The chaos in Egypt today is as much a society on the brink of civil war as it is this administration’s chaotic Middle East policy.
When President Obama delivered his “New Beginning” speech at Cairo University and stated that American and Islamic interests: “share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” he ignored that many Islamic countries around the globe could care less about justice, progress, tolerance and dignity for all.
When Egyptians took to the streets demanding the removal of Hosni Mubarek Mr. Obama quickly threw our longstanding ally under the bus saying: “there must be reform — political, social, and economic reforms that meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people.”
And when the President last week condemned the Egyptian military’s crackdown on Morsi supporters as a “dangerous path taken through arbitrary arrests, a broad crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s associations and supporters…” it was as if the past year of Muslim Brotherhood oppression and violence had never occurred.
The President also said that “we don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure” but his words deny his actions.
When the Iranian people took to the streets against Ahmadinejad, Obama stayed silent as the Mullah’s crushed the revolt and executed the survivors.
When the Syrian people first took up arms against Bashar al-Assad, the President chose to stay on the sidelines and watch as the situation spun out of control and now destabilizes the entire region.
And when Mohamed Morsi persecuted his opposition, protected Jihadists in the Sinai, allowed attacks on Coptic Christians and began imposing an Islamic theocracy upon a secular majority Mr. Obama’s silence accompanied Mr. Morsi every step of the way.
Mr. Obama closed with: “America will work with all those in Egypt and around the world who support a future of stability that rests on a foundation of justice and peace and dignity.”
Can anyone truly say that the last year of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt was built on a foundation of “justice, peace and dignity”?
Did no one in the White House watch Morsi’s 2010 video where Jews were “the descendants of apes and pigs” and that Egyptian children should be “breast-fed hatred” against them?
Is there no one who sees the support for Hezbollah and Hamas as more than just a few “bumps in the road”?
So why then, Mr. President, your sudden soul searching for the poor, poor Muslim Brotherhood?
When a cancer invades the body, doctors don’t seek to just “contain” it, or allow it to “co-exist” with the rest of the body. No, they do everything in their power to eliminate it.
That is what the Egyptian military is facing today. Rather than smug statements of condemnation the President should be looking for every way possible to support them.
It is not the military using women and children as human shields.
It is not the military hiding in Mosques to up the civilian body count.
It is not the military burning churches, torturing and killing their congregations and marching nuns through the streets of Cairo as prisoners of war.
Yes, Morsi was “democratically” elected, but so to were Hitler, Chavez and Ahmadinejad.
Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood never did and never will respect the rights of all Egyptians. Their year in power showed that.
Americans know justice, peace and dignity when we see it Mr. President. But as Egypt goes down in flames, the greater concern is do you?
(Publisher’s note: The above is the as submitted for publication version of the print column that first appeared in the August 21st edition of the Joplin Globe. The edited version can be found here.)