What happens next in the Egyptian soap opera?

President Morsi of Egypt is gone and the military did it without bloodshed. What's next for the Middle East? Photo: Egyptian jubilation over Morsi ouster Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEJuly 4, 2013 – The only thing certain about the hourly twists and turns in Egypt is uncertainty. Like all things Middle East, nothing is ever black and white, only varying shades of gray.

For the moment at least, the dramatic ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters appears to have demonstrated that the will of the people is genuine democracy rather than political Islam.

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If true, the events in Egypt could represent the most important movement against radical Islam in history. Since 9/11/01 millions of non-Muslims around the globe have been demanding that moderate Muslims stand up against Islamic extremism with actions rather than words.

Egypt is a diverse nation. The millions who have taken to the streets of Cairo and throughout the country are not all Muslims, but the sheer numbers of protesters against the Morsi regime seem to indicate that, finally, enough is enough.

Morsi came to power as Egypt’s first elected president making promises he had no intention of keeping. The Morsi philosophy is SOP for Islamic leaders. First gain control by telling the people what they want to hear, then do what is really on your agenda after you are in power.

Admit it or not, the same situation currently exists in the United States, but an adoring media and largely gullible population has thus far failed to acknowledge similar philosophies in our president.

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For the moment there are celebrations throughout Egypt. The euphoria is temporary. Make no mistake, there is plenty of violence to follow. The Muslim Brotherhood is based upon the tenets of Islam set down by the Prophet Muhammad some 14 centuries ago.

They finally gained control of their mother country last year, and they will not go quietly into the night.

According to many analysts, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, the most positive aspect of the coup against Morsi is that the Egyptian military took control and did it without bloodshed. The American president, by the way, in his inimitable Obama-speak style has refused to label Morsi’s ouster a “coup.”

For months, as the turmoil under Morsi has increased, many officials have suggested that the U.S. stop giving $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt. What was not said is that $1.3 billion of that money comes in the form of military assistance to the country. That means our money has been  well spent since it eventually resulted in getting rid of President Morsi.

If the experts are correct, and the information is accurate, then the news from Egypt should be perceived as good news? Well, not exactly, because there is monkey wrench in Washington by the name of Obama who is either incompetent or sinister.

One thing about Mr. Obama. When it comes to Islamic support he will consistently straddle the fence or take the Islamic side. The Egyptian coup was no different, and that could be the tiny opening the Muslim Brotherhood is seeking, even in their now perceived position of weakness.

In a statement issued late Wednesday night from the White House, the president announced the United States is “monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people.”

That statement is consistent with Obama’s policies in the past and was emphasized in mid-June by U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson. The tricky aspect of the proclamation however, is that the administration was referring to the will of the Egyptian people a year ago when we supported the movement that brought Morsi to power.

It was a later segment of Obama’s Wednesday comments that may have been precisely what the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to hear when he said, “Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution.”

The uprising is not over in Egypt. The conflict is going to become even messier. The world and, especially the Middle East, will be watching, and the United States needs to find a foreign policy position that has some semblance of coherence.

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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 (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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