The liberal wing of the Muslim Brotherhood

As much as I hate to roil the waters by questioning James Clapper’s views on the Muslim Brotherhood -  surely he’s privy to a dossier that spells everything out and has a secret basement with 12 video screens detailing all the current covert activity against MB plots PLUS James Earl Jones on speed dial to read all the flash dispatches in his trademark Important Voice  - these remarks in a Wednesday Senate hearing fail to reassure.  

(The Muslim Brotherhood) also has different factions, including a conservative wing whose interpretation of Islam runs counter to broad electoral participation and a younger, more liberal wing who is more inclined to work through a secular political process,” he said.

Whether it runs counter to broad electoral participation would seem to be irrelevant, because if they get into power there will be no more electoral participation, period. As for the “younger, more liberal wing” – no doubt sporting tongue-studs and Super Mario tats and uploading cellphone photos of Iranian stonings they ran through those cool apps that make things look like grainy 70s photos hipsters love – does he believe these liberals won’t make common cause with the “conservative” wing the moment they got their hands on all the levers? 

  1. Cas Balicki
    dogsbody: Well, for security reasons he left out the really fabulous group of Muslim Brotherhood members who know the lyrics to all the Broadway show tunes.  They’re our secret hope for democracy in Egypt, and also–finally–a really good run of Cats in Cairo.

    There’s nothing to worry about. · Feb 16 at 10:10pm

    You’ve got it all wrong, dogsbody, it’s the Muslim Brotherhood Gospel Choir that on occasion sings show tunes.

  2. katievs

    Mark Steyn has given compelling evidence that it’s in fact the young who are especially zealous jihadis.  The older generation is much more moderate and wondering what’s happened to modernity.

  3. Caroline

    Did Clapper say that under oath?

  4. Kennedy Smith

     Is this like another of those Republican Civil Wars the press keeps hoping for?

    I’m waiting for a candidate to come forward in Egypt proclaiming “I’m from the Muslim wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.”  That plays big in the early Sinai primary.

  5. dogsbody

    Well, for security reasons he left out the really fabulous group of Muslim Brotherhood members who know the lyrics to all the Broadway show tunes.  They’re our secret hope for democracy in Egypt, and also–finally–a really good run of Cats in Cairo.

    There’s nothing to worry about.

  6. Kervinlee

    That mob that gang-raped CBS reporter Lara Logan while shouting “Jew! Jew!” Were they from the “younger, more liberal wing” of the Muslim Brotherhood?

    I’m sorry, but I am getting pretty sick of the “willful blindness” (hat tip Andy McCarthy) to the threat that Islam presents by the power elite in this country. G.W. Bush’s “religion of peace’ made me as nauseous as Obama’s “Cairo Speech,” among other weak-kneed antics.

    I’m sick of the cultural masochism that has overtaken the West as a whole. Yet to defend Western Civilization in the face of an implacable enemy is to be dismissed as a right-wing racist crackpot. Our mass-infatuation with anything non-western is hollowing us out and rendering us defenseless in our most desperate hour.

    Islamic civilization proves over and over again to be primitive barbarism who means to do us in and we seem more and more inclined to just let it go ahead and take us. Why can we not be candid and honest about it, and take the necessary steps to counter it?

    Will we ever get it together to stand up and defend our civilization?

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