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December 3, 2013

Al-Ikhwan Muslimi

Roy Meachum

Some Egyptians are happy that Mohamed Morsi was elected, and naturally some are not. Those I hear from are divided into usually those who live in the country and overseas.


Having lived there from 1977 until 1980, I don’t pretend I know Cairo; things were changing while I was there. The difference was President Anwar Sadat, who occupied the presidential palaces inherited from the monarchy he helped dump. About 21 months after I came home, he was assassinated I believe on the orders of his successor, Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Sadat was tipping “big chairs,” eventually he might have gotten around to Mr. Mubarak’s.


At the time, Al-Ikhwan Muslimi (Muslim Brotherhood) was blamed.


Founded in 1928 in the Suez Canal while the British ruled, London’s main concern was that the Brotherhood was anti-imperialist. They were blamed at every turn. The Free Officers overturning King Farouk found them a convenient scapegoat. In the last years of General Mubarak’s reign they were legalized, which led to Mr. Morsi’s election two years ago.


Immediately, Al-Ikhwan Muslimi rules came into play. There was no instant shuttering of casinos, which I’ve written about earlier; Cairo cash registers went on ringing with Saudi and other sybarites’ money. Still signs appeared forcing the Army to depose of the first freely elected president in its thousands of years of history. It follows logically that there was unease among Egyptians.


In the middle of this writing I’m alerted to a new poll that points to popular dissatisfaction to the putsch; even there, the coup leader is more approved personally than Mr. Morsi. Washington must stay free of the vortex; on the one hand, American generals and statesmen were accused of partisanship, because of our strong Israeli connection. Everything that goes in the Middle East has everyone there looking to the U.S. interests. This is a penalty of being the foremost world’s superpower.


We have become the Number One Target of the Brotherhood, the only challenger of al-Ikhwan Muslimi in that region. Meanwhile, the Syrian Rebellion continues to blaze. The Saudi regime appears its nose has cracked. Iraqi Shiites slaughter Sunnis. Everybody’s unhappy, especially Israel’s prime minister, with the new deal worked out for Iran. And Afghanistan costs young American lives. Meanwhile, Libya and Tunisia continue to breed problems for the White House.


During colonial days, none of this happened. Momentarily, we can pine for those days; Washington brought it on, through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s anti-colonial policy.


Considering the average Americans’ interest in foreign matters these days, why bother?


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