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West can’t trust Egypt leaders

June 28, 2012

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Throughout America’s history, there have been people who denied threats from our enemies. During the Revolutionary War, significant numbers sided with the British monarchy. Enablers in politics, the media and even religion helped Communism remain in power for seven decades in the Soviet Union. German Nazis had their U.S. apologists.

The presidential election in Egypt, won by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi in a race where three-quarters of Egyptians voted for someone else, challenges contemporary deniers and enablers who refuse to acknowledge the threat advancing Islamism poses to Israel and the West. Enough Egyptians voted for Morsi to allow Islamists to achieve greater political power than at any time since the Brotherhood’s 1928 founding.

Morsi mouths the words the West wants to hear (he was educated in America). He speaks of being president of “all Egyptians,” promising to honor all international agreements made by the Hosni Mubarek regime.

A cleric, Safwat Higazi, introduced Morsi at a May 1 campaign rally and stated the Brotherhood’s objective: “Our capital shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing.” That seems to signal the real direction in which Morsi could take his country. It is certainly in line with Muslim Brotherhood thinking.

After more than three years of pandering and apologizing to the Islamic world, the Obama administration has produced a tree bearing rotten fruit. The White House congratulated Morsi on his victory. What else could it do? It won’t admit error or acknowledge that the “Arab Spring” is starting to resemble a Siberian winter.

Iran continues its nuclear weapons program and threatens to wipe the “Zionist entity” off the map. Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Israel and urges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attack Iran, to which Russia has been providing nuclear technology. Should Egypt again become hostile to the Jewish state, Israel may be in greater peril than at any time in its modern history.

Sixteen months ago, the Brotherhood declared disinterest in the Egyptian presidency, vowing not to run a candidate. Add that to the long list of lies and empty promises that numerous Arab and Islamic leaders have peddled to the West.

Columnist Max Boot seemingly buys into the fantasies of the apologists, enablers and deniers. In a Commentary magazine article titled “Let the Brotherhood Rule in Egypt,” Boot writes, “As long as a Brotherhood government must face voters in the future, popular sentiment will act as a check on its illiberal tendencies.”

Many dictators have been elected once.

“Regardless,” Boot added, “it is a tragedy that the will of the Egyptian people, who plainly long for Western-style democracy and not an Iranian-style theocracy or a sclerotic police state, is being thwarted.”

Really? The Egyptian parliamentary election confirmed polling that indicates 60 percent of Egyptians favor complete adoption of Shariah law. Shariah law does not require that future elections be held. Those polls also show an overwhelming majority of Egyptians want a religious government, stoning as a form of punishment, and limits on women and Christians in office.

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick is not fooled by false promises. In an April 23 story, Kirkpatrick wrote, “(Morsi) has argued for barring women and non-Muslims from Egypt’s presidency on the basis of (Shariah) law. He has called for a council of Muslim scholars to advise Parliament. He has a track record of inflammatory statements about Israel, calling its citizens ‘killers and vampires.’”

The Muslim Brotherhood knows how Westerners think. They are playing us for fools. If we believe what has happened in Egypt and the upheavals in the rest of the Mideast will lead to democracy, human rights, equal rights for women and religious minorities, freedom of speech and press, then we are fools.

These fanatics do not intend to stop with Israel. Their ultimate target is America, by elections and/or other means.

— Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.

Comments

somedude20 1 year, 9 months ago

I would like to snog with the bacon girl!

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Gotland 1 year, 9 months ago

“Would it help to confuse it by running away more?” - Obama’s military strategy

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Gotland 1 year, 9 months ago

Would it help if Obama apologizes more?

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Alyosha 1 year, 9 months ago

Cal has a serious inability to actually think. It's not that "contemporary deniers and enablers ... refuse to acknowledge the threat advancing Islamism poses to Israel and the West" — it's that rational people, unlike himself, understand that bombing your way to political hegemony is moronic, something the Nazis would do.

We all acknowledge the potential threat. Some of us, though, including serious Republicans and Democrats alike, understand that stupidity in response to serious challenges is dangerous.

Cal seems to think that anyone who doesn't share his terror and his unthinking / emotion based foreign policy is an appeaser. That's just his stupidity talking.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

Democracy is the worst form of government man has ever devised, except for all the others. W.C.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

who needs the "West" when you have the complex intellectually nuanced "First Gay President" mothering over you.

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 9 months ago

"These fanatics do not intend to stop with Israel. Their ultimate target is America, by elections and/or other means."

As long as Obama is president, they've already succeeded.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 9 months ago

Cal, you and most American do not understand nor will contemplate learning about Sharia Law. It isn't a law like Constitutional law. There are many aspects of it and those making judgments based on the "law" have to follow some important guidelines, most of which, you do not know, have never studied, have no ability to discuss it except to put it down. Recently, I heard a discussion hosted by Dr. Jamal Badawi, professor emeritus from St John's Univerisity where he and others discussed the ramifications of said system of laws.

The main aspect of it is that non Muslims are to be treated the same as Muslims and that the tax levied against Muslims is the same that is levied to non-Muslims.

Women are equal to men in everyway, but are different in their thinking and their physical being.

But, you can hear the lecture your self. Go to youtube and type in his name or type in Sharia and you get many more responses. Your prejudice against Muslims, Mr. Cal Thomas is as bigoted as your bias toward Israel.

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