Friday, February 10, 2017

Why listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group is a bad idea

Ishaan Tharoor,

Image from article, with caption: Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood march in Istanbul on May 24, 2015.

Trump administration officials are contemplating an executive order that would call for the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorist organizations. It's a deeply provocative move that worries a wide spectrum of Middle East experts and counterterrorism analysts. Blacklisting those groups would be counter-productive, they say, bolstering extremists overseas and harming innocent Americans at home. ...

"The greatest damage might be in the realm of public diplomacy," write Nathan Brown and Michelle Dunne of the Carnegie Middle East Center. "Using a broad brush to paint all Muslim Brotherhood organizations as terrorists would be understood by many Muslims around the world as a declaration of war against non-violent political Islamists — and indeed against Islam itself."

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