Category: Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities

Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what I set out to do in my chapter, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” appearing in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to Combat Modern Radical Islam. The work was edited by Anna Bekele and...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

Join me at the US Capitol building for strategy conference on Al Qaeda and Ikhwan

Join me and eight other experts at the United States Capitol building on Friday, September 6, for a day-long conference on Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: A New American Strategy. Sponsored by the Westminster Institute, the conference addresses the failure of US policy in the Middle East and Africa, a policy that centers on the belief that supporting “non-violent”...

Muslim Brotherhood can’t take a joke – so let’s keep joking

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi depended on protesters to ridicule the regime he targeted in Egypt, but now that he has become the Egyptian regime, he’s showing he fears the power of ridicule as a political weapon. Morsi had local comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef set up to be prosecuted for “insulting” him (and Islam) on March 30 of this...

Egyptian protesters call for Morsi to be ousted & put on trial

Looks like Egyptians aren’t taking the Muslimbrotherhoodization of their country sitting down. Protesters are now openly calling for President Mohammed Morsi – a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood – to be overthrown and placed on trial for crimes that include politically motivated murder. Egypt is becoming so fragmented under Morsi’s dictatorial rule that the country’s military leader, General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’,...

Egyptian Islamists fear comedian’s jokes

Egyptian Islamists are so fearful of jokes undermining their authority that they have taken action against a popular comedian. Their action to prosecute funnyman Bassem Youssef, who modeled his program after Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, shows yet again how satire and ridicule can be potent weapons against Islamist intolerance. Youssef (not to be confused with a litigious FBI agent of...

Qutb developed his philosophy from a prison cell

While we’re on the subject of the necessity of prison time (or some other form of exile or retreat) for the politically active operative to have the down-time needed to develop his philosophy and other motivational writings, we turn to Syyed Qutb (pictured) the lead theoretician of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) and an inspirational source for al Qaeda and other...

Who’s public diplomacy is this?

A billboard at Cairo’s international airport quotes the President of the United States: ‘We must educate our children to become like young Egyptian people. . .’ What does this mean? When did the president say it? Did he really say it at all? If so, why? Unidentified American visitors descending the escalator to the baggage claim area took the two...

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,”...