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Arab Media: Does US Really Want to Fight the Brotherhood?

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Arabic media review
Arabic media review

Here’s our latest look at the Arabic-language media and how outlets report on the United States via a mix of editorials and columns. This week: Iran; and the U.S. desire to fight the Brotherhood:

 

The US Strategy for Iran Regime Change – Annahar (Lebanon)

American-Iranian relations have taken a turn for the worse ever since Trump became president. It’s a result of the American strategy to bring down the Iranian regime by using internal and external forces: leaving the nuclear agreement; economic sanctions that prevent Iran from getting food, technology and money; international pressure by making a cartel of Western countries that support America; preventing any kind of external support; economic implosion; encouraging the opposition to unite against the regime; and, encouraging armed opposition.

 

Declaring the Muslim Brotherhood as Criminal – Al-Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

Terror, from my perspective, includes two central planks: Iran that tries to ‘Shi’ize’ the Islamic world, and the Muslim Brotherhood and its movements, which try to establish the Islamic caliphate. U.S. Designation of the Brotherhood as terrorists is a vital step because then the group will be closely watched and subsequently its funding. This will limit its ability to support political Islamic movements spread around the world.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Eyes of America Today – Al-Khlij Al-Yawm (Egypt)

Relations between the U.S. and the Muslim Brotherhood are old and complex. The last chapter was the meeting in Congress of the House subcommittee on national security. There was agreement between the speakers that the main Muslim Brotherhood targets haven’t changed since its inception. Its ideas are extremely anti-democratic. Egypt was used as a guinea pig for dealing with the Brotherhood. There was a debate as to how connected the Brotherhood is to terror. Some said it should be designated, while others said one cannot designate the entire movement because some of its constituent groups, such as those in Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia, are part of the government or opposition. If they are dealt with as terror organizations it will complicate U.S. relations with these friendly countries and will increase hatred of America. That’s why it’s better to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood one country at a time.

 

Congress: Muslim Brotherhood a Threat to National Security – Asharq Al-Awsat (Saudi Arabia)

The Muslim Brotherhood is considered a threat to U.S. national security. This is the conclusion of a report by the House subcommittee on national security. There is enough information, proof and American intel to sort the issue out in a matter of moments, not after years and decades in which countries have suffered from its violence and terror. [The Brotherhood’s] involvement in terror was perfectly clear and obvious. Some might say the U.S. used the Brotherhood to promote American policies and projects. Some even claim that what’s happening now is just an American ploy to force the Brotherhood to make concessions, and the Administration isn’t really serious about designating the Brotherhood because intelligence needs this organization to play with some cards.

 

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Ran Meir

Ran Meir is Clarion Project's Arab affairs analyst and a Shillman Fellow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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