There are two important columns each of which addresses the surge of Islamists throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
The first column, by Andy McCarthy, focuses on reports that the Obama administration is using Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as a conduit for contact with the Taliban:
The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.
You might remember al-Qaradawi from my posts last February, NY Times Whitewashes Return of Anti-Semitic Egyptian Cleric and The Yuppie Revolution In Egypt Is Over, The Islamist Revolution Has Begun, which included this video of al-Qaradawi leading over a million Egyptians in chanting “To Jerusalem We go, for us to be the Martyrs of the Millions.”
Regardless of whether the Obama administration is using al-Qaradawi himself, it has embraced Islamists.
Daniel Greenfield notes the rise of Islamists far beyond Egypt, The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East:
The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia’s elections, Turkey’s Islamist AKP Party purged the last bastions of the secular opposition and Libya’s future as an Islamist state was secured by American, British and French jets and special forces.
Time Magazine declared that 2011 was the Year of the Protester, they might have more honestly called it the Year of the Islamist. In 2010 the Taliban were still hiding in caves. In 2012 they are set to be in power from Tunisia to Afghanistan and from Egypt to Yemen. They won’t go by that name of course. Most of them will have elaborate names with the words “Justice” or “Community” in them, but they will for the most part be minor variations on the Muslim Brotherhood theme.
The Muslim Brotherhood has confirmed its intentions in Egypt:
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will not recognize Israel under any circumstances and might put the peace treaty with the Jewish state up to a referendum, the movement’s second in command told the Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview that was published Sunday….
The Muslim Brotherhood “did not sign the peace accords,” Rashad al-Bayoumi told the London-based newspaper. “We are allowed to ask the people or the elected parliament to express their opinion on the treaty, and (to find out) whether it compromised the people’s freedom and sovereignty….
“Is rising to power conditional on recognizing Israel?” al-Bayoumi wondered. “That’s out of the question, no matter what the situation is. On no condition will we recognize Israel. It is an enemy entity, an exploiting, criminal occupier.”
Polling indicates that Obama gets strong support for his foreign policy. The Obama messaging team has done an excellent job at masking a complete and utter failure by hiding behind the “I got bin Laden” sound bite.
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