reinvented himself as a campaigner

for “reform” in Egypt. He is a candidate for this year’s

scheduled presidential elections. ElBaradei arrived in

Cairo just after last week’s protests began and is

reportedly being confined to his home by Egyptian

security forces. He is seen as an ally of the Muslim

Brotherhood, the main opposition force in Egypt.

Last week, ElBaradei gave an interview to Der

Spiegel defending the Brotherhood.

“We should stop demonizing the Muslim

Brotherhood. … [They] have not committed any acts of

violence in five decades. They too want change. If we

want democracy and freedom, we have to include them

instead of marginalizing them,” he said.

Just today, the Muslim Brotherhood said it was in

talks with other anti-government figures, including

ElBaradai, to form a national unity government without


David Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli town of

Shiloh and author of the book “The Islamic Tsunami,”

however, warns that the Obama administration cannot

continue to ignore the Muslim Brotherhood’s and other

Islamist groups’ greater goals.

“There is a plan to take over Western civilization,”

Rubin told The Washington Times, “and we need to

recognize it for what it is.”

“Confronting the growing threat to Western

civilization first involves admitting the problem exists,

something President Obama not only refuses to do but

strongly denies,” a Times editorial on Rubin continues.

“The administration has censored any discussion of the

problem in these terms within the government, preferring

to focus on ill-defined ‘violent extremism’ when the real

extremist threat is only partly violent and wholly


Muslim Brotherhood declares war on


Multiple prominent U.S. commentators have also

been claiming the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate

organization and denying any Islamist plot to seize


On Friday, President George W. Bush’s former

press spokeswoman, Dana Perino, told Fox News,

“Don’t be afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

This has nothing to do with religion.”

Bruce Reidel, a former CIA analyst and advisor to

President Obama, penned a Daily Beast article in which

he claimed, “The Egyptian Brotherhood renounced

violence years ago. … Its relative moderation has made

it the target of extreme vilification by more radical


Reidel’s assertion the Brotherhood renounced

violence, however, is contradicted by the Brotherhood’s

own statements in recent months, including a call to

arms against the West.

In November, the Brotherhood’s new supreme

guide, Muhammad Badi, delivered a sermon entitled,

“How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny.”

“Resistance is the only solution,” stated Badi. “The

United States cannot impose an agreement upon the

Palestinians, despite all the power at its disposal.

[Today] it is withdrawing from Iraq, defeated and

wounded, and is also on the verge of withdrawing from

Afghanistan because it has been defeated by Islamist


Badi went on to declare the U.S. is easy to defeat

through violence, since it is “experiencing the beginning

of its end and is heading toward its demise.”

Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in

International Affairs Center, noted Badi’s speech

evidenced “the likelihood that more Brotherhood

supporters in the West will turn to violence and

fund-raising for terrorism.”

Frank Gaffney, president of the American Center

for Security Policy, takes it a step further.

“In short, the Muslim Brotherhood – whether it is

operating in Egypt, elsewhere in the world or here – is

our enemy,” he wrote.

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