Good Grief. Obama Administration Held Meetings With Muslim Brotherhood Islamists
But, remember… Obama is pro-Israel.
In February, Kamal al-Halbavi, a senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, traveled to Iran and said he hoped that Egypt would have a “a good government, like the Iranian government, and a good president like Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is very brave.”
Kamal al-Halbavi (Kamal Helbawi) also told Iranian news outlets that the Khomeini revolution in Iran set an example for others to follow today. Al-Habawi added, “Unfortunately there are no personalities like Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei.”
It is widely known that the Muslim Brotherhood wants Sharia Law in Egypt.
U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt’s biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.
The Brotherhood is one of Egypt’s most popular and organized groups, with a broad grassroots network built up partly through social work even in Mubarak’s era.
The contacts may unsettle Israel and its U.S. backers. The Brotherhood renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt years ago. But groups like Hamas, which have not disavowed violence, look to the Brotherhood as a spiritual guide.
Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with the Brotherhood’s members of parliament who had won seats as “independents” to skirt the official ban. This offered a diplomatic cover to keep lines of communication open.