One can't help recall the international acceptance of the Nazi party in Germany. Ya know, let's all get along.
Anwar Sadat is spinning in his grave ....... the Muslim Brotherhood is tied to the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. It was an offshoot of the group that murdered Sadat:
The attackers included four enlisted men, an army major and a lieutenant. The major and two enlisted men were killed in the swarm around the reviewing stand, once other members of the military realized what was taking place. The rest were arrested. The attackers would eventually come to be identified as Islamist nationalists associated with the Muslim Brotherhood under the name of Islamic Jihad.
And of course there is their direct connection to al-qaeda, but why split hairs? Like Bob Beckel says, September 11th? Get over it.
Muslim Brotherhood joins political mainstream in Egypt The Hindu hat tip Van
AP Muslim brotherhood leader Saad el-Katatni, centre, gestures as other leaders Essam el-Erian, left, and Mohamed Morsi look on during a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. Banner reads " Press conference for Muslim Brotherhood" in Arabic.
After being shunned for decades, the Muslim Brotherhood appears set to acquire official legitimacy in Egypt with its representatives on Sunday holding talks with the government on defining the ground rules for a political transition, which has become necessary in the wake of a pro-democracy revolt.
Ahead of talks with Vice-President Omar Suleiman, who has emerged as the face of the Mubarak government in its interaction with the opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood signalled that Sunday's talks could be exploratory. “We decided to take part in a round of negotiations in order to test the officials' seriousness about people's demands and their readiness to respond,” the group's Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, said in a statement.
Nevertheless, the invitation for talks and its acceptance appear part of a larger regional shift in policy towards the organisation, which has well-organised branches in many countries in West Asia, including oil-rich Gulf countries. On Thursday, Jordan's King Abdullah also held talks with Muslim Brotherhood representatives.
In Cairo, in the talks with Mr. Suleiman, Muslim Brotherhood representatives joined others from secular opposition parties, as well as independent legal experts and a business tycoon Naguib Sawiris. The dialogue apparently ended on a positive note, with the Egyptian government claiming that both sides had agreed to identify specific steps to be adopted to enable detailed talks to commence.
UPDATE: And then there's this Wall Street Journal:
Brotherhood to Press Demands in Egypt Talks
By Charles Levinson, Tamer El-Ghobashy And Patrick Mcgroarty
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood agreed Sunday to meet with the government for talks aimed at ending the country's political crisis, breaking ranks with other main opposition groups as protests stretched into a 13th day.
The concession created the first incipient opening—however narrow—for a negotiated solution to a crisis that has paralyzed the Arab world's largest country. It came as Egyptian officials hoped to resume some of the functions of normal life Sunday, the first day of the work week, by gradually opening banks and more tightly regulating the protesters' encampment in central Cairo's Tahrir Square.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which is officially outlawed, said early Sunday that it will meet with Mr. Suleiman to press its "legitimate and just demands." Essam El Eryan, a senior Muslim Brotherhood official, said the group agreed to the meeting to discuss means by which Mr. Mubarak could give up power.
"We are going to the negotiation along with other political factions to raise the demands of the people," Mr. El Eryan said. "The priority is changing the regime and the transition of power to a democratic system. If we find something is not sincere and [the] situation is not good we will reconsider and withdraw."
Mr. El Eryan said the Muslim Brotherhood hadn't coordinated its decision to negotiate with other opposition groups that have spearheaded nearly two weeks of ongoing protests, but said it was going to meet with them before Sunday's talks with the government.
A week ago, opposition leaders agreed to back Mohamed ElBaradei as their representative in any future negotiation with the government, and they have held fast to their position that there could be no negotiations with the government as long as Mr. Mubarak remained in power.
At that time, the Muslim Brotherhood also agreed to back Mr. ElBaradei and stand by that singular demand for Mr. Mubarak's ouster. The announcement by the group on Sunday suggested it had backtracked on that position and broken ranks with the opposition.
"They're playing a bad game just as they did in the elections," said George Ishaq, a leader of the opposition Kefaya movement, which has spearheaded protests against Mr. Mubarak since 2005. The Muslim Brotherhood irked other opposition groups last year by agreeing to take part in the November 2010 parliamentary elections, while other opposition groups boycotted the vote.