An online petition requesting the White House to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization has more than surpassed the 100,000 signature requirement for the Obama administration to officially consider the request. The petition, "Declare Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group," was posted to petitions.whitehouse.gov in early July after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power.
The petition reads, “Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood has shown in the past few days that it is willing to engage in violence and killing of innocent civilians in order to invoke fear in the hearts of its opponents. This is terrorism. We ask the U.S. government to declare MB as a terrorist group for a safer future for all of us.”
The petition now almost has 150,000 signatures.
“The Muslim Brotherhood has surely inspired or spawned terrorist organizations, I don’t know that the Brotherhood itself has engaged in specific terrorist activities itself,” said Lawrence Haas, a current Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council.
“For the [Obama] administration, the issue is more basic,” he added. “The Brotherhood has now involved itself fully in the political process of its home nation, Egypt. Rather than rule democratically, however, Morsi and the Brotherhood began to rule in an authoritarian manner, which was always the fear about this fundamentalist organization.”
He added: “By downplaying human rights, the administration avoids some government-to-government conflict. At the same time, it raises doubts among the hundreds of millions of people across the region, whether we are on their side or on the side of the autocrats ... I think the better long-term strategy for the administration is to promote human rights more forcefully, even if that means occasional discomfort on the diplomatic front.”
The White House has not commented on the matter yet, Fox News reported.