America seems to be one of the few nations in the world that is unable or unwilling to recognize a criminal organization when it sees one. Last year, in the wake of violent demonstrations incited and led by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt criminalized the group, but America has done nothing.
The Muslim Brotherhood has yet to be officially designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the Obama administration, although Congress is considering a bill to so designate the group. Two of its better-know offshoots, Hamas and al-Qaeda, have been.
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Even though such action is generally taken through executive order, there appears to be no interest on the part of President Barack Obama–who supported the group during its brief reign of terror in Egypt–to do so.
Now, the political arm of the group has also been dissolved by an Egyptian court, citing police testimony that the headquarters of the “Freedom and Justice Party” stored weapons in its offices, according to reports.
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In addition, many of the group’s leaders had previously been “accused, and in some cases convicted, of murder and inciting violence,” leading the court to take this final action, according to the report. The political arm’s assets will now be liquidated.
After Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the Egyptian military, the group organized “a wave of violence to destabilize the country,” the report says, adding that the court’s decision to dissolve the political party “is final.”
It is relatively easy to designate a group a FTO after it kills your citizens, as did al-Qaeda. It’s a more difficult decision, politically and personally, to reverse course completely from supporting a group overseas to criminalizing it.
A president, however, must make difficult political and personal decisions for the good of the nation. If he won’t, then he really shouldn’t be president, and Congress should step in to do his job.
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