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Obama and the Loss of Egypt

Barack Obama has become the Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century, surrendering first Iran and now Egypt. This doesn’t include the dominoes of Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. In each case, Obama has appeased the militant forces of Islam, while at the same time claiming that the US is the friend of Islam. To make this point concrete, has has continued aid to countries that use that money to kill Americans, he has sacrificed the principle of freedom of conscience by failing to stand up for Aasia Bibi, and now he and his administration have tossed Mubarak under the bus while leading the cheers for the bus driver.

He claims that he supports the “democratic aspirations” of the Egyptian protestors, yet he ignored the protestors against Iran’s theocratic thuggery. Apparently, his concern for democracy only applies when it serves to appease the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood or one of its offshoots like Hams, Hezbollah, or AlQueda.

Let’s look at what democracy in Egypt means to the Egyptians themselves, from a survey was conducted April 12 to May 7 by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

30% of Muslims in Egypt offer favorable views of Hezbollah, 50% are pro-Hamas, and one in five view AlQueda in a positive light.

The survey also finds that Muslim publics overwhelmingly welcome Islamic influence over their countries’ politics. In Egypt, 95% of the respondents say Islam is playing a large role in politics and they see this as a good thing. The remaining 5% say Islam is playing only a small role, and they say this is bad for their country. To clarify, the five percent who say Islam is a small influence wish it were a bigger influence. When this question was asked of Christians, two-thirds said Islam played a large part, but the same two-thirds said that was a bad thing.

54 percent of Egyptians believe that segregation based on sex should be the law in Egypt. Oddly enough, the view was shared about equally between men and women.

About eight-in-ten Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan (82% each) endorse the stoning of people who commit adultery; 77% in Egypt favor making whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery the law in their countries.

When asked about the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion, 84% of Egyptian Muslims say they would favor making it the law.

And yet, in an amazing display of cognitive dissonance, support for those harsh punishments coexists with support for democratic governance. 59 % of Muslims in Egypt say democracy is preferable to any other kind of government. Assuming, I suppose, that those that disagree will become Orwellian non-persons.

A majority of Egyptian Muslims also believe that suicide bombings can be justified. And this support is independent of education, sex, and economic differences.

Yet, 61 percent of Egyptians are at least “somewhat worried” about extremism in Egypt. When a majority support stoning, amputation, and death penalties for apostatism, one can only shudder at what they must consider “extremism.”

Having taken a good, long look at what the Egyptians want for themselves, who will provide it for them? Let’s take a look. According to Reuters, the Muslim Brotherhood, seen as Egypt’s biggest organized opposition group, said on Thursday that President Hosni Mubarak and his government had to go. “We demand that this regime is overthrown and we demand the formation of a national unity government for all the factions,” the Brotherhood said in a statement broadcast by Al Jazeera.

So both Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood want the Mubarak regime gone, and the Brotherhood is poised to step into the power vacuum. Given that the Brotherhood is behind Hamas, Hezbollah, and AlQueda, we certainly have picked an odd bedfellow. Mubarak is certainly no saint, but he has been an ally for some 30 years, and has helped hold back the tide of Islamic intolerance. There are no completely good guys in Egypt right now, ElBaradei included, but there are better choices, and worse choices. In terms of the middle east, Obama continues to make the wrong choice.

Think it doesn’t matter? Oil is now over 90 dollars a barrel, with the Jihad poised to control the Suez canal. It will only get worse, although everyone who voted for Gore should be happy when gas creeps over 4 dollars a gallon, considering that was one of his goals. And with Obama’s public antipathy towards domestic production of oil and coal, it won’t be long before 4 dollars a gallon looks good.

And beyond economics, there is the human cost. As soon as internet service was restored in Egypt, news of a massacre of two Christian Coptic families by Islamists just emerged from Upper Egypt. The massacre took place on Sunday, January 30 at 3 PM in the village of Sharona near Maghagha, Minya province. Two Islamists groups, aided by the Muslim neighbors, descended on the roof of houses owned by Copts, killing eleven Copts, including children, and seriously injuring four others.

It’s time to get serious, and realize that a nation doesn’t have friends, it has interests. While we can’t always satisfy all our interests simultaneously, we can certainly avoiding harming those interests, which is a lesson that’s been lost on Obama.



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