Muslim Brotherhood's Agenda
Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has denied claims that it is behind a protest movement in Kuwait which rocked the Gulf state last weekend with what organizers claim was its biggest-ever public demonstration.
At least 70 demonstrators were arrested and dozens were injured in clashes with security personnel during Sunday’s mass rally in Kuwait City, called to protest the recent amendment of an electoral law. Islamist and other opposition groups say the government’s move is designed to affect the outcome of parliamentary elections scheduled for December.
Charges of Muslim Brotherhood involvement in the unprecedented protests were leveled in Kuwaiti media, but Mahmoud Hussein, secretary-general of the Egyptian group, denied that it had anything to do with the situation in Kuwait.
“This is an internal Kuwaiti affair,” Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm daily quoted him as saying in a statement. “We have nothing to do with it.”
It cited one Kuwaiti outlet as charging that it had been “proven beyond doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and abroad led the rioters to plot against the regime.”
Such allegations come amid rising concerns among Gulf officials that the Muslim Brotherhood, emboldened by its advances in North Africa, is now seeking to destabilize oil-rich states of the Gulf. Kuwait is one of just 14 countries around the world recognized by Washington as “major non-NATO allies.”
Earlier this month the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) urged neighboring states to cooperate against plots by the Muslim Brotherhood -- which he said “does not believe in the nation state” -- to undermine governments in the Gulf.
The police chief of the UAE emirate of Dubai has also been outspokenly critical of the Muslim Brotherhood, warning this year of a plot by the veteran Islamist organization against Gulf states.
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan was quoted in March as telling a Kuwaiti newspaper that his “sources” have reported that the next step in the conspiracy will be to turn Gulf states’ governments into “figurehead” bodies only, with Kuwait the first target this year and other Gulf states to follow by 2016.
UAE authorities over the summer arrested 60 Islamists belonging to a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate. Last month prosecutors said they had confessed to plans to work towards the establishment of an Islamist government, using funding from Muslim Brotherhood members in neighboring countries.
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Editor's Note: Remember, the Muslim Brotherhood's charter -- its effective mission statement -- is to establish first a regional, the a continental and finally a global Islamic Caliphate where every peoples of the world live under Sharia law...
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