European Islamist scion Tariq Ramadan was banned from the U.S. by the Bush administration in February 2004 for his financial support of a charity that funded terrorist groups.
In January 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overturned that ban and personally approved a visa for the controversial grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now Tariq Ramadan is facing multiple accusations of rape and sex with minors.
Hillary Clinton’s visa for Tariq Ramadan was seen as part of the new Obama administration policy of embracing more hardcore Islamists.
Obama has always liked and supported the Muslim Brotherhood. Who or what is the Muslim Brotherhood? It’s a Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928. (Banna is Tariq Ramadan’s grandfather). Since 1948 the Muslim Brotherhood had been banned in Egypt for plotting to overthrow the government. It is the group that most likely carried out the Luxor Massacre of 62 tourists in Egypt in November, 1997.
The Arab Spring, the Tunisian Revolution that spread across North Africa and into Egypt in 2010, saw the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in Egypt after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarack was overthrown and exiled in 2011. Obama was involved in the ascension of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and played an instrumental role in making it happen. Obama was close to President Morsi, the head of the Brotherhood at the time. Morsi became President of Egypt upon Mubarack’s ouster in 2011.
In 2012 Morsi pardoned and freed Mostafa Hamza, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who had been convicted by the Mubarack regime of being one of the killers (perhaps the most brutal) in the Luxor Massacre.
The Egyptian People were not happy having the Muslim Brotherhood in control of their government. The best way to understand how they felt about that is to imagine the Ku Klux Klan or the Hell’s Angels taking over the American government.
On July 3, 2015 the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi responded to the demands of the protesters in Tahrir Square during the 30 June Demonstration and removed President Mohamed Morsi. On September 23, 2015 an Egyptian court ordered the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed and its assets seized.
When Obama gave his aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 he was well aware of what sort of organization it is. When Hillary Clinton personally reversed the Bush administrations ban of Tariq Ramadan she knew that he was a radical Islamist and a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama and Hillary owe an apology to Tariq Ramadan’s rape victims. They shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for it.