UPDATE 7 am Israel time Tuesday:
Incoming Palestinian terrorist rocket sirens sounded in Nahal Oz 22 minutes ago at 6:38 am. No further details.
Two IED devices constructed from artillery shells were found overnight along fence of the community of Ofra. Police dismantled and removed the devices.
TODAY’S BLOG:This blog today is a follow-up to my comment in yesterday’s blog that President Obama and his Administration “have done everything within their power to facilitate the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.”
Your humble servant submits the following for your consideration:
Less than six months after he took office, President Obama traveled to Cairo on June 4, 2009 to deliver a speech at Al-Azhar University. Obama did not choose this university by chance; Al-Azhar is a university whose specific mission includes the propagation, dissemination, and proselytizing of Islamic religion and culture–and it is a university intimately connected with the Muslim Brotherhood (the dean of its most influential Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence is invariably a leader of the Brotherhood).
In this context, Obama’s choice of a speaking venue was a direct slap in the face to his Egyptian host, President Hosni Mubarak, an avowed opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Islamist movement. It was a slap further accentuated by Obama’s insistence that a certain portion of the audience on that June 4th day had to be members of the Brotherhood–members that he had specifically invited to his speech.
What followed was an attempt by Obama to ostensibly reach out to the Muslim world, but in retrospect, we can see how he sought to undermine Mubarak by embracing the Islamist movement: “Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning”; “I . . .carry . . . a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum”;” [tension between the West and Islam] has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims”; “as a boy . . . I heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.”
And in what today seems like an overt message to those “minority” Egyptians unsure about the Islamist movement as personified by the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama underscored that they had nothing to worry about: “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality” (your humble servant still shakes his head wondering how Islam’s butchery of non-believers and enslavement of people across Africa and the Middle East fits into this narrative). Obama even went so far as to suggest that the American government supported Islamic teaching in regard to women: “the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.”
In sum, Obama suggested that if America is unafraid of Islam (“there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders”), why should Egyptians be afraid of an Islamic government? One can only imagine what was going through Hosni Mubarak’s mind as he sat there that day and if he was able to see the handwriting on the wall.
Throughout 2010, the Obama Administration continued to quietly support the Brotherhood and undermine Mubarak. For example, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano secretly held meetings with the organization, and the U.N. Security Council, with U.S. support, dropped the Muslim Brotherhood’s primary “money man” Youssef Nada from its list of international terrorist financiers.
By January and February of 2011, nineteen months after President Obama’s Cairo speech, as the so-called Egyptian democratic revolution unfolded in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Mubarak quickly learned that whatever friendship he had extended the United States over his 30 years in power counted for nothing as President Obama showed no hesitancy whatsoever in throwing him under the bus.
By April of this year, Obama was releasing $1.5 billion dollars to the Islamist controlled Egyptian government, and Obama’s National Security Staff was amazingly holding meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House–meetings which attempted to reinvent the Brotherhood as an organization committed to peace and democracy.
U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said this after the White House meeting: “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence.” Committed to democratic principles? Especially nonviolence?
Throughout the lead-up to the presidential elections and in the aftermath of the elections in the last few days, there have been reports from news agencies around the world about how the Obama Administration has worked assiduously to support the election of Mohammed Morsi–and just as assiduously to rid Egypt of its military command.
The Israeli viewpoint was summarized in an Israeli publication two days ago: “The friendliness of U.S. President Barack Obama toward the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement formerly considered illegitimate by the West, is now seen as one of the reasons for Mubarak’s downfall and the Brotherhood’s rise to power.”
By the way, who was apparently the first Western leader to phone the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi to congratulate him on becoming Egypt’s first Islamist president? None other than President Barack Obama.
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