Hassan al-Banna, the 'Muslim Rasputin'
With thanks to Elder of Ziyon and Eliyahu
Who says that the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan), waiting in the wings to seize power in Egypt, are non-violent moderates? The BBC for a start. The excellent Elder of Ziyon has been trawling the writings of John Roy Carlson, which show the Ikhwan to be anything but. A US journalist, Carlson in 1948 interviewed the leaders of this xenophobic Islamist movement, founded in Egypt 20 years earlier. Would Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, please take note?
Carlson describes the Brotherhood, which then had hundreds of thousands of followers across the Arab world, as 'ultranationalist, ultra-religionist, ultra-fanatic Moslems whose only liberalism is the liberal use of terror.'
Their founder, Hassan al-Banna, 'is so sinister in his record of intrigue and murder that even the Green Shirts refer to him as the Moslem Rasputin.'
Even in 1948, they admitted they were unabashed allies of the Nazis and supporters of their genocidal project against the Jews. One Ikhwan told Carlson: "If General Rommel had won, we would have been independent now. The Germans and the Italians would have been real friends of the Arab...There would have been no England, no Partition, no Zionism or any Jewish problem, and no Jews left in the world."
From the beginning they targeted Jews in Egypt: "The Jew, if left to his own resources in Egypt, is doomed to pogrom and persecution."
"This, one 'cut-throat' told Carlson, pointing to his automatic weapon, "is for the Jew in battle. But this", he said, patting his dagger,"is for the Jew in Cairo."
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