Egyptian president reaffirms his Muslim Brotherhood loyalty
Without any apologies for his country or for the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi says that he is seeking to maintain ties to the United States – and adds that the US, not his government, that has the responsibility to change. The Muslim Brotherhood, he adds, is part of his political fiber.
“I grew up with the Muslim Brotherhood,” Morsi stated in a 90-minute interview with the New York Times prior to his US visit. “I learned my principles in the Muslim Brotherhood. I learned how to love my country with the Muslim Brotherhood. I learned politics with the Brotherhood. I was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
He said he officially left the Brotherhood when he was sworn in as president, but that he remains a member of the Brotherhood’s political party. According to the Times, Morsi “said he sees ‘absolutely no conflict’ between his loyalty to the Brotherhood and his vows to govern on behalf of all” in Egypt.
That’s a big problem for the United States. The Muslim Brotherhood sees itself as the vanguard of a global Islamist movement whose strategic goal is to impose Islamic political and religious rule over all of humanity – a goal that by definition includes the overthrow of the Constitution of the United States.
Morsi is adamant that it is up to the US – not Egypt, or the Muslim Brotherhood, or other Islamists – to repair relations with his part of the world.
As long as Morsi is not an official “member” of the Muslim Brotherhood proper while serving as Egyptian president, the US (should it ever decide to) would have difficulty in declaring the Brotherhood a state-sponsored entity, and therefore treating it as a foreign agent or an instrument of a foreign government.