Well, President Obama must be proud of himself this morning.
The “Arab Spring” which he helped to foment in word and deed has reached a new milestone with the election of a Muslim Brotherhood Islamist as president of Egypt.
Obama called Mohammed Mursi to congratulate him early this morning on his election victory.
One thing with Obama: If he’s not imitating President Nixon, then you can count on him to be mimicking Jimmy Carter.
During Carter’s reign, the president oversaw the transformation of Iran from a U.S.-allied, reasonably modern nation under the reign of the shah into an Islamo-fascist state under the Ayatollah Khomeini. To this day, Iran remains a sponsor of global terrorism and threat to Middle East and world peace.
In Egypt, President Obama backed the removal of U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak was an iron-fisted presence, hardly an enlightened Western-style ruler, but he worked with us and kept his country running peaceably.
During the revolution in Egypt, the U.S. press talked incessantly about the sprouting of “democracy” in the Middle East, but the word on the street, as seen in the foreign press and on the Internet, was that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind a huge storm of violence that targeted women, Christians, Jews, Westerners of all stripes and anyone else who didn’t toe the Islamist line.
Churches were burned. Non-Muslim families were killed. Women were dragged out of their homes, beaten and raped in the street. CBS reporter Lara Logan was raped repeatedly by a mob of more than 200 men on the very night the Mubarak government fell.
Mursi is beginning his regime today with calls for “peace” and “unity,” much to the delight of Western liberals. The reality is guaranteed to be something different.
The Muslim Brotherhood historically has supported elections in Muslim countries, but only when it can win. Otherwise, it turns quickly toward violence of the sort seen in Egypt.
As hard-core Islamists, the brotherhood’s stated goal is to make the Quran the sole guide for religious, political and social life, and to create a Shariah-law state.
In recent weeks, Israel has felt the effects of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power as barrages of rockets have rained down on towns near the Egyptian border.
In light of the other changes sweeping the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia planning to fund the Syrian rebel army and Turkey dragging NATO into its border conflict with Syria, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian presidency should be ringing alarm bells in Washington.
In the call to Mursi, President Obama “emphasized his interest in working together with president-elect Mursi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the U.S.”
Right — maybe work together to resolve that War on Women the liberals keep talking about.