As a Muslim Reformer, there’s only one message I’d like President Trump to read before he steps into his meeting with the Qatari emir on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Qatar is one of the world’s largest sponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist organization behind every major terror group that believes in a worldwide caliphate governed by sharia law.
Qatar’s heavy-handed support for the Muslim Brotherhood is no different than feeding a parasite that lives off the blood of religious distortion. Qatar is aware that support for the Brotherhood first infects the mind as a form of covert psychological violence through weaponized storytelling. This is long before it becomes psychopathically activated in real-time battle against U.S. soldiers in the battlefield.
The Muslim Brotherhood is not Islam, but a cult that hides behind the coat tails of religion and state. It’s a cult that relies on the decency of religious freedom to covertly crush all genuine attempts at religious and cultural reform among Muslims, both at home and abroad.
American Muslim Reformers cannot compete politically or financially with the Qatari machine and its influence in all major American sectors, from the media, to think tanks, educational institutions, and even directly courting and puppeteering political influencers — which they do with the aim of saturating the marketplace of ideas in favor of a Muslim Brotherhood narrative.
Reformers are outnumbered and out-resourced, one David for every thousand Goliaths.
The lack of faith in American Muslim Reformers’ ability to secure Islamic Reform is directly anchored to the disinformation campaigns Qatar supplies to U.S markets. We are losing. Our stories, our faces, our voices are blotted by the black ink of Qatar’s disinformation campaigns. We cannot co-exist. For Islamic Reform to thrive, the Muslim Brotherhood must be crushed and all vehicles driving their message must be neutralized.
An American Muslim Reformer
President Trump and his cabinet will have already been exposed to Qatar’s manipulation tactics ahead of the emir’s arrival this week. National Security consultant David Reaboi spotted a July 2, 2019 story run on Politico, positioning Qatar’s Al Udeid military as being critical to winning the “War on Terror.”
As Ryan Mauro, director of Clarion Intelligence Network, also quickly spotted,
The byline literally says “sponsored by the government of Qatar.” Qatar is using our own military base as a bargaining chip to compel us to ignore their sponsoring of terrorism and the spreading of the Islamist ideology.
Never mind that the “War on Terror” is grotesquely outdated terminology — the war also needs to include Islamism as part of the ideology that serves as the primer for this terror.
However, the Politico article isn’t just about a military base. It’s about the weaponizing the narrative. Qatar needs a specific narrative pushed to prime the American people, including the president, ahead of the emir’s arrival. The Politico story does not stand alone: This is how Qatar operates in the U.S. on a daily basis in order to exert influence.
The same weaponization of narratives is prevalent with Qatar’s powerful media arm, Al Jazeera and its rebranded English extension known as AJ+ (Al Jazeera plus).
In one example, AJ+ ran a video titled “Why Radicalization is a Myth.” The video tried to deny the existence of Muslim radicalization, while also trying to change the meaning of “radical.”
In the U.S., the Qatari media network steps its messaging with the language of social justice. Ironically, at home, they openly express vitriolic hatred for America and its allies.
In a recent segment, One America News Network exposed how Al Jazeera uses its U.S.media to shape American political discourse in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s talking points. Host Chanel Rion sheds light on how Al Jazeera is blatantly anti-America, anti-Trump and anti-Semitic, “attacking Trump over 1,800 times since 2016, going so far as to even call President Trump the conductor in the orchestra of Satan. But on their English channel, AJ+, codes their language to appeal to a liberal socialist market in the U.S.”
Islamist Watch fellow, Benjamin Baird, specifically explains how Qatari disinformation campaigns operate on some of the most provocative issues dividing America at this hour:
“Instead of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes, they won’t talk about Jewish power, they’ll talk about Zionist influence. While they’re working to cozy up to the Trump administration, at the same time Qatar (through Al Jazeera) is slandering Donald Trump”
This is ideological warfare and Qatar is winning it. We need to wake up, especially if we hope to counter the shots that Qatar has already fired in this war, which include:
- Strategically placed articles in Politico and other U.S. media ahead of the emir’s visit
- Rebranding the Qatari media machine to resonate with American viewers
- Infiltrating universities to influence academic thought, thus shaping the next generation of Americans
- Courting of political influencers
These are all offensive strikes in the biggest battlefield in human history: the mind.
As journalist Hany Ghoraba writes in his article titled “A turning point in the war on terrorism,” there is an inherent danger of letting Islamists reach the higher echelons of power. Unfortunately, among the American Muslim community, Islamists are already gatekeepers to how American Islam is shaped.
This year, Islamists — in the form of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — began wielding congressional power. Through it all, a steady supply of Islamist allies are mass produced through intersectionality and distorted narratives.
Our culture demands nuance and dialogue, but we have a more pressing priority: survival. The fact is that some things cannot be entertained. Some things need to be shut down. Dialogue can’t be had in an environment that is distorted and manipulated in favor of an abusive foreign interest that sees neither Americans nor reformist Muslims as human.