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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What Qatar's Qaradawi of Muslim Brotherhood Told Syria and Other Countries

Nadene Goldfoot
A problem exists in the Muslim world in Syria, which is supported by Iran, a Shi'a country.   It's like reading about the Catholic-Protestant War in Ireland.     President Bashar al-Assad, the leader, is not about to let go of his realm in this Arab Spring.  In holding onto his country, over 3,000  of his people, mostly Sunnis,  were killed in their rebellion.  Even the Arab League is apalled by this and have not been able to stop him.  They entered the country wearing orange jackets and have the Arab League logo on their cars.  They have been ineffectual in stopping deaths.  Assad said he has been fighting against the Muslim Brotherhood, which is Sunni,  since 1950 and said this a war between Islamism and Pan Arabism.  He has warned the West against any intervention, which the UN and China have considered. 

Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, Muslim Brotherhood's top religious leader living in Qatar, told Syria's Assad that he and his politicians were heretical.  He told Assad's soldiers that they are obligated to defect to the Free Syria Army.  "If you want the welfare of your people and intend to go to paradise after death,  join the Free Syria Army," he preached.  He even had said that that it was permissible for the UN led intervention to take place.  The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood said it was impressed with Turkey's governance and does not want to follow in Iran's footsteps. 

If that was not enough advise, the Libyan government sent an Islamist militia leader to help the Free Syria Army with advise.  Libya's Islamic fighting group has sent fighters to Syria. 

Hamas in Gaza belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is fighting Assad.  What is this group to do when they have been supported by Assad and Iran?  Their political bureau is even based in Damascus, Syria.  They have worked on suppressing anti-Asad protests in Gaza but that didn't make Iran happy enough, who demand that pro-Assad rallies be staged in its place.  So Hamas has been moving out of Damascus and is going into Egypt, Gaza, Sudan, Jordan and Qatar in breaking up their relationship with Assad of Syria.

At one point, Syria and Iran were buddies along with Turkey, who had joined the duo.  Iran even produced a documentary showing the rise of the Muslim brotherhood as the fulfillment of their prophecy.  Now they see Hamas trying to leave Syria, which angers Iran.  Therefore, Iran has threatened to end all their support for Hamas if it does, forcing Khaled Mashaal, chief of the Damascus office to stay with a reduced staff.  He finally endorsed Assad in December because he had supported the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people in every way.  That doesn't mean that he doesn't support democracy and "the rights of the peoples,' though, he clarified. 

Hamas joins Israel in fearing Iran's nuclear ambitions.  One senior Hamas official privately hopes that Israel stops Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  They're even thinking of not retaliating if Iran is attacked by Israel.  A sad note is that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group is still Iran's side-kick. 

In September, Ahmadinejad said that the Assad regime should end its crackdown, knowing that a military solution is never right.  He told him to make some reforms to end the crisis.  Then Iran reached out to the national Coordination Committee, who are dead set against foreign intervention and they rejected Iran's help.  Iran was trying to get Assad to deal with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.  By October Iran tried to get the Muslim Brotherhood to support Assad, but was turned down. 

Bahrain is a different story.  Sheikh Qaradawi endorsed the Bahraini Royal Family.  This is because the uprising there it is the Shiite population demanding change.  Qaradawi said this is not a people's revolution here, only a sectarian one.  He said that Iran and Hezbollah were causing the rebellion. 

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists, an even more extreme group,  are the ruling party. The Salafists are outraged that the Brotherhood supported a Coptic Christian candidate over a Salafist.  The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood argued with the Turkish PM Erdogan when he visited Cairo when he became too pushy.  A leader of the Brotherhood, Essam el-Erian, said "We do not think he or Turkey should be leading the area or drawing up its future.  Qaradawi complimented Erdogan's party as an "excellent" model that "won over secularism calmly." 

Qaradawi calls on Muslims to fight on the side of Iran if it is attacked, even though he and the Muslim Brotherhood are   Sunni and Iran is 98% Shi'a.    The reality is that the different groups of Islamist forces may compete to the point of killing each other in many causes, like Qaradawi calling Shiites  "heretics," but will always be willing to join together against the infidel.  No matter who is top dog, we know that heretics are Jews and Americans. 

Resource: FrontPage, Cracks in the Islamist Bloc by Ryan Mauro

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