By Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt
Twenty years ago, we paid al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s war declaration against America little heed. On 9/11, we suffered the consequences of doing so.
Six years ago, not only did we pay Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Badie’s war declaration against America little heed, but President Barack Obama openly embraced the group, inviting its leadership to the White House. Meanwhile, allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia and later the U.K. denounced Muslim Brotherhood for its Islamist ideology.
Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation earlier this year declaring it a foreign terrorist organization for promoting radical Islam’s Wahhabism via its various proxies. Approved by the House Judiciary Committee, referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama stalls the bill’s progress.
Despite Badie’s 2010 war declaration, the Brotherhood initiated a secret war plan much earlier, discovered by accident in 2004, hidden in a Muslim activist’s home during a warranted search.
Written in 1991, the plan lays out a strategy for bringing Sharia law to America through “civilization jihad” – as part of a global effort.
The plan mandates Brotherhood members “understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers. … [W]e must possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”
The last sentence is a call to “walk softly and carry a big stick” – i.e., appear tolerant to non-believers while hiding your intolerance for them.
Civilization jihad – as opposed to Islam’s “violent jihad” – involves using America’s own laws and political correctness against us. Accordingly, it is “by its nature and design a more subtle, but truly more dangerous threat in the long run … (aiming) to transform a society from within so it can eventually be brought under Islamic law.”
The first step is to establish “Islamic centers, mosques, communities, and front group organizations. …” which explains why so many U.S. mosques are funded by foreign sources. “Today, it has been estimated that 80 percent of American mosques are under Wahhabi influence, described by both scholars and U.S. officials as a radical, violent philosophical platform used by terrorists and their supporters to justify violence against Christians, Jews and other ‘non-believers.’”
Civilization jihad works methodically. Sharia becomes the camel seeking to nudge its nose under the U.S. jurisprudence tent. A 2011 study found 27 cases in 23 states where Sharia was applied to reach a resolution, suggesting the camel is well inside the tent.
The Brotherhood’s plan also calls for using front companies/groups to conduct civilization jihad. This has led, for example, to establishing Muslim Student Association chapters on college campuses, promoting pro-Islam and anti-U.S. propaganda. While the Association is deemed “moderate,” a terrorism investigative project determined “under this moderate veneer … (it) advances a different agenda among impressionable college students … disseminat(ing) and promot(ing) militant Islamic ideologies on college and university campuses throughout North America.” Its leadership, under the likes of convicted terrorist financier Abdulrahman Alamoudi, should raise questions about such moderation.
Another Brotherhood front group – the Muslim Public Affairs Council – has publicly supported foreign terrorist organizations recognized by the U.S., such as Hezbollah and Hamas. It also seeks to convert prison inmates to radical Islam. Meanwhile, endeavoring to play the victim card whenever Muslims are convicted of terrorist activity, the Council’s leadership claimed Alamoudi’s conviction was the result of a “witch hunt.”
Former FBI agent John Guandolo investigated several Brotherhood-related terror cases after 9/11, observing, “The most prominent Islamic organizations in the United States are all controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.”
As Brotherhood members establish influence through civilization jihad, the brass ring for them is wielding influence within the U.S. government. This effort “accelerated dramatically” under Obama. (Ironically, Obama maintained a list of Muslims for top positions simply based on their religion, although religion should never be a factor.)
The Brotherhood’s penetration of the Oval Office almost became reality as Hillary Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin had served as a Council Executive Board member at George Washington University. It would be difficult to believe Abedin has shrugged off such influence since her mother, Pakistani-born Saleha Mahmood Abedin, not only remains “a leading member of the women’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Sisterhood” but is closely associated with Abdullah Omar Naseef “who played an integral role in both al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. …”
The Brotherhood optimistically estimated its plan would take 30 years to implement. They are at 25 years and counting. The question now is can Trump reverse the damage done?
Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of three books on the Vietnam war, North Korea and Iran as well as hundreds of op-eds. He has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Breitbart News and The Blaze.