Closer look at anti-Western populations in the Arab world
Author and Mideast expert Ed Husain speaks out
- Duration 6:52
- Date Sep 14, 2012
Author and Mideast expert Ed Husain speaks out
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-- outbreaks of violent riots across the air world today there were keeping in close ion directed at American targets.
But Bennett drilled down into what's happening in Cairo now there's an intense scene right near the US embassy that follows an eruption there.
In the past days rioters scaled the embassy walls they burn the American flag.
Egypt of course it's critical part of our strategy in the mideast a long time now -- -- long time recipient of billions of dollars in taxpayer money.
Today though -- Egypt is under a new government run by.
A Muslim Brotherhood president.
And that our relationship not just in the last 72 hours that our relationship with the KGB agent to Stanley being tested so what's next joining us now and he's saying he's a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies.
For the council foreign relations he's also the author of the book.
The Islamist -- became an Islamic fundamentalists.
What I saw inside.
And why I laughed at when we start there with your book and just tell us a little bit more about about your journey.
I think it was a Jenny that was ordinary to.
Thousands of young Muslims around the world I was born and raised in Europe many of my contemporary who born and raised in the Middle East and much like an older generation went through communism here.
In the west many of us went through Islamism the fundamentalist ideology and -- Islam the faith that is an -- As a form of political affiliation and grievance -- mindset.
Confronting the west and trying to create a bit too well but as you grow up be so then you realize that.
United the mindset of confrontation and agitation isn't necessary the most constructive way forward.
Soon enough to ruffle find he has to be precise I am I left.
A joined what you might consider mainstream political party.
It was there -- tipping point something one particular incident that happened that made you.
You know turn paths and -- if you well yeah Mendoza and I remind college campus because of mindset of that being against the west and non Muslim student was killed but I think more specific team.
I had more interaction with people.
Who a non Muslims discussions with people who.
The second and liberals many of them conservatives.
That's also appeal mind a lot more and and and the main point is you know I had an education on grownup and you see through the fallacies in the fools.
And hypocrisy within those organizations and -- An important point for me personally -- I realize the more involve you getting these activist political organizations.
In the name of religion initially in the name of Islam.
Soon you realize how distant day off from Islam the contemplative.
-- faith so -- -- this disconnect between my parents form of contemplative C feed mainstream Islam.
To think activist.
Islam that was seeing now on the streets of Cairo of anger of banning flag self attacking the west so I made a choice between the full Islam I want to the -- Islam.
Of my parents -- this new confrontational full of Islam.
-- give -- such a unique perspective now we're gonna fast so lord mayor scholar you visited.
-- Middle Eastern countries every six weeks you travel overseas to find out what's happening meet with a variety of high ranking officials.
So let's go to Egypt now today and what we're seeing.
Who really is running the governments and what should every American know about the new leadership at the jets.
That's an excellent question and it's worth remembering that in.
Thus far on the last -- of 65 -- days or so much could've gone wrong in Egypt and they haven't.
The peace with Israel -- holds the terrorists in Sinai -- in check.
-- lose and bikini babe bit and.
Is readily available in in Egypt but you know trade with the west is in place.
To me made a consensus on how she regionals going to be implemented a night.
And hasn't happened.
So that's good news and it's worth remembering only last week we had almost a hundred leading businessmen from the US visiting Cairo to drum up.
Now what happened walls and extreme some a few organization with jesus'.
-- organization inside Egypt exploited this movie that came out earlier this week.
Ordinary Muslims in Egypt did not get agitated by watching something on YouTube but there -- organizes mobilizes activists who sent.
The religion is under attack if you -- real Muslims come in protest.
So it's these agitated face challenges in edit your real Muslim come in protest.
As it's quarter had a -- of your faith.
Full of them did the -- you lost about the leadership inside Egypt the government that challenges its Muslim Brotherhood president has accurately identify.
He's dependent on the votes from that religious right wing and he can't be seen to be.
Isolating them by beings too close to America's has walked.
-- very tightrope so you you mentioned a few key points there including what it means to be it true Muslim.
Is it true Muslim in Egypt right now anti American and anti western according to the government and the Muslim Brotherhood that's in control.
And Miami and new mosques and university campuses and you know we interact as that I believe -- -- -- when it I'll ask.
You'll dealers to travel to Egypt and see.
Mcdonalds -- Hollywood movies baseball caps American English taxi and idolizing him again.
I -- real love for America and then the results of -- hate business love hate relationship.
So real quick here and it's a tough topic to cover quickly but there's obviously an ideology that is anti American and anti western and does exist.
How do we confront that effectively.
You're absolutely right to that this is the dark side to that love relationship to the -- -- hatred for America.
And confronting that means to puncture the narrative that belief that America is at war with Islam and Muslims.
The somehow is -- religious responsibility of Muslims to create a kind of fake -- -- -- several points but al-Qaeda uses to hit -- against the west.
The central to all of this is the United States government is -- war with Islam and Muslims in their full -- -- to reciprocate and -- the only guy can the government solve that -- it is another voice somewhere within our culture need to come up and and and confront that the strongest ambassadors against this voice on the millions of American Muslims and.
Whose lives in this country who -- full this country -- fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They proved by then dating and all -- existence the -- -- business contradiction between a full list name.
I'm a full American and when they are brought fold to -- you have.
-- civil as a civil society ambassadors essentially.
For the united states of some of this is beginning to happen to be -- then I think you'll see more more Muslims in the Middle East beginning to realize that you know the America that they think is.
Reality is actually Al qaeda's propaganda.
Much like -- -- decides anyway Ed thank you so much covered a lot of ground are -- got a breaking news and look for having back on the program thank you -- and program.