The Muslim Brotherhood: Terrorists or Not?

(Wall Street Journal) Mokhtar Awad and Samuel Tadros - Supporters of having the U.S. designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization insist that it has helped incubate terrorist ideologies and encouraged violence. Moreover, the Brotherhood has already been designated as a terrorist group by several American allies, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The old Muslim Brotherhood splintered after its fall from power in Egypt in 2013. In its place stand two competing leaderships, along with spinoff groups engaged in terrorism. Designating the entire Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a terrorist organization wouldn't reflect today's realities - to say nothing of a blanket designation against all Brotherhood-affiliated groups in the world. Instead, the administration should target specific individuals, factions and spinoff groups that have been involved in terrorist activity. Mr. Awad is a research fellow at George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Mr. Tadros is a fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Hoover Institution.

2017-03-02 00:00:00

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