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February 1st, 2011
08:59 AM ET

'Sky will not fall in' if Muslim Brotherhood gains power in Egypt

(CNN) - The scenes in Egypt have been dramatic, as thousands turn out onto the streets demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign after 30 years in power. Few images have been more powerful than those of demonstrators dropping to the ground to pray in the face of security forces. And while some have been inspired by the role of religious faith in the protests, there are definite worries that the banned Muslim Brotherhood is waiting in the wings, hoping for a chance to take over.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been part of the political scene in Egypt for more than 80 years and advocates a move away from secularism and a return to the rules of the Quran. It's the oldest and largest opposition group in Egypt and is illegal under Egyptian law. And while the Brotherhood officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank has met with top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Today on American Morning, he gives his analysis on the Muslim Brotherhood's current role in Egypt. Cruickshank explains to AM's TJ Holmes why many are concerned about their influence and how their role in Egypt affects al Qaeda.

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Filed under: Egypt • Religion • World
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Malcolm Clarke

    Sky may not fall in right away but it is sure as heck getting darker.

    Might be a good time for all non Muslims to flee that country while they can, if they can.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Julie

    Muslim brotherhood is made up of very educated people. Their goal is to raise the Egyptian nation. not to play war games with Israel. No matter what one demented news network person that interviewed one man. Most people do not want war.

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization NOT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

    I firmly believe, that this unrest in many Eastern cities is a good thing.. When you have a tyrant with an massive ego that does little to nothing to advance his people, it is about time the Egyptians rose up and gets rid of this guy, no matter how he appears to make friends. I do not think Israel has anything to worry about, unless they start thinking they can put settlement in Egypt.
    Time to evolve from the religions that think they are the "chosen" ones. Called respect of humans no matter what religion or lack there of of any kind. Let their be peace.

    February 2, 2011 at 3:52 am |
  3. Izar

    Does CNN and Paul Cruickshank realize that:

    1. Hamaz is a wing of the muslim brotherhood?

    2. Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaeda's Deputy Operations Chief – #2 after Osama bin laden) is a part of the muslim brotherhood?

    3. Khalid Sheik Mohammad was a member of the muslim brotherhood?

    4. A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people "prepare for war against Israel"?

    CNN has obviously become so liberal and politically correct, that they will certainly provide the US public mis-information!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  4. nora68

    America has no credibility anymore. So, no one care what you americans have to say. The world see America the same way America see Arizona shooter – – mentally ill person / nation.

    If Egyptians want Muslim Brotherhood to lead them – fine.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  5. buntyp

    There is no such thing as a 'Spontaneous' 6 Day 'People uprising'. (Now morphing-into something much 'Bigger')

    No matter whether the the 'People' were contacted by 'Twitter', 'Facebook', 'My Space' & or 'In Your Face', on Their devices, there is only one group in Egypt with the 'Organizational Ability' to have so done, & that is The 'Muslim Brotherhood'.

    The $1.00 a day people, would have been hard-pressed to have 'Acquired' these 'Devices'. The U.S. support for Mubarak over the years, in spite of all the signs of a 'Harsh Dictatorship', when it came to anyone 'Dissenting', was obvious for 'ALL' to see, including the 'Myopic' Media now acting like 'Sherlock Holmes's Dr. Watson.

    The U.S. in Active & on-going 'Foreign Policy' has yet to get it right, since the 'Spanish-American war, despite the 'Reactionary Military Victories'.

    What will ensue, as far as the U.S. will be 'Perceived' by the folk demonstrating, will be of no 'Consequence', as whomever it is that will end-up with the 'Reins' firmly in their hands, will be the ones deciding, what sort of Relationship, they will 'Officially' have with the U.S.

    How does it not occur to 'Folk', that a Country trying to 'Function' under a 'State of Emergency' for the past 30 years, will not 'Implode' eventually, if 'A State of Emergency', had become the almost 'Status-Quo'????

    One clear sign that Mubarak, began to sound like 'Papa Doc', of Haiti, was his 'Public Declaration' that he would be succeeded by his Son.

    It was, to the credit of George W. Bush, & Condoleezza Rice, that they did 'Forcefully' bring to 'Mubarak's attention, the untenable situation & the 'Consequences' he Mubarak & Egypt would inevitably face if he didn't start to 'Democratize' the Country right soon.

    They were both taken to task, in no uncertain matter, for so doing.

    So here now is a 'Classic Case' of 'The Chickens coming Home to Roost'. And, now a little over a week later, & the 'U.S. Media, is sounding like a 'Chicken with its head cut-off'. And this nowhere more so than CNN.

    If the U.S. is now ranked at 23rd. in High School Science, I wonder where they'd rank in 'Geography, History, & or Modern History.

    If the current 'Media' frenzy, about "who are these people" (The Egyptians), is any indication, I would have to say the 'Ranking' in the Subjects mentioned, would be very close to the absolute 'Bottom'.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  6. Courtney

    This uprising may have started on facebook but fast looses any credibility as a legitimate "peoples" rebellion once you allow violent extremist revolutionaries to co-op the movement. Let's not forget that the muslim brotherhood is the last remaining ally of Hitler, still perpetuate violence against jews, and are seeking a global caliphate... they are almost progressive enough to work for CNN. Perhaps you should put them on with Joy Behar to discuss civility and political discourse and see if she makes it to a commercial break before being decapitated... I'll bet she doesn't.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  7. Chip Casey

    I am sorry but anything with the religion in the first name is not going to turn out good. When the Shah was overturned in Iran they also turned to a religious figure and we can see how that ultimately turns out. The religious leaders get into power and begin to consolidate state business into their religious organizations with religious elders running them. Wealth is then generated into the organization and zealots have a power base that is unelected and therefore permanent.

    This is like a virus that overtakes the entire system eventually. There is no way to ultimately oppose such a power except to overthrow it violently. The author knows nothing about history if she thinks that the Muslim brotherhood is any solution at all to Egypt's ills.

    The only real solution is to install someone in the current leadership system with UN oversight with the understanding elections will be held in 8 months time. The leadership would only be there for a transition from now when Mubarak steps down to whomever will ultimately be elected in his place.

    They may not like this solution, but if you change something TOO fast they can risk doing allot of things wrong. Never make huge changes but gradually move in a direction.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  8. epiphania

    You think the muslim brotherhood taking power isn't a bad thing? are you stupid? If they take power it will be the end of camp david. that means a war between egypt and Israel. If other arab nation get involved, we're looking at a potential WWIII starter here!

    February 1, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  9. Justin

    TMB just announced that Egyptians should prepare for war with Israel. But they're not a destablilizing force... nothing to worry about, except shutting off the Suez Canal, oil prices spiking, war with Israel, etc., etc. So, sure, if they gain a little bit of power, that's one thing. If they end up running the country, that's another. And at this point, seeing TMB run Egypt is a real possibility because there's no other group waiting in the wings.

    To Fady: Just because a revolution starts on facebook doesn't mean it's secular.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  10. Stuxnet

    I agree, if we are going to do we might as well do it properly. Go the whole hog nuclear power, Russia can build the brothers a reactor.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  11. Fady ghaly

    The times have certainely changed, while the brotherhood are certainely a risk, they are definitely not the only player, as most of Egyptians are conservatives by nature, however secular in their daily life. Remember, this revolution started on facebook, not in the mosque. the issue is more about convincing people who has never practised elections in their lives to vote. They are 90% of the population.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:14 am |