Monday, July 08, 2013
Egypt without illusions
Exclusive: Pamela Geller asks, 'What is Obama's obsession with Muslim Brotherhood?'
[...] Obama’s loyalty to the Brotherhood ought to be the subject of congressional hearings. He thinks they’re the guardians of democracy in Egypt? The mainstream media and Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the U.S. keep claiming that Morsi was democratically elected, and therefore is the legitimate president of Egypt. But there was massive fraud in the election that put Morsi in power. He was no more democratically elected than the Ayatollah Khomeini.
In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood is made up of Jew-hating Shariah supremacists. Their “Palestinian” wing, Hamas, celebrates attacks on Israeli civilians. Democracy? Obama cited Morsi’s 13 million votes for his unqualified support of these vicious thugs. But the Tamarod opposition group claimed before the toppling of Morsi to have 22 million signatures on a petition demanding that he step down and allow new elections. Insanity has taken over at the highest levels in Washington. We will pay dearly for the Muslim Brotherhood stooge in the White House.
Mubarak was loyal to the U.S., but Obama called for Mubarak’s resignation as soon as the Facebook revolution took off in January 2011. He sided with the crowd depicting Mubarak as a Jew. But Obama didn’t throw Morsi under the bus, despite the fact that even Mubarak observed that the number of anti-Morsi protesters on the streets of Cairo dwarfed the number of “Arab Spring” demonstrators that led to his removal from power. Despite the historic crowds, Obama remained unmoved and firmly in the Muslim Brotherhood camp.
At the time that Mubarak was ousted, the Brotherhood vowed to stay out of politics and what was the first thing they did? Ran a presidential candidate. Caroline Glick put it well: “Israelis watched in shock and horror as their American friends followed the Pied Piper of the phony Arab Spring over the policy cliff. Mubarak was a dictator. But his opponents were no Alexander Dubceks. There was no reason to throw away 30 years of stability before figuring out a way to ride the tiger that would follow it. Certainly there was no reason to actively support Mubarak’s overthrow.”
In one of his last acts as president, Morsi appointed Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, governor of the Luxor tourist region. Al-Khayat is a former member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, a jihad terror group that murdered 58 tourists in Luxor in 1997 because, according to a fatwa, “tourist villages have aspects that anger Allah, including alcohol, gambling and other forbidden things.” This appointment would never have happened under Mubarak. But under the Muslim Brotherhood, a slaughterer was exalted and rewarded. They were sending a message with this appointment.
Nevertheless, Obama is “deeply concerned” about the Egyptian military’s decision to oust Morsi. Obama issued this warningin his speech about Egypt:
We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.
Why were no such warnings issued when Islamic supremacists toppled our 30-year ally, Hosni Mubarak? When Morsi seized dictatorial power for himself, Obama said nothing. When he rammed through a Shariah constitution, Obama said nothing. Obama refused congressional calls to cut funding to Egypt in light of the increasingly authoritarian nature of the Morsi regime.
Obama even told Coptic Christians not to protest against the Morsi regime, despite the fact that Christians in Egypt have faced escalating violence and suffered a nationwide wave of kidnappings under Morsi. And signs criticizing Obama for supporting terrorism and tyranny were a common feature of the anti-Morsi demonstrations. By consistently supporting Islamic supremacist regimes, Obama has damaged our standing in the world.
I have no illusions about Egypt. Yes, they have rid themselves of Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. But close to 75 percent of the Egyptian people voted in last year’s election for Islamic rule – for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafis and other Islamic supremacists. I don’t see the few liberal voices there having any shot whatsoever at forming a new government. I believe that the people weren’t protesting the Islamization of the government but the lack of food, jobs and opportunity. So what is coming is just more of the same.
The sudden and unexpected fall of the Morsi regime and the current violence, confusion and turmoil in Egypt shows how Obama’s Middle Eastern strategy has hurt Egypt and will hurt the U.S. also. And so begins a world were America (as it was previously known) is absent. A world where the leader of the free world is absent. Ayn Rand nailed it when she said, “The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.”
No one can get it right every time – but it is the responsibility of the American president to err on the side of freedom. Because that can never be a mistake.
The “Arab Spring” was from the beginning just a fantasy – a fantasy that Obama and his administration eagerly embraced. And what we witnessed in the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt and the jihadist takeover of Libya was reality making a fool of the fantasists in Washington.
Meanwhile, pro-Muslim Brotherhood voices here in the U.S. are agitating for the return of Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamad Eliabary, a member of Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, claimed that “undemocratic liberals are using Ends Justify Means logic” to persecute the Brotherhood and seize power. Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR and ISNA have suffered a devastating blow. These subversives wield enormous power in Washington and in particular in this administration. They must be stopped.