An interesting article from National Review. See “Breaking from the US the UK condemns the Muslim Brotherhood Calling it a Terrorist Organization”, December 2015. The article says that England has decided to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, while the United States are not willing to do so. The Muslim Brotherhood is the Sunni Islamist organization mainly supported by Turkey and Qatar, which are Sunni countries, but also supported by Iran, which is a Shiite country, due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s confrontation with Saudi Arabia, which is Iran’s greatest rival.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the Sunni Islamist organization mainly supported by Turkey and Qatar, which are Sunni countries, but also supported by Iran, which is a Shiite country, due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s confrontation with Saudi Arabia, which is Iran’s greatest rival.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, even though Saudi Arabia supported the organization in the past, in order to attack the socialists of the Egyptian leader Gamal Nasser, who at the time was attacking Saudi Arabia. But now Turkey and Iran use the Brotherhood to attack Saudi Arabia, and things are very different.
According to the article the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood is the mother of all Sunni Islamist terrorist organizations i.e. ISIS, Al Qaeda etc. See the 6th paragraph of the article. I think that the right way to put it is that for the terrorists of Sunni Islamist organizations, the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is what Karl Marx is for the terrorists of the socialist organizations. There are two kinds of terrorists organizations, the socialist and the islamist ones.
According to National Review, now that the English have diverging geopolitical interests from the United States, they can follow somewhat different foreign policies, and by declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization the English will be moving closer to Saudi Arabia and distancing a bit themselves from Qatar. Note that the English recently made a multi-billion dollar agreement with the Chinese, which includes the joint construction of a nuclear plant in England, worth 18 billion GBP (25 billion euros).
Obviously the United States were not very happy to see one of their closest allies cooperating with China in the energy sector. See “China’s Xi seals nuclear power deal as part of $62 billion splurge in Britain”, October 2015. Moreover the English are working with the Russians in the natural gas sector, and that will only increase if the Nord Stream 2 pipeline goes ahead, because Shell, the Anglo-Dustch giant, holds 10% of the shares.
The deals with the Chinese and the Russians will greatly enhance England’s energy security, and will reduce her dependence on Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG). England’s production from the North Sea is falling, and Norway and the Netherlands cannot supply England with the required amounts. The English had to turn to expensive Qatari LNG, in order to enhance their energy security, but expensive energy does not help an economy’s competitiveness.
The English were also worried that a war in the Middle East could interrupt the Qatari supplies to England, and were not very happy to be dependent on Qatar. See Financial Times “UK warned over dependence on Qatar gas”, January 2012. To make things better for the English, the Qataris were investing billions of dollars in England. See for example the Guardian Guardian “How much of London is owned by Qatar’s royal family”.
The agreements with the Chinese and the Russians will provide the English with safer and cheaper energy sources, because the nuclear plant will be in England, and the Russian gas will flow to England through pipelines networks from Germany and the Netherlands. Moreover the Russian oligarchs invest billions of dollars in London too, competing with the Qatari investments. In England there is also Nigel Farage, who is a great admirer of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Therefore the English hope to reduce their dependence on Qatar, while the United States need Qatar. After the Al Qaeda attacks at the Twin Towers in September 2001, the Americans had to move their military bases from Saudi Arabia to Qatar. Therefore the Americans need the Qataris, and they also need Turkey, a main American ally in NATO. Qatar and Turkey are very close allies, because Qatar need Turkey’s protection in order not to be bullied and squeezed by Saudi Arabia and Iran.
It is true of course that the David Cameron, the current center-right English Prime Minister, is not very fond of Russia. Cameron does not like neither the Russians nor the Islamist fascists, and he seems to be a patriot. But it seems that the English need the Russian gas and cash.
We recently saw the English, the French and the Germans siding with Russia, and attacking the Islamists supported by Turkey in Syria and Iraq. The United States have also attacked ISIS, when ISIS was threatening the Kurds, who are American allies, but they never sided with Russia against Turkey. The United States support Turkey when it comes to the Turkish-Russian confrontation.
The leader of the British opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, is not very happy with England’s policies against the Jihadists supported by Turkey and Qatar, because he is a classic left politician, and he is very pro-Islamist. Don’t forget that Qatar has a lot of influence in England. Jeremy Corbyn is also very anti-American, and when it comes to American-Russian confrontation he supports Russia, but in the confrontation between Russia on one hand and Turkey and Qatar on the other he supports the Jihadists supported by Turkey and Qatar.
It is the same for all the European left. In Greece, Kostas Zouraris, a communist member of parliament, who actually belongs the the governing coalition, said that the jihadists who carried out the Paris attacks in November 2015 were heroes who were fighting for freedom against the French colonialists.
One more possible reason that the English are willing to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, could be the arms the Saudis and the Emirates are buying from them. The Saudis might have promised to order billions of dollars in English arms. For the arms trade between England and Saudi Arabia see Guardian “Britain urged to stop providing weapons to Saudi Arabia”, October 2015.
Most politicians of the English left pretend they do not want England to sell arms to Saudi Arabia because of human right violations, but the truth is that they support Qatar and Turkey, like Jeremy Corby does. Jeremy Corbyn was very upset when England decided to bomb ISIS. See Independent “Jeremy Corbyn warns that the West can’t ‘bomb our way to democracy”, December 2015.
For the Articles see:
“Breaking from the US the UK condemns the Muslim Brotherhood Calling it a Terrorist Organization”, December 2015
After years of witnessing the anti-democratic agenda of the MB firsthand and simply taking at face value the writings and sayings of its leaders and its offshoots, the Obama administration still clings to an Alice in Wonderland view of the organization that gave us al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Shabaab, and nearly every Sunni terrorist affiliate in the world.
“China’s Xi seals nuclear power deal as part of $62 billion splurge in Britain”, October 2015
“Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached”, October 2015
“How much of London is owned by Qatar’s royal family”?
“Britain urged to stop providing weapons to Saudi Arabia”, October 2015
“UK warned over dependence on Qatar gas”, January 2012
“Jeremy Corbyn warns that the West can’t ‘bomb our way to democracy”, December 2015