President Obama said that it was a 20th century mindset that said, "Well, you know, he may be a dictator, but he's our dictator." During events of the last year or so, Obama administration started supporting one Jihadist movement that is not shy of using terrorist tactics.
So… If they are our Jihadists, does that make terrorist attacks acceptable?
One suicide bomber in Damascus
, capital of Syria, killed at least 25 people, wounding more than 45. While the main target of the suicide bomber was a police bus, most of the victims were innocent civilians. Previous suicide bomber attack targeted the state security building in Damascus. Again, most of the 44 killed and 166 wounded, were civilians.
For some strange reason, US media blamed Syrian government for the earlier attack although there was no supporting evidence, other than the claim of Muslim Brotherhood that they didn't do it. Well… Neither did Bart Simpson.
The administration will probably have to say that Muslim Brotherhood was not behind the latest attack too. Oh yes, the Syrian government obviously decided to kill all the people who support them.
The administration is forced to turn a blind eye towards the terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Syrian opposition since the Obama administration reversed decades of hostility to an organization once viewed as irreconcilably opposed to United States interests. In return for US support, Brotherhood repeated assurances that its lawmakers want to build a modern democracy in the Middle East.
The only possible reason for support of Muslim Brotherhood is that the difference between them and Al Qaeda is that Al Qaeda had world as a target while Muslim Brotherhood says that their Jihad should target only Middle East and Arab countries.
Al-Qaeda projects a global agenda, where every Muslim land "from Granada to Kashgar
," as Ayman al-Zawahiri put it - needs to be "liberated
" from non-Islamic rule. The Muslim Brotherhood, embraced a more limited concept of Jihad
combined with missionary activity and organized political struggle. The movement has fervently supported armed struggle against non-Islamic forces in places like Iraq. The Brotherhood-offshoot Hamas is the first Palestinian militia to consistently limit its activities to the territory of pre-1948 Palestine.
It seems that the current administration decided that the limited scope Jihad is better than looking over your shoulder worldwide. Actually, looking at the events of Arab spring and US support of the movement, it is no wonder that Muslim Brotherhood took important roles in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt in less than a year.
As for assurances of modern democracy - The Muslim Brotherhood party's deputy leader Dr. Rashad Bayoumi said
that "whatever the circumstances, we do not recognize Israel at all. It's an occupying criminal enemy
." Is 21th century mindset that "They may be Jihadists, but they are our Jihadists." Who knows, our Jihadists might be better then Al Qaeda. However, supporting people that send suicide bombers to Israeli restaurants might be going a little too far.