Many of us wonder which Muslim countries will publicly take a stand against Islamic terrorism? Well, it seems we have a definitive answer from one nation — the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I’ve previously stated the other major country standing against Islamic terrorism is Egypt — funny thing, it was Egypt and the UAE who flew airstrikes against Islamist forces in neighboring Libya. But the recent declaration from the UAE sends a very strong message that hits home in the United States.
As reported by The Daily Caller, “The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). UAE’s cabinet made the announcement following a meeting on Saturday. Other groups designated as terrorists include al-Qaida, al Nusra, Boko Haram and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). CAIR’s designation is interesting given its high profile here in the U.S.”
We recently reported on CAIR’s designation of certain American citizens as “Islamophobes.” The office of CAIR is located just blocks away from Capitol Hill and its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation’s largest Islamic terrorist funding case, the Holy Land Foundation, has resulted in it being declared “off limits” by the FBI. But as we’ve reported, there are some interesting individuals with links to CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood — such as Mohammed Elibiary — who hold significant positions in the current Obama administration.
And there has been an intense movement to have the Obama administration declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Instead, President Obama invited Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members front and center to attend his 2009 speech at the Cairo University. And we’ve reported here the strain in relations with Egypt since their crackdown and coup that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood.
So, the obvious question has to be, will the Obama administration alter its relationship with CAIR, MAS and the Muslim Brotherhood?
The other question is why does the current administration promote policies that advance a closer relationship with countries that support Islamic terrorism like Qatar and Turkey? It is Qatar that provides residence for the leader of Hamas.
And we’ve addressed the anti-Semitism and Islamism of Turkey’s leader, Recip Tayyip Erdogan — who just recently made an astonishing declaration himself. As reported by the Washington Post, “In a televised speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Muslims had discovered the Americas three centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus. He was addressing a summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” Erdogan said. “Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.”
If you know Islamic supremacist and imperialist dogma and traditions, you know the seriousness of such a declaration in the Islamic world. A world separated by Dar-al-Islam and Dar-al-Harb, and that wherever Muslims have ruled, or existed, that land must be recovered and ruled by Muslims.
In contrast, during my time in Afghanistan based in Kandahar, we had some interactions with UAE Special Forces who were on the ground fighting against the Taliban — so the UAE is not just about words and declarations. And it is Egypt that is engaged in intense combat operations — not overseas contingency operations — against the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt has also cut off border crossings and ties with Hamas.
According to Reuters, which reported on UAE’s new terrorist designations, “the country is at odds with Qatar over the latter’s relationship with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“Here at home, in the Holy Land foundation case, CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. The Muslim American Society (MAS), founded in 1993, also has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. A 2004 Chicago Tribune article laid out how MAS was created in secret by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders who feared attention being drawn to some of their members who were supportive of Hamas.”
And of course we’ve mentioned many times the Muslim Brotherhood’s (Ikwan) Explanatory-Memorandum written in 1993 by Mohammad Akhram and discovered in an FBI raid of a northern Virginia home in 2004.
Both CAIR and MAS have long denied having any ties to terrorist groups and say they are civil rights organizations. I find that assertion laughable, considering CAIR’s assault against free speech in America – preventing Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaking at Brandeis University and the showing of the documentary “Honor Diaries,” their support of UN Human Rights resolution 16/18, and the previously mentioned “hit list” prominently displayed on the CAIR website — all together show a group not focused on civil rights, but civil submission.
This terrorist organization declaration by the UAE, including these American-based groups, presents a serious domestic and foreign policy dilemma for the Obama administration — amongst many others. If the Obama administration does not recognize this declaration by the UAE — as well as the efforts of Egypt — and continues to take what is perceived an alliance with Islamists and their state sponsors, it deepens the rift in the Middle East.
It will be interesting to see how well this issue is covered and discussed in the media – it’s not something to be taken lightly whatsoever.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic."
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by Colonel Allen West on allenbwest.com.