A Victory for the Muslim Brotherhood
The Obama administration allows Tariq Ramadan to travel to the U.S.
6:58 PM, Jan 20, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
In a controversial move, the Obama administration has decided to lift Tariq Ramadan’s ban from the United States. Who is Tariq Ramadan? By birth, he is the grandson of Hassan al Banna – the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). By word and deed, he is today a leading member of the European branch of the MB.
The MB is the mother organization for some of the terrorist groups that became part of al Qaeda’s core, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Osama bin Laden himself was first wooed to the dark side by Muslim Brothers teaching in Saudi Arabia. The MB has also spawned other hardcore jihadist organizations, including Hamas. While the MB’s descendents have publicly disagreed over tactics at times (for example, Zawahiri has taken issue with Hamas’s participation in Palestinian elections), they still share the same long-term strategic vision: the re-establishment of an Islamic Caliphate capable of ruling the Muslim world and challenging the West.
Stephen Schwartz also made a persuasive case for upholding the ban on Ramadan last year.
For more on Ramadan, visit the Investigative Project's website.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.