February 1, 2011
Former semi-ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has told Sean Hannity the Egyptian rebellion against the authoritarian dictator Hosni Mubarak should be used as a pretext to bomb Iran.
“Do you think that the Israelis are going to have to strike — they are going to have to take action?” Sean Hannity asked Bolton on his radio program Monday. “As you pointed out, ElBaradei ran cover for the Iranians for all those years that he was with the IAEA. And, I just don’t think the Israelis have much longer to wait… they’re going to have to act in fairly short order.”
“I think that’s right,” Bolton said. “I don’t think there’s much time to act. And I think the fall of a Egyptian government committed to the peace agreement will almost certainly speed that timetable up.”
Last week Bolton said “the real alternative is not Jefferson democracy versus the Mubarak regime, but that it’s the Muslim Brotherhood versus the Mubarak regime, and that has enormous implications for the US, for Israel, and our other friends in the region.”
The corporate media – and especially the concurrent neocon media – are now portraying the Muslim Brotherhood as a scary and threatening apparition poised to implement sharia law across the region and kill infidels.
“If the Obama administration decides to go along with the ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood under the guise of a ‘peoples’ coalition government, it will be pursuing yet another lethal engagement in its pursuit of approval in the Muslim world,” writes Joseph Klein.
“The Mubarak dictatorship is crumbling, the Muslim Brotherhood is warning that regimes will fall all over the Middle East and the radical left in America and internationally is cheering them on,” writes David Horowitz, the former Marxist turned neocon connected to CIA operative Richard Mellon Scaife.
Meanwhile, in Israel, apocalyptic doom is predicted for the moment after Mubarak falls. The Global Research in International Affairs Center claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over most of the opposition once led by largely secular parties. “Even the most important past such organization, the Kifaya movement, has already been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood,” Barry Rubin writes in a scary report claiming the ascendancy of the Brotherhood.
“They want an Islamist radical state, ruled by Sharia and at war with Israel and the United States,” Rubin continues. The Brotherhood and al-Qaeda are one in the same, the report argues.
The neocon propaganda outlet in Israel, The Jerusalem Post, cranks the fear-mongering up a level with dire warnings of war against the Jewish state. “A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist,” writes Yaakov Lappin.
Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al-Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.”
Even so-called liberals who support Israel are beating the drums. “The Brotherhood remains the only well-organized institution in Egypt other than the military. It has been underground for generations – jailed, tortured, infiltrated, but still, somehow, flourishing. Its moment may be approaching,” writes Richard Cohen in a Washington Post op-ed.
Cohen is on to something, although he probably does not know it. The Muslim Brotherhood was indeed infiltrated – and not recently, but many years ago.
As Peter Goodgame has exhaustively documented, the Muslim Brotherhood is a prized secret weapon of the globalists. Both the CIA and British intelligence penetrated the group and used it to fight against Arab nationalism, in particular early on nationalism promoted by Egypt’s Nasser.
“The CIA was following the example of British Intelligence and sought to use Islam to further its goals,” writes Goodgame. “They wanted to find a charismatic religious leader that they could promote and control and they began to cooperate with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. With the rise of Nasser the Brotherhood was also courted more seriously by the pro-Western Arab regimes of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They needed all the popular support that they could muster against the rise of Nasser-inspired Arab nationalism to keep their regimes intact.”
Officially the Brotherhood was an outlawed organization, but it remained influential and active within Egypt working against the secular regime, often hand-in-hand with British Intelligence. In June of 1955 MI6 was already approaching the Brotherhood in Syria to agitate against the new government that showed strong left-wing tendencies and a desire to merge with Egypt. The Brotherhood became an even more important asset after Nasser announced the Egyptian takeover of the Suez [Canal].
