Issue #: 2701, Issue Date: 19th July, 2012
US Administration at the beginning of the "Arab Spring" launched a diplomatic campaign against Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt but after a while Obama "turned the official mode" and said very positive statements about the "Democratic Role" of Egyptian Islamists. US from the time of September 11 till now is moving between the extremes; combating and supporting "Islamic movements" in Middle East and in Africa. In Sudan, US – according Natsios' article – promised the Sudanese Government four times to start the process of "Normalization" and broke its promises. World wide, US financed Sufi Orders and now they are looking for a deal with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Do you remember the statements of the deputy of the American diplomatic mission in Sudan Mr. Denis Hankinson. It was about the American appreciation for the role of Sufism in Sudan and I was shocked with it. He mentioned the positive role of Sufism in
Counterterrorism in Sudan. He did not mention the American support for some of Sufi Orders, but this fact was documented in the article: (hearts, minds and dollars) published in US news and reports, written by By David E. Kaplan.
First of all, the term (terrorism) is not clear yet in the Islamic mentality, and the definition is still a controversial issue. Western governments consider Hamas and Hizbullah as terrorist parties. In contrast, Sufis themselves – Dear Mr. Denis Hankinson - people see these groups (Freedom fighters or Mujahideen). The said article was a good layout for the biggest intellectual strategic plan related to religions. The strategy titled (Muslim World Outreach).
The strategy stated clearly that US will support Sufi Orders and classified them as the pacific side of Islam.
This is a piece of the article: (Records drawn from the State Department, USAID, and elsewhere reveal a striking array of Islamic projects bankrolled by American taxpayers since 9/11, stretching to at least 24 countries. In nine of them, U.S. funds are backing restoration of Muslim holy sites, including historic mosques in Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan. In Kirgizstan, embassy funding helped restore a major Sufi shrine. In Uzbekistan, money has gone to preserve antique Islamic manuscripts, including 20 Korans, some dating to the 11th century. In Bangladesh, USAID is training mosque leaders on development issues. In Madagascar, the embassy even sponsored an inter-mosque sports tournament. Also being funded: Islamic media of all sorts, from book translations to radio and TV in at least a half-dozen nations. Often the aid doesn't need an explicit Islamic theme, as in what boosters are calling Muppet Diplomacy.)