West can’t trust Egypt leaders

June 28, 2012


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.


Abdu Omar 5 years, 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.

cato_the_elder 5 years, 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.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

Even if your analysis is correct, that the ultimate goal is Israel, there is still something you're overlooking.

We in the U.S. view history in a much shorter time frame. In many ways, what happened last week is ancient history. Those in the rest of the world, and especially in the Middle East, their time frame is very different from our own. In a post later in this thread, you reference our role in overthrowing Iran's democratically elected government in 1953. To us, that's so ancient as to be irrelevant to any current discussion. They do not view it as such. Likewise, should we end all aid to Israel today, our history of support will be held against us for generations. But let me give you a different example. When Bush Jr. decided to invade Iraq, he termed the action as "Enduring Crusade". He was vilified in the region for bringing up The Crusades. The fact is, many throughout that region still hold it against the West for having engaged in that religious Crusade. And to some extent, the U.S. is also held responsible for the Crusades as we are the successors to those who committed that activity. We now represent the West. So even though the U.S. wouldn't exist for centuries to come, we're held responsible. Bush ultimately changed the name of the action.

If we were to end aid to Israel today, animosity towards us from that region will continue long after our grandchildren's grandchildren have grandchildren of their own.

Alyosha 5 years, 9 months ago

This is a meaningless comment. Hard to believe it comes from an educated American citizen. The Founding Fathers groan in their graves that one of their political descendants can't communicate in English or add anything of value to a discussion.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 9 months ago

That remark is uncalled for. So, when someones says something you don't like you solve the problem with violence?

cato_the_elder 5 years, 9 months ago

No, the Muslim Brotherhood does. As Thomas points out, many dictators were elected only once.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

So, what's the solution to that-- only allow the Egyptians you approve of to participate in their elections?

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

The solution is to recognize the reality of the situation. What is happening is a small step towards democracy. When they have another election and then another and another, then we can feel more confident that democracy exists. When history writes the final chapter, will the results of this election look like the election of George Washington (even with all the flaws of that election process) or will it look like the election of Adolph Hitler (where we now know that democracy ended with his election). Anyone who cautions against making a too quick judgement is simply reading our (the world's) history and learning from that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

Democracy is no panacea-- after all, it's delivered George W. Bush here, Putin in Russia, Hamas in Gaza, and Netanyahu in Israel-- bad news all the way around, but the alternative could have been much worse.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

"Imposing Democracy on the world is Marxist."

No, it's oxymoronic.

"Our puppet dictators are more reliable and consistent than who the people chose."

For whom?

"But when democratically elected officials are elected as Mosaddegh was and they are disruptive "

Disruptive to whom? British and American oil interests?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

But when the votes of the elected representatives are determined largely by those with the biggest bank accounts, it becomes a plutocratic republic, like ours.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Alyosha 5 years, 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.

somedude20 5 years, 9 months ago

I would like to snog with the bacon girl!

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