Morsi Visits the Mullahs

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Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi is in Tehran this week for the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Since taking office on June 30, Morsi has had a busy itinerary. He visited Saudi Arabia last month, is due in China next week, and on September 23 will be in Washington on President Obama’s invitation.

Morsi also found time, one day before taking office, to vow to secure the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian currently serving a life sentence at a North Carolina facility for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

Within Iran, Morsi is encountering some interesting landmarks. Israeli commentator Smadar Peri points out that on Sunday his convoy passed through Tehran’s Islambouli Square—named after Khalid Islambouli, who assassinated one of Morsi’s predecessors as Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, in October 1981. Islambouli was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which some sources identify as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood—that is, Morsi’s organization.

There has, indeed, been bad blood between Egypt and Iran since those days. Relations were broken off in 1980, a year after Ayatollah Khomeini’s Shiite revolutionaries took power in Iran. It didn’t help matters when Iran hailed Islambouli (executed in Egypt in 1982) as a martyr. Morsi’s visit to Iran this week is the first by an Egyptian president since 1979.

It’s also reported that Morsi will be among NAM heads of state to be hosted this week at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. This at a time when Iran is racing ahead in its nuclear weapons program, denying the International Atomic Energy Agency access to its nuclear sites, and intensifying its genocidal rhetoric against Israel and vows to destroy it.

Does all this indicate a rapprochement between Shiite-Islamist Iran and Sunni, newly Islamist Egypt? Another Israeli analyst, Dore Gold, a former ambassador to the UN, notes that there are serious obstacles to such a reconciliation.

They include particularly the fact that in Syria, Iran is helping Bashar Assad’s Shiite-offshoot Alawite regime fight largely Sunni rebels—including a presence on the ground of Iranian Revolutionary Guards actively killing Sunnis. The Sunnis, for their part, are backed by the Sunni Arab countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Seemingly, then, Egypt and Iran are on opposite sides of the bitter, bloody sectarian conflicts now being waged in Syria and elsewhere in the region, which have both Persian vs. Arab and Shiite vs. Sunni dimensions.

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  • Roger

    This sounds like Obama's kind of guy.
    I bet he's just jealous that he cant' be doing this kind of stuff instead of pretending to reign as dictator here in the US.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    When the so-called liberation of Egypt from is dictator started we knew from the start what the
    musselmen intended,only that man in the oval office had no notion,and still has.
    But with a litle bit of luck Mitt will take his place and hpefully sets things right.
    For Roger,above, an extras + he is so right.

  • Schlomotion

    Another way of reading this article is that the new President of Egypt, a man Israel did not want in power, after a revolution that Israelis bemoaned would be the end of peace in the region, now has the gall to act like a head of state and… visit countries and other heads of state. The nerve of that man! He takes a short political mini-tour with Mossad following him around in sunglasses taking notes as to which streets he uses, what he eats for lunch, what kind of food stains he gets on his tie. He gets invitations from the likes of Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and most of all, the dreaded United States? O! Axis of Evil 2.0.

    Soon he will drive the Presidential Limousine, the dreaded one with the red black white and green bumper sticker that hasn't been used since 1979. Anniversary of this, anniversary of that. Why oh why can't Israel be Zionist while every other country in the region refrains from being Islamist?

    • PaulRevereNow

      Why…oh why…isnt' Egypt a democratic republic, the way the Great Zero in the White House and his stooges in the media said it would be? "….Mossad following him around in sunglasses?" Do you know how you can tell that Morsi was lying to Israel, when he said "not to worry" about Egypt upholding their peace treaty(besides Taqiyya)? He wears pointy shoes, and sometimes, no socks. Never trust a man that wears no socks.

    • Choi

      You are one SICK TWISTED FK.
      And what countries "in the "region" are "refraining from being Islamist",with the exception of Jordan?

      • Schlomotion

        Do you know what semantic heterogeneity is or why it is useful in adversarial networks?

        • Roger

          Do you understand why defending iranian interests is stupid?



          Do you know what a Useful Idiot is?

          See Rachel Corrie – AKA Saint Pancake.

    • flowerknife_us

      Hitler had all those trappings of state as well. Then he started killing people by the millions. No doubt he was a fine fellow to the likes of you.

    • Ghostwriter

      Schlomotion,why,oh,why must you constantly demonstrate your boundless stupidity? People here already know that you're an idiot so why do you have to constantly prove them right?

    • kevinh

      Hardly so. Isn't there a MEMRI video of him leading chants of "death to israel" or something of that nature? I think the only way of reading the article in the manner you suggest would be out of willful ignorance of the facts involved. Also, you falsely assume equivalence with Zionism and Islamism. Perhaps what we'll see is someone who is willing to set aside the Shia/Sunni/Wahabi conflict long enough to eliminate Israel, so that they can get back to blowing themselves up again as the have througout history.

  • Andy

    Morsi looks like an ambitious man. And he is a fast mover. He faces a huge problem in trying to run a bankrupt country and has to hustle for handouts from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Iran or any likely source. At the same time he needs to look over his shoulder because the army is not likely to accept his power grab forever. The Brotherhood has a clear focus on global domination and might realize that as long as Sunni and Shia are enemies this will be an uphill battle. Morsi and the Brotherhood have a powerful ally in Obama who hopefully will get his walking papers in November. If only enough Americans realized that Obama's Muslim leanings are as big a threat to America's future as the economy.

