A rocket from Egypt hits Israel.
Obama administration officials are meeting with envoys from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
The White House – “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
OK, but what does that have to do with meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood? Vietor’s statement qualifies as the non-sequitur of the week.
The Truth About the Muslim Brotherhood – Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been an immensely powerful force in Middle East politics. Their Mission Statement is: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
The Brotherhood’s founder, Hassan al-Banna, stated that the group’s goal was to assert Islam’s manifest destiny and create an empire governed by Islamic religious law and unified in an autocratic caliphate. He claimed “It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
Vietor again – “In all our conversations with these groups, we emphasize the importance of respect for minority rights, the full inclusion of women, and our regional security concerns.”
That would be all well and good if you knew who you are talking to, but it is obvious you don’t. And I am giving Obama the benefit of a doubt at that.