Congress Finally Pushing to Label “Muslim Brotherhood” As A Terrorist Group
It seems unbelievable but some notorious terrorist organizations have still not been labeled as such by the State Department. One can only wonder why the U.S. government is so slow to put a name to something that has become a force for evil in the Middle East and around the world.
Thankfully Republican members of Congress are working to label one terrorist group--the Muslim Brotherhood--as an officially sanctioned terrorist organization. That labeling would take place through a Congressional bill which would force the Obama administration to either denounce the group or deny that it has terrorist affiliations.
Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate and senator from Texas is spearheading the bill alongside Republican representative Mario Diaz-Balart from Florida. Cruz says that the time has come to label the Muslim Brotherhood for what they really are.
"We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance. . . .Since the Obama administration refuses to utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorism,' and Congress owes it to the American people to tell them the truth about this threat."
Indeed, it is the President Obama's hesitancy to call terrorist groups out that has made many in the Republican party so angry with him. If, for some reason, the Cruz's bill doesn't pass, it would force Obama's State Department to specifically list reasons why it won't label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
When looking at some of the names on the list of countries that already denote the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization--Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria--it comes as even more of a shock that the U.S. hasn't yet made this official. These are tough, regime-run countries that are declaring that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group.
Why can't America, the greatest example of a democracy in the world, call out a notorious terrorist group? It defies explanation. Well done, Senator Cruz. Keep up the good work.