Some interesting points came up in the comment thread on last night’s post about ISIS. A couple of issues raised by our commenters merit further discussion.
First, the questions posed by maninthepub:
What made you make that assumption [that the Ikhwan has compromised government decision-making]? How could the Muslim Brotherhood exercise such control? Who benefits other than the Muslim Brotherhood?
I’ll tackle these questions in reverse order.
Depending on the exact policies that are formulated, a lot of different interests other than the MB could well benefit. For example: the trans-national oil companies, or the munitions industry. It depends on who needs to sell oil at what price. Or who wants to buy weapons, and who’d like to sell them.
It’s well-known that the Muslim Brotherhood has highly-placed agents in the Pentagon, State, the CIA, the White House, etc. This is not classified information. It’s on the public record, if you’re willing to dig into the organizations these men and women belong to, and follow the trail back to the Ikhwan. Steve Emerson’s site is a good place to start.
The number of these culturally enriched “advisors” increased exponentially after 9/11. Suddenly, after those nineteen misinterpreters of the Koran brought down the Twin Towers and redecorated the Pentagon, the military and the executive needed much more information about Islam. So who better to provide it than these pleasant, urbane, cultivated Muslims who just happened to be hanging around Washington D.C. already, relaxing in their plush executive suites?
The Ikhwan teaches its Western operatives to be “the nicest person in the room”, and that’s the way these people are. Just compare them with the profane, sweaty, irate, shouting “Islamophobes” — who would you believe?
The Muslim Brotherhood has no need to exert control as such — influence is sufficient. Like their Communist predecessors, if they place their agents shrewdly and wait patiently, eventually the moment will arrive when a crucial policy decision can be nudged in the right direction. Less than eight years after 9/11 the words “Islam” and “jihad” disappeared from all federal government training manuals on terrorism and “extremism”. How likely is it the pointy-heads at the FBI and the Pentagon thought that one up all on their own?
Also worth mentioning is the Independent’s discussion of the current mess as if it were primarily the creation of the Obama administration.
It’s important not to focus too much on the current occupant of the White House when examining the origins of the present mess. Barack Obama made everything much worse, of course, but today’s policies were firmly in place long before Mr. Obama first put his feet up on the Oval Office desk. They predate George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and possibly even George H.W. Bush.
One might say that the love affair with the mujahideen began during the Reagan administration, when the CIA provided arms, logistical assistance, and training to no fewer than seven jihad groups fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. That enterprise turned out so well — what with the USS Cole and Osama bin Laden and all — that they decided for a reprise in the 21st century in Mesopotamia. Why abandon a proven strategy?
The CIA picked the Muslim Brotherhood as a preferred ally way back in the early 1990s — they were considered “people we can do business with”. That was at about the same time (possibly coincidentally) that the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States circulated its notorious Explanatory Memorandum outlining the strategy of “Civilization Jihad”:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
That is, they planned to dupe the United States into destroying itself.
And the process seems to be working out very well for them so far. They’ve achieved much more success than the CIA has with its genius plan (“Send lots of money and arms to the Wahhabists all across the region, it’s bound to work!”) for accomplishing our strategic goals in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
ISIS is extraordinarily savvy in its approach to global propaganda, especially in the social media. When I saw their first three major propaganda videos (at least some of which will eventually be analyzed here), I was in awe — if that is the right word — of their capabilities. You and I wouldn’t think of atrocity videos as useful promotional material, but they do. They’re part of the Islamic State’s “branding” operation, through which they reach out across the globe to persuade bloody-minded new recruits to make the hijra to the Sunni Triangle.
As for the rest of the world — those of us who don’t see beheadings and mass executions as selling points — the same videos obey the instructions of Mohammed and the Koran: they strike terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. They make the weak, cowardly kuffar that much more likely to flee, surrender, or convert without a fight.
This is the heart of Great Jihad, which is primarily an information war. The Peshmerga and the JDAMs are part of an incidental side-battle. The real fight is being waged on TV screens, computer monitors, and smart phones all over the world.
Islam may yet win this thing. At the moment, they have the upper hand. The final outcome depends on how many Westerners wake up before the demographics tilt completely against them.
Waking people up is my job — and yours.