The Muslim Brotherhood's curious reaction to the Boston Massacre

politics | Apr 16, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

 

The Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist organization, delivered a two-prong reaction to the deadly bombings in Boston. Much like the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which was once led by Yasir Arafat, the Muslim Brotherhood is frequently criticized for delivering one message to the West in English, and another in Arabic. In English, the Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement "categorically reject[ing] as intolerable the bombings committed in the U.S. city of Boston," and "offer[ing] heartfelt sympathies and solemn condolences to the American people and the families of the victims." Three persons were killed on April 15 at the finish line of the iconic Boston Marathon, while more than 100 others were injured. Several persons suffered traumatic amputations, and are in guarded condition in Boston hospitals. At least one person lost both legs to the double-tap blast.
 
In a second message, in Arabic, Essam el-Erian - senior  Muslim Brotherhood leader and the vice chairman of the group's political party – condemned the terrorist attack but also linked it to the French intervention against Islamist terrorists in Mali, the wars in Syria and Iraq, and lagging rapprochement between the Turkish government and Kurdish rebels.
 
El-Erian claims the all of these issues are somehow connected. "Who disturbed democratic transformations, despite the difficult transition from despotism, corruption, poverty, hatred, and intolerance to freedom, justice tolerance, development, human dignity, and social justice?" asked El-Erian rhetorically. "Who planted Islamophobia through research, the press, and the media? Who funded the violence?"
 
El-Erian did not accuse any specific group of being behind the Boston Marathon attack or the unrest across the Middle East.  However, such claims are absent from the Muslim Brotherhood English-language postings.
 
Security analysts are drawing comparisons between the Boston Marathon bombings and the IED bombings common to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The use of shrapnel for deadly effect is a signature of the group, which was founded by the now deceased Saudi Osama bin-Laden.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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