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The New York Times Finds Some Moderate Muslims
by Robert Spencer
The recent New York Times Sunday trumpeted this MPAC video as a rebuttal of Islamic "militants," although it is long on vague generalities but (surprise, surprise) short on Qur'anic specifics, which are the only thing, could they be produced, that might actually induce an Islamic supremacist or jihadist to reconsider his position.
And that's the best that can be said about it. Among the Islamic leaders it features is Suhaib Webb of the Muslim American Society. The Muslim American Society is the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. The Muslim Brotherhood's own website carries the Chicago Tribune expose that identifies the MAS as the Brotherhood's arm in the U.S.: "In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members." So reported the Tribune in 2004, in an article that is now reproduced on the Muslim Brotherhood's English-language website, Ikhwanweb.
Why is the MAS connection with the Muslim Brotherhood significant? The Muslim Brothers "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions." So wrote Mohamed Akram in "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America," May 22, 1991.
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