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Egyptian Military Threatens Morsi

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 2, 2013

The growing chaos in Egypt has resulted in its military threatening to overthrow the government of President Mohamed Morsi.  On Monday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, leader of the Egyptian Armed Forces, gave an ultimatum to Morsi to resolve the crisis within 48 hours or risk military intervention.

According to the New York Times, the protest against the Morsi government across Egypt involve crowds that exceed even the huge protests in 2011 that resulted in the overthrew of Dictator President Hosni Mubarak.  At least 16 people were killed on Monday.  Making matters worse for Morsi, the police have reportedly been backing the protesters.

The protesters have various grievances that include Morsi’s power grab, attempts to invoke Islamic law, and the disenfranchisement of secularists and minority religions including Christians who make up proximally 10% of the Egyptian population.  In addition, the Egyptian economy is in shambles.

Egypt rejoins the growing list of Arab countries in turmoil since Barack Obama took office.  While Obama’s foreign policies exasperated tensions in the region, they are not the root cause of the current chaos.  The deteriorating situation in the Middle East is a result of diplomats internationally and specifically in the United Nations who proffered the false narrative that the Middle East would become peaceful if only the Israelis and Palestinians could make peace.  That theory has finally had a stake put through its heart.

While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stoked certain tensions in the Middle East, it was cover for deeper problems.  More significant challenges in the Middle East include the more dangerous Sunni-Shia conflict that has been ongoing for centuries.  Should Iran obtain nuclear weapons this conflict will become extremely dangerous on a worldwide basis.  In addition, the intolerance preached by religious leaders in many Arab countries has hindered their economic growth in the contemporary world.  The diplomats and world leaders who have and continue to ignore these realities are directly to blame for the growing crisis in the Middle East.


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