How to tackle Muslim Brotherhood


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, analysts Mokhtar Awad and Samuel Tadros write for The Wall Street Journal:

In late 2014 and early 2015, groups began to emerge under the Popular Resistance Movement or the banner of Revolutionary Punishment. Turkish-based Brotherhood television channels cheered the murder of police deemed responsible for killing Brotherhood members. Theologians drew up justifications for these operations. Pro-Brotherhood scholars released a book, “The Jurisprudence of Popular Resistance to the Coup,” that outlined an explicit ideological basis for violence within the framework of the Brotherhood’s ideology.

Instead of a ban, target specific individuals, factions and spinoff groups that have been involved in terrorist activity, they suggest, before moving to the larger and more critical question: how to tackle comprehensively the overall Islamist ideology.


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