What’s the smart way, and the moral way, for the U.S. to deal with Egypt?
CAIRO – General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s military strongman who came to power after deposing the popularly elected President Mohamed Mursi, wants the U.S. to provide money and weapons to help his country fight terrorism.
“The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbors and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable,” said a quietly spoken Sisi, wearing a dark business suit.
This is a tough call for President Obama, who has already demonstrated a remarkable ability to make stupid decisions in Middle Eastern matters.
On the one hand, the U.S. has always professed to be a champion of democracy, and former President Mursi rose to power in a democratic election. Unfortunately it soon became obvious that he’s in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood, a true friend to Middle Eastern terrorism.
So now we have a request to support another Egyptian strongman who seized power without the consent of the people, and will probably rule with the same kind of iron fist as the hated former President Hosni Mubarak.
Do we want to prop up yet another dictator who is hated by the masses? But if we don’t, are we actually supporting the terrorist activity he’s warning about? Would the terrorist activity even be happening if Mursi had been allowed to finish his legally elected term?
Talk about a lose-lose situation, and to top it all off, Obama will be the one to determine our course of action. This situation could be a nasty train wreck just waiting to happen.
Authored by Steve Gunn