At a meeting of Syria's opposition, Muslim Brotherhood officials gather round Marxists colleagues, nudging them to produce policy statements for the Syrian National Council, the main political group challenging President Bashar al-Assad.
With many living in the West, and some ditching their trademark beards, it is hard to differentiate Brotherhood from leftists. But there is little dispute about who calls the shots.
From annihilation at home 30 years ago when they challenged the iron-fisted rule of Hafez al-Assad, the Brotherhood has recovered to become the dominant force of the exile opposition in the 14-month-old revolt against his son Bashar....
jpw, how long has Islam been around? Have you noticed any Islamic country getting kinder and gentler in the long run? No. They are lucky even to stay on an even keel, but so far, I have only seen them spiral downward, this is just a part of the Inadequacy of Islam.
jpw, if I remember the commentary correctly Daniel pipes pointed out that the Muslim brotherhood are distinguishable from the others because of their religious fervor which gives them a dedication that the typical leftist won't have.
Daniel Pipes wrote: ...the conundrum is this: the despots, who we as Americans cannot warm to, whose regimes we would never want to live under, who impose military orders that are executed by ugly intelligence services â€” the despots are malleable, are without any world ambitions. They want to enjoy the good life. They want famous Hollywood actors and actresses to come celebrate their birthday parties with them. They want to keep pet tigers in their gardens. They want the finest things that Paris can offer.
They are not a threat to us. Usually â€” there are exceptions â€” but usually, they're not a threat to us. They repress millions of people to have the good life. Ugly to us, but not a threat to us.
Whereas in contrast, the democrats â€” the people we naturally have a feeling for â€” are, in fact, our very worst enemies....