Prior to the First World War, British Intelligence cultivated ties with the Brotherhood through agent Freya Stark, a British adventurer and writer. “These covert connections were used to keep track of the growing German presence in North Africa and to stay informed of the many different political movements that were springing up,” notes the Aangirfan blog. “The Muslim Brotherhood spread throughout the Muslim world and has evolved into something like a Muslim equivalent of the West’s Masonic brotherhood. It became one of the first Islamic Fundamentalist terror organizations.”
It is well documented that Israel has also supported and funded the Brotherhood through Hamas, but this inconvenient fact has been studiously ignored by the corporate media.
Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” a former senior CIA official told Richard Sale of UPI in 2002. The UPI obtained documents from the Israel-based Institute for Counter Terrorism that reveal how Hamas evolved from cells of the Muslim Brotherhood. Curiously, the original UPI report has found its way to the memory hole.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Israel, along with Jordan, supported a Brotherhood effort to take down Syria’s secular government in 1976. Israel supported training camps for the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon and Jordan near the Syrian border. Over a five year period, the Brotherhood assassinated hundreds of Alawite members of Assad’s ruling Ba’ath Party along with their relatives, Assad’s personal doctor, and a number of Soviet advisers, according to Newsweek.
Although al-Qaeda has denounced the Brotherhood’s supposed reform through nonviolence and accused the supposed terror group named after a Mujahideen database of “betraying the cause of Islam and abandoning their ‘jihad’ in favor of forming political parties and supporting modern state institutions,” the alleged number two leader of the CIA created organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri, joined the Brotherhood in Egypt as a teenager.
Osama bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam, was connected to both the Brotherhood and the CIA. Azzam, according to Columbia University professor Barnett Rubin, was considered a prime asset because of his “close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi intelligence, and the Muslim World League.”
Osama’s family also had connections. Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, his brother-in-law, was a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon and ran the Peshawar, Pakistan, office of the Muslim World League, where he was active in sending recruits to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Alleged 9/11 hijacking ring leader Mohamed Atta joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1990. “At every stage in Atta’s journey is the Muslim Brotherhood,” a former CIA officer told Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker in 2003.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a vital component of the globalist intelligence conglomerate and its long running and ongoing campaign to create and exploit Islamic terror. John Bolton’s argument about the Brotherhood and its role in the unfolding Egyptian revolution reveals a neocon strategy designed to exploit that event in order to fear-monger, insert new life in the war on manufactured terror, and once again vilify Iran.
The corporate media is all too willing to hype the Brotherhood angle and stoke the flames of Islamic paranoia used so effectively in the wake of September 11, 2001. The corporate media, after all, gets the lion’s share of its cues from the Pentagon. It serves as both a propaganda conduit and psychological operations base for the military-industrial-intelligence complex.
The Muslim Brotherhood Sharks Are Circling In Egypt, Joseph Klein, NewsRealBlog, February 1, 2011.
Richard Mellon Scaife: Who Is He Really? Edward Spannaus, The Executive Intelligence Review, March 21, 1997.
Horowitz Funding Sources, University of Cincinnati Chapter AAUP, April 6, 2005.
Report: Post-Mubarak regime seen as anti-West, aligned with Al Qaida, World Tribune, February 1, 2011.
A democratic Egypt or a state of hate? Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, February 1, 2011.
Peter D. Goodgame, The Globalists and the Islamists: Fomenting the “Clash of Civilizations” for a New World Order, Red Moon Rising, 2001.
The use of the Muslim Brotherhood by MI6 and the CIA in Egypt, Syria and Iran, Aangirfan, November 29, 2005.
Hamas history tied to Israel, Richard Sale, United Press International, June 18, 2002.
Robert Dreyfuss, Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, Metropolitan Books, October 13, 2005.
Muslim Brotherhood vs Al Qaeda, IkhwanWeb (the official Muslim Brotherhood website), January 19, 2010
The Syrian Bet, Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker, July 28, 2003.
Peter Lance, Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him, William Morrow, 2006, p. 19.
Why Were Government Propaganda Experts Working On News At CNN? Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, March 27, 2000.