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Obama and the Morsi Dictatorship

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has had quite a week. He helped broker a cease-fire between his Hamas ally and Israel to the acclaim of the international community as well as the United States and his new friend President Obama. He followed that triumph up by issuing new decrees that effectively give him dictatorial powers over Egypt. In less than year in office, Morsi has amassed as much power as Hosni Mubarak had in his time in office as the country’s strongman and he has done it while getting closer to the United States rather than having his Islamist regime being condemned or isolated by Washington.

The full implications of Morsi’s ascendency are not yet apparent. But we can draw a few rather obvious conclusions from these events. The first is this makes the region a much more dangerous place and peace even more unlikely. the second is that the much ballyhooed Arab Spring turned out to be an Islamist triumph, not an opening for democracy. And third, and perhaps most disconcerting for Americans, it looks like the Obama administration has shown itself again to be a band of hopeless amateurs when it comes to the Middle East. While President Obama shouldn’t be blamed for toppling Mubarak, this episode is more proof of the gap between his foreign policy instincts and a rational defense of American interests.

 

The first point to be made about the cheering for Morsi’s role in brokering the cease-fire is misplaced. It cannot be emphasized too much that the reason why Hamas felt so confident about picking a fight with Israel that it could not possibly win militarily is the fact that Egypt and fellow regional power Turkey were treating it as an ally rather than as terrorist regime that needed to be isolated and controlled. While Morsi has sought to exercise some influence over Gaza by keeping the border crossings to Sinai closed (more as a result of concern over the violence spilling over into Egyptian territory than a desire to restrain terrorism), the support for the legitimacy of the illegal Hamas regime on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood government has been a game changer.

More than ever before, Hamas now has the whip hand over the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority. That makes the already nearly non-existent chances of peace between Palestinians and Israelis even smaller. Though it can be argued that the ability of Hamas to preserve its rule over Gaza following the last bout of fighting with Israel in January 2009 already made it clear that it was a force to be reckoned with, the backing of Egypt and Turkey and the tacit approval of the United States in the cease-fire means there can be no doubt that Hamas truly is the face of Palestinian nationalism these days as well as the owners of an independent Palestinian state in all but name. With Cairo and Ankara backing them up and Iranian missiles in their arsenal, Hamas’s strength makes the standard liberal talking point about it being necessary for Israel to make more concessions to Fatah even more absurd than ever.

 

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  1. sablegsd

    November 25th, 2012

    ovomit is a muslim. It should be perfectly clear by now. If you have two brain cells.

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  2. Houston

    November 25th, 2012

    We know exactly what to expect from the thugs in Egypt and Gaza. Pamela G hits it on the head that the cease fire is nothing but a chance to regroup, rearm and strike Israel again.

    The protests in Egypt now will be brutally shut down if they intensify or don’t die out soon. The Egyptian people will soon find out what it’s like to protest without the United States backing them to overthrow their government.

    Pray for us and for Israel. The Caliphate is coming.

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  3. Nutjob

    November 25th, 2012

    Yeah this is a brilliant foreign policy by O.

    Overthrow an Ally, back a man propped up by the terrorist supporting muslim brotherhood, give him 500 million in taxpayers money, and then the guy instills dictatorship rule.
    Looks like a planned event to me.

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  4. MADJACK

    November 25th, 2012

    Obama and Morsi? I do not see any difference in the two. Both are tyrants, dictators and muslim. :mad:

    Piss be upon both of them. :mad:

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  5. serfer62

    November 25th, 2012

    The military will play a very important role here…but when?

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    November 25th, 2012

    A cease fire while Hamas waits for a delayed shipment of arms from Iran and produces new videos where they call for the death of Israelis.

    @Houston, Pam is my source for info on Israel too.
    CBN News is another reliable source.

    Keep your eye on Israel if you are concerned about Bible prophecy in real time.

    Matthew 24:33-34:

    “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
    Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

    * The generation that was witness to Israel becoming a State in 1948.

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  7. MADJACK

    November 25th, 2012

     
  8. Jorel Lives!

    November 25th, 2012

    Sooner or later, though it will be somewhat of an incredible feat considering the historical non-unity of Arab nations, Hamas and whatever factions or terror groups will bend under the pressure of a united front consisting of an American and European led intervention with many Arab counties in alliance as well (perhaps even Russia and China doing a little arm twisting). It has to come to pass from a Biblical standpoint that peace will be achieved at some time between Israel and the WHOLE world. This current truce between Israel and Gaza might be the initial mucilage long needed to forge a peace treaty (Watch for Obama or someone else to orchestrate and facilitate it.) One that will take the form of a seven year pact riding on the wings of a wishful aspiration known as “Peace and Safety.”

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  9. old_oaks

    November 25th, 2012

    What’s it called again?

    Taqueera?

    Takkia?

    Taqiyya?

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  10. Unruly Refugee

    November 25th, 2012

    @old_oaks

    Taqiyya, the Muslim doctrine that allows lying in certain circumstances, and tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances, are permitted as long as they advance sharia.

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  11. old_oaks

    November 25th, 2012

    Advance that shit!

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  12. Houston

    November 26th, 2012

    You guys are right but I expect there will be another BIG fight with Israel at the center beforehand. Personally I think it will be Iran trying something and failing miserably.

    Our foreign policy is on the wrong side of God.

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  13. Unruly Refugee

    November 26th, 2012

    I understand that it will be Russia, China, and Iran, and Israel will take damage but Israel will never be destroyed. Damascus will not fare so well.

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  14. Claudia

    November 26th, 2012

    @Jorel Lives!, I don’t think it will be obama; he’s not the Antichrist. He’s a precursor, but not smart enough to be THE AC.

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