by JOHN ROSSOMANDO
America’s leading Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of America (ICNA), are demanding that the Obama administration take punitive action against Egypt in the wake of last week’s shooting of Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators.
At least 81 Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators were killed in violent clashes with the Egyptian army. In calling for a stronger U.S. reaction, none of the groups mentioned the Muslim Brotherhood – the party of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
“We urge an end to the silence over the ongoing massacres of peaceful pro-democracy activists in Egypt by forces that receive billions of American taxpayer dollars,” CAIR wrote in a press release Saturday.
In a similar press release Monday, ICNA appealed to Americans to contact the White House and the secretaries of State and Defense to demand immediate action against “the undermining of democracy and the suppression of freedom of expression in Egypt.”
A more muted response came from ISNA on Wednesday, calling for an end to the bloodshed regardless of “[w]hether one agrees or disagrees with those calling for the reinstatement of an elected president…”
However, CAIR, ICNA and ISNA failed to express similar concern when Morsi’s regime engaged in its own violence and repression against dissidents.
All three groups have Muslim Brotherhood connections to the Brotherhood. ISNA was created by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. CAIR was part of a Brotherhood network of Hamas-support groups called the “Palestine Committee.” And ICNA’s founders had ties to the Pakistani-based Jamaat-e-Islami, the Indian subcontinent’s equivalent of the Muslim Brotherhood.
These American Muslim Brotherhood-aligned groups looked the other way while Muslim Brotherhood gangs beat up anti-Morsi protesters last December following Morsi’s decree assuming emergency powers and Islamists attacked Coptic Christianity’s holiest cathedral in April.
They similarly had no complaints when media reports showed that many in Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority was barred from voting in December’s constitutional referendum by Brotherhood activists….