COMMENT: A darling of the so-called “progressive sector” (particularly in Europe), Tariq Ramadan has tipped his hand in a piece in The New York Times. Prognosticating that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt would emulate the “democratic” character of the Islamist party of Erdogan in Turkey, Ramadan (son of the late Muslim Brotherhod chief Said Ramadan), he not only ignored the profound links of Turkish Islamism to the worst elements of the Brotherhood and European fascism, he tipped his hand about his own lack of candor.
Ramadan, apparently employing the principle of Taqqiya, fundamentally misrepresented the Muslim Brotherhood’s relationship with the Axis powers of World War II. Representing the Brotherhood as opposed to the Axis powers is a bald-faced, flat-out lie! They were formally allied with the Axis and emulated their corporatist economic models!
We may well be seeing Ramadan laying the groundwork for the ascension of Islamic fascism in Egypt, if the Brotherhood can successfully overcome their secular opponents.
EXCERPT: . . . The writings from between 1930 and 1945 of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Brotherhood, show that he opposed colonialism and strongly criticized the fascist governments in Germany and Italy. He rejected use of violence in Egypt, even though he considered it legitimate in Palestine, in resistance to the Zionist Stern and Irgun terror gangs. He believed that the British parliamentary model represented the kind closest to Islamic principles. . . .