IS that enough for the ‘Brotherhood’ cell arrested recently in accordance with legal procedures and international agreements?
This question pops up in everyone’s mind whenever they talk about Kuwait’s security and that of other Gulf nations. The history of this group seems to encourage its members to continue their destructive work until the group is completely eradicated from all Arab nations.
Throughout its 91-year history, the group has been operating clandestinely except a few years when it carried out its operations openly.
This is due to the fact that the group is built on the ideology of taking over the rule under any circumstances; as well as to mislead others through its slogans and programs, such as parliamentary participation, in order to achieve its objective – to mobilize the public against the ruling regime.
It was the same case during Egypt’s monarchy era when the group started instigating against the State through violent means, prompting the government led by then Prime Minister Al-Naqrashi Basha to dissolve the group. In retaliation, the group assassinated him.
In the early 1950s, even after the group aligned itself with the Free Officers Movement; it went on to attack several official institutions and committed several crimes – the most known of which was the attempt to assassinate Egyptian President Jamal Abdul-Nasser in 1954. After that, the group went into hiding and its operations were conducted clandestinely.
The same happened in the 1970s, when the then President Anwar Saddat attempted to reinstate the ‘Brotherhood’ in a bid to cement democracy through elected institutions. However, this move was not palatable for the group; hence, it assassinated Saddat in 1981 so it was banned once again.
A similar attempt to rehabilitate the group occurred during the reign of ousted President Hosni Mubarak who granted the group a historic opportunity to enter the Parliament; yet the group continued to move against the State instead of positively contributing to the development of the nation which needed collective efforts. That experience ended on Jan 25, 2011 when the group tagged along the populist demonstrations. It took power fraudulently in the 2012 elections.
The Egyptians could not bear the leadership of the group which, in a few months, put its hands on most economic establishments. It allied with Iran, Qatar and Turkey in a bid to make Egypt a Trojan horse to execute the hellish plan of that camp in controlling the entire region.
In addition, the group excluded competent individuals and gave every State institution to its members. This prompted the Egyptians to rise against the group’s rule on June 30, 2013; during which the military supported the people. In retaliation, the group held a sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.
The ‘Brotherhood’ would not have been toppled if it were not for the decision taken by the leadership of the establishment led by President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi; resulting in the dispersion of the protesters at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. This also led to combating the terrorist acts of the group in every corner of Egypt. The group started to fall until it was blacklisted in several Arab countries, particularly the GCC countries.
Today, the step that Kuwait took towards the group, similar to what the other GCC nations have done, marks the final fall of the group.
However, this does not mean that the major achievement of Kuwait’s security is the end. The ‘Brotherhood’ is used to working in the dark, which means the fight will continue in order to prevent another Rabaa al-Adawiya Square protest.
The fight must continue to block those who have not been allowed to return through the windows of ‘wasta’ (influence) nor place their bets on local political variations because such acts will lead to recurrence of the ‘Black Wednesday’ incident. All of you know what the ‘Black Wednesday’ incident is.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times