A few weeks ago, while visiting old haunts in Ansbach, Germany, I noticed this sign screwed to a wall next to a seedy door in a narrow side street.

Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Gorus (IGMG)

     In English, the sign reads "Islamic Society of Milli Gorus." I'd never heard of Milli Gorus, but the sign caught my eye and piqued my curiosity because right below it, pasted to a mailbox, was this sticker, which reads in English, "Islam is Peace."

Islam Ist Frieden!

     Now I may not know much, but I know that Islam isn't "Peace" any more than War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, or Ignorance is Strength, so with notions of Newspeak floating around in my head, I went looking for information about the IGMG. The following (compiled & redacted by me) is only a very small part of what I found regarding Milli Gorus and its goals, and it is just about what I expected to find. Well, all except for the U.S. State Department's involvement with the group, which is considered radical and dangerous by a good many people who seem to know what they are talking about. That part was a surprise.

Milli Gorus
     Milli Gorus, which means National Vision, is an organization of Turkish immigrants in Europe comprising members of the former Turkish Welfare Party and the fascist Gray Wolves. The publicly stated aim of the organization is to protect Turkish immigrants from Western cultural and political influences. Some leaders of the organization, however, have also said "Milli Gorus is a shield protecting our fellow citizens from assimilation into barbaric Europe," while another (former secretary of the Dutch branch of Milli Gorus, Ali Yoksel) once said that "Democracy is a Western error." Other Milli Gorus spokesmen have repeatedly voiced anti-western and anti-Semitic opinions, and in 1996, the official newspaper of the group, The Milli Gazette, called Jews "blood-sucking vampires," and Western countries "instruments of the secret Jewish worldwide conspiracy."

     In response to Milli Gorus' antagonism, many organizations have declared the group a threat, not only to the stability and safety of Jews, but to the overall stability of western society in Europe. In Germany, the Hamburg Court once named Milli Gorus, which is Germany's largest Islamic association, "a danger to the free democratic state of law," and the group has long been criticized by other German officials for being anti-Semitic and against liberal Western values. In fact, in November 2004, the German World (Deutsche Welle) online magazine reported that officials at the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution at both the federal and state levels were convinced that Milli Gorus really acts as the foreign office of the Islamist leader and former Turkish Premier, Necmettin Erbakan, and that the group secretly seeks to dismantle Germany's democratic structures.

     The German concerns about Milli Gorus' links to Turkey seem to be justified, considering that in April 2003, the government of Turkey officially ordered its embassies to offer support to Milli Gorus, in spite of German Intelligence concerns about the group's extremist leanings. This connection clearly does not sit well with the German Government, which as recently as May 2005, stripped three naturalized former Turkish citizens of their German citizenship because they had failed to disclose their association with Milli Gorus. According to the Deutsche Welle, German officials said "the men should never have been granted German citizenship because Milli Gorus is hostile to democratic principles."

     And if all of the above is not enough to cause grave concern about the group's aims, the Winter 2005 edition of The Middle East Quarterly contains a well-written, very detailed article titled The Muslim Brotherhood's Conquest of Europe, in which Lorenzo Vidino wrote, "Milli Gorus pushes an agenda similar to that of the IGD, even if its target is more limited....both Milli Gorus and the IGD collaborate on many initiatives." IGD stands for Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland, which in English means the Islamic Society of Germany. And here's the rub: According to Vidino, the IGD was founded by Sa'id Ramadan, the personal secretary of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. Ramadan, who was Egyptian, had led the Muslim Brotherhood's irregulars against Israel in Palestine in 1948. The Muslim Brotherhood is an overarching organization that seeks to Islamize societies from the ground up and compel governments in Muslim countries to adhere to Islamic law. While not considered a terrorist organization itself, some terrorist groups, including Hamas, Jamaat al-Islamiyya, and al-Qaeda have historic and ideological affiliations with the Brotherhood. Moreover, some of the world's most dangerous terrorists were once Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members, including Osama bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

     So where does the U.S. State Department fit into all of this? Well, in spite of Milli Gorus' documented anti-Western rhetoric, the published concerns of many official organizations in Europe, and the clear link between Milli Gorus and the Muslim Brotherhood (and by extension, Hamas and al-Qaeda), the U.S. State Department in 2004 chose Mr. Haci Karacaer, the head of the Dutch branch of Milli Gorus, as a representative of all Dutch Muslims; then it paid for him and some of his supporters to tour the United States to learn about America. The State Department did this in spite of evidence that the Dutch branch is still allied with and interacting with the German branch of Milli Gorus.

     I do not know how the visit worked out, but I did read that among the Dutch contingent there were several men who continually made vile and insulting comments about the United States and about Jews. I also recall that in November 2004, less than a year after the State Department paid to bring Karacaer and crew to the United States, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was killed by a Muslim named Mohammed Bouyer because Van Gogh supposedly insulted Islam. Bouyer, a Moroccan, was a member of the ultra-fanatical Egyptian Islamic group named "Takfir wal-Hijra," and while no connection was made between Milli Gorus and Mohammed Bouyer, there is in fact a firm ideological link that is hard to ignore: Like the founder of Milli Gorus, the founder of Takfir wal-Hijra got his start in the Muslim Brotherhood.

     It is true that the Muslim Brotherhood renounced violence and anti-western rhetoric, and its leaders may even mean what they say, but it also appears that a good many of the world's current terrorist or terrorist-supporting organizations were founded by people who were at some point affiliated with the Brotherhood. From this side of things, it seems that all extremist, intolerant Islamic roads lead back to the Muslim Brotherhood, which according to Vidino, does not espouse traditional Islam, but rather the radical Wahabism being exported to the West by Saudi Arabia.

Global Islamic Conspiracy?
     With all of the above in mind, I cannot help but be amazed that so many assumedly-educated people are willing and even eager to promote the idea that there is a global Jewish Conspiracy to take over the world, but those same people scoff at the idea that there might be a global Islamic Conspiracy to do exactly that. This blind-eye bias is all the more amazing considering that the Muslim extremists, who have openly declared their goal of Islamic world dominance, are murdering as many people as they can (Muslim and otherwise), as fast as they can, in almost every corner of the globe. While it is absolutely true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it wasn't Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, or Christians who started the current world war, it was Muslims--Muslims who talk just like some members of Milli Gorus.

     Which brings me back to that funny little sticker on the Milli Gorus mailbox: Islam is Peace. I have to admit the utter absurdity of the claim tickles me no end, but what I find even more amusingly ironic is that the country which gave the world "Arbeit Macht Frei" is now having trouble with the people who want us all to believe "Islam Ist Frieden." I just can't help but smile a little at that, even as I make a mental note to add Milli Gorus to my personal watchlist of America's enemies.

Information Sources:

- Anti-Semitism Worldwide 1998/89

- Dutch Terror Treat

- Gemeinschaft Defined

- Deutch Welle - Citizenship Stripped

- "The Muslim Brotherhood's Conquest of Europe"

- Hamas links to Muslim Brotherhood

- Theo Van Gogh's Killer

- Newspeak refers to 1984, by G. Orwell.

Minor edits were made to this essay on 24 Jan 14.
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