By Souad Sbai
The terrorist massacre that took place in Christchurch, where Brenton Tarrant’s miter exterminated 50 Muslims in two mosques, has helped to bring to light the frustration feel by many people whose identity is linked to the Islamic world because of religion, history and origin reasons. A frustration due to the improper association between Islam and terrorism, which is too often carried out by the media and in common discourses, generating stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination, both religiously and ethnically. The fact that the terrorist who carried out the massacre that took place in New Zealand was not Muslim, but Western and presumably Christian, has been widely lived with a sense of revenge, since from Christchurch onwards those accused of terrorism are not only Muslims . This led to the claim of the fact that the Muslims are the main victims of the terrorist fury that is sweeping the planet, and it is confirmed by numerous studies and statistics, such as the Global Terrorism Database created by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Study at the University of Maryland.
However, this sense of revenge, although understandable, runs the risk of choosing the wrong path, turning against the Western world, in some way comparable to the so-called white right-wing supremacists, and not against those who injected the virus of fundamentalism into the Islamic world and that continue to provoke disagreements and divisions both internal and external. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood, today sponsored by Emir Al-Thani’s Qatar and Erdogan’s Turkey, is responsible for laying the foundations and for developing over time the construction of the ideology followed by Al Qaeda and later by ISIS and contemporary jihadism. Mosques, associations and radical imams affiliated to the Brotherhood and funded by Qatar Charity, as extensively documented in the book “Qatar Papers”, have spread the extremism in Europe that has tragically led to the massacres in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Strasbourg.
The problem of terrorism is, therefore, internal to the Islamic world and the solution is in the hands of the Muslims. The deception of the Brotherhood has succeeded and manages to catch the minds and hearts of so many faithful, belonging above all to the new generations, both in the Middle East and in the West. But there are also many faithful who have managed to free themselves from the Islamist yoke, becoming a living proof that shows that it is possible to destroy the ideological trap of the Muslim Brotherhood. To help the large number of young people who are still trapped and to prevent the indoctrination and recruitment conducted by the Muslim Brotherhood to obtain new victims, it is necessary to intervene with measures that firstly block the funds coming from Qatar, the lifeblood of the extremism that generates terrorism.
It is also necessary to prevent proselytizing activities from taking place. It is confused with religious freedom or freedom of expression while it is necessary to implement a massive work of information aimed at rejecting the narratives and the false interpretations of Islam propagated by the Brotherhood, revealing the true extremist face. Likewise, it is necessary to introduce ad hoc sanctions to adequately counter the ability of the Muslim Brotherhood to operate through networks of organizations and militants within civil society.
To designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, as the president of the United States, Donald Trump, intended, would facilitate the development of a true strategy of contrast that also interests the be adopted by the security of the European States, starting with Italy. In fact, Italy, more than other countries, has opened its doors to the advance of the Islamist agenda, thus being particularly exposed to the influence exerted by Qatar and by the Muslim Brotherhood. “Qatar Papers” speaks clearly about it.
Therefore, American and European governments must follow the example given by the moderate Arab world, represented by the Antiterrorist Arab Quartet formed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, that has already declared the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization terrorist and that with the embargo is limiting Qatar’s ability to continue with its policies of destabilization and support for terrorism in the Middle East.
However, to finally put an end to the advance of the new “pole” of global Islamism, represented by Qatar, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood and extended to Khomeinist Iran, the international community needs more than ever the active commitment of the large number of Arabs, Asians, Africans, Americans and Europeans who profess the Islamic religion, to preserve their beliefs, their identity and their history from the infamous action of the forces of extremism, within the community to which they belong. They are the first to say “no” to the Muslim Brotherhood.