"Muslim Brotherhood at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Al-Sadr's Threat"
by Steven Emerson
April 9, 2007
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JANE SKINNER: You probably know that House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, raised a lot of eyebrows when she met with
STEVEN EMERSON: Jane, I fully agree with you. I think that the responsibility here lies equally with the U.S. Ambassador for inviting an elected member of parliament who happens to be a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood. There's no reason why the U.S. Ambassador would have invited this person if not for giving him legitimacy. So I think the responsibility lies with the U.S. Government, as well as with Mr. Hoyer for not checking out who he was meeting with. After all, if I am meeting with a delegation of foreigners, I want to know who I am meeting with. I do not want to legitimize somebody from Jean-Marie Le Pen's party. I want to know who is in the room. So I don't think that it's fair to characterize Mr. Hoyer as bearing all responsibility here.
SKINNER: And tell me, the concerns about this group that the American government has historically had are what? I mean ties to you know, you name it, all the bad players: Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri came from them?
EMERSON: Muslim Brotherhood is the parent and the mother of all Sunni extremist groups. Hamas came from them, Islamic Jihad, al Qaeda, al Nahda. Every single radical Islamic group came from the Muslim Brotherhood. It is a totalitarian organization, it is mistakenly characterized as a nonviolent organization. But in fact it generates, it nurtures all of the extremist groups. It is responsible for the killing of Anwar Sadat, and it breeds violence through the teachings of jihad that it disseminates through its publications, and through the subgroups that it creates around the world. It has organizations in
SKINNER: So why would somebody, even if he's an elected official in Egypt, why would somebody affiliated with that group with that kind of history ever be welcomed at say the U.S. Ambassador's residence?
EMERSON: You raise an excellent question, and in fact it's a question that we've been raising in the
SKINNER: And Muqtada al-Sadr in
EMERSON: Well, I think this is quite indicative of the results of the bilateral
SKINNER: Steve Emerson, counter-terrorism analyst and author of American Jihad. Steve, thank you.
EMERSON: You're welcome.