Saturday, October 20, 2012

UAE Calls for Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

Do you think UAE could be accused of being Islamophobic?
( The United Arab Emirates may be hard to spot on a map and it may only have a population of 8 million, but its government is flexing its muscles when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. It is proposing the formation of a coalition against the Brotherhood and is threatening to send saboteurs into Iran.

The UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, publicly suggested that the Gulf countries to unite against the Muslim Brotherhood because it “does not believe in the nation state. It does not believe in the sovereignty of the state.”

This is very significant because the pro-U.S. Arab governments haven’t loudly vocalized their concern about the Brotherhood since the Arab Spring began. Calling out the Brotherhood is a risky move because it antagonizes large elements of the Gulf societies. It also fractures the Sunni bloc because the Brotherhood now runs Egypt. In addition Qatar, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, is a chief backer of the group.

In July, the UAE arrested 60 members of Islah, the Brotherhood affiliate in the country. The government claims that the detainees confessed to belonging to a secret military wing that was working with the Brotherhood branches in three other Gulf countries to establish Islamist governments. About $3.67 million was allegedly transferred to Islah by one of these branches.