Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO provides some much-needed perspective on the players in the Middle East’s uprising:
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have taken time off from helping install an Islamist government in Libya (mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, with some help from al Qaeda) and calling for the arming of the Syrian “rebels” (mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, with some help from al Qaeda) to heap praise on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
The post-Mubarak regime for which democracy project enthusiasts like McCain and Graham clamored is poised to try Americans they have taken prisoner. This is a particular blow for the senators because they sit on the board of one of the NGOs at the center of the crisis — the International Republican Institute, a progressive endowment that is a clearinghouse for channeling millions of American taxpayer dollars for “civil society development” across the globe. The IRI has served as a McCain fiefdom since he was given control of it 20 years ago. It is one of the organizations whose members have been accused of violating Mubarak-era Egyptian laws that bar NGOs from receiving foreign funding — laws that the Muslim Brotherhood opposed because they made it harder for the Brothers to rabble-rouse under the guise of “promoting democracy.”
The Brotherhood, of course, actually seeks an Islamic state ruled by repressive sharia law. From the organization’s founding in the 1920s to this very day, its motto remains, “Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!” Only a few days ago, its Supreme Guide in Egypt reaffirmed that the Brotherhood’s goal is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Its chief sharia jurist, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who explains that secular democracy is anathema for an Islamic society, has prescribed a gradual transition to sharia. Just three years ago, the Brotherhood’s leadership explicitly called on Egyptian youth to prepare for jihad — “raising young people on the basis of the principles of jihad so as to create mujahideen who love to die as much as others love to live, and who can perform their duty toward their God, themselves, and their homeland.”
The Brothers, furthermore, have unmitigated contempt for the West and seek the eradication of Israel. Qaradawi promises that Islam will conquer America and Europe and has issued fatwas approving suicide bombings in Israel and againstAmerican troops in Iraq. The terrorist organization, Hamas, is the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. The Brotherhood’s agents in America have written that their mission here is a “grand jihad” to eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within by sabotage.
But why should any of that preclude warm words from the ummah’s favorite Republicans?
Please read the rest of it at (“McCain & Graham [Heart] the Muslim Brotherhood”)