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Twenty Years of Illusion about Islamism by Daniel Pipes

Twenty Years of Illusion about Islamism by Daniel Pipes | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The broad lines of U.S. government, other government, and generally establishment policy toward Islamism were laid down on June 2, 1992, when Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Edward P. Djerejian delivered a major speech.

 

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Two Faces of the Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Smoltczyk

Two Faces of the Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Smoltczyk | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The Muslim Brotherhood is the strongest political force in Egypt, which is holding presidential elections this week, yet opinions are divided over the nature of the movement and what it really wants.

 

• Two Faces of the Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Smoltczyk http://bit.ly/JqjjZE

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Kramer on FB: Muslim Brotherhood tells us what it really thinks (about Israel)

Anyone who doesn’t see a looming clash between a Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt and Israel is wearing blinders and earplugs. This is an election rally for the MB’s presidential candidate, Muhammad Mursi. It’s an anti-Israel hate fest. (Transcript: http://bit.ly/KCoqKY.) On Sunday, I heard Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough sugarcoat the chaos in Egypt. He’s either disingenuous or a fool.

 

• Kramer on FB: Muslim Brotherhood tells us what it really thinks (about Israel) http://t.co/naPznK5g

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Netanyahu interview, Welt am Sonntag (English original)

Here is a simple fact that apparently has eluded Mister Grass: Israel doesn’t seek to destroy Iran, Iran seeks to destroy Israel and openly calls for it and works for it by building atomic bombs for that expressed purpose. What do we do with such statements? In every society you have extreme statements. A society is not judged by those statements but by how the leadership responds to them. And I think the fact that there was a broad condemnation by the leaders of Germany is important and positive. I am concerned that there is an undercurrent of support for this, at best it reflects a great ignorance on the facts that I have just put forward.

 

• Netanyahu interview, Welt am Sonntag (English original) http://bit.ly/JjiXmZ

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Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic by Joel Brinkley

Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic by Joel Brinkley | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Ever since Islamists took office in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, they have been trying to convince us that they are advocates of moderation, democracy, women's rights and individual freedoms. And most people in the West, after jubilantly watching the Arab Spring's amazing revolutions last year, wanted to believe them. But now we can see that these Islamic groups are taking us for fools.

 

• Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic by Joel Brinkley http://bit.ly/Iy2usZ

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The Arab Spring was a mirage by Clifford D. May

The Arab Spring was a mirage by Clifford D. May | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

By all means, let’s talk to the Islamists. But let’s listen carefully to what they say. Let’s not be complicit in our own deception. Let’s watch what they do. Let’s not confuse gradualism with moderation. Journalists, diplomats and academics might understand all this if they were relying less on optimism and more on analysis.

 

• The Arab Spring was a mirage by Clifford D. May http://t.co/BYdp0Mr3

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A march of folly to Jerusalem by Ron Prosor

A march of folly to Jerusalem by Ron Prosor | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

On Friday, some of the world’s most notorious terrorists, tyrants and radicals are organizing a mass attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty, calling it a “Global March to Jerusalem.” They will march to the tune of revisionist history not seen since the pages of George Orwell’s 1984, accusing Israel of “Judaizing Jerusalem.” These accusations come about 3,000 years too late.

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The Enemies of Our Enemies by Lee Smith

The Enemies of Our Enemies by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The upheavals of the Arab Spring have given rise to more Sunni extremists than Osama Bin Laden could have hoped for: The Muslim Brotherhood has enjoyed electoral victories in Egypt and Tunisia, and the black flag of al-Qaida flies over parts of Libya. Throughout the Middle East, the Salafis—a Saudi-funded extremist strain of Sunni Islam—are one of the region’s fastest growing movements.

 

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Is There a Difference Between “Moderate” and “Radical” Islamism? by Michael Rubin

I know many moderate Muslims – who put their lives on the line every day to preserve liberty and freedom of religious interpretation—and I am also friends with many moderate Islamists. I know not a single moderate, however, who defends bin Laden. Does Agence France Presse (and Yahoo) really believe moderates embrace bin Laden’s legacy? Wouldn’t it be more likely that a man who praises and defends bin Laden is actually somewhat radical?

 

• Is There a Difference Between “Moderate” and “Radical” Islamism? by Michael Rubin http://bit.ly/Jdx63T

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How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius

How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In terms of bin Laden’s broader goal of moving the Islamic world away from Western influence, he has done better than we might like to think. What we’re seeing now in Egypt is something that might be called electoral bin Ladenism. And the battle is still raging in Yemen, the place that bin Laden believed offered his best chance of victory. So, a year on, it’s a time to think about bin Laden’s failures but also about the ways his fellow Islamists have morphed toward a political movement more successful than even bin Laden could have dreamed.

 

• How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius http://wapo.st/IksgHY

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Gilles Kepel: "L’Arabie saoudite est en train de transformer le wahhabisme en une sorte d’église de l’Islam"

Gilles Kepel: "L’Arabie saoudite est en train de transformer le wahhabisme en une sorte d’église de l’Islam" | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Le terme orientaliste est aujourd’hui très galvaudé puisque depuis Edward Saïd, les orientalistes sont des sortes d’auxiliaires universitaires de la colonisation. Pas du tout. Moi, je suis né après cette période. J’ai dirigé une cinquantaine de thèses dans ma vie et le seul critère, c’était constamment que mes étudiants connaissent la langue du pays dans lequel ils travaillaient, l’arabe, le turc ou le persan. Et en même temps et surtout, ils devaient être férus de sciences sociales, comme la sociologie, l’anthropologie, la politique... Ils devaient également savoir faire du travail de terrain. Et pour moi, c’est le tripode sacré : la langue, la théorie et le terrain.... Je suis très dubitatif sur le terme d’islamophobie. Je pense que c’est un terme qui a été inventé par les mouvements islamistes eux-mêmes, pour interdire toute critique envers leur position. Au fond, cela constitue pour eux un raccourci visant à assimiler l’islamophobie à une sorte d’antisémitisme.

 

• Gilles Kepel: "L’Arabie saoudite est en train de transformer le wahhabisme en une sorte d’église de l’Islam" http://bit.ly/HPnC4g

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What Does the Muslim Brotherhood Intend? by Elliott Abrams

What Does the Muslim Brotherhood Intend? by Elliott Abrams | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The MB’s decision to field a presidential candidate means it is now seeking political dominance in Egypt, as it has already become the largest party in the parliament. So it is worth looking at a lengthy speech al-Shater gave in April 2011 after his March 2011 release from prison, translated by the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth and published by the Hudson Institute here. Readers can judge for themselves, but I did not find it reassuring. The “young people” who started the revolt against Mubarak were not seeking an Islamic state. Al-Shater’s remarks bear a close reading, and anyone outside the MB will find them a source of worry.

 

• What Does the Muslim Brotherhood Intend? by Elliott Abrams http://t.co/IGjyiTXq

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From Toulouse to Cairo by Dore Gold

From Toulouse to Cairo by Dore Gold | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

By taking a liberal stand on the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, European states will be pursuing a self-defeating policy. They would, in effect, be strengthening the movements that are currently undermining their internal security most directly.

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The Thought Police by Paul Berman

The Thought Police by Paul Berman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

If you have been keeping up with the election results from North Africa and the civil wars in different parts of the Arab world, you may have already intuited that the worldwide campaign to suppress criticism of the Islamist movement is about to make a gigantic and intimidating lurch forward, beyond anything we have so far seen.

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