IRRESPECTIVE of the excuses and considerations, it is no longer acceptable for Gulf states to remain silent over the ‘Muslim Brotherhood Group’ and the factions and movements which emerged from it; considering the high price that Arabian Gulf countries have been paying for almost four decades at different levels due to the infiltration of this group in these countries’ establishments.
These countries will continue paying a high price. In fact, the cost will increase further if their governments do not start uprooting terrorists, sideline them from establishments and declare them as a terrorist organization. Actually, they need to shut down all ‘Brotherhood’ kiosks which have been spreading corruption in Gulf communities.
Since the mid-1970s, the ‘Brotherhood’ has been waging war under various masks against the Gulf’s ruling regimes; starting with subjugation of education to serve their interests, and then subduing economic and financial establishments.
The group infiltrated cabinets and parliaments, and went on to coil themselves around some leaders by portraying the group as the latter’s guarantor to enter paradise. They bless every action taken by such leaders by telling them that it is inspiration from Almighty Allah, and they do so even when the action is disastrous.
As they solidify their position, they increase the number of their members in centers of power where they wreak havoc by putting unsuitable person in unsuitable position. Their weapons include long beards and prayer beads that make them appear pure and pious, but in reality; they have mastered banditry in the hands of their professional leaders.
We saw how they quickly dropped the masks from their pale faces after the Egyptian office of insolents hijacked the republic’s presidential seat and installed the doll, Muhammad Morsi, as president.
During that time, they hanged his pictures in the place of their leaders’ pictures. They started propagating their march towards ruling the Gulf and threatening specific countries.
Everyone remembers how they considered Kuwait as the first country from which they intend to launch their pursuit to rule the remaining Gulf states.
Within a year, Egypt resisted the rule of the ‘Brotherhood’ as the first concern of their leaders was to take over the economic domains and impose their partnership on owners of businesses; in addition to twisting laws in their favor, notwithstanding the fact that their media mouthpieces in the Gulf typically start drumming for civil war if governments fail to respond to their demands.
In Kuwait, we have a bitter experience with this group through the way the ‘Brotherhood’ led demonstrations, assaulted security officers, destroyed public properties and strived towards destabilizing the country.
The best testimony is the scores of tweets posted by politicians and journalists from Qatar during the ‘Brotherhood’ destruction campaign in 2012. At the time, they compared what was transpiring in Kuwait with the incidents in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria.
They described such events and made threats as they said: “The stubbornness of rulers and standing against the will of the people led to chaos and demonstrations.”
However, the wisdom of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah saved the country at the time through a series of crucial decisions.
Today, the political and media circles of ‘Brotherhood’ terrorism expanded through a comprehensive system from the information media and social communication websites, whether in Qatar or Turkey and other countries which rotate on the global orbit of the group.
The scattered affiliates of this group practice public provocation against some Gulf countries, while camouflaging under the texture which suits each society where they breed. Sometimes, they hide behind liberal factions and parties, and at other times, behind what is known as the organization of moderation and uprightness. Throughout such efforts; they brandish DAESH, al-Qaeda or other organizations as the tool of change.
These new frontiers conspired with governments of other countries. We witnessed how the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stood up by force with determination on two occasions to counter the danger they pose. For a long period, the Kingdom has been working hard to fight against them.
In fact, the leaders of the Kingdom were the first to warn about the danger posed by the ‘Brotherhood,’ but unfortunately, the Kingdom’s effort was met with paving way for members of this group in other countries to infiltrate and control establishments. In one way or another, this formed a lung through which the group breathes in the remaining countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Today, at this critical period, there is no place for slackness in terms of acknowledging the reality of this group that is involved in prescribed terrorism. Therefore, failure to put it on the list of terrorist groups like Hezbollah, DAESH, al-Qaeda and Houthis is tantamount to encouraging terrorism.
Hence, it is irrational to urge Qatar to consider the ‘Muslim Brotherhood Group as a terrorist organization; while there are other Gulf countries granting their members quota of leadership positions. In addition, they have representatives in the parliament and the cabinet.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times