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Obama golfs, Egypt burns

After announcing Thursday that the United States had canceled longstanding joint military exercises with the Egyptian Army set for next month, Obama spoke Friday, saying, “We deplore violence against civilians.” He then went out to play another round of golf.

“America cannot determine the future of Egypt,” Obama said Thursday, as he appealed for calm and condemned the violence. Of course, this is after supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against the Mubarik government. And, not so parenthetically, after supporting the Brotherhood against the military, the Copts, and 50 percent of the population.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry took a break from his fruitless obsession with the nonexistent “peace process” to condemn the violence, but took no questions and had no policy announcement.

While Obama pontificates about how horrible the military regime in Egypt is, he conveniently fails to mention the barbarity of the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is not the voice of freedom or democracy, nor is it the voice of the people. Remember, this current round of unrest began with secular demonstrations against the MB’s increasing demands for fundamentalist-sharia laws and policies.

Doubt it? A careful analysis by Frederic L. Pryor of Swarthmore College in the Middle East Quarterly (”Are Muslim Countries Less Democratic?”) concludes that “In all but the poorest countries, Islam is associated with fewer political rights.” The demonstrators against Morsi knew it.

The MB knows it, too. The overthrow of Hosni Mubarak was arguably the most significant transition to come out of the 2011 change in the Middle East. But the country is now caught between an islamic movement and a military-backed government that, while flirting with the tactics of the Mubarak regime, has done more to protect religious minorities than even Mubarak did.

As of Wednesday, these churches have been burnt or attacked by the Muslim Brotherhood:

Three churches and six buildings at the monastery of the Holy Virgin and Anba Abra’am in Dalga, Minya, Upper Egypt
The church of Mar-Mina in the district of Abu-Hilal in the town of Minya
The bishopric church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Sohag, Upper Egypt
The church of the Holy Virgin in Nazla, Fayoum, Lower Egypt
The Baptist church in Beni-Mazar, Minya
Coptic-owned shops in Gumhouriya Street in Assiut, Upper Egypt
The Good Shepherd School in Suez
The Franciscan School in Suez
The Holy Bible Society in Fayoum
The church of al-Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) in Fayoum
The church of the Holy Virgin in the district of Abu-Hilal in the town of Minya
The Catholic church of St Mark, Minya
The Jesuit church in Abu-Hilal, Minya
The church of Mar-Morqos (St Mark) and its community center, Sohag
18 houses of Coptic families in Dalga, Minya, including the home of Father Angaelus Melek of the Holy Virgin and Anba Abra’am’s
The Evangelical church on Nassara Street in Abu-Hilal, Minya
The church of Anba Moussa al-Aswad in Minya
Coptic-owned shops, pharmacies, and a doctor’s clinic in Minya
The Jesuit church in Minya (attacked, not burned)
The St Fatima Basilica in Cairo (attacked, not burned)
St Joseph’s School in Minya (attacked, not burned)
The Nile boat al-Dahabiya, owned by the Evangelical Church in Minya
Coptic-owned shops, pharmacy, and hotels on Karnak Street and Cleopatra Street in Luxor (attacked and looted)
The church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Wasta (attacked)
The church of St Michael on Nemeis Street in Assiut, Upper Egypt
The Adventist church in Assiut; the pastor and his wife were both kidnapped
The Greek church in Suez
The church of Mar-Girgis in Assiut
Coptic houses on Qulta Street in Assiut attacked
The church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Arish, North Sinai
The church of St Dimiana and the Evangelical church in the village of Zerbi in Fayoum
The offices of the Evangelical foundation in Minya, and those of Umm al-Nour in Beni-Mazar, Minya
The church of Anba Antonius in Kerdassa, Giza
The bishopric church in Etfeeh, Giza

On this oppression and violence, Obama and his administration are completely, and predictably, silent.

Meanwhile, in nearby Syria, a civil war has engulfed the country amid Obama’s aid to al-Qaeda troops. And in Libya, militants attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi last fall despite U.S. military support for the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. Qaddafi and Assad (pere et fils) were at least nominally protective of the ethnic and religious minorities

Obama’s middle east policy has been a hash. The U.S. has refused to label Morsi’s ouster a coup. That means, under U.S. law, the administration can continue to send $1.5 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian government.  So, despite the tough talk on supporting the MB in Egypt, Obama continues to support the military regime with money.

Syria continues to be a quagmire, with Assad continuing to hold power, despite our economic and military support of al-qaeda.  Meanwhile, Obama crows about killing bin-Laden and decimating al-qaeda in Afghanistan. Libya and Tunisia are just islamic  hellholes, where the MB aligned factions feel free to murder our ambassadors. Given Obama’s lies about the cause, and his failure to do anything about the murders, there isn’t much question as to why the MB feels so empowered. Turkey is becoming more and more Islamic everyday, and Obama ignores the people’s Green Revolution in Iran, consigning that country to being a lost cause. Afghanistan remains a sinkhole that we keep watering with our blood to no good end.

All in all, Obama has done significant damage to our national interests throughout the middle east, as well as deflating the hopes of those who saw the US as a force for good in the world. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Or in the present case, to do the wrong thing; and poorly, at that.

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