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Why is John Kerry 'concerned' about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood crackdown?

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Secretary of State John Kerry wasn't happy when Egypt's military government on Thursday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization amid an expanded crackdown on the Islamist group.

The State Department said Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a phone call that he was "concerned" about the designation.

But the Egyptians are just doing what the United States should have done long ago. The Ikhwan al-Muslimeen, as it is known in Arabic, is the ideological godfather of Islamist extremist organizations, including al Qaeda.

Even though the Brotherhood had its differences with Osama bin Laden and other more radical Islamist leaders over its decision to renounce violence, they shared the same ideological goals of Islamic rule and the providential destiny of Islam.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri got his start as a Brotherhood member, before moving in a more radical direction. Hamas, which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S., is the group's Palestinian branch.

Kerry's remarks are sure to fuel attitudes among Egyptians that the Obama administration secretly supports the Brotherhood — an attitude that has helped cause U.S. popularity to plummet to the point where only 4 percent of Egyptians held a positive view of America, according to a September Zogby poll. Only Israel, with zero percent, is viewed more negatively Egyptians.

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