Most social scientists would agree that world events do not happen in a vacuum. Political forces, whether they are accidental or deliberate, in succession or a single action, give rise to political and social movements.
Which way will it be? Reagan’s? Or Carter’s? When communism fell and the Berlin Wall collapsed, President Ronald Regan took immediate action. He understood the urgency of helping Eastern European citizens to whom “freedom,” “democracy,” and “elections” were strange terms, heard only on foreign radio broadcasts by the BBC and Voice of America. After making the statement which immortalized him, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Reagan did not sit on his hands when the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Cold War ended.
What is the Muslim Brotherhood that we’re hearing so much about these days? Back in 1928, Egypt was under British rule. They had an Egyptian parliament and cabinet, but the British controlled three key cabinet positions: the army, the police and the finances. At that time, a young school teacher by the name of Hassan al-Banna, under the influence of the Wahabi movement in Saudi Arabia, declared that a war of independence from British rule must be fought. He believed that this war must not be waged on a secular “classic liberal” basis but, instead, through Islamic ideology. But that meant Egypt returning from modernity to “Stone Age” 700 A.D. Arabian rule, under which the founder of Islam and his successors, the Caliphates, claim to be inspired by Allah and his Shariah law.