Muslim brotherhoods' strategic mistake leads to designation as terrorist group

Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalising all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails.

The announcement on Wednesday is a dramatic escalation of the fight between the government and the Brotherhood, which has waged near-daily protests since the 3 July popularly backed military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi. An Egyptian court had banned the group in September.
For decades the Brotherhood wore the mask of a peaceful philanthropic organization.  But, with the fall of the Morsi government its members began resorting to violence which gave the government a good excuse for outlawing them as a terrorist organization.  It was a classic strategic mistake, and they may pay for it for years if they survive that long.  The US should join the designation after flirting with the organization when it came to power.


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