Monday, June 25, 2012

The Arab Spring Was Always the Dangerous Spring

Does anyone remember how conservatives, like foreign affairs expert Frank Gaffney, were excoriated for saying the Arab uprising in Egypt was not a good thing but indeed would lead to a more dangerous Middle East and world as the Muslim Brotherhood would surely take control?  He was mocked and ridiculed by even some on the conservative side who said he was being an alarmist and not realistic. They said the Muslim Brotherhood represented just a tiny portion of the Egyptian people and anyway they said they had no political intentions in the Egyptian elections.  I remember even conservative Bill Krystol, who I love and respect, castigating those of us who warned about the dangers of the Arab spring [uprising]. He called us alarmists. Those of us who gave those warnings were laughed at and marginalized. I am definitely not expecting an apology from the liberal MSM or even from conservatives who were disparaging us.  But I would hope those, like the intelligent Bill Krystol, could at least admit they were wrong.

From my post on Feb 1, 2011: Frank Gaffney's Pessimistic Assessment of Events in Egypt , which was the beginning of the Arab uprising in Egypt, Frank Gaffney said to Sean Hannity:  the supposed moderate Mohammed El Baradei will team up with the Muslim Brotherhood to eventually take over the government.  He then said that the Muslm Brotherhood will waste no time, once they use El Baradei to gain power to toss him out like tissue paper.  Gaffney said: "It is not a matter of if, but when this happens."  He went on to say that you will then have a virulently anti American, anti Israeli government in the biggest land of the Middle East. What is even more troubling is that they will have the use of American bought weaponry in their hands.

Even Frank Gaffney didn't realize the Muslim Brotherhood, on their own was able to overtly take over the country through free elections.  There was no ruse needed. But Gaffney hit his main point on the head. "It was not if, but when this would happen."  I don't know if even Gaffney thought it would be this soon.

From the Associated Press: Islamist Morsi Wins Egypt Presidential Vote

Via  The Middle East Research Institute Check this out this extremely alarming video distributed on May 7, 2012  [from May 1 event], where Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi, was introducing  [Islamist candidate] Mohamed Morsi's campaign.  Some will say that this is just one extremist Egyptian cleric, and you can't pin all of the Muslim Brotherhood with his words.  But won't those deniers be the same people saying we didn't have to worry about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the government because they were just a tiny slice of the Egyptian people.  Also, the new president, Mohamed Mursi was sitting there as these inflammatory statements were made.  Does he agree with those words?  I don't think he has ever denounced them.

Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi: Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Morsi Will Liberate Jerusalem:


For any American who loves and supports Israel, this video has to be very troubling.  For any Jew in the world this has to be extremely alarming.  For just saying that, I will probably be denounced by some.
Tweet Update:  On Sunday Hugh Hewitt tweeted [on twitter] this brilliant comparison of two presidents who were clearly in over their head resulting in disastrous consequences for the Middle East and the world.  @HughHewitt  "As President Carter was to Iran, President Obama is to Egypt" 
Update  2 This just in Sunday afternoon from : Politico:
The White House congratulated Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi on his victory in that country's presidential election, calling it a "milestone" in the country's transition to democracy.
President Obama called Morsi Sunday evening, telling him that the United States would stand by Egypt in its transitional period — and said that he looked forward to working together.

As inferred by the Hugh Hewitt tweet, under the Carter administration's watch, Iran became the Islamic Republic of Iran under the Ayatollah Khomeini.   Now under Obama's watch, Egypt becomes ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood under the presidency of Mohamed Morsi [who Obama warmly welcomed into power]  Will Egypt become the Islamic Republic of Egypt?

I wonder if President Obama will bow down to Morsi?

Jimmy Carter was a one term president as he faced a landslide loss in his re-election try.  In that respect, let us hope the comparison continues.

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