Morsi grabs power in Egypt as trouble grows in the Middle East

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi grabs dictatorial control while Middle East turmoil continues.

CHARLOTTENovember 27, 2012 – When is a cease-fire not a cease-fire? When you negotiate with prevaricators and then pretend you have brokered a significant truce to your constituents.

Did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton truly believe they could trust Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as a moderate when the Secretary of State went to the microphones in the Middle East to announce a “monumental” truce between Israel and Hamas?

On the day after Clinton’s proclamation the streets of Gaza were filled with demonstrators firing rifles into the air with shouts of victory over Israel.

Occurring almost simultaneously with the agreement, both The Jerusalem Post and the Sunday Times in the UK reported that Israeli intelligence satellites had discovered rockets and other weapons in Iran which are believed to be destined for shipment to the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Morsi used the opportunity following the Hamas/Israel settlement to make a power grab that was described by one notable Egyptian as establishing a “new Pharaoh.”

Since that time, Morsi has said his newly created powers are only temporary, but angry reaction in the streets of Cairo and Tahrir Square seem to indicate that many Egyptians think otherwise. Some analysts believe the strength of the revolt against Morsi will determine whether he suffers a similar fate to that of Hosni Mubarak or whether he is able to gain permanent control over the country.

In bypassing the Egyptian courts and making his position immune to judicial oversight, Morsi wields extensive executive and legislative control in a country without a constitution to hinder his objectives. 

Many observers believe this could signal the persecution and human rights violations of Egyptian Christians with the establishment of Sharia law. Middle East analyst Theodore Shoebat says, “Morsi…believes that the Quran must be the constitution of his country. Once Morsi makes sure that he is officially a dictator, then a full out persecution of the Copts will occur.”

These developments have even greater long-range ramifications, however, that will have a direct influence on Israel and which should have been a red flag to Americans when the cease-fire was announced.

Hamas is nothing more than the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs. On the surface it may have appeared that Hillary Clinton was negotiating with Egypt rather than the terrorist organization of Hamas, but the reality was that she was dealing with essentially the same group.

As author and blogger Robert Spencer so astutely points out, the truce between Hamas and Israel did nothing more than buy time for the terrorists. It is a long-time strategy the Obama administration should have known about if they are savvy about foreign policy as they claim. Instead they politicized their failed policies by disguising “peace” with a phony cease-fire.

A quote from ‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.16 clearly states the reality of the cease-fire.  “If Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud.”

In other words, it is all part of the on-going game of deception that we cannot seem to grasp in the West no matter how many times it is played. It is nothing more than Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown and, yet, we fall for it every time.

In the process, Morsi continues to play both ends against the middle by appeasing the West without double-crossing Hamas. In so doing he hopes to preserve the European Union’s $6.4 billion aid package as he strengthens his hold on Egypt’s government, media and militia.

With Iran doing the heavy lifting of providing Hamas with weapons, Morsi is able to plot his political strategy. Meanwhile the U.S. either ignores Morsi or sings his praises as Israel becomes increasingly surrounded by emboldened Islamists intent on destroying them.

For the moment, the cease-fire continues. History constantly reminds us that this truce, or any other cease-fire in the Middle East, is merely a temporary lull.

The Koran is the guiding tenet for Islam in any negotiation and the Koran tells its followers that the only rule is that there are no rules when it comes to achieving their goals. 

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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