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Muslim Brotherhood Has Nazi Roots, Argues Florida Author John Loftus

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The emblem of the Muslim Brotherhood, which one Florida historian claims was founded on Nazi ideology
John Loftus knows him some Nazis.

The former Department of Justice prosecutor and St. Petersburg native has made a career out of revealing what he says is the US government's deepest, darkest secret: how it harbored upper-level Nazis after WWII in order to defeat the Soviet Union.

Now Loftus has taken up a new mission: exposing what he claims are the Nazi origins of the Muslim Brotherhood, which yesterday announced it would become an official political party in a now Hosni Mubarak-less Egypt.

Loftus argues that, contrary to a recent op-ed by a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, the group has fascist origins incompatible with a democratic Egypt.

"In the last week, The New York Times has written three articles stating that the Muslim Brotherhood is a secular, peaceful organization," Loftus says. "But the Muslim Brotherhood is absolutely opposed to democracy: they believe that men choosing their own leaders is a heresy and that only religious clerics should pick them, like in Iran."

"Hassan al-Banna was a correspondent and admirer of Hitler," he says of the Islamic organization's founder. "Hitler loved the Muslim Brotherhood. He thought Arab Nazis would be his key to dominating Africa."

Hmmm... Then again, Loftus supports his argument by telling Riptide to search for "Nazi" and "Banna" on Google -- not exactly a primary source.

But he has written a handful of books on Nazis in America, so Riptide decided to consult with a couple other Middle East experts to see if Loftus was out of his Nazi-hunting mind. The verdict: not entirely.

"John Loftus is right in this case," says University of Miami professor Ira M. Sheskin. "There was a significant fascist, Nazi trend in Egyptian politics during the era when the Muslim Brotherhood was founded. Even former president Anwar Sadat was a clear Nazi sympathizer."

But Sheskin isn't quite so quick to label the Brotherhood -- in Loftus's words -- "terrorists" and a "cult."

"There are some people in the Muslim Brotherhood who want a democratic government in Egypt, but given what I know about the group's history, a majority would want an Islamic state," Sheskin argues. "It's a mixed group between those who would like to see Eygpt become the next Iran and those who think Islam should just play a bigger role in life."

Other experts are less charitable to Loftus, who fashions himself a Julian Assange-like whistle-blower delving into the dirty past of American intelligence agencies.

"There is nothing that I have ever read among serious historians of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt that makes the claim that the MB was founded along the principles of fascism or that al Banna was a member of the Nazi party or that he had contact with Hitler," writes Steven Cook, an Egypt expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Unless your guy has authenticated original material, I would take his claims with more than a few grains of salt."

It also doesn't help his credibility that while working as a commentator on Fox News, Loftus gave the address of someone he claimed was a terrorist on air only for it to turn out that the alleged jihadi had moved out three years earlier. Instead, Fox News listeners harassed a family of five living in the home. Someone even spray-painted "Terrist" (sic) on their house.

Watch out, Muslim Brotherhood. Nazis or not, John Loftus is on to you.

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Alaahosany
Alaahosany

If the Muslim Brotherhood support terrorism and violence, there would be thousands of people killed in Egypt as a very large number of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries pondered how this speech is strange .. it's not fair ...

Muslim Brotherhood support democracy in all its forms"and Hassan al-Banna said that they do not accept a substitute for a representative system"The Muslim Brotherhood does not support a religious state, nor claim to have, I do not know where you came these words that you said that Al-Banna said about Hitler!

Johnloftus
Johnloftus

the article clearly leaves the false impression that i did not use original source material but relied on internet research. the article clearly implies that I belong to a minority of experts who think the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious cult with a history of supporting terrorism. In point of fact, the FBI along experts from several other groups testified before congress just last week. The minority opinion, that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate secular organization, was enunciated by General Clapper, whose office promptly issued a retraction. Like General Clapper, I rarely make mistakes but always admit them publicly. Will you?

Johnloftus
Johnloftus

You might want to read any of the publications written by any of the Supreme Guides of the Muslim Brotherhood which themselves confirm that this is a heretical extremist religious cult that shames true Islam by opposing justice for women, despising democracy and attacking the peoples of the book. Do not fooled by false protestations. Read for yourself. Try an internet search for "Banna" and Nazi" and you will see many articles about the true history of this cult.

Suzanne
Suzanne

I read an indepth article about the Brotherhoods inception and their association with Hitler, Al qaeda, the different countries where they have trained etc.. I don't understand where our country is going and am very concerned for the freedoms the USA has had. I worked for a company in the seventies who employed thousands of middle easterners and I can only imagine that a large percentage had Shia roots. I don't understand why people in government positions seem so eager to give up the values of America. I don't know how 1 citizen could make a difference. It seems that our government has let us down

Linda
Linda

John Loftus is an impeccable author whose books are based in large part on actual documents he observed within the vaults of the nation's archives. Those documents were part of the Office of Policy Coordination, later merged into the CIA but which remained compartmentalized and controlled by elements within the executive branch's Justice and State Departments. This is our hidden history. It, in my opinion, is about how wealthy Americans used money and influence to subvert democracy in other countries in order to protect their investments abroad. All under the guise of patriotism.

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