“The West and the entire international community should follow the example given by the moderate Arab world, represented by the Antiterrorism Arab Quartet formed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. These countries are making enormous joint efforts to break the ‘red line of jihad’. In particular, they outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood because it is a terrorist organization, while through an air, land and maritime block they are limiting Doha’s capacity to implement policies of destabilization at the regional level. “This is how Souad Sbai’s analysis was born, a serious analysis, independent and source of preparation that comes from an “inside” result of years of work and commitment to that “world rejected by the vast majority of the Arab community” because it does not represent them.
In the 70s and early 80s also our country experienced the massacres, the result of a “national terrorism” but a “Not in my Name” was the answer of the vast majority of us Italians, who later became an international example as the best fight against terrorism.
Souad Sbai, former member of the Italian Parliament, writer, journalist, and president of “Centro Alti Studi Averroè”, promotes the diffusion of Mediterranean cultures and offers us new interesting ideas for this international struggle through her book “The Muslim Brotherhood and the Conquest of West. From Istanbul to Doha, the red line of Jihad “published by Curcio Editore.
Who are the “Muslim Brothers”?
“The Muslim Brotherhood is the main Islamic transnational organization and is where Al Qaeda, ISIS and the whole galaxy of extremism and contemporary terrorism with jihadist origin find their ideological roots. From its origins, its main field of action was the Middle East, but nowadays its vast network extends more and more intensely towards the West. Following the dictates of Al Banna and, later, of Sayyid Qutb, also Egyptian, the Muslim Brotherhood has carried out a patient and long work of penetration into the religious, social, cultural, political and economic fabric of the countries of the Arab world.
Maghreb, Mashrek, Gulf: the Muslim Brotherhood has gradually acquired throughout the region a force that has strengthened their desire to seize power. The long-awaited opportunity came with the one that has wrongly passed into history as the Arab Spring.
Why “wrongly”? Weren’t those of the Arab Spring true democratic revolutions?
The outcome of the riots that broke out in the Middle East and North Africa between 2010 and 2011 completely denied the narrative that saw the blossoming of a spring in the turmoil that the Arab world was going through at that time. In fact the Muslim Brotherhood led those riots, with the aim of overthrowing pre-existing regimes and establishing fundamentalist dictatorships. The illusion of a spring was therefore soon revealed to be an Islamist winter, the result of a plan designed specifically to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, triggering a domino effect that should have overwhelmed the whole region, as a platform for global expansion, to the West in particular.
The Muslim Brotherhood certainly did not act alone. The Islamist alliance with Emirs Al Thani’s Qatar and Erdogan’s Turkey has provided the Muslim Brotherhood with the indispensable financial, political and media support – just think about the role played by Al Jazeera – to take the lead in the revolts and to make people believe they were democratic, especially to western observers.
About this “new inspiration” I would like to have a closer look: What do you refer to when in your book you talk about “red line of jihad from Doha to Istanbul”?
I talk about the line that unites Qatar, Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood in the Islamist alliance that has already sown death and destruction under the guise of the Arab Spring, and which today constitutes the greatest threat to the peace and security of the international community. Their plan has failed, but their ambitions and goals remain unchanged and continue to be pursued, both in the Middle East and in the West, because the Islamist alliance does not intend to subdue only the Arab world.
The starting point of your book is the finding of a document containing the guidelines for the conquest of the West by the Muslim Brotherhood…
The book begins with the discovery – a short time from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – of a programmatic document called “The Project” that was found during an investigation carried out in the Swiss residence of an Egyptian banker, considered a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and who was accused of being among the financiers of Al Qaeda. The document describes the specific guidelines to conquest the West. The document dates back to 1982, but after its discovery it was never made public. The French-Swiss journalist Sylvain Besson illustrated it in 2005 in an investigation book. These contents are even more disturbing because they correspond to what is happening today in Europe, including Italy, without the Muslim Brotherhood encountering any obstacle. In the name of a misunderstood multiculturalism, Europe refuses to recognize the true nature of the Muslim Brotherhood and continues to consider them “moderate”, allowing the organizations and figures that belong to the Muslim Brotherhood to proselytize and to increase their influence within the Islamic communities, thanks to the financial support coming from Qatar.
“What is the situation in Italy?”
In Italy there are thousands of mosques (legal but above all illegal), pseudo-cultural and prayer centers, places of social aggregation permeated by imams and militants affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, who – with money from Qatar – carry out indoctrination activities and recruitment of young people belonging to the second generation, induced to embrace radical and strongly identifying positions, contrary to integration.
The construction of new mosques to show openness towards the faithful of the Islamic religion, but without appropriate rules that guarantee their absolute impermeability to the penetration of the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar, are a gift to the Islamist proselytism of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose ideological and operative outlet is in the recruitment in ISIS or Al Qaeda. Through articles, interviews, publications, lectures and training activities carried out at “Averroè” Study Center, I disclosed for years the Muslim Brotherhood alarm in Italy and my latest book responds to the need to keep attention focused on the danger represented by the “red line of jihad” also in the West.
What counteraction measures should be taken against the Muslim Brotherhood and against the Islamist alliance formed by Qatar and Turkey?
The West and the entire international community should follow the example given by the moderate Arab world, represented by the Antiterrorism Arab Quartet formed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. These countries are making enormous joint efforts to break the ‘red line of jihad’. In particular, they outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood because it is a terrorist organization, while through an air, land and maritime block they are limiting Doha’s capacity to implement policies of destabilization at the regional level.
The Quartet then achieved the goal of isolating Qatar in important diplomatic summits, such as the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council, and continues to oppose the interference in the Middle East and North Africa launched by Turkey and the Khomeinist Iran, an additional member of the Islamist alliance because it represents the Shiite version of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Meanwhile, Egypt continues its the internal struggle against the proselytism made by the Muslim Brotherhood, taking strict control measures on sermons in mosques and on religious discourse as a whole. The West, however, remains deaf to the calls of the Quartet and prefers to give in to the economic flattery of Qatar and the threats of Erdogan, leaving the Islamist agenda to advance inside.
In this scenario, the book wants to be not only an indictment, but a tool to reawaken the conscience of Italians and all Europeans, so that they oppose the yoke of extremism, acquiring full awareness of the true nature, ambitions and objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood and the rogue states that sponsor them.