Sunday, 20 February 2011

IS SHEIKH YUSUF AL-QARADAWI EGYPT'S FUTURE?

Ken Berwitz

Sheikh yusuf al-quradawi made a triumphant return to Egypt this weekend, drawing something like 1,000,000 people in and around Tahrir Square

Much like khomeini's return to Iran, after the Shah was overthrown.  How'd that turn out?

Discover The Networks has a comprehensive dossier on al-quradawi, which you can (and most certainly should) read by clicking here.

You will find that he is virulently anti-west, anti-USA, anti-Israel and anti-Jews. 

Here are a few "highlights" of his background:

  • Qatar-based Muslim scholar who supports Palestinian suicide bombings
  • Prolific author
  • Has issued numerous fatwas supporting Islamic extremism and denouncing Israel and the U.S.

Based in Qatar, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is one of the most influential clerics in Sunni Islam. He currently serves as president of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFW), and is a highly influential spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Qaradawi has twice (in 1976 and 2004) turned down opportunities to serve as the Brotherhoods highest-ranking leader. His preference, he explains, is to avoid tying himself to "any movement which might constrain my actions, even if this is the Muslim Brotherhood under whose umbrella I grew and which I so defended."

From 1998-2000, Qaradawi was a board of directors member with the Islamic Society of Boston, whose founder and first president was Abdurahman Alamoudi -- an avid supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, now incarcerated on terrorism-related charges.

As of 1999, Qaradawi was one of the largest shareholders in Al Taqwa Bank, a Bahamas-based financial institution which the U.S. Treasury Department designated as a terrorist financier (with ties to al Qaeda) in 2001. He also served on the bank's Sharia Board, which oversaw the institution's adherence to Islamic law.

One of Qaradawi's foremost passions is his deep and unwavering hatred for, and distrust of, the Jewish people. He has unambiguously justified Palestinian suicide bombings as legitimate responses to alleged Zionist aggression and occupation. In 2004 he told BBC television, "Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have, and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do."

Also in April 2004, Qaradawi issued a fatwa declaring a Muslim boycott of American- and Israeli-made products. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression, he wrote. Buying goods from them will strengthen them; our duty is to make them as weak as we can.

That same year, Qaradawi expressed support for the anti-U.S. insurgency in Iraq, endorsing the kidnapping and murder of American civilians there. Announcing a fatwa at the Egyptian Journalists' Union convention in Cairo, he stated:

 

"All of the Americans in Iraq are combatants, there is no difference between civilians and soldiers, and one should fight them, since the American civilians came to Iraq in order to serve the occupation. The abduction and killing of Americans in Iraq is a [religious] obligation so as to cause them to leave Iraq immediately."

 

During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Qaradawi declared that Muslims were obliged to support the terrorist group Hezbollah in its combat operations against Israel.

In a 2007 interview, Qaradawi said: "It is obligatory on all Muslims to resist any possible attack the U.S. might launch against Iran. The U.S. is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support."

 

In a January 2009 speech that aired on Al Jazeera, Qaradawi said:

"Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them - even though they exaggerated this issue - he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers."

Based on the deliriously happy welcome he received, is it out of the question that al-qaradawi will take the reins of government in Egypt?  Or at the very least become one of its most influential people?

Still think Mubarak was so bad? 

Sometimes bad is the best thing you have.


IS QADAFFI FINISHED?

Ken Berwitz

In Libya:

-First there were protests. 

-Then there were bigger protests. 

-Then qadaffi had his troops fire on the protesters. 

-Then when the protests continued and intensified qadaffi had snipers shooting into the crowds. There are estimates of 200 dead or more (I'm betting those are well below the real number.

-Then qadaffi's son told the country that they were making a big mistake and risking a civil war - a war qaddafi's actions had already started.

-Then there were reports of army units defecting and joining the protesters.

-Now there are unconfirmed reports that qadaffi has fled the country.  Maybe to Venezuela or maybe to London.

With Egypt, we still don't know what kind of government will eventuate and whether it will be better than - or maybe a lot worse than - the Hosni Mubarak regime.

With Libya?  The two key issues are a potential civil war (the son, Seif al-Islam qaddafi did have a point) and the possible (though improbable) damage his overthrow might wreak on the oil market.  Other than those, I can't come up with any downside. 

Let qadaffi live with his pal hugo chavez.  Let him live with Venezuelans.  With Martians.  With Trafalmadorians. 

Or maybe, if he is in London, he can move on to Glasgow and get asylum from the cowards in Scotland's government who handed him the Lockerbie mass murderer to get his oil.  Though I doubt it will happen, I hope whatever new Libyan government comes into power will negate that deal immediately.

Just keep him the hell out of Libya.  He has ruined that country for decades too long.


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