The Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak is about to fall, and the leaders of the nation's most vocal Islamist group, CAIR, couldn't be happier. Is this sudden euphoria all about the bringing of "freedom" and "democracy" to the region, as they say it is, or is their happiness built out of something sinister? Given the radical background of these individuals, and given the background of the group itself, it is this author's opinion that the reason is the latter.
On top of the homepage of the national website of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the following headline is read: "CAIR Asks Americans to Support Freedom in Egypt, Muslim World." The statement is an entirely innocuous one. However, it comes from a group that has known ties to terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which stands to gain substantially from the unrest in Egypt.
CAIR was founded in June 1994 by three leaders from the then-American propaganda wing of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Upon CAIR's establishment, the group immediately fell under the umbrella of Mousa Abu Marzook's American Palestine Committee, of which the IAP was already a member. Marzook, at the time, was based in the United States as the global head of Hamas and a main cog of the Palestinian faction of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprang in 1987.