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U.S. Director of National Intelligence: Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is “Largely Secular” and “Has Eschewed Violence and Decried Al Qaeda”
Posted By admin On February 11, 2011 @ 5:17 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Washington’s Blog 
Feb 11, 2011
I’ve been happy that the Muslim Brotherhood has been kept in check by the Egyptian people. As I wrote  last month:
While many in the U.S. have tried to paint most Muslims as extremists, and the “War on Terror” as being a black-and-white war of good guys versus bad browned-skinned people, the Egyptian revolution shows that the reality is very different.
As Democracy Now producer Sharif Kouddous tweets , moderate Muslims are drowning out members of the Muslim Brotherhood:
Muslim Brotherhood chanting Allah Akbar. Crowd stopped them chanting louder: Muslim, Christian, we’re all Egyptian.
Similarly, an editorial in the Guardian states :
Tell everyone: Egypt’s revolution is sweet and peaceful.
No one wants the Muslim Brotherhood to take over, no one wants violence – just elections and a new constitution
But America’s Director of National Intelligence – James Clapper – is apparently a lot less worried about the Muslim Brotherhood than I am.
Clapper told  Congress today:
The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a version of Islam.
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 Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/02/director-of-national-intelligence.html
 wrote: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/01/egyptian-revolution-shows-that-us.html
 tweets: http://twitter.com/sharifkouddous/status/31369429967183872
 states: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/30/peaceful-revolution-egypt-muslim-brotherhood
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