When the Israel-Hamas fighting broke out, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wasted no time running to the Gaza strip to voice his support for Hamas. After helping to craft a vaguely worded agreement aimed at bringing an end to the current violence but amounting to little more than another cease-fire agreement, Morsi was showered with praise by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who stated, “I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence.”
Meanwhile, President Obama, according to the New York Times, was telling his aides how he was impressed with Morsi’s “pragmatic confidence” and “sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology”. Uh-huh.
Returning home to Egypt, Morsi decided it was time to celebrate his victory with a special announcement for all the little people who had contributed to making it all possible, his royal subjects. That’s right, it was time to “give back” something to the people. So he fluffed up his beard, put on a fresh suit, and stepped in front of the cameras to issue a presidential decree which stipulated that any challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions were henceforth banned, forbidden, and also not allowed. I guess this would also forbid his mocking via twitter, which has already begun
.The Egyptian populace took this about as well as the citizens of any country would upon learning they had just been downgraded to the Pharaoh’s slaves and took to the streets by the thousands to riot, burn and fight with police. Stopping only briefly at the local muslim brotherhood office to register their displeasure via firebomb, they moved on to Tahrir Square. Yes, that would be the same Tahrir Square where the “Arab Spring” was born and they are again shouting the same slogans that were heard in the later part of 2010: “The people want to overthrow the regime.”
So where does President Obama stand on all this? I’m willing to bet he is kicking himself for not having thought of it first.
- Protests rock Egypt after Morsi seizes sweeping new powers (jpost.com)
- Did Obama ‘prompt’ first Muslim Brotherhood ‘dictator’ from ‘Arab Spring?’ (sfluxe.com)
- No One Pharaoh Should Have All That Power (theatlanticwire.com)