What a fine Middle East mess we have gotten ourselves into. Egypt is a grand example. Former Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak, was a dictator, but he was a reasonable dictator and he had his good points. Among them was he was a friend of America, he kept the Christians and Muslims from killing each other, the economy was in pretty good shape and he kept the extremists under control.
But Egyptians were tired of tyranny, even from a reasonable tyrant. They wanted freedom so they went to the streets and ousted Mubarak. And, Ignoring years of friendship, we threw him under the bus. And then, in the first democratic election in Egypt’s history, they elected the wrong guy. Mohammed Morsi, ironically, or maybe not so ironically, a University of Southern California graduate, belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist Islamic organization with strong terrorist leanings.
So he did what any radical Islamic extremist with terrorist’s leanings would do. He granted himself unlimited power and the power to legislate without judicial oversight or review of his acts. In short, he immediately began to establish an absolute dictatorship and an open door to the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians were shocked, the economy tanked and tragically, radical Muslims went after Christians resulting in widespread destruction of Churches and massacre of Christians.
When the full impact of Morsi’s election sunk in and Egyptians realized what they had done, they went back to the streets and with the help of the military, ousted Morsi. While they shouldn’t have elected him in the first place, at least they had the good sense not to allow a new Tyrant to oppress them. Well, the perception is Obama is on the side of Morsi and the Brotherhood and Egyptians hate us for it. The administration’s thinking is that since Morsi was elected by a democratic election, he should be allowed to lead, and in a normal democratic situation that would be true.
But this is not a normal situation. In the first democratic election in the history of Egypt they elected a despotic, tyrant, who was quickly turning Egypt into a repressive dictatorship far worse than what they had under Mubarak. But the majority of Egyptians are determined to be free and are not willing to tolerate another dictator, especially one coming from a radical extremist organization like the brotherhood. That doesn’t seem hard to understand.
But instead, the Egyptian perception is that we’re on the side of the “Brotherhood”. And the bigger problem is that Egyptians in America and Egypt sincerely believe that our president is a closet supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and have launched protests in Egypt and Washington DC specifically against President Obama. Reports that there is Muslim Brotherhood members or Muslim Brotherhood supporters serving in the presidents administration doesn’t help. Another fine mess to say the least. The bottom line is we’re on the verge of squandering any hope for a positive future relationship with the Egyptians.
Foreign Government’s must be shaking their heads in awe at our inept handling of the continuing Middle East crisis. Our international reputation has to be taking a real beating.
So the question is should the administration support a democratically elected despotic dictator who is bad for Egypt and bad for America or support the people who have fought and died for the right to be free? I confess to not being that politically astute, but nevertheless as for me I’ll go with the people on this one. Will democracy prevail? Who knows, but it certainly has a better chance with people who are determine to be free than with the likes of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.