Saturday, June 29, 2013

Egyptian Opposition Accuses US of Backing Morsi

Backing indeed.

The Obama administration supported the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and the installation of the clerical fascist (Islamist) Morsi in the context of a pro-Islamist foreign policy that is based on an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Spreading rightwing political Islam, promoting the Islamist notion of "the Muslim world"--these are Obama's main foreign policy achievements.

In related news, the American bystander who was killed in yesterday's violence has been identified as Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old college student from Maryland who was in Egypt for the summer to teach English and improve his Arabic. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the chest by a demonstrator.

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Egypt is bracing for more bloodshed. The Tamarod (rebel) youth movement has called for massive Sunday protests. Tamarod is a new oppositional alliance supported by the National Salvation Front, an aggregation of liberal, left- and secular-leaning opposition parties.

Tamarod leaders claim they have collected 22 million signatures for a petition calling on Morsi to resign.

A leading Islamist group that is ideologically to the right of the Muslim Brotherhood--and formally considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union--is supporting Morsi. The group is widely believed to have had a hand in the assassination of Egypt's peacemaking president, Anwar Sadat. But the organization's main theoretician, who has in the past referred to himself as having been involved in the assassination, has since called the murder a regrettable mistake, while continuing to describe the assassins as "honorable," patriotic men. No doubt there are individuals in the Obama administration who will hail him as a "moderate."

So it goes in the Middle East. We are perilously close to a time when so-called liberal pundits, i.e. foreign policy propagandists parroting the party line emanating from the Obama White House, will advocate engaging (collaborating with) Al Qaeda sympathizers but not supporters, or, worse, even, AQ supporters and sympathizers but not members. Whatever.

Fact is, the U.S. made the Middle East safe for Islamism, and even the Islamist slaughter of some 3,000 Americans on American soil was not shocking enough to end the perfidious policy of trying to ride the Islamist tiger without being eaten. On the contrary; Obama has brought the hoary strategy out of the shadows. What was covert, dating to the Eisenhower administration's support for the Muslim Brotherhood against the Nasser regime, is now overt. The U.S. is squarely--solidly--on the Sunni Islamist side, from Libya to Egypt to Turkey to Syria, and would very much like to be on the Shiite Islamist side, too. Hence, Obama's (thankfully failed) attempt to engage Iran's atomic ayatollah, missile-mad mullahs and maniac-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But … there surely is hope in the White House in the wake of change in Iran. A seemingly more "moderate" clerical fascist is Iran's new president, having won the Islamist elections. Yet a new round of dead-end nuclear "talks" looms. With any luck, Obama's advisers must think, the talking will continue long enough for him to hand off the Iran issue to the next U.S. President, and Iran, while bristling with ballistic missiles, including ICBMS, will wait until January 2017 before declaring itself a nuclear weapons state and actually detonating an atomic bomb to prove the claim.

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