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Speaking about the Libyan revolution in March 2011, Barack Obama hailed “the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,” and also praised “the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt.” Now, as Egypt rushes headlong toward becoming a Sharia state and going to war with Israel, Obama is giving his blessing to the anti-Israel, anti-America forces he is largely responsible for unleashing.
Obama’s abandonment of the undeniably repulsive Mubarak regime paved the way for the ascendancy of the forces now in control in Egypt. Mubarak and his predecessors Anwar Sadat and Gamel Abdel Nasser kept a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood and other forces of Islamic fanaticism for decades. Now that they are gone, it is unlikely that the peace that Sadat concluded with Israel back in the 1970s will long survive.
And that is by the will of the Egyptian people. A survey in May 2012 found that 61 percent of Egyptians wanted to see Egypt abandon its peace treaty with Israel, and the same number identified the hardline Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the country that should serve as Egypt’s model for the role Islam should play in government. 60 percent said that Egypt’s laws should hew closely to the directives of the Qur’an. This indicates that a significant percentage of Egyptians hold to a deeply ingrained, Qur’an-based Islamic anti-Semitism that leads them to hate Israel — and the Camp David accords — for religious reasons that are embedded within Islam, not political ones that may be susceptible to negotiation, compromise, or even rational consideration.
Yet Barack Obama doesn’t seem to mind the direction in which Egypt is heading one bit. The White House had no public comment on Morsi’s desire to free the Blind Sheikh, and given the Obama Administration’s consideration of a plan to show good will to the Taliban by sending several Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay back to Afghanistan, it wouldn’t be surprising if Obama sent Sheikh Omar back to Egypt to show his warm feelings for the new regime.
After all, it is a deeply entrenched assumption in Washington that if we show them a sufficient amount of good will, we can turn enemies into friends. And it is forbidden in the Obama Administration for policy analysts to study the Islamic texts and teachings that demonstrate why that deeply entrenched assumption is nonsensical: the Qur’an (9:29) commands Muslims to wage war against and subjugate Jews and Christians, solely because of their religious belief, not because they haven’t shown a sufficiently friendly or welcoming face to the Muslims. No number of gestures of good will are going to overcome this core belief.
But since Obama Administration officials are not allowed to study the Islamic teachings that give rise to violence and supremacism, they will continue to blunder on, exhorting the State Department to reach out in friendship to people like Mohamed Morsi, even as he calls for the release of a man who dedicated a good part of his life to murdering Americans solely because they were non-Muslim. Not only the true nature of the “Arab Spring,” but the incurable and suicidal naivete of the Washington establishment, are thereby revealed.
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