- The Brotherhood has reorganized itself on the old continent, and the danger is approaching.
- Close ties connect the organization to terrorist networks in Latin America.
In its latest weekly issue released on Thursday, June 29th, the renowned French magazine “Valeur Actuel” conducted an interview with journalist Abdel Rahim Ali, Chairman of the Board and Editor-in-Chief of “Al-Bawaba News” and President of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO). The interview was featured on the cover of the esteemed French magazine under the title, “Fake Brotherhood and Real Islamists: Revealing the Network Woven by the Organization in Europe.”
During the interview, Abdel Rahim Ali warned about the danger of the absence of resistance to Islamic extremism in Europe. In response to a question posed by the magazine regarding whether Western countries and their leaders are passive or complicit in confronting the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ali stated that instead of waging a war against the international organization, its associations, and companies, European governments have allowed certain political elites, especially from the Green and Democratic Socialist parties, to enhance the organization’s presence on the continent.
“I regret to inform you that if the Muslim Brotherhood’s project of expansion continues, we risk seeing Islamists from the fourth or fifth generation enter the halls of power in more than one European country within a decade, perhaps starting with France,” Ali added. He further emphasized that it would be beneficial to learn from the lessons Egypt has learned, as it was the primary target of the Muslim Brotherhood and suffered greatly from it. The only solution is to dismantle this group, expose its plans, and dry up its sources of funding. In short, a comprehensive war must be declared to stop its spread.
Ali warned that Europe has now become a continent that harbors and provides refuge for these groups and currents, which carry an unlimited project of infiltrating the entire European society. The economic partnership value between Brotherhood-affiliated companies and major companies in the European Union amounts to approximately 33 billion euros, in addition to the strong relationships between the organization and decision-making circles in Brussels. The goal behind all of this is to infiltrate European societies by weaving a wide network of relationships through mosques, cultural centers, and “charitable” associations that seek to Islamize the continent in the Brotherhood’s manner.
Ali confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders realized that they could no longer survive in the Middle East and sought safe havens to transfer the centers of influence and primary activities of the Brotherhood. They chose countries in Latin America, especially Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, to transfer their economic and financial weight, benefiting from the local presence of affiliated associations and their assets, including lands. This was activated through social and cultural institutions, schools, and local worship centers.
Politically, the center of gravity has been shifted to Sweden and its capital Stockholm. To ensure sustainable sources of funding, Brotherhood leaders began establishing investment funds with capital including donations from Gulf businessmen. Later, they turned to arms and drug trade under the cover of Islamic institutions. They also resorted to money laundering methods and offshore companies. In the second half of the twentieth century, the organization multiplied its projects in this field, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America, which have become strongholds for terrorist elements.
Ali emphasized that the strategy that has protected the organization so far from collapse and contributed to its expansion and spread across various parts of the world is transforming its centralized and hierarchical structure into a system of independent and interconnected networks, like a multi-armed and autonomous octopus. This is done to increase its ability to confront any confrontation with a single country or an alliance of several countries in any part of the world without announcing the complete collapse of the organization. It is in this aspect that their real danger lies.