BEHOLD THE INITIATION OF AN ISLAMIC MID EAST
By: Edward P. Shallow
The Middle East is rapidly deteriorating and is becoming ripe for a take over by the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is a perfect example; the Wall Street Journal said it best in their editorial of February 2. For most of recent diplomatic history, American policy in the Mideast has tended to emphasize the stability of friendly regimes over the democratic aspirations of Arab populations. This approach is sometimes called foreign policy realism. The reality on the streets in Egypt is one result…
In the week, since demonstrations began against Hosni Mubarak’s regime, that U.S. ally and the Arab world’s largest state has been gripped by disorder and uncertainty. Mr. Mubarak said last night he would not seek re-election later this year, though he intends to remain in power until then to negotiate a peaceful transition. This announcement is welcome, though it may not be enough at this late date to satisfy an opposition that now controls the streets. Other than the army, the group best organized to run Egypt if order breaks down is the Islamist and anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.
So much for the vaunted stability.
The editorial continues: As President Obama’s foreign policy has focused on renewing relations with the world’s nastier characters — Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the Chinese Communists and Arab governments.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest group opposing Mubarak, their object to gain control of the entire Mid East, minus Israel.
I am convinced the unrest has been orchestrated by the Brotherhood with the intent to gain control via the elective process in September.
At stake, Control of both sides of the Suez Canal and if closed off completely will lead to astronomic costs for oil. In excess of 40% of mid east oil flows through the canal. We could be faced with gas prices as high as seven or more dollars per gallon.
I am in receipt of an editorial from HAARETZ.com (Israel News) authored by Aluf Benn, titled, Obama will go down in history as the president who lost Egypt. The editorial is lengthy, therefore I will highlight.
Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as “the president, who lost Iran,” which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who “lost” Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America’s alliance in the Middle East crumbled.
Obama began his presidency with trips to Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and in speeches in Ankara and Cairo tried to forged new ties between the United States and the Muslim world. His message to Muslims was “I am one of you,” and he backed it by quoting from the Koran.
In Egypt, the administration faced a dilemma. One can guess that Obama himself identified with the demonstrators, not the aging dictator. However, a superpower is not the civil rights movement. If it abandons its allies the moment they flounder, who would trust it tomorrow? That is why Obama rallied to Mubarak’s side until Friday, when the force of the protests bested his regime.
I find offensive Obama’s demand that Mubarak step down immediately, I am delighted to hear he refuses to do so and intends to aid in the transition that will commence now and thru September.
Considering he has held the office of president for thirty years, in which he has been a key ally for America and championed the state of Israel as a soverrign nation, Egypt under his direction, being the only state to do so.
He is deserving of a dignified departure when the time is right.
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