After heaping effusive praise on Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi for his role in helping obtain a cease fire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza (a cease fire that was as important to Morsi, who needs Hamas to lay low for a while, as to the U.S.), Morsi repaid Mr. Obama and the state department by moving to take dictator powers for himself.
Victoria Nuland, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, voicing “concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community”, said “One of the aspirations of the revolution was to ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of one person or institution.”
One must assume that Ms. Nuland is not an ignorant woman or she would not hold such a post. Therefore, one must assume she is being “diplomatic.” Although her statement would apply to those sectarian Egyptian dreamers who started the revolution in Tahir square, surely every official at State, from Mrs. Clinton down, has been under no illusion that Mr. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have ever had any other goal than to make Egypt a Muslim government under sharia law. In fact, the Brotherhood sees Egypt as the key to returning the entire region to a Caliphate.
If those protesting Mr. Morsi’s actions and calling for him to step down do not back off quickly, I have no doubt that things will get bloody fast. The Brotherhood will have little tolerance in giving up any gains they have made. Hopefully, those protesters will have the courage to fight for their dream of freedom from oppressive government and will give as good as they get. Our own government should give them public encouragement and, covertly, any help they require. With enough visible support from the international community perhaps even the Egyptian military might feel compelled to join them.
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Bio: Jim was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, went to Phoenix Union HS until joining USMC at 17, graduated from San Diego Evening HS during enlistment and graduated with BS at ASU after marriage and 3 kids. He started private work career as a Teamster, moved to management and spent his entire career in the freight business before retiring in Camp Verde, AZ.