This week, finally, Ted Cruz decided enough is enough. The Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful has proposed a bill to force the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as what it actually is: a terrorist organization.
The legislation, Senator Cruz tells me, “is part of a larger effort to expose the various radical elements that are trying, both at home and abroad, to undermine our very way of life.”
Cruz could not be more right in describing the Brotherhood as “the key foundation stone for radical Sunni terrorism that has spawned both al-Qaeda and ISIS.” In fact, as the bill describes, there is a significant history of Brotherhood underwriting of terrorism. In addition, key al-Qaeda figures have been launched by immersion in Brotherhood ideology.
It should come as no surprise, then, that where the Brotherhood is active, ISIS and al-Qaeda thrive.
Ted Cruz understands the threat and is distinguishing himself by charting a very different policy direction. It will serve him well. And it would serve the country well.
It really is ridiculous that we don't already designate the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that is hoping to destroy our entire way of life, as a terrorist organization considering we consider the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is our effective ally against ISIS, to be one. It's just so messed up.