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Egyptian Pres. Morsi’s Doubletalk

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 23, 2012

The New York Times interviewed Egyptian President Morsi’s just prior to his first visit the United States as Egypt’s leader.  The interview was telling on various fronts.

Morsi justified Egypt’s slow reaction to the recent riots at America’s Cairo embassy stating: “We took our time.  We can never condone this kind of violence, but we need to deal with the situation wisely”.  That is but an excuse for allowing Egyptian thugs to attack and damage American property.

Morsi went on to state that it is America’s obligation to repair relations with Arab countries stating: “Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”  While there is some truth to the claim of America’s past actions, the fact that he repeated them even though President Obama has been on a charm offensive to the Arab world for over 3 1/2 years indicates what Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood desire is even still much more.  Exactly what it is of the United States and West being demanded was purposely left nebulous by Morsi.

Morsi went on to repeat the often used excuse by Muslims for the dislike of the West blaming the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian matter stating: “as long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians, then the treaty remains unfulfilled”, referring to the Camp David Accord.”  This is lame on various fronts.  First, how is it America’s responsibility to create a compromise between two Middle Eastern entities and adversaries?  Bill Clinton came close late in his second term only to have a permanent solution rejected by Palestinian Pres. Arafat.  What Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood really desire is for America to impose a solution on Israel that will basically end Israel as a Jewish majority country.

An indication that the Arab-Israeli conflict is but an excuse for perpetrating violence against the United States and other countries are the many acts of violence perpetrated in or by Muslim majority countries that clearly are not related to this issue.  Examples include Iraq invading Iran in the early 1980s, Iraq invading Kuwait in the early 1990s, the Taliban’s brutality in Afghanistan even before 9/11, Pakistan’s backing of terrorists who attack India and other interests, the Muslim-backed conflicts and civil wars in Africa, and the Muslim based attacks and rebellion ongoing in Nigeria.  Clearly, if Israel did not exist these conflicts would be ongoing and the West would continue to be considered infidels as they had been long before Israel came into existence.

An indication of the tilted approach towards mutual understanding was indicated when Morsi said : “a shared objective [between Western and Islamic countries], each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion.”  These words are hollow as shown by the violent reactions by Muslims worldwide to an obscure and tasteless video.  Free speech is a centerpiece of the American Constitution.  The call by many Islamic leaders to curtail free speech in the United States if Islam does not like the words indicates an unwillingness to live by Morsi’s words.

President Morsi earned a PhD from the University of Southern California in the early 1990s.  Evidently, while Morsi came to the US for an education, his experience did not convince him of the attributes of America’s free society.

Morsi was a leader in the radical Islamic movement, the Muslim Brotherhood.  During the interview, Morsi said of the Brotherhood: “I grew up with the Muslim Brotherhood.  “I learned my principles in the Muslim Brotherhood.  I learned how to love my country with the Muslim Brotherhood.  I learned politics with the Brotherhood.  I was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.” A slogan that is at the center of the Brotherhood reads: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”  The fact that the Brotherhood has not repudiated this goal is a clear indication of the incompatibility between the Brotherhood and Western democracies.

The challenge for the United States is to create policies that allows diverse cultures to peacefully coexist.  That approach should begin with a realistic use of Morsi’s own words: “a shared objective [between Western and Islamic countries], each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion a shared objective, each to live free in their own land, according to their customs and values, in a fair and democratic fashion.”  This solution demands free speech in the United States and this Country abiding by our Constitution.  The United States must conversely accept Islamic-based countries have the absolute right for their own self determination, whether this be a free society or one ruled by Sharia law.  Those who visit or live in the United States or a Muslim majority country must live by the rules of those countries.  Instead of continuing his apology approach, President Obama would do well to state such a clear understanding.

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