ANALYSIS: Former CAIR-Canada Official Writes Article Encapsulating Muslim Brotherhood Rhetorical Tactics On Terrorism


In 2008, we presented an analysis that identified four conceptual categories into which Brotherhood positions on terrorism can usually be parsed. The GMBDW noted that this Muslim Brotherhood strategy regarding terrorism should be seen for what it is, a remarkably consistent and internally coherent means of obscuring the true aims and goals of the group. An article published yesterday by Faisal Kutty, a former vice-chair and legal counsel to the Canadian Counsel on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), neatly exemplifies each of the four strategies conveniently presented in the same order as the GMBDW analysis.

The article, titled “Muslims hold key to fighting terror” begins by by briefly mentioning the recently thwarted Canadian railway terror plot said to have been discovered through a tip provided by a local Imam. Mr. Kutty then lays out the heart of his thesis:

Feisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty

Despite the credit, some self-proclaimed experts continue to pin collective blame on Muslims, citing the ‘radicalization’ of the community. In fact, some Islamophobes who have the ear of the government have had the audacity to claim that 80 per cent of the mosques in Canada are incubators of ‘homegrown’ terrorists. There is no credible evidence to support such bald assertions. On the contrary, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University released a study in February titled ‘Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further,’ which concluded that Muslim terrorism was not a significant threat. It had claimed 33 lives since Sept. 11, 2001, compared with 200 victims of far-right terrorists and 180,000 murders. Moreover, the centre has documented the active role of Muslims in combating terror. I think an equivalent study in Canada would confirm the same.

The remainder of Mr. Kutty’s article is devoted to developing his case which, as discussed above, follows the four Global Muslim Brotherhood rhetorical strategies on terrorism to a remarkable degree. We will first look at the four principles in turn, followed by excerpts from the article.

         1. DENIAL- Since the Brotherhood is pursuing Islamization and eventually Shariah (Islamic Law), it is necessary at all costs to deny that Islam as a religion has any connection to violence or terrorism. Of course, the Brotherhood represents Islamism as opposed to Islam in this regard but since the general audience does not understand that distinction, it is Islam which is the Brotherhood reference. They cannot afford to fail in this denial and the denial strategy is usually pursued through sophistry. That is, the Brotherhood claims that Islam is unfairly associated with terrorism while Christianity, Judaism, and other religions are not (e.g. Abortion bombers are not called Christian Terrorists) and/or that other religious terrorism is just as dangerous as Islamic terrorism. The Brotherhood may be winning this battle (see here.)

Mr. Kutty writes:

Muslims must not be held collectively responsible for the alleged actions of criminals among them. No other community is put in such an unenviable position. Italians are not asked to condemn the actions of the Mafia, nor were the Irish asked to apologize for the actions of the Irish Republican Army. Canadians in general are not expected to take responsibility for the actions of the criminals who have vandalized mosques and discriminated against or attacked Muslims since the tragic events of Sept. 11…Muslims wonder why they must keep distancing themselves from something so antithetical to their world view. Even when they disown such conduct, it is under-reported or dismissed as a PR exercise. That said, as part of a civil society the Muslim community has a duty to the mainstream to address the perception — real or imagined — about the extremists within.

Here Mr. Kutty neatly conflates Islam the religion with Islamism, the politicized ideology espoused by the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Of course Islam and Muslims per se should not be held accountable for terrorism but the organizations and leaders of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, of which the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a part, should indeed be held accountable for the generalized climate of grievance in which terrorism festers, particularly since they claim to be the “mainstream” representatives of Muslims throughout the world. 

        2. DECEPTION- In order to defend Islam (Islamism) from char