Millions of demonstrators took to the streets of
Meanwhile, there were also counter-demonstrations as the Muslim Brotherhood was able to mobilize thousands of Morsi supporters. The ratio of anti-Morsi followers was far in excess of those who favor his policies, however.
Just when it seemed the
A less obvious factor, but one that is highly significant, is that Muslim states are almost never able to govern with any degree of legitimate authority other than force and fear. Much of that is inherent in the nature of Islam, which does not allow for separation of church and state.
The inexperience of the Obama administration in foreign policy has further complicated the struggle in
Barack Obama is currently on the last leg of a three country tour of Africa, but he is far from the madding crowds in
The Morsi opposition is blaming the Obama administration because of comments made by Patterson at a June 18 conference on the topic of “The US Administration’s Position on the Political Situation in
According to sources at the event, Patterson stated, “Morsi is not Mubarak…There is no room for comparison because Mubarak was in power for 30 years, which ended with his ouster, while Morsi is an elected president who has yet to complete his first year (in office)….”
Timing is everything, and Patterson made her comments just 12 days before the first anniversary of Morsi’s presidency. One thing you quickly learn, or should, when dealing with the
Supposedly the transcript of Patterson’s statements are posted on the official website of the US Embassy in
What does appear on the website is, “We oppose chaos…The Government of the
Can you say “quagmire” because that is what
The Egyptian opposition to Morsi believes Patterson’s statements amount to improper interference in the internal affairs of
One member of the National Salvation Front, another opposition support group, said, “If I saw her on the street, I would tell her: ‘Shut up and don’t interfere in affairs that do not concern you.’ The American ambassador is an evil woman who incites strife.”
The daily paper Al-Wafd described Patterson as “the American High Commissioner of
Al-Watan, another Egyptian daily wrote, “Despite the criticism and hatred that Egyptians direct at her, she has managed to train the forces of political Islam to benefit her country, and proved to her government that she can deal with the Islamic [forces] in a manner that suits her and serves her country’s interest.”
Powerful words. Not exactly a point of view Americans want to hear as we wage our own war on Islamic jihad and terrorism. Sadly, Barack Obama’s wishy-washy approach to foreign policy and his PC ideas have had a cumulative effect throughout the
Meanwhile protests continue throughout
But at least Obama’s family got to see the
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