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Should the U.S. use its Leverage to get Egypt’s Ruling Military to Stand Down?
By Scott Rohter, June 2012
Writing for my local newspaper’s editorial board a seasoned reporter wrote that the United States holds some kind of leverage over Egypt’s ruling military, and that we should not fail to use it. The editorial is the official position of the only newspaper in my city. The Op-Ed was written after the recent elections in Egypt, and the ruling military’s response to those free and fair elections. The Newspaper couldn’t be further from the truth! Nor could the particular response that its editorial board advocates America should take to events happening in Egypt right now, be more wrong, or more detrimental to peace in the Middle East! Let me explain…
The reporter stated that the United States should exert its leverage by threatening the Egyptian military with the loss of American foreign aid if they didn’t back off and allow the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the entire country. The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization. They won the Egyptian parliamentary elections, and their most radical Islamist candidate won the most recent presidential election. That is why the Egyptian military stepped in to intervene, in order to prevent a complete takeover of their country by extremists.
It was by initially threatening to cut off financial assistance to Mubarak’s regime over a year ago, that we undercut the government of Hosni Mubarak in the first place, and allowed the so called Egyptian revolution to occur. That is how we allowed the Islamist Revolution, or the so called “Arab Spring” to spread from Tunisia to Egypt! That is how Barack Obama enabled the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to gain a foothold in Egyptian politics! Now the liberal newspaper in my city thinks that the United States should just allow the Muslim Brotherhood to go from a gaining a strong foothold to having a complete stranglehold!
In Hosni Mubarak, the former President of Egypt, the United States and Israel had an ally and a friend, and there was both stability in Egypt and relative peace in the Middle East. This peace lasted for forty years. By threatening to cut off assistance to Mubarak, the United States helped to launch the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power, and helped to topple the Mubarak regime, which was the most important, friendly Arab government that we had in the Middle East.
After a period of transition and uncertainty which lasted for about a year, new elections were held, and the Muslim Brotherhood was elected to power as many Middle East observers had feared. Egypt’s military, at our insistence stood idly by and just watched as an Islamic revolution took over their country. We forced them to stand down and allow this process to move forward, and so they watched, unable to do anything about it, and they hoped that moderation and common sense would prevail. But moderation and common sense are two things that are in short supply in the land of Abraham’s quarreling descendants. About the only two Middle Eastern countries that actually have any are Israel and Jordan. From Tunisia, to Egypt, to Yemen, to the Arab Gulf States, and then back to Syria, there is nothing but strife and bloodshed, civil war and violence assisted by Barack Obama’s misguided foreign policies that help to fuel it all.
Thanks to America’s interventionist foreign policies and Barack Obama’s support for the inaptly named “Arab Spring”, and later the pressure that he exerted on Egypt’s ruling military to stand down, the Muslim Brotherhood was swept into power t in Tunisia and Libya, and is now poised to take over the region’s largest Arab military power and point it directly at Israel.
There have been over a hundred rocket attacks launched against Israel from Gaza since the Egyptian parliamentary elections were won by the Muslim Brotherhood Party. These attacks were ordered by the Muslim Brotherhood which is now poised to take over the Egyptian Presidency too. This is the same Egyptian Political Party that my newspaper says would provide a stable framework for peace with Israel and in the wider Middle East. Give me a break! Are you kidding me? The only way that Egypt if it’s run by the Muslim Brotherhood would support peace in the Middle East, is if Israel didn’t exist.
"A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter