The horrors of Egypt were predictable but must be solved from within

Egypt is in chaos but the fighting and violence were predictable. Ironically, it is also a hopeful sign. Photo: Violence in the streets of Cairo/ AP

CHARLOTTEAugust 15, 2013 The violence we are now witnessing in Egypt was predictable and inevitable. There will be more, and it will be horrible, but it may also be a sign that radical Islam in the Middle East will ultimately not prevail.

The massacres in Egypt are a by-product of a violent region dominated by a violent religion with a violent history within a violent culture. There is only one outcome; violence.

Try as we might, it is impossible to peel back the layers of complexity dividing the cultures of the Middle East in a way that has rational answers for Western observers. In that regard, the Obama administration is using the correct diplomatic strategy by monitoring the situation and attempting to determine proper American focus before acting.

Secretary of State John Kerry took the appropriate stance when he used all his diplomatic  buzzwords in a statement on Wednesday about Egypt. Kerry was tactfully ambiguous as he dictated the necessary stance of the United States, at least for the time being.

The Middle East is a mess. It has been for centuries. There has been a fourteen hundred year legacy of violence in the region with only a few periods of dormancy along the way.

What most observers forget, or fail to realize, is that while media often focuses on Muslim violence againstnon-Muslim, much of the violence in the Middle East involves Muslims fighting each other.

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Last weekend in Nigeria, for example, the Boko Haram massacred 52 people, all Muslims, in two separate incidents.

Boko Haram is a relatively new Islamist organization that has been responsible for killing more than 1,700 people in Nigeria since 2010.

Over the weekend, it was Muslim killing Muslim in retaliation for the Nigerian military attempting crack down on Islamists.

In his book The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat author Erick Stakelbeck explains that the Muslim Brotherhood is a global organization which traces its beginnings to Cairo in the early 1920s. Stakelbeck says the MB is the root of all other fingers of terrorism we deal with today.

His point is well taken, but hardly revolutionary. It may seem that way because mainstream media lazily focuses on groups like al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas and others as though they are individually significant. Not true. Whatever you call them, they each represent global jihad which, in its simplest form is terrorism.

That is where the media was irresponsible in informing the public about Egypt. When Hosni Mubarak was ousted, the Obama administration hailed it as a new beginning. The Muslim Brotherhood was in power, but they were said to have moderated and were no longer the Islamist threat they were in the past. The media bought it hook, line and sinker and, as a result, so did the American people.

What everyone overlooked was the Islamic playbook where chameleon organizations such as the Brotherhood adopt the goals of the majority to gain control and then, once in power, revert to their own beliefs. Somehow the gullible West gets duped over and over again by the same old strategy.

Fortunately, in 2013 there is an element the Muslim Brotherhood did not anticipate. It took a year under the leadership of Mohamed Morsi and his Brotherhood allies, but the Egyptian people eventually rebelled.

The Muslim Brotherhood overplayed its hand and, in so doing, demonstrated that Islamic rule under Sharia law is far worse than the alternative. Egypt’s economy declined rapidly and individual freedoms disappeared.

Egyptians are not stupid. Even Muslim supporters are rejecting the Muslim Brotherhood, but as diehard Islamists fight back, the massive bloodbath continues.

Global implications are huge and must be monitored. The Suez Canal and the fate of Israel may be the two most important factors upon which the United States and the West must focus.

In the meantime while horrible, tragic and devastating events unfold throughout Egypt, the situation must be resolved internally within the parameters of their own culture.

With fourteen centuries of conflict as its legacy, the West can offer the Middle East no viable solutions until they decide to stop killing and begin genuine negotiations.

For now we must only be horrified bystanders as innocent people die in the streets of Cairo.

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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events and the people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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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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