Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

Beyond Terrorism

Hezbollah members display a mock missile during a procession held to celebrate Ashura in Nabatieh town in south Lebanon, January 10, 2009. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)
The Islamist threat is worse than you think

‘Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” This is the battle cry of Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin, Egypt’s notorious Muslim Brotherhood, the intellectual font of Sunni Islamic radicalism for nearly a century. And that should give us pause.

Unlike al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and other terror networks, the Brotherhood purports to forswear violence — convincingly so, according to foreign-policy solons who urge U.S. diplomatic engagement with the group. The Brotherhood, they say, is mainstream and moderate. It is the Brotherhood, not the repressive

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