Andy McCarthy reports that President Obama’s top national security advisers have just hosted Sheikh Abdulla bin Bayyah at the White House. In 2004, according to McCarthy, bin Bayyah endorsed a fatwa calling for the killing of American troops and other personnel serving in Iraq.
He did so as vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). What is the IUMS? McCarthy informs us:
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi [is] the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief sharia jurist and the driving force of the IUMS. In addition to being behind the 2004 fatwa, Qaradawi also promotes suicide bombing against Israel. The IUMS strongly supports the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas, the terrorist organization designated as such under American law. Indeed, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh – a close ally of both Qaradawi and Turkey’s Islamic supremacist prime minister (and Obama fave) Recep Tayyip Erdogan – was welcomed into the IUMS as a member in 2004.
As McCarthy brilliantly puts it, “the enemy is not at the gate; he has. . .skipped across the welcome mat.”
But what was bin Bayyah doing at the White House? Apparently, he was there in connection with Syria, having previously (and successfully) lobbied the administration to arm Syrian rebels.
Give Obama credit. He’s not a naïf like John McCain, who seems to believe that moderate or even pro-U.S. forces within the Syrian rebellion can prevail.
Obama understands that if we want to ride a strong horse in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood is that horse. And he seems willing, and maybe even eager, to climb aboard that Israel-hating, anti-Western steed.