Much has been written about the recent popular revolution in Egypt. While we all are happy for the Egyptian people in their newfound democracy, we should be aware of a very serious potential problem lurking in the aftermath of the revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood is in a strong position to become a key player in the new government.
The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by Sheikh Hassan al Banna, has a half million active members, along with several million supporters. In 1987, some of its members formed the terrorist group Hamas, the offshoot that controls the Gaza Strip and targets Israeli civilians with rockets and suicide bombers. Another infamous Muslim Brotherhood alumnus is Ayman Al Zawahiri, the second in command in al-Qaida.
Some of the key principles and beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood are:
Clearly, there are risks involved in the coming months as the Egyptian people potentially establish democratic principles and move forward to a free and open election. We should be aware that these risks also apply to Egypt's neighbors and to the world at-large.
Allan M. Lefer
Hilton Head Island