Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, appeared on Democracy Now just two days after the attacks in Benghazi on 9/11/12. In light of what has been learned about U.S. reaction to that attack since, this is definitely an interesting piece of video, shot three days before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice lied to the American people on five Sunday talk shows on September 16th about the Innocence of Muslims being the reason for the attacks.
Take note beginning at the 1:30 mark of the video (transcript of relevant excerpt underneath):
“…there are two scenarios. One is to say what happened in Libya was not in fact first connected to the movie but connected to the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi in June… He was one of the leaders of al-Qaeda… the point was that people were saying there will be retaliation and they chose the very same date of the September 11th… and the second thing we have to say… the religious credibility. How are you going to react to what is said about Islam. So by touching the prophet of Islam, the reaction should be, ‘who is going to be the guardian’?… everywhere, the Salafi are pushing by saying, ‘we are the guardian and we are resisting any kind of relationship to the West or provocation coming from the West’ and internally, it’s unsettling the whole situation.”
Don’t look now but this is a bit of a goldmine. It’s important to understand what was going on here. As a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s stealth western front, Ramadan does not like what the Salafists are doing; they’re blowing his cover. The Salafists are Muslim purists who either don’t understand that Ramadan is secretly working for the same Islamic caliphate they are, or they don’t care. In either case, this has got to frustrate Ramadan because whenever the Salafists act up, Islam comes under the microscope, which also captures Ramadan, if only in the outer perimeter of its viewing lens.
What’s truly amazing in this interview is that while the Obama administration – to include Jay Carney, Susan Rice, and even President Obama himself – pushed the narrative for two weeks, that the video was responsible, Tariq Ramadan much more accurately enunciated the truth about what happened – just TWO DAYS after it happened.
Ramadan gave viewers two reasons for the attack in Libya. One was to avenge Yahya al-Libi, about whom we wrote during our Libyan leaks investigation.
The second reason Ramadan gave was that the Salafists saw the attack as an opportunity to exploit anti-Islamic sentiment and to show themselves as purists that all Muslims should get behind. This too is something we wrote about on the same day that Ramadan was giving that interview. In fact, our research supported exactly what Ramadan was charging here.
It’s important to understand why Ramadan was more truthful on 9/13/01 than was the Obama administration. One of the many turf battles going on in the Middle East is between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists. Both are fighting for the same end – a global caliphate – but the Brotherhood sees the need for playing politics with the West while the Salafists don’t. In this regard, Ramadan sees the Salafists as a threat.
That’s at least one possible explanation for wanting to expose them.