JERUSALEM, July 3, 2013 – There is nothing to suggest that the mass demonstrations in
This is not to say that the Egyptian people aren’t hungry. On the contrary, their economic conditions – already appalling during Mubarak’s autocratic rule – have continued to decline under the Muslim Brotherhood leader who took the helm a year ago. It is this situation that best explains why millions of Egyptians from all walks of life and political parties are taking to the streets to conduct another coup.
If anything, the events in
The only difference this time around is that U.S. President Barack Obama is not calling on Morsi to step down; yet, two years ago, he sided with the demonstrators against Mubarak. To justify this discrepancy, Obama made a statement at a press conference on Monday in
“It’s not our job to choose who
Now there’s a hoot.
Let’s take a look at the “peaceful way” in which the anti-Morsi Egyptians are making their voices heard.
On Friday – two days before the slated June 30 “Day of Anger” – Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old student from
As these and other molestations and murders were taking place, a group of demonstrators gathered at the Egyptian Defense Ministry, waving banners with signs accusing Obama of supporting a terrorist and of being one himself. These “peace-loving democracy seekers” also carried Israeli flags, some of which had pictures of Morsi tacked on to them, and others with slogans such as: “This is the Egyptian nation’s message to the dogs of Mossad,” and “We will foil Mossad’s plots to create civil war in
After chanting epithets at the top of their lungs, they set the flags on fire.
This group, as most of the others participating in the protests, is not straying from Morsi’s own view of the
It is outrageous that Obama backed the anti-Mubarak forces. Even more horrifying is his showering of money and military equipment on the Muslim Brotherhood regime that was voted into office by the Egyptian people. But this is in keeping with Obama’s overall foreign policy, which has been friendly to enemies and hostile to friends. It is therefore not the least bit surprising that he is now encouraging Morsi by being “neutral.”
It also makes sense that Morsi does not believe he will be forced to step down, in spite of his military establishment’s threat to take over while new elections are scheduled.
But it boggles the mind that, yet again, even many conservative pundits in the
Let’s not kid ourselves: Whatever Morsi’s fate, one thing that is not on the Egyptian horizon is a pro-Western democracy – or democracy of any kind.
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