WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 – As the U.S. went into an anti-terrorist embassy lockdown this weekend throughout the Middle East, one thing, at least, was becoming increasingly clear: the Egyptians sure don’t like President Obama.
Proof of this arose this weekend as an anti-Obama YouTube video recently posted by popular Egyptian belly dancer Sama Al Masry went viral, boasting some 163,000 views as of last count on Sunday, August 4.
In her video, Ms. Al Masry heaps curses on the President and his ancestors, not sparing current U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson either. But this equal opportunity satirist also goes after now-former Egyptian President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies, exemplifying the strange anti-Brotherhood alliance that has blossomed recently between Egypt’s secularists and that country’s once detested armed forces.
The Turks and, of course, the Israelis get dissed a bit as well.
It’s getting hard to tell the players without a program.
The ominous recent turn of events in the Middle East, particularly in populous, impoverished, yet influential Egypt, marks the nadir of the President’s failed policy “reset” in that troubled region.
Buzzfeed noted this weekend that Marc Lynch, the Institute for Middle East Studies director at George Washington University, recently commented on the “vitriol” of Egypt’s recent “anti-American rhetoric.”
Writing in “Foreign Policy,” Mr. Lynch observed that Egyptian “streets have been filled with fliers, banners, posters, and graffiti denouncing President Barack Obama for supporting terrorism and featuring Photoshopped images of Obama with a Muslim-y beard or bearing Muslim Brotherhood colors,” with some of these same images appearing in Ms. Al Masry’s video.
A significant number of Egyptians—particularly those allied with the Brotherhood—initially hated the current U.S. Administration for having not more vigorously backed the overthrow of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
But soon, after contested elections were held in that country, the secularists and the Army came to hate the Administration for its apparent embrace of Morsi’s and the Brotherhood’s brand of radical Islam along with the Morsi government’s increasingly dictatorial policies and its clear and continuing repression of religious minorities, notably the Christian Copts.
Now the Muslim Brotherhood hates the Administration for failing to support Egypt’s democratically elected ex-President, while the Army, joined by its former secularist enemies, hates the Administration for not backing its overthrow of radical Islam.
By flipping the Middle East policy of George W. Bush on its head, the Presidency of Barack Obama seems to have achieved the impossible: precisely the same results. It’s an astonishing and distressing development.
All this proving that pictures and videos are worth a thousand words. While watching (video above) don’t miss the frequent deployment of what appears to be a golf club. (Note that portions of the video and its crude but clear English-language captions may not be suitable for family viewing.)
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