  • Spider

    When will the U.S. be liberated from it's Is-lamic dictator ?? In November I hope.

  • polnick

    The dynamics of oil price change are very subtle, but expect a clear reason for oil reaching 300 bucks a barrel. Modern sea mines have outpaced the ability to find them; Russian developed models are now in the hands of Iran and can sit undetected on the seabed for years. A sonic message will activate its missile and prime it for launch. One SMDM sitting on the seabed of the Hormuz Strait can stop 75% of the world’s oil flow. No warship or oil tanker will challenge the devastating power of the SMDM bottom mine.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If anything Morsi will be seeking the help of those who have no reservation in dealing with a terrorist
    and will help him succeed in making the Egyptian public believe they may be more than a wasteland
    or impoverished fourth world reprobates. China can brag that they have more people in poverty than
    Egypt and maybe Morsi is after tips as what to do with excess population, which is just about every
    Egyptian……inhabiting another failed Middle East Nation…………………….William

  • Catalina

    I agree that the Arab and Muslim world must undergo a radical transformation if President Obama is to live up to his worthiness of receiving the Nobel Prize shortly after becoming president in 2008. Although we now know that he's nothing more than a racist and a bigot of conservative values, christians, and capitalism. No doubt a tactic he acquired from Leftists whose intolerarance of all things conventional and pro-American knows no bounds. So why should Islamic jihadists be any different under a one world socialist agenda?. Be it for good or for evill, the Middle East, in particular, Islamic dictatorships cannot continue to live in the Dark Ages forever as hostile enemies of the West, or Israel, or peaceful Arab nations while taking their place at the U.N. with undesirable corrupt superpowers like China and Russia who support our efforts in this region even less. We need to return to a prewar stage against radical Islam and jihadists again before President Obama delcared this a new era of peace between Muslims and the rest of the world. We may never see peace for us or our children's children possibly for another millennium so we must cease supporting their diabolical way of life.

  • 080

    It should be mentioned that Morsi chose to go to Iran at the same time he had an invitation of visit with President Obama. Remember that he mentioned that he would request the release from prison of the blind Sheik Raman who blew up the World Trade Center in 1993. Well, he chose to go to Iran. This is something known as a snub.


      The Aswan dam would be a sweet retaliatory target.

  • rudemovement

    Who asked your opinion? Your turn has PASSED. Now just shut up and watch. It's OUR turn.
    Morsi will do whatever he wants. American world order is OVER.

  • Docky Musicy

    The Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who gently and righteously tore and burnt the Koran is a WorldHero….. guided gently and rightly by allah or moremad he was shown the righteous and islamic way to tear apart and burn the koran. Cool. This is a good start…..allah is gently and rightly showing the world that it's cool to destroy the koran. This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran should be released from police custody asap and should be given a noble prize and continuous free world travel to show the planet's people how to gently and righteously tear and burn the koran.
    This is the next step of islam…burning after reading the koran whenever one comes across any koran however beautiful and stylishly written….you got to burn it bro…allah guided us so. It has be the right thing to do …….gently guided by allah and moremad. Tock tock tock tock your forehead on the ground now and wait for the next revelation from allah…coming soon to any Islamic country near you.

    This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran is truly a great muslim-man. Actually he should be given a beautiful marble statue that shows his tearing the koran and next to him in a series of 2 there should be a second beautiful marble statue of him burning the koran. It would look so lovely replicated in most town squares all over the globe as a super tribute to the first man after moremad showing the world and all his fellow muslims how to rightly and gently tear and burn all the Korans that they ever come across. There will be strongman shows on tv for and of people claiming they can tear a koran in seconds flat for cash rewards ofcourse. Whatever he did allah showed This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran rightly and verily so now he must show the world how allah guided him rightly to tear and burn the koran. Everyone and their dogs want to do it too. YESS !!! YESS !!! YESS !!! PAKISTAN IS SHOWING THE WAY OF HOW korans SHOULD BE BURNT properly and allah-guided. This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who allah guided gently to tear and burn the Koran should be invited to the UN for a jam-packed audience from around the world…tribal-heads should be invited too…. we should call this guy moremadtoo. Aaahhh……PAKISTAN….The Land of The Pure…..pure muslims….pure thugs……all of them.
    There are so many mozzys on this planet daily that now you can actually see them from space…..i’m sure…..and the b l o o d-stain too….archealogically the islam-bloodstain has been only been around for just a mere 1400 years. Time to can it!!..

  • Docky Musicy

    Afganistan was a peaceful and fantastic buddhist country till islam slimed in with green flags and dirty rivers of blood and arabic. The planet should invite the Great Dalai Lama to return to his true Buddhist country of his roots pre-islam. Afganistan should be given back to the buddhists who were forcibly ejected or slain by islam in the pre-koran burning age.
    Afganistan should henceforth be called GreaterTibet.

    Do all the planet's muslims even know the ultimate islamic-allahpeace-truth??
    Moremad’s LAST dying words lovingly recorded by his illiterate tribe…"Until The Last Koran Has Been Burnt Amd Last Emir Is Hanged By The Entrails Of The Last Imam……There Will Be No Peace On Earth".
    Muslims please get to work. Like asap !!!