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Current issue | Issue 1209, (14 - 20 August 2014)
Sunday,22 July, 2018
Issue 1209, (14 - 20 August 2014)

Ahram Weekly

War of words

The foreign policy of the US has never been praiseworthy. While this was once justifiable, during the country’s early years of infancy and innocence, it is indefensible now that they have become the world’s greatest power.

An immense country, sandwiched between two vast oceans, the US has always felt secure, strong and self-sufficient. It had little need for the rest of the world. It was the rest of the world that had needed it. Four hundred years later, after so many wars at home and abroad, including two world wars and the never-ending war on terror, a greater understanding of the rest of the world is imperative. 

The present US administration’s lack of knowledge regarding the bloody history of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is confounding. This is further proof that US foreign policy is listless and stagnant, mumbling and stumbling its way in foreign lands. We recall with regret the recent Libyan debacle and the infamous cover-up that followed.

Despite a promising beginning, no other administration has failed so miserably in the Middle East as the Obama administration. Its slow reaction to most major events has led analysts to describe its policies as the politics of “catch-up”. Nothing is of greater disappointment, however, than the US’s gross misreading of the MB. To put your hand in theirs, to trust them, to make deals with them is more than outrageous.

While President Barack Obama came out touting and flouting the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak by the people of Egypt, he was silent when 33 million citizens took to the streets to demand the removal of a murderous MB ruler. After what seemed an eternity of speechlessness, Obama finally came out and declared that Morsi’s ouster was a military coup.  Indeed.

After Mubarak’s removal during the 25 January 2011 Revolution, the army assumed power for 18 months but we never heard of an “army take-over”.  Yet the action of the present Armed Forces, which simply responded to the demands of the Egyptian people on 30 June 2013, has been described as an army take-over.  Is the army governing Egypt today?

And so I must ask a question of the American media and the American presidency: Are you blind, deaf or sleeping?

June 30, 2013, was a momentous date in the history of the world.  Never have so many assembled in their city streets to change their destiny and remove a maniacal group who held them in their grip.

Crafty and disloyal, this duplicitous ruler of Egypt and his demonic brethren were never concerned with Egypt’s welfare. These children of darkness used every means of manipulation and dishonesty to seize power. Once in power, their bigotry and hypocrisy revealed their crooked plans and foul means.  Surely American intelligence should have been wary of this notorious extremist group. Surely they were aware that the infamous MB movement was the matrix of all the other Islamist terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, Gama’a Al-Islamiyya and the Taliban?

It was therefore shocking that the Obama administration befriended these criminals, and even contributed hundreds of millions of its taxpayers’ dollars towards Morsi’s campaign. All the researchers, scholars, historians and political analysts connected to the Oval office should have done their homework and recognised the pitfalls of such an alliance.

America should learn some lessons of diplomacy from their mother country, Britain.  Obama’s statement should have been closer to the one made by the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, who must have witnessed the savage brutality of MB members throwing people off rooftops.  Even on the ground, though the bodies were no longer alive, they were beaten.  Blair may have also noticed that the killers were carrying black Al Qaeda flags.  Giving moral and financial support to elect such a person as president of Egypt was not an act of friendship.

The degree of the MB’s irreverence and sacrilege to Islam, to Egypt, to humanity, has forced many to drop ‘Muslim’ out of their name.  Henceforth in Egypt they should be called the ‘Brethren’, preceded by any adjective of your choice. Hopefully, this nightmarish era of mendacity and terror is behind us.

As for America’s description of Morsi as a “democratically elected president,” your ambassador must have been aware of the flagrant acts of fraud committed by the Brotherhood to ensure the victory of their candidate. 

Last I heard, “democracy” still means “rule of the people”, and it still means “equal participation of all citizens in the legislative process.” What we had during this past year was an oligarchy, not a democracy.

But let us not quibble over words, it is the deeds that count and Morsi committed atrocious crimes against Egyptians, robbing them of their pride, their self-esteem, their freedom.  He breached every promise and played a dirty game of “Heads I win, tails you lose.” The glorious ouster of Morsi was a noble act of a free people. Morsi was lost to shame and dead to honour. Now it is time to wash our shame away and retrieve our honour.

Our cry for freedom cannot be stifled by the American media or by the American president. We could have been saved this traumatic year in our history had America not bet on a Brotherhood administration to rule the oldest civilization in history. A positive outcome of this tragedy would be the defeat of extremist Islamic rule everywhere.

To borrow a Morsi wisecrack, we can safely conclude that “politics and religion don’t mix.”

 “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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