Over the last few days more than 600 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Egypt as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Morsi and police and other security forces clash. Just Friday at least another 17 people have been killed according to reports out of Egypt.
Supporters of the Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood have looted and burned Coptic Christian churches and even an orphanage(photo right). Several Egyptian police have been murdered at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. Police vehicles have been pushed off bridges and occupants stoned from above. All in retaliation for security forces trying to clear out two Muslim Brotherhood protest encampments in Cairo.
While all this has been going on let us not forget that earlier this week Al Qaeda linked terrorist operating out of the Sinai peninsula have launched rockets into southern Israel that prompted the IDF to use its Iron Dome missile defense system.
So what is the prudent thing for the United States to do as Egypt burns and descends into chaos?
Yesterday, speaking from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama announced that he was cancelling a joint military exercise with the Egyptian military over the latest violence between the military backed interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
Reuters reports President Obama also said the following:
“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama said.
“Going forward, I’ve asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps we may take as necessary with respect to the U.S.-Egyptian relationship.”
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” Obama said on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation.
“We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest,” he said
Well, isn’t that nice, but it doesn’t do anything at this point to calm things down between Egyptian security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Former congressman and AM 560 WIND radio show host Joe Walsh has said on his show that the US should just get out of Egypt, no people or tourism, no money, nothing, and just let the Egyptians fight it out until someone emerges as the clear cut winner. His thinking being that there is no side in Egypt for the US to back, just as there is no side for us to back in Syria.
That is one way to look at things, and as far as I am concerned is a partially correct way of looking at things.
However, unlike in Syria where there is a terrorist supporting dictator who has used chemical weapons and is aligned with Iran battling the terrorist of Al Qaeda, we do have a dog in the hunt in Egypt. Or more to the point we have a dog that we absolutely do not want to win, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood hates the west, Jews, and Israel. Under the brief rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi a new Egyptian Constitution was hijacked to make sure it enshrined Sharia Law. Coptic Christians were prosecuted and tormented(which has only gotten worse with the Brotherhood out of power). Members of the Brotherhood and other Islamist openly gang raped and molested women in Tahrir Square. Journalist were imprisoned. And then there was President Morsi’s decree that his authority couldn’t be challenged and that he couldn’t be criticized.
With the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi in charge Egypt was well on its way to becoming an Islamic terrorist state; remember once the Brotherhood gained control the Camp David accords were in serious danger of being scuttled.
It was these and other actions of a wanna-be Islamist tyrant that prompted, for good cause, the Egyptian people, by the tens of millions, and the military to oust the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi from power.
Now we are seeing the Brotherhood and supporters of Morsi resort to violence to try to generate enough chaos to propel them back into power; power that I guarantee you that if they ever got back they will never let go of.
The prudent thing for the United States to do is to support the Egyptian people in such a way and to such a degree so that they have a government that is not run or controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.